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Grabbing a Taxi in Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen taxis

Grabbing a taxi in Playa Del Carmen is relatively easy to navigate and inexpensive. Compared to other places and even other parts of Mexico taxis are pretty cheap. Here is a simple guide so you know how much to pay for a taxi in Playa Del Carmen and some of the other details you should know.

See our latest video of our interview with the public relations of the taxis in Playa Del Carmen here. We asked about Uber and pubic sentiment of taxi service.

Taking Taxis in Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen taxis are clean and there seems to be a good amount available except when it rains (like everywhere in the world). Most taxis are smaller cars so that means 3-4 people maximum in a car. Many taxis in Playa Del Carmen are Nissan Tida models which have a good amount of room in the back seat and make for a more comfortable taxi ride.

To tip or not to tip a taxi driver?

Tipping is not usually done but if you care to round up 5 pesos to the next whole amount, that is fine. If a driver helps you with a bag or goes out of his way to give you an extra service, it is polite to tip about 10-20 pesos.

How to hail a taxi in Playa Del Carmen

There are two places you can get a taxi. You can get them on the street or at a stand. Here are the details for both and the cost.

Hailing a taxi on the street in Playa Del Carmen

Taxis can be hailed on the street simply by raising your arm. Try to be considerate to everyone else and choose a location where the taxi can pull over and out of traffic. Try not to have a conversation with the driver and negotiate a price. Prices are set by the rate chart as you will see below.

Street taxis are the same as the taxis at the taxi stands. In some countries there are radio taxis and regular taxis on the street. Sometimes radio taxis are considered safer the getting a taxi on the street. In Playa Del Carmen both taxis at stands and on the street are the same. You just pay more for a taxi at a stand in Playa Del Carmen.

Taking a taxi from a taxi stand or hotel.

The taxi stands are places where there are more needing to catch a taxi.  Taxis charge a little more (usually 5 pesos more, but your mileage may vary) when using the taxi stands. There is no official extra charge so taxis at stands can charge more.

Tip: The worst place to get a taxi from is the ADO bus station on Juarez Avenue. The taxi drivers are fine but they are notorious for over charging people for the “extra” taxi stand fee.

Where are taxi stands?

Here are some popular places taxi stands can be found in Playa Del Carmen. These are most convenient for tourist in the downtown.

  • Next to the ADO bus station on 5th Avenue and Avenue Juarez.
  • 5th Avenue and 10th Street next to the Starbucks.
  • 10th Avenue and 12th Street where many people end after going out clubbing.
  • 5th Avenue and Constituyentes Avenue.
  • 5th Avenue and 38th Street.

How much are Playa Del Carmen taxis?

Taxis are not metered in Playa Del Carmen but there is a chart of zones and how much it should be. If you ask how much at the end of you ride you often will be charged 5 peso or more extra. Having a knowledge of prices or even a chart with you will save you from being over charged. Check out our article here to help you avoid scams from taxis.

Some taxi drivers speak English, those that work from taxi stands tend to speak more English since more tourist catch them from taxi stands. If you are not sure the actual cost, you can ask before you get in. If it sounds fair, hop in. It is not the end of the world if you pay a little more then the actual rate but… don’t get taken for a ride by a taxi driver trying to overcharge you after you have taken the ride.

Taxi prices outside of Playa Del Carmen

If you are staying outside of Playa Del Carmen and want to take a taxi here are the prices. Below is a photo we took of the official taxi prices from a taxi stand. Notice the prices of the taxi are by how many people you have. You should still ask the price to better yet, look at the chart and say “the price is xxx pesos correct to this hotel?”.

Playa Del Carmen taxis will drive you out to hotels along the Riviera Maya but it is not cheap. The price can range from about 120-700 pesos for a one way. It is also up to the driver if he wants to go that far. It might be in the opposite direction for home and he might be ending his shift soon.

Tip: Paying pesos will get you the official prices. If you want to pay in dollars, ask first if the driver will take them. It is up to the driver at what exchange rate he accepts them at. Usually you will end up paying 30-50% if you pay in dollars.

Playa Del Carmen Taxi prices for going to hotels outiside of Playa

Here are the official prices from a taxi stand in Playa Del Carmen for hotels outside of Playa Del Carmen.

Tip: If your Spanish is not up to par, when you check in at your hotel, grab a card with the address so when you hop in a taxi you can show him the address you want to go to.

Alternative transportation for a group other than a taxi service

Sometimes you have a group and you just want to go somewhere around Playa Del Carmen. Here is a link to one charter van service. This is a great service to take for a shopping trip into Playa Del Carmen or to transport your family or group to a destination. This does not replace a guide but if you have a destination in mind, you can have a van and driver for a one way or round trip. The fares can be very reasonable and this is another transportation option.

How to read and use the taxi chart for Playa Del Carmen

Since there are no meters on taxis, it is based on what zones you go to and from. Most of the center of Playa Del Carmen is considered Zone 1. So for example if you are in the center in zone one and want to go to zone 4 in Lol Tun, look at the chart with Zone 1 and go down to see what the price is for Zone 4. You will see it is 70 pesos one way.

All taxis are supposed to have this chart available but often it is not. So if you plan on taking taxis a lot you can save this information and have it with you so you know the correct price.

Taxi Playa Del Carmen prices

Playa Del Carmen taxi zone map

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Can you take a taxi to the Cancun Airport?

It is possible and may be convenient but there are other options that might fit your circumstances. It should be noted that there is a high fixed rate from the airport to Playa Del Carmen but going to the airport is more negotiable but up to the individual driver. Here are three options for you.

  1. Taking a taxi to the airport. From 5th Avenue at a taxi stand this about 650 pesos.
  2. The ADO bus.
  3. Or a private transfer.

For more on taking the ADO bus or a private transfer to the airport, see our article here with full prices and information.

Can I take a taxi to Cancun from Playa Del Carmen?

We get this question a lot since people in Cancun want to come to Playa Del Carmen or vice versa. The answer is yes but it is going to cost you. You have to realize it is 45 minutes to one hour between your hotel and where you are going. Anywhere in the world a taxi ride is going to cost you. There is an official price of 670 pesos from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun or 700 to the Cancun Hotel Zone.  These areas are large and up to the interpretation of the driver. You should always ask before getting in.

If that price is too much you can consider these options for getting between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.

  • Take the colectivos. These are shared vans that run between 2nd Street in Playa Del Carmen and just next to the ADO bus station in Cancun. It cost about 34 pesos per person each way. This ride will take you about 45 minutes. You will just need to take a taxi to and from your destinations. You can read more about colectivos here.
  • Another option is to take the ADO bus from Cancun ADO bus station to Playa Del Carmen’s ADO bus station on Juarez and 5th Avenue. To read more about the buses see our article here.

Photos of Taxi Stands in Playa Del Carmen

Here are two popular places where tourist can get a taxi near 5th Avenue. Just remember that taxi stands change more. There is no official set charge for the taxi stand on top of the regular fare so just check before getting in.

Playa Del Carmen Taxi Stand By ADO Bus Station on 5th Ave.

Taxi Stand By ADO Bus Station on 5th Ave.

 

Taxi Playa Del Carmen taxi stand.

Playa Del Carmen taxi stand on 5th and Constituyentes Avenue.

What about UBER in Playa Del Carmen?

Uber has just started operation in Cancun, Mexico just 45 minutes away. We will keep you up to date if this service starts in Playa Del Carmen. For more about Uber in Cancun see our article here.

Have a question or comment about taking taxis in Playa Del Carmen? Let us know in the comments below.

93 Comments on Grabbing a Taxi in Playa Del Carmen

  1. Hi there so i was wondering how to decipher the different zones on the map? Which zone would the ADO station on 5th and Juarez be in? i will be vacationing in April and i’m trying to get a feel for how much transportation will be.

    • The bus station is Zone 1. But remember taxi stands are more expensive, and the price is always subjective. Even on 10th Avenue behind the bus station some Taxis do not charge the official price and many do not have the chart with them in the car visible.

  2. What is the going rate to go to the Gran Bahia from Playa?

    • Expect to pay around $25 dollars or a little more. This is an estimate and you will need to ask the driver before you get in.

  3. Tobias Armstrong // March 25, 2016 at 1:46 PM // Reply

    It’s good to know that there are other options when it comes to trying to get to the airport. Taxis are great, and I use them almost everywhere I go, but sometimes it’s nice to use something else. High rates aren’t always a problem, but it’s nice to know about them ahead of time. Thanks for the info.

  4. These charts are useless. The taxi drivers do not go by them, nor do they care because they will pick up a fare anyway. $100+ pesos seems to be the going rate to anywhere in town. Even the locals are gouged because of the aforementioned reason. If you know the fare, don’t even ask. Just pay the driver and get out. They will try to argue, but they really can’t do anything. Some drivers have become savvy to this and will give you their higher rate before you even get in. Overall, it’s probably the biggest scam in Playa. It’s not really expensive, but it’s the principle of the whole thing. Why produce a chart showing fares, when they aren’t going to follow it? They didn’t see one cent from me. Aside from having to walk everywhere, we really enjoyed it.

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 10, 2016 at 7:18 PM // Reply

      It is a problem getting honest taxi drivers in Playa Del Carmen. These charts are the official rates set out by the taxi union and they are supposed to have them in each taxi. Many people complain about the taxi service in Playa and it might take a company like Uber to change some of their policies. Some taxi drivers make more off commissions taking people for some services then the actual taxi fares.

  5. Sherry Campbell Flatt // April 10, 2016 at 6:25 PM // Reply

    What is the rate for a taxi picking up at the Grand Princess and dropping off at the ferry terminal for Cozumel?

  6. Thinking of going to Akumal from the Gran Porto Real resort. Would that be advisable and about how much is this fare? Thanks in advance.

  7. Going from Gran Porto Resort to Xcaret. 2 adults 2 children in May. Approximately how much. Very hard to find prices and I don’t want to add $34.00 per ticket with xcaret for transportation. Someone mentioned that you can pre-book a taxi for the return trip when you arrive at Xcaret in the morning,

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 25, 2016 at 7:55 PM // Reply

      A taxi should be cheaper. Our guess around 400-600 pesos each way. That is about $23-34 USD each way. An alternative to a taxi all the way would be taking the taxi to 2nd Street and getting on the colectivo. It takes about 12 minutes and they will drop you on the highway where there is an underpass and a free Shuttle to Xcaret. At night there is a free shuttle to the highway as well and you can take the colectivo to 2nd street and from there go to your hotel. It can be a little more complicated but you save money. So there are some options for you. We hope you have a great time at Xcaret. It is an amazing park and an all day adventure. Make sure you see out article on Xcaret and the food prices.

  8. Tim Hernandez // April 27, 2016 at 2:44 AM // Reply

    so corrupt!

  9. Love to travel // June 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM // Reply

    I don’t understand the chart. How much is it for a taxi from the Reef Cocobeach to the airport?

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 29, 2016 at 11:25 AM // Reply

      Hello. This taxi chart is for taxis in Playa Del Carmen. There is no official price to the airport in a taxi. It can be about 500-900 pesos. So you will need to ask a taxi driver before you get in. A taxi is even more expensive leaving the Cancun airport to Playa Del Carmen. It is why we recommend a private transfer company like the one in this article we wrote. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/private-airport-transfers-cancun-to-playa-del-carmen/
      We hope you are able to get smoothly to the airport whichever way you choose. Safe travels and we hope you come back soon.

  10. Just wanted to let cab driver Mario Morales (Taxi #010) know I just returned camera, driver’s license and credit cards to Lia from Longmont, CO. It took a week to get it to them but they were very grateful particularly for the camera. Glad you were so honest to try to get that back to them.

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM // Reply

      Thank you for sharing this nice positive story about a tai driver and the people of Playa Del Carmen. Bad stories always get more traction and it is nice to hear good news. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Caroyln Burget // July 12, 2016 at 8:35 PM // Reply

    Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you really know what you’re talking about! We were in Playa Del Carmen and used your guide so we did not overpay for a taxi. We had nice taxi drivers and we knew just what to pay and get around. We took taxis to the Plaza Las Americas mall and really got to see the town. Thanks again.

  12. I am in Playa now and have to take cabs sometimes. I was told by one driver that taking me 1 mile within the Playacar zone was $90 pesos. I told him about the chart and he brought up an app to show me he was correct. When it showed $40 pesos, he told me that was only for locals. Is there such a thing? When I showed him my Playacar owners ID and said I was a local, he drove off.

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 14, 2016 at 3:01 PM // Reply

      There are two unofficial prices for Playacar. There is the official 90 pesos fee but there is also a lower fee for locals that are going to visit friends on the back side and also a fee for people that work in Playacar. Workers pay about 30-40 pesos. This is fair since most of them don’t make that much and taxi drivers know this. I have gotten the middle price because I speak Spanish and live in Playa and visit people in Playacar. Most taxi drivers might not think you are “local” if you own a place in Playacar. You might be looked at good enough to pay the official price and you cannot really argue with that because that is the official price. Living in Playa longer gets you more benefits. Some people that live here 4-6 months a year think they live here full time but there is a difference.

  13. Federick B. // July 23, 2016 at 8:17 PM // Reply

    I just want to say we had a very courteous taxi driver the other day. It was a woman taxi driver which was surprising. She even asked us how much it was. I think she was new and not sure of the taxi rates. Very pleasant taxi ride and I know they get a bad reputation but there are some really nice taxi drivers out there.

  14. Where can I get a current map and rate schedule. I see the photo on your site, but I would like to get a full size map. I own a place in Play and would like to have it for reference.

  15. C. Bumgardener // September 7, 2016 at 10:03 PM // Reply

    Thanks or all the tips for taxis here. We came for one month and used taxis without any problems. We felt like locals after using your website.

  16. Excellent info on taxis. I hate to use them around the world because they are always trying to rip people off. I am glad at least there is a taxi rate chart for rides in Playa Del Carmen.

  17. I cannot find the Fairmont Mayakoba on the chart. I’ve been told to expect 500 pesos each way. Would this be accurate? Also, when arriving in Playa Del Carmen, where is a good spot to disembark on 5th Ave?

    • Hello David
      It is true the Hotel Fairmount is not on the taxi rate chart. It should be around 350 pesos each way based on distance but since that is a higher end hotel and there is not official price, 500 is probably what you will be told. That is not to bad in dollars at the current exchange rate. On 5th the taxi stands are all about the same. You are able to talk to the taxi drivers and ask prices before you get in. It will be best if you pay in pesos. If you pay in dollars they may say it is like $50, but that would be the very old exchange rate of 10-1. You can also take a taxi on 10th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen but it is harder to ask a taxi that is pulled over the side of the road.
      You have a better chance of getting a taxi driver that speaks English at a taxi stand and a better chance of spending a little more.

      • Hello,I’ll be staying at Fairmont Mayakoba but I don’t want to get stucked on the resort and I want to see as much as I can by taking the ADO bus. The problem is that we don’t have a car and the taxi price seems outrageous, we’re talking about only 10 km and 25-30 Canadian dollars each way, that’s a price like in Canada itself ! If I am to pay 40-50 or more dollars daily for taxi, it really sucks! Is there any other way that I can catch a bus or go on decently affordable tours that will pick us up from the hotel, or any cheaper taxi / way of getting to Playa del Carmen and back on a daily basis ? Thank you so much if you can help me out with this, I’m leaving like in 2 weeks. Robert

        • Hello Robert

          The hotels do like for you to be on the property and you are kind of trapped there. The only cheap way to get into town is the colectivos but Mayakoba does not want people walking on the drive from the hotel to the highway and besides that, it is a bit of a pain to do. Some tours will pick you up from your hotel. What type of tours are you looking to do?

          • Thank you so much for your reply! I want to buy groceries in the city, first of all, and then it’s a must for me to get to Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza, Valladolid, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Cenote, Dos Ojos, Xpu-Ha, Puerto Morelos, Ek Balam, Samula, San Lorenzo Oxman, Sian Kaan or Ria Lagartos…i’ll be there for 2 weeks so i can hope for the best time wise but this transportation problem is pretty bad…i would be willing to hire a driver or so if it’s better, negociate with the same taxi driver or find travel agencies that will pick me up and back, if any, but i dont know where to start… Any advice is much appreciated, thank you !

          • Mr.Yucatan // December 21, 2016 at 2:29 PM //

            One thing you can do for groceries is use this service. The price that you spend on going into Playa will pay for the small fee they charge. They can buy almost anything for you. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/never-shop-for-groceries-again/ They come well recommended and are a good service.

            I think for as much as you want to do, you should not have stayed at an all inclusive or even booked two weeks in one hotel. Many of the places you want to see are good overnight trips or many back and forth trips, passing the same roads many times. It would save a lot of time is you did a circuit. I think in two weeks you might want to limit it to some local day trips and one or two larger day trips. If you want to go to Puerto Morelos to snorkel, allTOURnative will pick you up. Also for going to Ek Balam and cenote Maya tour they will pick you up and do all the driving. They have small tours up to about 15 people. Valladolid is doable by bus but an overnight is better. The bus will be over 5 hours in one day just back and forth and if you add in time to your hotel is will be near 6.5 hours. There are very few tours to Rio Lagartos and it is better to go very early to see the birds. So an overnight is better. You would need to arrive there near to 7am and that means leaving by 5am or earlier. Dos Ojos, Xpu-Ha and Cozumel are pretty easy to do yourself except Dos Ojos is far back from the highway and they will provide transport for you for a fee.

          • But your idea is excellent, Mr Yucatan ! I see there’s only 1km to get to the highway, and if there i can find collectivos I can easily transport myself back and forth into the city and organize the tours on my own, with ADO. What do you think ? Amazing idea anyway, you gave me hope 🙂

          • Mr.Yucatan // December 21, 2016 at 2:31 PM //

            The colectivos are good and cheap, just since they are cheap there are things that they are limited to. I know other people have used them from Mayakoba. Sometimes they will take you to the gate in the golf cart. For going north toward Cancun you can just catch them on the highway. Going south you will catch the Cancun/Playa one and if you are going south you will change in Playa Del Carmen for the Playa/Tulum colectivos.

          • You are super nice to take the time to provide this kind of information and I’m very grateful ! The thing with the groceries, same with the colectivos is a life saver for me ! You are right in regards to the tours and the places i wanna see, the thing is that I’ll be there with my family, small kid too, so they are more into relaxation, i’m more into travelling so i wanted to have it both…:) i’m having a very good deal for Mayakoba, if i would have had the money to pay the full price i wouldn’t be now looking for groceries or colectivos 🙂 i will do whatever i can in day trips, provided that i can get with a decent orice to Playa or Cancun for ADO buses, and I guess i will have to come back again to see Merida – Campeche area and Palenque – San Cristobal. Thats ok. Thank you very much, my wife will be very happy for the groceries thing 🙂

          • Mr.Yucatan // December 22, 2016 at 6:29 AM //

            We love traveling to. There is so much to see here that we have been going for years and still there is so much more to see that is just hours away. We hope you get to see the most possible and also enjoy time with your family.

          • Thank you very much ! What would you recommend for getting from the airport in Cancun to Mayakoba ? If it’s a taxi, could you please suggest some good and cheap ones ? Thanks a lot !

          • Mr.Yucatan // December 22, 2016 at 4:16 PM //

            Hello Robert

            We usually never suggest the taxis from the airport. There is a “supposed” set price but that changes. We were just at the airport the other day and say one taxi driver pull out his calculator to work over a young couple that just got off the plane. We recommend the private transfer company. We have links to them in our article on how to get from the Cancun Airport http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/how-to-get-from-cancun-airport-to-playa-del-carmen/ Not only are they a nice company to work with, we have never heard any bad feedback from them. They provide affordable door to door service and it is cheaper if you book the round trip in the beginning. We hope this helps.

          • That’s another great tip ! It would cost us only 55 USD both, one way ! I will go for it, thank you Mr Yucatan ! Speaking of tip, as I never had a private transfer before, do you tip (and how much) the driver ?

          • You can tip according to how many people you have and if the driver helps you with luggage. It can be around $5-10 USD. It rally is a nice feeling coming out of the airport and having a driver waiting for you and whisking you to your hotel.

          • True. Thank you. I will explore more your website here, since it has so many great informations. I will recommend it to other people too. Cheers !

          • Please let me know if I should put this question under a different topic, as I’m working on my itinerary and all, if I don’t do snorkelling is San Miguel de Cozumel a worthy destination to spend one of my Yucatan days or should I chose something else from the things I wanna do ? What about Isla Mujeres, strictly for Playa Norte ? I will try to spend 8 hours in Valladolid, would that be enough ? Thank you in advance.

          • Mr.Yucatan // December 23, 2016 at 9:09 AM //

            Hello Robert, here is fine place to ask the question. Cozumel is great for diving and snorkeling, but there is not as much on the island to see. You do need to take the ferry over and back as well. If you are going to Puerto Morelos you might just go snorkeling there to the reef and that might be enough for you. That saves a trip over there.

            Isla Mujeres is charming for a day. Renting a golf cart and driving for a hour or two is fun. The beach on the north end and the shopping street is something to check out. For longer stays on an island we love Holbox. This needs at least one overnight though.

            Eight hours in Valladolid is good. Many busses come through just for the day and stop only at the Zocalo, so they don’t really get to see the place. If you see our Valladolid video on YouTube or are article you can see some of the good things to check out in the town. We need to make a better guide for Valladolid and will work on that soon.

          • Also, Mr Yucatan, what do you think, if i see Grand Cenote and X’quequen / Samula or Oxman, should I still see or prioritise Dos Ojos ? And for my last 2 days lets say, which one of these destinations is a must / very worthy ? Puerto Morelos, Xpu-Ha, Akumal ? I can either do some of these or try to take a tour if there’s any to Sian Ka’an. Bacalar i guess it’s too far for a day trip…thank you !

          • Mr.Yucatan // December 23, 2016 at 4:08 PM //

            It will depend if you have a car. Grand Cenote is nice but touristy and you will need to take a taxi from Tulum or drive there. Samula and San Lorenzo de Oxman cenote is by taxi from Valladolid. Dos Ojos is a beautiful cenote and will take a little longer to see it. You can even walk around a little. It is far back from the highway so you will need to pay for the transport back to the cenote if you do not have a car. Puerto Morelos is nice for snorkeling but other then that, not too much to see or that makes it special. Xpu Ha is a nice beach and Akumal is a nice beach made famous by swimming with the turtles but it is getting very regulated and harder to do because so many people want to go there. Sian Ka’an is good by tour since it is big and a boat and captain are nice to have. Bacalar is too far for a day trip and it is better to take a day or two to explore the area.

          • Merry Christmas and thank you for all these answers !

        • Thank you ! I will skip Cozumel then, i did snorkeling before in Hawaii and Egypt so it’s ok. I was curious, do you think if I stay overnight in Valladolid, can I see the town’s main sites, Samula cenote, Chichen Itza and Ek Balam in two full days ?

          • Mr.Yucatan // December 23, 2016 at 2:17 PM //

            An overnight might be good because Chichen Itza is going to at least take 3 hours of a day just in transport from Valladolid and walking around. So you might only be able to do that in the morning and a cenote in the afternoon. It is possible but you will not have time for much else.

  18. We require a taxi to take us from the bus depot at the corner of Juarez and 5th Avenue to our location at La Papaya 15 on 15th Avenue between Calle 8 and Calle 10. What would be a reasonable fare for that distance? Thank you for your assistance.

    • Hello. The official price would be 25 accoding to the taxi chart since it is in the center and then there would be a surcharge since you would get it from a taxi stand. The surcharge is supposed to 5 pesos more so it would be 30 pesos officially. But……the taxi drivers over charge often from there. It also depends if you have large bags and they stop to load them in the trunk. It would be nice to say it would cost 30 pesos but that is not likely to happnen, so 50 pesos is a decent deal. Even walking to 10th Avenue behind the bus station you will often be overcharged, so that is not a great option. At any rate, 50 pesos is only a few dollars. We hope you have a smooth transfer and all goes well.

  19. Is it possible to get a cab for 6 adults from grand sunset princess to xelha. Any idea of price would be much appreciated

    • Hello Diane
      Since normal taxis take three people you will need a van. This prices are more. The ride will take about 35-40 minutes door to door. We can only estimate the price of the taxi and since you will be getting it from a hotel there is a concession charge. We imagine a good estimate would be around 700-1000 pesos each way. That is not with the taxi driver waiting for the return of course.

  20. Have you any idea of cost from port del carmen to Azul sensatori please

    • We assume you are talking about Playa Del Carmen to Azul Resort. This is near Moon Palace, so it would be about 630 pesos each way. We hope this helps you with the approximate taxi cost.

  21. Hello Mr. Yucatan,
    I will need to travel from the Riu Lupita hotel to the Moon Palace Arena and back to attend a show in late December 2016. Approximately how much should I expect to pay for the taxi ride? Would it be preferable to ask the taxi driver to wait for me during the show or it should be easy for me to find a taxi driver to drive me back to the Riu Lupita after the show? (the show is scheduled to start at 9 pm and I would likely get there around 8 pm and I am expecting it to end by 11:30). I don’t mind paying top dollars for a safe drive to and from the Moon Palace Arena. Thanks.

    • Hello Maria

      There is no exact price but just to give you an estimate, the fair from 5th Avenue to Moon Palace for 1-3 people is 630 pesos. This is top pesos price so don’t expect this to be much more. We would suggest not having the taxi wait. Usually at all the hotels there are lines of taxis waiting outside because they get top price for the service. It will however be an unusual event with a concert and a lot of people visiting. You might ask the hotel (Moon Palace) if there is special concert buses to Playa. That might be a good option and then take a taxi in Playa to your hotel.

  22. 2 questions: first, is there a way to order a taxi or car service by phone? Also, are there taxis for larger groups? We have a group of 6 going to Rancho Baaxal and it would be great not to need two separate cars.

    • Hello Liz

      There is no taxi number for the general taxis. There are numbers for the specialty groups that have taxi service. These are usually a group of taxi drivers that banded together to offer good service to people, however these are usually just cars. Mostly at hotels they can order a larger taxi for you and you can compare that to the two taxis going to the Rancho Baaxal. If you are staying at a condo or a rental it might just be easier to take two taxis there.

  23. Carly Fuchihara // December 18, 2016 at 1:12 PM // Reply

    I lost my locked cellphone in one of these cabs. How can I get a hold of the company. I know the cab number I rode in but I need a phone number for them to see if there is some sort of lost and found.

  24. what would you recommend to be the best price for travel from airport in Cancun to private rental in Chan Chemuyil – wondering if any saving by taking ADO bus from Airport to Playa Del Carmen, then taxi or not sure?
    would really like to stop in PDC for groceries too. but with luggage not sure the best way. any suggestions would be helpful

    • Hello Linda

      We still recommend a private transfer because it will be easier with your luggage and you can request when booking to do a stop at the grocery store for an extra fee. If you take ADO to Playa you are still going to have all your luggage and shopping for groceries will be near impossible. Sometimes trying to save a little will cost you a lot in time and energy.

  25. I am looking to book a van to/from
    1.Cancun airport to sandos caricoal
    2. Sandos caricial to/from xelha
    3. sandos caricoal to/from explore

    Can you give me an idea of the cost and let me know where to call? I tried the numbers for all about playa but they were not in service
    Thanks!

  26. Can you fit 5 people plus trunk space for a wheelchair?

    • Hello Julie. A normal taxi in Playa Del Carmen can only take three people, maybe 4 in a pinch. So it would be best to get two taxis. The Nissan Tsuru Taxi cars have a large back seat and are much better for people with limited mobility to get in and out of. These are the newer model cars. If you do go to ta taxi stand there might be a van that can take all of you. Normally on the street the taxi vans will not stop and are more used for groups from hotels.

  27. Hi, we are staying at Mareazul–how much will it cost to get into centro Playa del Carmen? What is the best grocery story to get a taxi to?

    • It is 90 pesos each way at the official rate. The best super market would be Mega on 30th Avenue and Constituyentes Avenue. But here is one option that many of our readers like. It is not that much and it sure saves a lot of time. There is a local grocery store delivery service. They do all the shopping and drop them off to you. You can also get alcohol and many other things you might want. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/delivery-service-playa-del-carmen/

  28. Hi, I will be staying at the Viva Wyndham Maya in Playacar. We would like to go to Xcaret one day and Akumal beach anther day. What should I expect to pay for a taxi to these locations. Also will it be difficult to get a taxi back to Playacar after we have spent the day at these locations? Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Hello Daryl

      There are not set prices so you will have to check at your hotel but here is an estimation. TO Xcaret it should be around 200-300 pesos each way and a taxi to Akumal about 400-500 pesos. Because the exchange rate has changed so much and also there are more expensive prices from the hotels, the prices are on the upward trend. It is not too hard from both locations to get a taxi. Taxis coming to Playa are just as easy to book them to Playacar since this is Playa Del Carmen as well. We wish you well and if you do successfully take the taxis, let us know what you got charged. Thanks

  29. Thanks for the information. Will report the prices I get after my trip in February.

  30. Mr. Yucatan, first…thank you for the great website!
    I have a group of 4 people looking to head to Xpu Ha Beach for a day as a day trip from PDC. We are not able to take a collectivo and I am wondering if it is feasible to take a taxi there and is it difficult to get a taxi when you want to leave? What would the estimate cost be for such a trip?

    • According to the price from 5th Avenue, a taxi to Xpu Ha is supposed to be 330 Pesos. That may or may not be all the way to the beach club. You might want to ask when getting a taxi. The walk from the highway is about 7 minutes. Getting a taxi back might take a little. If you walk to the highway you should have no problem in 5 minutes to get a taxi. You might just ask at the beach club to order a taxi and check the price before getting in. We hope you have a great time at Xpu Ha.

  31. How much should I expect to pay to take a Taxi from PDC back to Blue Bay Grand Esmerelda and where is the best place to try and catch one near Fishing with Ivan or Phantom Divers at approx. 5-6pm, 4 people?

    • Hello Lisa

      A taxi should be about 270-540 each way. This will be a lower price for 4 or less people. For picking up a taxi near the locations you mentioned in Playa Del Carmen, you should be able to get one on 10th Avenue and 12th Street or you might get lucky and get one on 1st Avenue.

  32. Have taxi rates gone up in Playa Del Carmen because the gas prices have risen?

  33. Hi! I’m in Playa now, staying in private residence in a primarily residential neighborhood, Zona 17 (according to the Zone map). Would I be able to hail taxi in this part of town? Alternatively, could I request a pick up at the house? Thank you in advance.

    • Hello and thank you for your question about taxis in Playa Del Carmen. You can hail a taxi anywhere in the city and even on the highway outside of town. There might not be as many in the part you are in. Calling a taxi usually does not work that well because often if they sent a car and one passed by and you got in, the trip for the taxi that was coming for you would be useless. Most everyone just hails taxis in Playa Del Carmen.

  34. I am wondering about prices from playcar to xceret, cell-ha, tulum, akmaul, and ya-ku. Any help would be great. We are trying to decide to to taxi and transfers or rent a car, and is car rentals bad/scary there? I don’t want to be s target

    • Hello Mindy

      Since there is not a rate chart for taxis from Playacar to Xel Ha for example, we can only give you estimations. A taxi from Playacar to Xel Ha would be about 600 pesos for 4 people. If you have more than 4 it will cost more since either a larger van is needed or two taxis.
      There are car rental agencies just outside of Playacar on the south end of Playa. A good rate is about 500/600 pesos for a day. There is also gas which will be about 400 pesos. Car rental agencies are not the easiest to deal with but with some care you can navigate the tricky things. We make notes of it in this article: http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/renting-cars-in-cancun-and-playa-del-carmen-for-vacation/
      So that is just a few things to think about. Driving is pretty straightforward. It is straight down the highway and easy driving.

  35. We took a cab yesterday from the taxi stand at 10 street and 5th avenue to Xcaret. There was myself, wife and two kids. It was great and the rate was $190 pesos there and $180 pesos back. With a tip this came to about $25 U.S. total. This was far cheaper than the recommended van ride which is about $30 per person plus you can leave to Xcaret and come back when you like. Both cab drivers were friendly and nice to chat with as well.

    • Hello Jay

      That is a very good price. We are glad you had a good taxi experience here in Playa Del Carmen. We also have the colectivos mentioned in our articles for Xcaret as well which is another far cheaper way to go rather than buying the RT transportation from Xcaret.

  36. How much the taxi ride from 5 th Ave ( ADO stop ) to The Bliss Jungle
    Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico?

    • The semi official price should be around 355 pesos but often that is not quoted. This is for 3 people. More if you have a groups. They should have a rate sheet at the taxi stand that you can see. If they quote you a much higher price it would be good to see it. The Bliss is the Mayan Palace resort if we are not mistaken.

  37. Adrian Mayor // February 23, 2017 at 5:57 AM // Reply

    I would like to thank one of your taxi drivers for is honesty on returning my wallet that came out of my pocket in is taxi . And returning it to the riu Yacutan hotel on the 13 th Feb
    The drivers name is Roberto Munoz taxi number 1203 .
    I came looking for him but could not find him

    • This is good news and thank you for your comments. We are not the Taxi Commission but rather just a tourist website for Playa Del Carmen. We like to have all the information for visitors. We will try to pass on your comments. It is nice to hear stories like yours. Thank you for sharing.

  38. Hi,
    I can’t figure the taxi zone for the Bluebay Grand Esmeralda resort. How much will it be for a taxi to this resort to the fifth avenue?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 11, 2017 at 7:53 AM // Reply

      Hello Isabelle

      The official price is 300 pesos for 1-4 person each way. However always ask since taxi drivers often ask for more. You can always ask to see the price chart and then they have to give you the right price.

  39. We are staying at The Azul Five in April. We need taxi to Xel Ha and Xplor. how do we get a taxi from hotel and what should we plan to pay each excursion? Should we ask for round trip also? Family of 4 with 2 teenagers look for safe and lease exspensive in that order. Thanks

    • Hello Lee

      Prices from the hotel vary but you can expect to pay about 400 to Xplor and 800 to Xel Ha. You should just take it one way since there ill be taxis waiting at the end of the day. Just be sure to ask at your hotel what the price is. Since your hotel is along the Riviera Maya and not in Playa Del Carmen you so have limited access to transportation so the only options really are booking transport with your tickets or a taxi.

  40. Hi, I will be staying at the hotel La Galeria on Calle 20 Esp Ave 30. Can you give me an estimate on the cost of a taxi to The Reef Playacar Resort and the best place to find a taxi? I will be traveling alone. Also, do you think there will be a problem getting a taxi back into Playa del Carmen from the resort about 9pm on a Saturday? Thank you so much for your great response to my prior questions.

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 17, 2017 at 7:48 AM // Reply

      Hello Betty

      We know exactly where you are staying in Playa Del Carmen. A taxi will be easy to get on 30th Avenue and there is even a slight spot to pull over on 20th Street. A taxi fare will cost 90 pesos. It is more into Playacar then other destinations. It should not be hard getting one back since many people look for taxis in Playacar from the hotels. It might cost you most though if you get it from the hotel door in Playacar. Maybe 10 pesos more. Not that much and worth the convenience. Of course taxis are not metered in Playa and there are charts but often if you ask they will say a higher amount. The best thing is to print out the chart and have it with you. That way if you take taxis a lot you have the prices handy. Safe travels.

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