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ADO Bus Schedule From Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

Cancun Airport Bus 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. Shuttle transfer
  3. Taxi

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.

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 one hour.  Also you should note that there are three pickup stops 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 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.

4:30am, 5:30am, 6:45, 7:30, 8:00, 8:20, 8:40, 9:00, 9:20, 9:45, 10:10, 10:30, 10:50, 11:15, 11:40, 12:00, 12:20, 12:45, 13:10, 13:35, 14:00, 14:25, 14:50, 15:15, 15:40, 16:05, 16:30, 16:55, 17:20, 17:45, 18:10, 18:35, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 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 168 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 4:30am and arrives at about 5:30am. If you have a fight that leaves before 7:30am then the bus does not really allow you to be there two hours before your flight.

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.

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.

23 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!

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