Playa del Carmen Travel Guide

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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. There is a shuttle that offers service from the Cancún airport to one of Playa del Carmen's bus stations. It runs approximately every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.; tickets cost $15 one-way. To guarantee a seat, book online in advance. From the bus station, you'll likely have to take a taxi to your hotel. To avoid having to transfer, many travelers choose to take a taxi from the Cancún airport directly to their accommodations in Playa. You can reserve a taxi online; fares for private transfers start at around $45.

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.
Ferry

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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