Getting Around Playa del Carmen
The best way to get around Playa del Carmen is on foot, as most of the best things to do are located right off the beach. There's no bus service around town, but if necessary, you can hail a taxi to escape the main resort area. Ferries to Cozumel are also available.
To get to Playa del Carmen, most travelers fly into Cancún International Airport (CUN), which is about 45 minutes north. To reach Playa, you can rent a car, take a bus or hop in a taxi. Your hotel or resort may offer airport transportation within its all-inclusive package – check to see what's available before reserving airport transportation. If your hotel does not provide shuttle service, consider hiring a driver – several travelers recommend Cancun Airport Transportation – which can be reserved and booked in advance. Prices start at $60. If you'd rather save some cash, you can also opt for the ADO bus that transports travelers from the airport to the bus station in downtown Playa del Carmen. From there, you'll need to find different transportation to reach your hotel.
|On Foot||Playa del Carmen is easily navigable on foot or by bike, especially as much of the activity is centered on pedestrian-only La Quinta Avenida.
|Car||The town's grid layout is pretty easy to understand and drive through, but unless you're planning on exploring beyond the main Playa area, a car isn't necessary. Rental agencies are plentiful on the north end of La Quinta as well as in and near the Playa del Carmen airport. Mexican insurance is required for all vehicles, including rental vehicles.
|Taxi||Fares should cost no more than $2 to get around the main Playa del Carmen area, but you'll spend approximately $5 one-way to get from El Zócalo to Playacar. Remember to confirm the rate with the driver before entering the cab.
Ferries make the trip to Cozumel, leaving on the hour from 7 or 8 a.m. to around 10 or 11 p.m. daily. You can ride for about $10 to $11 one-way. Tickets can be purchased online, on La Quinta or at booths on the docks on Calle 1 Sur. The ride takes between 45 minutes to an hour.
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