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ADO Bus Schedule From Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

Bus to Cancun Airport Terminal 3 stand to buy tickets at curbside.

Going to the Cancun Airport from Playa Del Carmen is fairly easy. You can make this trip in three ways.

  1. ADO Bus
  2. Private transfer
  3. Taxi (Note: as of December 1 2017 taxi rates have increased 20%)

If you are traveling solo or just two people it can make sense to take the ADO bus. But the private transfer companies can be very good deal for you especially if your hotel is not in the center of Playa Del Carmen and you need to take a taxi from the bus to your hotel, adding to your cost and time.

Also if you are arriving late into Cancun and don’t want to miss the bus, it is good to book a transfer so you are sure to have a driver waiting for you and you can easily get to your hotel. Below is a link to a reputable company that many of our readers like and they have the best prices (see sample prices at the end of the article).

ADO Bus Schedule from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen


ADO Bus Schedule from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

Here is the bus schedule leaving from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen. This schedule is valid for both weekends and weekdays. It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes now that there are 4 terminals.  Also you should note that there are four pickup stops at the airport for this bus, so the departure time will vary slightly depending on what terminal you are leaving from.

8:30am, 9:00, 9:30, 9:55, 10:20, 10:45, 11:15, 11:40, 12:05, 12:30, 12:55, 13:20, 13:40, 15:00, 15:25, 15:50, 16:15, 16:40, 17:05, 17:25, 17:45, 18:05, 18:25, 18:45, 19:10, 19:35, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00, 21:30, 22:15, 23:00, 23:50.

The first bus to Playa Del Carmen from the Cancun Airport is 8:30am

The last bus from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen is at 11:50pm.

ADO bus schedule Playa Del Carmen to Cancun Airport

ADO Bus Schedule from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun Airport

The bus for the airport originates at the Juarez Avenue and 5th Avenue station. It then leaves for the second bus station in Playa Del Carmen and picks up the rest of the passengers. So depending on what station is closest to you, just get on at that one.

The time to the airport is one hour or a little more depending on what terminal you get off at.

See our article here for the bus stations locations in Playa Del Carmen.

Below is the schedule of times from the first station at Juarez Avenue and 5th Avenue. Just add 10 minutes to the time for the departure of the second station. This schedule is applicable to both weekdays and weekends.

3:00am, 4:30, 5:30, 6:35, 7:00,7:30 8:00, 8:15, 8:40, 9:00, 9:25, 9:25,9:50, 10:05, 10:30, 10:50, 11:15, 11:40, 11:55, 12:20, 12:45, 13:10, 13:35, 14:00, 14:15, 14:40, 15:00, 15:25, 15:50, 16:05, 16:40, 17:05, 17:30, 17:55, 18:20, 18:45, 19:15, 19:45, 20:30, 21:00, 22:15.

The first bus to the Cancun Airport from Playa Del Carmen is at 4:45am.

The last bus to the Cancun Airport from Playa Del Carmen is 22:15.

How much does the ADO bus cost from the Airport to Playa Del Carmen?

The price fluctuates a little but it is currently 186 pesos each way.

How can I get to the Cancun Airport early in the morning?

We get this question a lot because the first bus from Playa Del Carmen to the airport is at 3:00am and arrives at about 4:15am. It is possible to take this bus to catch most flights although you might want a little more comfort getting to the airport at this hour.

Note: You DO need to check in at least one hour before your flight because you can be denied access and you might have to rebook your flight.

Early  transportation to Cancun Airport

You can take a taxi to the airport but it is cheaper and easier to book a transfer to the airport. The best company that many of our readers like and use often is the link below. They have the best prices and are a reliable option to the airport. It also takes less time for them to drive to the airport (about 45 minutes) than the bus and can take you directly to your terminal.

Here are the prices as follows (Note: Prices are for the whole car or van and are not per person). These are also private cars and vans and will no be stopping to pick up other people.

  • For 1-3 people it is $60 one way or $110 round trip.
  • For 4-7 people it is $70 one way or $120 round trip.
  • For 8-10 people is $85 one way or $135 round trip.

Note: If you book a round trip you can save between $10-35USD.

Make sure you know what terminal to get off at when returning to the Cancun Airport. There is a new Terminal 4 that adds to the bus time getting to the airport.

ADO bus schedule Playa Del Carmen to Cancun Airport

Do you have any questions about the ADO bus to or from the Cancun Airport? Let us know below in the comments. 

88 Comments on ADO Bus Schedule From Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

  1. malcom sargla // March 8, 2016 at 12:49 PM // Reply

    Dear ABO,

    What is the cost to ride from Cancun airport on May 2nd AM to Sandos Carocol for 2 adults and 2 kids? Please and thank you.

  2. Hi . How much cost travel with ADO bus from Cancun airport to Playa del carmen ? I coul,t find it .

    • Thanks for your question. We have added it to the article now. Here is what it is: “The price fluctuates a little but it is currently 162 pesos each way.”

  3. IsitPlayatimeyet? // April 28, 2016 at 12:11 PM // Reply

    I notice on the ADO bus site that if you prebuy a certain time you can get a ticket as low as 79 pesos instead of 162. Do you know if you book a later time but there is a bus earlier would you be able to use the ticket or is it very specific to the time you pick? Correspondingly if you miss your time can you hop on the next bus?

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 28, 2016 at 3:03 PM // Reply

      Hello, They sometimes have sales on the website and this is only available on the ADO bus website. The problem is most international customers outside of Mexico cannot buy them because usually the website only accepts Mexican credit cards. Regarding your timed bus ticket from the Cancun Airport to Playa, occasionally they have allowed passengers to get on before their actual time but in general the answer is to use only the ticket you have for your scheduled time. That is why we say in one article it is not really good to try to buy them ahead of time because you never know how long it will take to go through immigration and customs. Sometimes it takes a hour and sometimes your flight is late. That half price ticket might end up costing you 50% more than normal. We only recommend buying a bus ticket in advance when you are going back to the airport because you are more in control of getting the bus station on time. This is one advantage to the private transfers because if your flight is late or you take longer, they are waiting for you. If you have three people or more these transfers can be a good deal and might be better than the bus. We hope you have a good trip and your transportation to and from the airport goes well.

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 28, 2016 at 3:08 PM // Reply

      This is our seconds response just to give you more details. The ADO bus driver does not always know how many at the next stop will be getting on the bus. So he cannot allow people that have a bus ticket for an earlier or later bus to ride. There are three terminals at the Cancun airport and all three have pickups. The busses sometimes stop in Puerto Morelos but usualy no one gets on here, so it is more about the other airport stops. So again, it is not good to buy the airport bus ticket in advance. Only when you return to the airport.

  4. Hello, where can I buy a ticket for the bus ride from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen. Thanks in advance for your help.

  5. Kevin Valera // July 12, 2016 at 9:03 PM // Reply

    I just wanted to say that your website is extremely helpful and I appreciate it very much.

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 13, 2016 at 3:29 AM // Reply

      Thank you Kevin. We try each day to make is more user friendly and we have a lot more ideas so people can discover even more here. We know how it can be intimidating if you don’t speak the language. One good thing here is how friendly the people are and how accustomed they are will helping tourist. We hope you have fun on vacation here!

  6. Thanks for posting the ADO bus schedule online in English. You make it easy to find stuff and get around here.

  7. I agree. Great ADO info here — and current! I have searched a long time today for ADO info in Quintana Roo. Can’t make a flight rez home from Cancun until I know what the drill is getting to Cancun from Tulum early in the morning. Now I know. Thank you!

  8. As of August 23, 2016, the first ADO bus from Playa to the airport departs at 4:30 a.m., then 5:30 (Juarez station).

  9. Seasonal ADO schedule?

    Does the ADO schedule from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen have a seasonal schedule at the moment or is schedule on your website of 22:15, 23:00 and the last bus at 23.50 correct?

    My friends arrived last night only to be told the last ADO left at 21:00, and they had to get a taxi and then a collective to get down to Playa Del Carmen.

    I am going to join them next Monday (Oct 10/16) and I wish to know if I have to do the same as them.

    Also, is there still an ATM in the Mera Restaurante?


    • Hello. The ADO bus schedule from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen is not seasonal. The schedule does change from time to time but what we think happened last night is someone lied to your friends to get them in a cab. We checked the ADO website today and our article is still correct with the times of departure.
      On another note, why did the taxi not take them directly to their hotel? Why did they have to take a colectivo to get to the downtown of Playa Del Carmen? This all sounds fishy. This is why we recommend pre booking a private transfer or taking the bus.
      We hope you arrive and get your transportation without issues. Normally there are not any issues like this at the Cancun Airport.

  10. 1. Thank you for confirming the ADO schedules.

    2. On my other question – is there still a Santander bank ATM near the Mera Restaurante or other ATMs in the airport, either in or near Terminal 3 where I believe my AA flight will disembark?

    – dgap

  11. Awesome site. My plane arrives at 11PM in Cancun and I am trying to get to Playa Del Carmen. Is there a possibility that I miss the last ADO bus?

    • Hello Brian. Is your flight international or domestic? This will affect your transit time in the Cancun Airport. Are you checking bags? If you fly domestic and check a bag and you land on time, you should get our of the airport at 11:37pm. If you are flying international and get in a long immigration line it can mean you will get out at 11:50 when the last bus is. So there you have it. It is up to you if you want to book a private transfer or try to catch the bus. Taxis at that hour might charge you whatever they think since they know it is the only option.

  12. William Foster // October 17, 2016 at 1:10 PM // Reply

    Hi, when buying ado tickets at the Cancun airport for the trip to Playa del Carmen, do the tickets sell out? I am arriving in Cancun at 14:49 on Saturday October 29 and plan on about an hour to get through customs. After traveling all day, I would hope to get on the “next bus out” and would not want to face long delays because the next 6 buses are sold out. What do you think would be normal of a Saturday late in October?

    • Hello William

      You should be fine getting the next bus out of the Cancun Airport. We only mention it in our guide for Cancun Airport transportation because the tickets are timed and you cannot really buy ahead of time. But usually the busses are not full leaving the airport. You should not have a problem. We hope you have a great trip to Mexico!

  13. Thank you for the excellent information your site provides I am traveling to playa del carmen soon and was totally amazed at how well your site detailed the buses available i only wish all places in the world had your degree of excellent information

    • Thank you Brian. We try but always want to do more. We have traveled the world and now what it is like to arrive in a country and not have good information or information that is up to date. If there is anything you need, just send us an email or message here. It is hard to give customized information to people in a broad website. The search button will help you find some of the hundreds of articles we have and maybe give you ideas as well.

  14. I am traveling to Tulum from Cancun airport. I intend on taking the ADO to PDC, which only stops at the terminal at 5th. I’ve been told that I need to go to the Juarez terminal to continue on to Tulum. Do buses go to Tulum from both stations? And if so, what is the difference between the buses? Thanks

    • Hello Mike

      The Juarez Avenue ADO is the same as the 5th Avenue Bus Station. It is just on the corner of Juarez and 5th Avenue so people call it either name. The ADO bus from the Cancun airport will arrive at the station and then in the same station you will catch the bus to Tulum. So there is no need to go to the other bus station in Playa Del Carmen which is on 20th Avenue and 12th Street.

  15. I’m sorry. I meant the other station. The person who told me to change stations told me that the busses are nicer out of the other station. Is this true? Thank you for your response. This is a great website! I’ve already recommended it to other people.

    • This information would be incorrect. The buses that go to Tulum leave from the 5th Avenue station and are the same ADO buses. They must be confused with the colectivos or Mayab busses. Mayab is a third class bus that does leave from both stations but only tourist that do not know better get on them. They are mainly for people that work along the routes or absolutely need the cheapest fare. We don’t really mention them because they don’t apply to most people reading the site.

  16. Bonjour Mr.Yucatan, On the ADO website, it says that there are no service on Dec. 24. Is it already fully booked? We are 2 and will need transportation for around 10am-11am. Many thanks! 🙂

    • I looked at the ADO site and it looks like half of the days in December offer no service. This looks like a mistake on their “new” website. I would check back later and see if they have updates this. ADO’s website often has issues.

  17. Paul Culling // November 13, 2016 at 8:04 AM // Reply

    Is it possible to get a bus to palenque from playa del Carmen or puerto Morales ?

    • Puerto Morelos only has busses passing through it. So you will need to go to Playa Del Carmen and get a bus from there. There are long haul busses that do the route. There are even overnight busses which we recommend because you can get some sleep while you pass the time.

  18. Hi there 🙂 Thank you for this amazing website, most helpful site i found.
    I will arrive on the 8th of December at 8:25pm in Cancun and my plan is to take the bus to PDC. On the new ADO homepage it says that on this day there are only 2 busses, one at 5:45pm and the other one at 08:00pm. Can you tell me if they really changed their offers or if it’s just a problem with their new homepage?
    Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Hello Chris

      We just took a look at the ADO website and it is working normally now and shows all the schedules. ADO often has issues with the website. Since the bus transportation is so important we could not imagine there would only be two busses at that time leaving the Cancun Airport. We hope you have a great trip here.

  19. Hello,

    can you pay for the ADO bus fare in US dollars? If not, where can you get MXN Pesos?

    • Hello Mike

      ADO accepts USD but only small bills. Do try to use a 50 or 100 note. Change will be in pesos. There are some ATM’s at the airport if you wish to get pesos but if you only need to get a bus ticket, it is easy to pay in USD. At other ADO bus stations they actually take dollars as well. It is at a good exchange rate too.

  20. Hi Mike,
    Appreciate all the great info.
    My question is re Interjet. It is quite far from the bus terminal at Cancun Airport. Does the bus from Playa to airport drop you off at their entrance if you request same.
    It would save 15 min.of hauling luggage!

  21. Hola I’m looking at the ADO website for ticket from CUN to P.D.C. and I see there are ADO buses and AU buses, which are a little less money. What is the difference? Your website is invaluable and I will be using it constantly for my 1-month stay in P.D.C. …Gracias!

    • Hello Skip

      Well wouldn’t you know it, we went to the ADO website and it is not working right now. That is no surprise. It often has issues. So you are seeing two bus type from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen? There has always been just the regular bus that does that route. It should have no meaning and probably is no price difference. It is probably just a glitch in their system. Just buy your ticket when you arrive at the airport and proceed to Playa like you normally would. We hope you have a smooth transfer and good vacation in Playa Del Carmen.

  22. Does the ADO bus from Cancun Airport to PDC operate on Christmas Day?

    • Hello. Yes, according to their website they have service. This is such an important link between the Cancun Airport and Playa Del Carmen that the busses need to run to serve the tourist needs. We hope your had a good vacation or are going to have a great vacation.

  23. Dante Hicks // January 5, 2017 at 1:54 PM // Reply

    Will the USA car service take you to destinations in Playa Del Carmen that are NOT hotels.

    • Hello Dante

      Yes, they can drop you off at your rental or home. It is a nice private van service and good to use.

  24. We are gonna be traveling to mahahual in February
    We would like to take the bus from the airport to
    playa del Carmen then to mahahual. Can you tell me about what it will cost? And which station we need to go to?
    Thank you

    • Hello Trista

      The ADO from the Airport will cost about 164 pesos and the bus to Mahahual will cost between 250/342 depending on what bus you get. The bus to Mahahual should leave from the ADO Station on Juarez and 5th Avenue but it is always good to check because they change them from time to time. You should note there are only three busses a day from Playa to Mahahual, 8:10. 5:45. 11:30pm. So there is not a lot of options and you will be traveling for at least 5 hours once you get on the bus from the airport so you might want to stop in Playa or Tulum to break up your trip and have a better arrival time in Mahahual.

  25. Is there a way to purchase ADO bus tickets from the USA before our trip? Are the buses generally full on Monday evening and Sunday afternoons? We’re 4 persons arriving Cancun airport on 2/6 at about 4:30; taking ADO bus to PDC and then ferry to Cozumel. Two are returning for 5 p.m. flight on Sunday, Feb 12. Other two on Wed, 2/22. Should we just plan on buying tickets on the bus in Cancun and then at the 5th and Juarez terminal on the way back? Thanks for your assistance.

    • The ADO bus website does not usually accept foreign credit cards and the tickets are timed, so you might be late getting into Cancun Airport or the customs might take longer. It is best if you just buy them when you arrive. The busses are not usually full so that is not a worry. The other option is booking a private transfer since you have four people. This is more with the exchange rate but a nice service that will make for an easy arrival and a speedy way to the Cozumel Ferry Pier. We hope you have a great trip!

  26. We are travelling from the cancun airport and need to go to the ferry to Cozumel in pdc. Is the ADO bus the best way to get there? We will a one very large bag with a bicycle in it and other luggage, what would you recommend.

    • We have a whole article on getting from the Cancun Airport to Cozumel here:
      Both the ADO bus to Playa and then taking a bike taxi to the ferry since you have a big bike bag or taking the private transfer are good options. The private transfer can drop you about two blocks away from the ferry which is about equal distance as the bus station. In both cases you can get a bike taxi to carry your bag.

  27. Deborah Peled // February 7, 2017 at 1:27 AM // Reply

    Great site!! Can one purchase ado bus tickets using credit card at the playa del carmen station?

    • Hello Deborah

      You can purchase with credit cards tickets at the ADO bus station. They also accept USD at a fairly good exchange rate.

  28. Richard Castleberry // February 10, 2017 at 12:41 PM // Reply

    Hi, how many busses per day are there between PDC and Puerto Morelos (as of Feb. 2017)?
    Are there more on the weekends?

    Same questions for the USA vans.

    Is there a ADO online schedule in English?


    • There are many busses between Playa Del Carmen and Puerto Morelos daily. There are ADO buses about every hour. The same schedule is for the weekdays and weekends. There is no ADO bus information in English. It is why we try to provide as much as possible on our website.
      The airport transportation vans run all the time and are available for whenever someone needs to go to and from the airport. It is however good to book ahead because they need to plan out their drivers ahead of the next day.

  29. Richard Castleberry // February 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM // Reply

    The ADO bus schedule is saying 65 pesos (just under $4.00 US) for
    the fare from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen.

    And the ‘USA’ vans are about $110.00 US

    Are those up to date as us Feb. 10th 2017?
    And why such a large price difference?


    • The current ADO price is about 178 pesos. This is still cheap. You might be looking at the Cancun downtown to Playa Del Carmen ADO bus price which is 65 pesos. There still is a big difference. Part of the spread is the exchange rate and how it has changed. ADO reflects pesos and transportation usually leaves it in USD. There is also the convenience factor. The ADO and a private transfer are like taking a limo and a bike. ADO is air conditioned and takes about one hour. However a private transfer will be waiting for you and takes you direct to your hotel. If you stay at a hotel outside of Playa or not near the drop off point of ADO, you still need to take a taxi. For many that fly 5-10 hours to Cancun for vacation, they prefer to take a private transfer to their hotel. We like to give all options so people can choose what they like.

  30. Hi, Can I take a bus from Playa Del Carmen to Valladolid? What about Coba?

  31. Hello – with the bus – do you drop off at the actual hotel in Playa?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 12, 2017 at 5:41 PM // Reply

      Hello Kim

      The ADO bus only goes to the bus station on Juarez Avenue. From there you need to walk or take a taxi to your hotel. That is why we also recommend the transportation company with private transfers that will take you directly to your hotel if you want that service. We hope you have a great vacation here.

  32. Hi can I pay for the ADO bus at the Cancun airport with a US credit card ? Thanks

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 20, 2017 at 8:28 PM // Reply

      Hello Bryce

      Online you often can not buy ADO with a US credit card because of their system but at the Cancun Airport you can.

  33. Sheila Baker // March 29, 2017 at 4:32 PM // Reply

    If we take the ADO bus from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen, will the driver drop us at Cirque du Soleil on the highway near Mayan Palace, if we ask him?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 29, 2017 at 5:02 PM // Reply

      Hello Sheila

      The ADO bus only stops at Puerto Morelos and Playa Del Carmen. There are no other stops allowed. It is best if you take a private transportation to your hotel. If the bus made stops it would take forever to get to Playa Del Carmen. The most direct is having a driver waiting for you and taking you to your hotel.

  34. Hi,

    Is there an ADO Bus i can take from Tulum to Coba ruins and back to Tulum? if so what are the bus schedule?

    thank you

  35. Can I take Ado bus at Puerto Morelos to go Playa del carmen ?

    • Mr.Yucatan // May 25, 2017 at 12:07 PM // Reply

      Yes. The bus does stop along the highway in Puerto Morelos on the west side and picks up people for Playa Del Carmen. Just note that most people stay in Puerto Morelos near the beach, which is 3 kilometers from the highway, so you will need to get to the highway from where you are staying. The ADO bus stop is just south of the traffic circle under the highway overpass. You will see a gas station and just south of there is where the bus stops.

  36. Hi,

    A group of 7 of us are not staying at a resort but an Airbnb in Playa Del Carmen. How do we book a private transfer service to pick up from the Cancun airport and drop off at our Airbnb location in Playa?


    • Mr.Yucatan // June 14, 2017 at 4:49 PM // Reply

      Hello Taylor

      Thanks so much for reading the website and sending us a question. We love helping out our readers. Here is one transfer company that has great rates and also is one our readers like a lot. They will take you to any rental or airbnb. You just have to send them a note in the reservation.
      We hope you have a great vacation and let us know if you need anything else.

  37. Hi there, I was wondering what would be the cheapest and quickest way to get to playa del carmen from the airport if my flight will be landing at 5am? Cheers!

    • Well you would have to wait a while for the ADO bus. We would recommend the private transfer. Just make sure you book in advance so they are there waiting for you. We recommend the one in this article because they offer good prices and service. We have never had a complaint about them! So that speaks a lot about them.

  38. Hello I will come to Cancun with with 3 adults ans 1 children ( 3 years) we will going to Playa del carmen (Lunada condominiums) car u tell me what is the best to go in this adress from Cancun airport ?

  39. Do you know if ADO gives a reduced ticket fee for children? If so, what age and how much?

  40. I arrived at Terminal 3 at around 23:00 due to 3 hours delay in Miami and by the time I got out of the airport building, it was at around 23:40 on July 6, 2017. I checked ADO website and it said there was 23:50.
    Nope!! 23:50 bus never showed up. I had to take a taxi that they charged US$100. Luckily I found someone who would go to ADO bus station in downtown Cancun. I shared a taxi with him and paid 200 pesos as my share. Then I took a colectivo to Playa del Carmen. I live in Playa and I am familiar with colectivos but I don’t recommend this for first timer. By the time I got home in Playa, it was almost 2am.

    • Unfortunately ADO schedules do not have the times for all three terminals. Since there are three stops the bus could of already come and was leaving from another terminal at the scheduled time. Sorry to hear you had such a time getting home.

  41. Hi, you mentioned “The ADO bus only goes to the bus station on Juarez Avenue”, so the ADO bus doesn’t go to Alterna bus terminal, is that correct?

    • Coming from the Cancun Airport the ADO bus only goes to the Juarez station. It does not continue over to the other one. Go to the airport, the bus starts in Juarez ADO station and then stops at the other one.

  42. Could you please let me know, if it’s safe to walk from the ADO bus station (5th Avenue and Juarez) to the Ko’ox City Garden Hotel at about 7:30 pm or if I’d have to take a taxi from the bus station.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Yes it is safe. It will take you about 15 minutes to walk it. You can walk on 5th Avenue which is a pedestrian street. Many people will be out since that is the main tourist area. We hope you have a great time here!

  43. I have a flight leaving from Cancun Airport at 17:30 on Christmas day (December 25). Will ADO bus from Playa del Carmen to the airport run on the regular schedule? Also, will the traffic be worse (or better) on Christmas day?

    Thanks in advance.

    • ADO does work on Christmas day. Traffic is pretty normal. Many people are here already but people do travel that day.

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