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Grabbing a Taxi in Playa Del Carmen

Taxi in Playa Del Carmen

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 office 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.

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 is 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.

35 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.
      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.

  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.

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