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How to get to Cozumel from the Cancun Airport

The fastest way to get there by bus and private shuttle.

Cozumel Airport to Playa Del Carmen

Are you looking to get from the Cancun Airport to Cozumel? Here are easy instructions and the transportation options for you so you can have a smooth transfer.  If you were not able to get a flight into Cozumel Airport you will need to fly into Cancun Airport and transfer to Cozumel. Here is our guide on how to do it. It is actually pretty easy to do.

How to get from the Cancun Airport to Cozumel

The first step is getting from the Cancun Airport (CUN) to Playa Del Carmen. This is because the ferry for Cozumel leaves from Playa Del Carmen to make the crossing. You have two options to get from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen.

  1. The ADO bus.
  2. Private Transfer.

Note: We do not recommend renting a car because you will need to park it in Playa Del Carmen and take the ferry and also the time involved in picking it up would take much more time they just taking a private transfer or bus.

There are advantages to both of these options for getting from the Cancun Airport to Cozumel. So we will tell you about your options and you can decide what is the best way for you to go. First we will tell you about the bus.

ADO Bus to Playa Del Carmen from Cancun Airport

ADO is a public bus company that has a direct line from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen. The bus leaves from each of the three terminals at the Cancun Airport and there are ticket booths at each location. For a very detailed article with maps and instructions you can read our article her on how to get from the airport to Playa Del Carmen.

The advantage of the taking the bus is:

  1. If you are traveling solo it can be an affordable option. Currently the price is 162 pesos.
  2. The bus station you arrive at in Playa Del Carmen is just three blocks from the ferry, the same distance as where the transfer companies drop you.

The disadvantages to the bus are:

  1. You cannot get your ticket in advance because you do not know how long it will take to get through customs and immigration and since tickets are timed, you don’t want to miss your exact bus and have to buy another ticket.
  2. If you arrive at a particularly busy time (usually midday and some holiday periods in Mexico) the bus leaving might be full and you will need to wait until the next one. Usually they are 30 minutes apart.
  3. If you are arriving very late the frequency is almost every 50 minutes, but then again if you arrive very late you will not be able to catch a ferry. The latest you should leave the airport on a bus should be 8:30pm in order to make your connection  and get the ferry, but even this is close and you are going to be stressed. So if your fight is arriving after 7:30pm you might consider spending the night in Playa Del Carmen or coordinating with a private shuttle to give you a little more time.

Private Shuttle to Playa Del Carmen from the Cancun Airport

You can take a private shuttle service to Playa Del Carmen from the Cancun Airport. These are like a taxi with car service or van and are very professional. You can book this service in advance and a driver will be waiting for you at arrivals with a sign stating the company name. From the Cancun Airport they drive you directly to your destination. It takes about 45 minutes to get to Playa Del Carmen, this is about 15 minutes faster than the bus.

We recommend this transfer company because they have consistently been good for years now to our readers. They are one of the largest and most professional. We have also found their prices to be the best for our readers.  To check prices or to make a reservation for your trip, click the link here or the Book Now button below. Remember the price is for the whole vehicle and not per person. Prices can be comparable to taking the bus. Tip: Booking round trip can save $10-$25 USD.

There are several benefits to taking a shuttle van/private transfer to Playa Del Carmen.

  1. It can be faster for you. This helps make your transfer from the Cancun Airport to Cozumel as little smoother.
  2. If you are a group you can book a private transfer for about the same amount as taking a public bus.
  3. This can be less waiting for you since your driver will be there at arrivals. If you book for your group only then you are all set to go when you arrive.
  4. You can pre-book and have it set before you take off on your flight.

The disadvantages of taking a private transfer are:

  1. If you are traveling solo or in a couple it can be more expensive.

Cancun airport transfer to Cozumel

Getting from Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel on the Ferry

From Playa Del Carmen you will either be dropped off at the bus station or just a few blocks from the Playa Del Carmen Ferry Pier. There are three companies that provide service and there is one leaving about every 30 minutes (check the Cozumel ferry schedule article here). The ride across takes about 45 minutes and you arrive right in the middle of San Miguel, the main town of Cozumel. From there you can walk to your hotel if it is close by or take a taxi. For more exact details on the Cozumel Ferry you can see our article here.

You can also see our video here:

Pre-buying your tickets for the Cozumel Ferry

If you want to buy your tickets in advance for the ferry there is one option. The link below will allow you to book ticket on the Barcos Caribe Ferry and for their schedule of departures. Once you purchase you will take your receipt to their desk in the ferry terminal and you will exchange for tickets.

Round-Trip Ferry Ticket between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel

We hope you have enjoyed this guide on how to get from the Cancun Airport to Cozumel. We hope you have a great vacation or stay. Check out our dozens of other guides too for everything you might need while here.

11 Comments on How to get to Cozumel from the Cancun Airport

  1. So we are going to fly into Cancun and take your recommended transport from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen. We they be able to point us to the ferry ticket booth? Is there any way to buy in advance the tickets? Thank you.

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 9, 2017 at 5:21 PM // Reply

      Hello Ned. It is very easy to find one of the three ferry companies ticket booths. They each have several by the entrance. There is no need to buy a ticket in advance since it only takes a few minutes to get one and then walk onto the next ferry to Cozumel. We hope you have a great trip here!

  2. What is the cost for a vehicle to transfer three people from Cancun Airport to the Cozumel ferry?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 18, 2017 at 9:36 PM // Reply

      Hello Ed

      The link has the prices for the transfers. The going rate for is $60USD for the transfer from the ferry to the Cancun Airport.

  3. Do the private vehicles accommodate luggage? I was looking at the list and only the limos specifically stated “luggage.”

    • Hello Geeta
      All of the vehicles used do accommodate luggage. Vans are the most common method of transport from the airport. These can handle everyone’s bags. The limos are the ones that of course have a small truck for the amount of people that can fit into the car. So they mention that they can have a other vehicle for bags.

  4. Hi, I’m very confused by this article and the other ones I seen similar to it. Why would you bus then ferry to Cozumel when mayair offers a connecting flight from. Cancun to Cozumel for around 73$ a person? I’m honestly confused as you are the 3-4th article I’ve seen to suggest it. The flight from mayair takes an hour at best vs up to 4 hours and hassle of boat + ferry or plane flight.

    • The flights are quick and an option. There are some drawbacks though. You do need to transfer to the smaller terminal at Cancun, there are limited flights a day and limited space for luggage. Pricewise and time wise they are similar. Some people cannot take small planes because they get sick. These are just some of the things to think about.

  5. It’s really a nice and helpful article. We have visited Playa once and this time are staying on Cozumel. We could not get a flight directly there so we are taking the transfer and water taxi.

  6. CLARE HAYNES // January 9, 2018 at 9:38 PM // Reply

    Good article. Very helpful, thankyou. Can anyone recommend accommodation on Cozumel, and do any of the hotels have a shuttle service from Cancun? Also, is English widely spoken?

    • We do not know of any hotels that have transfer service from Cancun Airport. English is widely spoken on Cozumel. There are guest houses, hostels, Airbnb and resorts on Cozumel. What might you be looking for?

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