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How to Get From Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

Easy instructions to take the bus or transfer taxi service to Playa

Transfers from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

This is a very frequent question among tourist and the answer is easy. The Cancun Airport is actually between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, but is still about 50 minutes from the center of Playa. It is well connected by a modern highway that is fast to drive.

Here are your options for getting to Playa Del Carmen from the airport

1. Most all inclusive will have transport included. If this is an add on feature, take advantage of  it. It will make your trip much easier unless you are going to do some outings and feel comfortable renting a car for your stay which will allow you freedom to come and go as you please and drive to day trips.

2. Rent a car. If you are staying at a non all inclusive hotel and are going to travel around a bit, this option might work best for you. There are many rental car companies at the airport. The cheaper ones are just outside the airport and will pick you up when you flight arrives and take you to the office. This will add to your arrival and departure times by at least 15 minutes. We do recommend Avis because they are one of the largest at the airport and have more professional service. They are usually faster at check out and check in than other places and have full services. The link above is to their promotions page where you can get discounts.

3. If you are just a couple or a large group you might look into a private transfer service. This can be a great option if you want to get to your hotel the fastest and most direct route. The prices can be comparable with the bus and you can get there faster! We have teamed up with one of the most reliable transfer services so you can have the best prices.  Here are several options:

4. An inexpensive and relatively easy option is the bus. This works best if you are traveling single and or have a hotel in Playa Del Carmen that you can walk to from the bus station. ADO (pronounced in Spanish AHH-DAY-OH) bus company services the airport in a regular basis and takes people to Cancun or Playa Del Carmen.  Here are some photos and detailed information so you can find the service easily. (Just to note: taxis into Cancun or the Hotel Zone and other destinations are very expensive from the airport. So don’t plan on just hopping in a taxi unless you want to pay a lot)

For schedules, here is ADO’s website.  It should be noted that they try to stick to the schedule but don’t be shocked if they are not on time. This timing is more effected by the departing busses from the airport. Traffic and other considerations effect the timing. You will not have to wait long though for the next bus if you have just missed one. Going to the airport, they are pretty tight to the schedule.

Our video on how to get to Playa Del Carmen from the Cancun Airport

How to take the ADO Bus from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

Most international flights arrive at Terminal 3. (see map below) After you go through immigration and customs you will walk out to the left and down a hall. There will be rental car companies and tour booths. There is an ADO booth and you can buy your ticket BUT…we prefer to go outside and get it. If there is a bus you can jump on and you are buying the same ticket, just at the curb.

For a list of the ADO bus schedule between the Cancun Airport and Playa Del Carmen, see our article here.

Cancun Airport Bus

Terminal 3 stand to buy tickets at curbside.

So go outside and you will see a lot of people with signs for people and people offering you taxi service. Just ignore them and walk toward the right. You will see a Margaritaville Stand selling drinks { For the love of God don’t buy anything here while waiting for the bus. They give bad exchange rates for dollars and high prices. example $4.17 for  Gatorade}, go past that and you will see the red ADO stand and someone there.

Cancun Ariport bus

Exit at Terminal 3. Go to your right and follow the arrows.

The people working here usually speak some English. It is platform 1 & 2. See photos. The current price is 166 Pesos for  one way (a little more during the Christmas Holiday season). You should only book one way since you might not know when you want to return. They do accept USD but do not have anything over a $20 bill to give them. Change will be in Pesos. They will give you a ticket and you should retain it for your entire journey in case they need to see it. The seating is open even if the  ticket has a seat number. Platform 1 is for Cancun buses and Platform 2 is for Playa Del Carmen. Usually the bus will have it in the digital sign on the front of the bus. When it arrives you will be asked to put suitcases under the bus. There are no luggage tags given and security is not really an issue, so don worry. The bus will only be going to Terminal 2 and maybe stop for a minute in Puerto Morelos before arriving in Playa Del Carmen. If you are concerned you can sit above the door ad keep an eye on the luggage department.

Caancun airport map ADO bus trasportation to Playa Del Carmen

The trip takes about 60 minutes in a comfortable air conditioned bus.  It will take you to the ADO bus station on 5th Avenue and Juarez Avenue. This is the ONLY stop in Playa Del Carmen it makes. It does not go to the other Bus station in the center of Playa when it arrives.

If your plane happens to arrive at Termial 2, (see map below) which can happen when the airport is full, here are directions. Exit the terminal and walk to your right. You will have to walk the length of the building and then come to a security gate where the busses are parked. Just ask to go to ADO and then board there. Same procedure as above. If you arrive via a domestic airline in Terminal 2 you will exit in the middle of the building and just walk to the right, just with a little less walking as arriving internationally.

Terminal 1 is rarely used but if by chance you have taken a domestic flight into the airport and arrive at this terminal, there is an ADO stop just out front of the building.

Going back to the airport for departure? You can buy a ticket in both ADO stations in Playa. The busses leave from 5th Ave and Juarez station first and then stop by the 20th Street bus station. Busses stop at all terminals at the airport. They just started stopping at Terminal 1. This adds a few minutes to the trip since most people will be flying international flights out of Terminal 3 and will have to wait for people to get off at the first two terminals.

If you get off at the wrong terminal or it looks like the unloading at Terminal 2 is going to take a while, you can walk from Terminal 2 over to Terminal 3. It takes about 10 minutes. If it is hot, it will be a hot and sweaty walk. In reality though it should not take too long. Facing the building go to your left. You can walk close to the buildings or around the parking lot and to Terminal 3.

In an emergency you can get off at Terminal 2 and take a taxi to Terminal 3. It might take about 3 minutes and save you 8-10 minutes if there are a lot of people getting off at terminal 2 and getting luggage from under the bus.

Make sure you allow at least one hour before you flight because Cancun Airport is very strict about check in. If you do not you may have to find another flight.

Tip: Check in online if you can. That way if you run late you can run through security and hop on your flight. Security usually never takes more then 10 minutes to get through.

Most important: Make sure you have your tourist visa card from immigration that you got when you arrived. You will need to turn it in when you depart. If you do not have it you will need to get another one and there can be a charge for this.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this article. If you would like to read more about private transfers to and from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen you can see our article here.

Do you need to get from the Cancun Airport to Tulum?

See our article here on how to get from the Cancun Airport to Tulum.

Have you transferred from he Cancun airport to Playa Del Carmen? Do you have some travel tips for our readers? Let us know below, we would love to hear from you!

125 Comments on How to Get From Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

  1. Hello. We are coming into Cancun airport at 10:00pm flight next Monday. Will we have time to get the ADO bus or should we book a shuttle to Playa Del Carmen? We are staying in the downtown of Playa Del Carmen on 30th Street. Thanks

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 9, 2016 at 9:51 PM // Reply

      Hello. Thanks for your question. There is a bus at 11:00pm and 11:50pm. If you arrive at 10:00pm you will have to go through immigration and customs. You should be through and ready for the 11pm bus to Playa Del Carmen. Depending on how many you are traveling with, another option is booking the private shuttle. This way you can get directly to your hotel without waiting or taking a taxi from the bus station in Playa to your hotel. You can see details in the above article. We hope you have a great trip and a smooth transfer.

  2. Dominik from Germany // June 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM // Reply

    update for arriving at terminal 2: we arrived today on a domestic flight from México City. There are 2 ADO counters in the baggage claim area. One was closed, we got tickets at the other one, price from Cancún airport to Playa del Carmen 168 Pesos.
    Exit from the building and turned right, the ADO busses depart from the last row (no. 66 to 69), right after the Coconut Welcome Bar. There are employees in red ADO shirts to guide you to the right bus, they have a small counter on wheels as well.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 16, 2016 at 7:20 AM // Reply

      Thank you for your most recent experience of getting from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen. We hope your trip goes great in Playa.

  3. Hi I’m planing to travel to Cancun and then travel to an area close to Scaret Park will that be playa Del Carmen the closest place to Scaret Park ? We are trying to stay as Close to the beach as it is to the Park what will be our better choice thank you .? What is the peso dollar exchange at this time of the year , and recommend a good place to eat the most local delicious foods of the area ?

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 24, 2016 at 8:07 AM // Reply

      Hello Carlos. YOu must mean Xcaret Park since there is nothing called scarlet park here in the Riviera Maya. Xcaret is just south of Playa Del Carmen. We also assume you have not hotel yet and you want to go from the Cancun airport to an area close to Xcaret. The best area would be Playa Del Carmen. This is a full town and you will have restaurants and many other attractions including the beach. If you want an all inclusive hotel you can stay st some close to the park. Playa Del Carmen is easy to get to from the airport and you can see how in this guide. Then you can read in our Xcaret guide how to get there or you can book transportation through them included in your ticket price. On our site you can see restaurant guides and even cheap eats guide so you can have good places to eat while in Playa Del Carmen. We hope you have a great time and get easily from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen.

  4. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! I love how detailed it is and easy to follow instructions one getting from the airport to Playa Del Carmen. Out trip is already off to a great start.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 29, 2016 at 11:28 AM // Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment. We love to provide independent information so people can find things in and around Playa Del Carmen. We hope the rest of your vacation goes well and let us know if you need anything.

      • Candice hudson // July 7, 2016 at 10:25 PM // Reply

        Hi
        I arrive at 1300 tomorrow. Private driver website says I need to have arranged driver by 1900 tonight. Can you still accommodate me?

        • Mr.Yucatan // July 8, 2016 at 2:23 AM // Reply

          Hello Candice. You will need to contact the transportation company. The contact here is just our website where we recommend the transfers between Cancun Airport and Playa Del Carmen or the Rivera Maya. We hope you have a great vacation here and get transported easily between the airport and your hotel.

  5. Vernon Summerlin // July 13, 2016 at 5:35 AM // Reply

    Outstanding article and very detailed! We have been trying to decide on how to get from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen for vacation. We have decided to book the private transfrers. We will let you know how it goes.

  6. Good morning,
    My daughter is arriving at Cancun Airport on the 18th July. She is traveling solo and i wonder what form of transport would be best for her to travel to Playa Del Carmen.
    She is staying at the Grand Hyatt and im not sure how far this hotel is positioned from the bus station in Playa Del Carmen.

    Kind regards,
    Mrs S Webster

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 15, 2016 at 3:54 AM // Reply

      The bus is a very safe option and is fairly easy to figure out. The Bus station is a little bit of a walk and a taxi would be recommended. It is about 15 blocks from the bus station to the Gran Hyatt. So a taxi is recommended. From the Bus station the taxis would charge about 50 pesos (note there is a taxi stand there so the standard rate plus what extra they charge is what it is) The base taxi fare is 25 pesos, so about 25 extra is what they will charge. The other option is the private transfer from Cancun airport to Playa Del Carmen. It is a flat fee for 1-3 people. The private transfer is more direct and will save about 20-25 minutes but cost more. We hope this helps you make a decision. Let us know if you have an further comments and we will be glad to help you out. Thanks.

  7. familytravels // July 19, 2016 at 12:07 PM // Reply

    Hi, the ADO website states there is direct bus from Cancun to Tulum. Is this not accurate?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 21, 2016 at 1:39 AM // Reply

      Hello. Are you trying to take a ADO bus from the Cancun Airport to Tulum? All ADO busses leave Cancun Airport and go to Cancun downtown or Playa Del Carmen. It you want to go to Tulum you will need to get off in Playa Del Carmen and transfer to another bus. The good thing is the busses to Tulum are often and your wait will not be long. If you are arrive to Cancun Airport and going to Tulum we recommend the Private transfer if you are two or more people. It is much quicker and easier.

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 21, 2016 at 1:45 AM // Reply

      The ADO bus website does have a schedule from Cancun downtown to Tulum. This bus does take over two hours and will stop un Playa Del Carmen. The nice thing is you get one ticket and the best connection.

  8. Hello. I wanted to say we loved taking the transfer from the Cancun airport to Playa Del Carmen. It made our trip so easy. We are used to taking the bus because we thought it was a cheap option and easy but the last time we stayed at a hotel just outside of Playa Del Carmen’s center so we decidd to take the shuttle. So simple and booking roundtrip even saved us money. We are going to do that from now on. We felt like royalty and it did not even cost us that much.

  9. Hello.We wanted to get back to you on the private transfer from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen option. Everything went very smooth and driver knew where our hotel was. Good option and we recommend it to other people.

  10. Thanks for the write up. I will be traveling from cancun airport to playa with a bike in a large box plus another checked in bag plus a carryon small backpack. Will there be room under the bus for my luggage in particular the bike box?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 28, 2016 at 2:23 AM // Reply

      Hello AK
      There is room for bikes under the bus. Usually there is not a full load of people coming on the bus to Playa Del Carmen. We have seen ADO busses take bikes under them on other runs. Technically there should be an extra fee for the large luggage but this is not always charged. We hope your transfer from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen goes smoothly and you have fun here.

      • Awesome thanks for the reply.

      • Another question I hope you don’t mind. I will be returning to Cancun with all my luggage before heading over to Cuba for 10 days then back to Cancun for 2 nights before flying home. I’d love to be able to store the large bike bag plus the other checked in bag somewhere in Cancun whilst I’m travelling around Cuba. I found a hotel that said they provide storage which I’ve booked with the intention of staying there for 1 night before leaving for Havana then returning for the final 2 nights but they’re not responding to my emails. So long story short can you recommend somewhere in Cancun to store the large luggage or a budget hotel which would store it for me. Happy to pay a reasonable fee for the privilege.

        • We have a great storage service in Cancun that seems to be just what you are looking for! Their website is cancunstorage.com You can leave things here and they have a lot of drop off and pick up services. Alternatively the ADO bus station in Cancun does storage but a large bike box might be hard for them to hold for you. The above mentioned company sounds perfect for your needs.

  11. Milly Vilazzo // July 30, 2016 at 9:48 PM // Reply

    Does the ADO bus make stops by Mayakoba Hotel coming from Cancun airport?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 31, 2016 at 1:08 AM // Reply

      Hello Milly

      The ADO bus only stops in Puerto Morelos along the highway and in Playa Del Carmen at the bus station on 5th Avenue. If you need to go to Mayakoba or nearby you will need to take the bus to Playa Del Carmen and then take a taxi. The taxi will cost about 500 pesos back toward Mayakoba so it makes more sense to take a private shuttle from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen.

  12. Bill Erkins // August 10, 2016 at 3:42 PM // Reply

    We had a hotel that had transportation add on package from the airport to our hotel. It was find but it was a big bus and we had to wait for everyone to go through customs and get their bags. there was air conditioning on the bus but after a 9 hour flight we just wanted to go to the hotel and relax. I think next time we should book one of these transfers. It is a good price and not much more then the bus but for the comfort and time we would of saved it would of been a much better option for getting to the airport.

    • Hello Bill

      We know what you mean. We recently took a long trans Atlantic flight to Cancun Airport and were pretty tired and ready to get to Playa Del Carmen. When you leave in the daytime and arrive in the daytime, it can be hard to sleep on the plane. You start to get tired and you have to remind yourself what time it is for your body. The private transfers can be the best way to get from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen or wherever you are staying in the Riviera Maya.

  13. We took your private transfer recommendation this time to Playa Del Carmen. We found it so easy and even though it is just two of us, it was a good option for getting from the Cancun Airport to our rental. We are going to do that from now on.

  14. We will be flying in mid oct and I was wanting to get transportation for 4 to playa del carmen as we are renting a vacation home in Cozumel. What area would I put in the drop down as I only see hotel areas. Which would be the closest to take the ferry to Cozumel?

    • Hello Miranda
      You would be booking for Playa Del Carmen so that would be your rate. You could book and in the notes just tell the transportation company that you want to go to the Cozumel ferry. We will see if the private transfer company can put a location on the drop off for the Cozumel Ferry in Playa Del Carmen, but until then, we recommend contacting them just so they know where exactly you are going and it should be no problem. We hope you have a great time in Cozumel and a smooth transfer from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen.

  15. We always like to take the private transfers because they take you right to your hotel. We have done the bus but then has to pay for a taxi to take us to the hotel and it tool like 30 minutes longer. It was affordable doing the private transfer from Cancun Airport and very easy.

  16. Hello. Thanks for your detailed guide. It was our first time coming to Playa Del Carmen and we were not sure how to get from the airport to Playa. We took your advise on the private shuttle and were picked up right as we walked out. They drove the van for the three of us and we were at our hotel in about 45 minutes from when we left Cancun Airport. It was so easy. And they came back and got us and we did not have to wait for the bus or anything. It was worth the cost. good tips!

  17. Hello I have a question. If I rented a condo just outside of Playa Del Carmen can the private transfer take me there?

    • Hello Doug

      The private transfer company can take you to any location either hotel or rental property in the Riviera Maya. Just have the exact address for your booking so they know where to take you. Addresses are not always that exact in Mexico so if you get a good address and directions from your rental agency that would be good. We hope you have a great vacation here and get transported smoothly from the Cancun Airport to your rental.

  18. Thank you! This a good article with all the details on taking the bus from the airport to Playa del Carmen. We do this.

  19. We took the private transfer to Akumal and really like the service. We recommend this for those coming to Cancun airport and need to get to the Rivera Maya.

  20. Corine Farrow // September 13, 2016 at 6:51 AM // Reply

    This is a really good tip particularly to those new to coming to Mexico.
    Simple but very accurate info. I am sure this will help people find their way from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen.

  21. I know I sent you an email but also wanted to add a note to this article because it is great you guys there go this negotiated rate for the private transfer company. This is the best price from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen. We come back and forth about 4 times a year and book this service a lot. The price here is lower then others and the service is punctual and good. Thanks again!

  22. This might be a stupid question but do the private transfers run all day long from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen? We have a very early flight and I wonder if it is possible. Thnaks

    • Hello Whitney

      You question is valid since there are some very early flights that leave from the Cancun Airport. Even the busses have had to change their schedules some to accommodate earlier flights. The Cancun airport is getting busier with more flights and hours are being stretched for arrivals and departures. You can be assured that the private transfers from Playa Del Carmen to the Cancun Airport will accommodate you. They will ask for your flight information when booking and will confirm everything for you. We hope you have a great trip here and smooth transfer.

  23. Exceptionally individual service from the airport to Playa del Carmen. We took the shuttle to our hotel the Dorado and is was super smooth. Would recommend this service.

  24. Nester Phillips // September 26, 2016 at 4:54 AM // Reply

    Hello. I just wanted to write you a note and say thanks for the detailed instructions from the airport to Playa Del Carmen. We had no problem following them. It made it easy for us to find out way even though this was our first tip trip to Mexico.

  25. Emmanuel K. Mullen // September 28, 2016 at 9:32 PM // Reply

    Virtually all of the taxi drivers try to charge you a different price to and from the Cancun Airport. I don’t know why they don’t do a better job because they are killing each other with a bad reputation. I would much rather take a transfer service. Not only do you have more room a driver that speaks English but they know where your hotel is and they charge the correct amount.

  26. We have taken taxis in the past from the Cancun Airport but don’t like the issues they have with Uber. We are going to take the private transfers because not only can you get to your hotel faster you don’t have to deal with taxi drivers that try to scam you and charge more. We hope Uber gets a hold in the Riviera Maya and gets some competition for the prices.

  27. Calvin Birken // October 5, 2016 at 10:35 PM // Reply

    Thanks for the information on the bus. I was able to find the ADO bus and get to Playa Del Carmen from the airport. Great tips and helpful.

  28. Hello I wanted to ask you if the schedule for the ADO bus was correct. I had friends fly into Cancun Airport and someone said the last bus is at 11:oopm to Playa Del Carmen. I am coming this next week and arrive late to the airport and don’t want the same situation.

  29. Mr.Yucatan. I’ll be going to the airport myself because I have an early flight. What is the best option ? I plan to leave the hotel early morning possibly around 8am. Is there a bus at that time and should I purchase the ticket asap ? Where on 5th ave is the bus stop ? Thanks

    • Hello Sunny and thank you for your question. If you are going to the Cancun Airport from Playa Del Carmen you can get on at wither ADO bus Station. The bus will leave from the Juarez Avenue and 5th Avenue bus station and then go to the second bus station in Playa Del Carmen on 20th Avenue and 12th Street. Leaving from the first bus station on 5th Avenue there are busses at 7:30am, 8:00am and 8:20am. All of these busses will stop at the second station 10 minutes later. We mention this because your hotel might be closer to the other station. We do recommend buying your ticket the day before because if you are tight on time and if the bus you want fills up, you don’t want to have to take another bus. This only usually happens in high season but it never hurts to plan ahead. The current price is 168 pesos. If you need any more information or maps on the ADO Bs Stations we have a guide for that here: http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/ado-bus-and-stations-guide-in-playa/ We hope you have a smooth transfer between Playa Del Carmen and the Cancun Airport and you come back soon. If you have any other questions, feel free to write a comment here.

  30. Hi, I am planning out my trip to the Riviera Maya and wanted to know how long I should plan on a private transfer to pick me up at the Cancun Airport and drop me off in Akumal? I am meeting my Airbnb host and need to arrange a time to meet.

    Thank you, I appreciate it!

    • Hello
      The nice thing about the private transfers is the fact you can have a driver waiting. We do recommend that if you are coming on an international flight you should expect it to take about 30-one hour to go though customs and immigration at the Cancun Airport. It will depend on when you arrive, what terminal you come into and if you checked luggage. Sometimes it is just luck and you can get your bags within 20 minutes and then there is no line in immigration. The time of year also effects how long it will take since there are higher and lower travel seasons. With that said, once you walk out the doors of the Cancun Airport you driver will be waiting there with a sign. The drive from the Cancun Airport to Akumal will take about one hour. We hope this estimate helps you plan your trip and we hope you have a great time here in the Riviera Maya. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask here.

  31. What is the possibility of going to Playa Del Carmen on the private transfer with a bike that is in a shipping box? I am looking for two people to transfer from the Cancun Airport. Thank you.

    • Hello Alfanzo

      The vehicles that pick you up from the Cancun Airport are vans and are spacious. There should be space but it is good to contact the transportation company to ask first to make sure. They can make a note on your reservation to be sure they vehicle they send for you can work. We hope you are able to take this shuttle and have a smooth transfer to Playa Del Carmen.

  32. Lisa Langlands // October 17, 2016 at 5:41 AM // Reply

    Hi. I just wanted to say we took your advice on the private transfer from the Cancun Airport and we got great service. It was so easy and nice ot have a driver great us. It made us feel special. We were at our hotel in less then one hour from landing. We are now on the beach enjoying our vacation. Many thanks, I appreciate it! We love your website and all the tips you have to share.

    • Thank you Lisa. We like to recommend good local businesses. We have had no complaints about this transportation service and we are happy to tell people about them. We hope the rest of your time here goes well. The weather is beautiful today and a great day for the beach. Enjoy!

  33. Hello
    We arrive a the cancun airport at approx. 5:30 pm Nov 8 my sister, myself and 11 year old nephew . I believe I have the process down to ride the ADO. We are staying at the Riu Yucatan. Will we be able to get a cab easy from the bus stop to our hotel?
    thank you for your time

    • Hello Janie

      Once you transport from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen on the ADO bus, you will arrive at the Juarez Avenue and 5th Avenue bus station. A taxi stand is right next to the bus station. A taxi hailed on the street should cost 90 pesos to you hotel. A taxi stand is supposed to charge 5 pesos more, so the total should be 95. However the taxi stand there is notorious for charging too much. You will have to ask how much before getting in. It is not unreasonable to pay 100, 120 but we would not pay more. Even when we have tried to walk to 10th Avenue to hail a taxi they have overcharged or told us a higher price then the official price. There are no meters in the taxis in Playa Del Carmen but they are supposed to have a rate sheet, most do not have it visible. So in short, it is easy to get to your hotel from the bus, you just have to watch the price. We hope you have a smooth transfer from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen and have a great trip here!

  34. Wonderful thank you so much ! You are so very kind and helpful

  35. A Zantrovich // October 26, 2016 at 11:22 AM // Reply

    We are staying in a private condo between Akumal and Tulum. Will the private shuttles be able to drive us there from the Cancun Airport? I don’t know if they only go to Hotels. Thanks you.

    • Hello. The private transfers do take people to rentals, condos, houses and hotels. Wherever you need to be dropped off. That is a nice thing about not having a shared van because they will take you anywhere and you don’t have to worry about stopping at a bunch of hotels. We hope you have a nice flight into Cancun and enjoy your stay in the Riviera Maya.

  36. Hello. does your airport transportation have group rates? We have a group of 15 people coming into Cancun Airport and we need several or one large bus to get us to Playa Del Carmen.

    • Hello Paul. The company that we recommend for Cancun Airport transfers does offer group services. We will send you an email with all the information. If there is anything else you need, feel free to ask. We hope that you and your group has a wonderful time here in Playa Del Carmen.

  37. Hi there! Your information is so helpful! Gracias!

    A couple questions:

    1. So, we don’t have to change buses once we arrive in PDC on the way to Tulum? Just need to wait for the Tulum bus to arrive?

    2.
    I’m curious as to the timing of the buses leaving Tulum on a Saturday in November. I have a flight leaving at 1:00 and wanted to ask what timing you would recommend?

    Thanks SO much!

    • Hello Ann

      Thank you for reading our site and we are glad you found the information helpful. To answer your first question, you will need to take the ADO Bus to Playa Del Carmen. At the bus station you will get off and get on the next bus to Tulum. You should be able to buy the ADO ticket from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum at the Cancun Airport. This will make it a little easier. If they cannot give you that part of the ticket, it is fairly easy to get the ticket once you get to Playa Del Carmen.

      In response to your second question. If you flight leaves at 1pm, we assume this is an international flight. So you need to get there at 11am or earlier. There are two busses that leave Tulum in the morning that connect well with the bus leaving from Playa Del Carmen. One is 7:10am and the other 9:00am. The bus says it will take 2 hours and 5 minutes. So if you took the 9:00am bus from Tulum you can technically get there at 11:05am. We think it will be a little later then that, like 11:25 by the time you get off at terminal 3 for your international flight. If that is too close for you to worry about you can take the earlier bus at 7:10. If you are traveling with someone or want an easier no hassle way to go, we usualy recommend this way to get from Tulum to the Cancun Airport. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/how-to-get-from-the-cancun-airport-to-tulum/

      • Wonderful! This is SO helpful. I am travelling by myself actually, so a shuttle will be too expensive, but I think the ADO bus will work perfectly. Is the bus stop where I take the bus in Tulum clear and signposted?

        Thanks again!

  38. Hi there, You’ve done a fantastic job telling people how to get from the Cancun Airport. I’ll certainly recommend to my friends.
    I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this website. Cheers!

  39. It’s hard to find straight answers but you lay out how to get from the airport pretty easy. Thanks and we will be checking out the rest of your website for our trip.

  40. Appreciating the time and energy you put into your articles. This was very detailed and easy to follow. It is always hard to descend into a foreign country and figure things out. I always like doing a little research so we don’t look so lost when we land. We took the transfer and it was easy from terminal 3 to come out and see them waiting for us. Our diver was bilingual and very polite.

  41. Aurelia Cantero // November 5, 2016 at 3:33 PM // Reply

    Thanks for the shuttle information. We took your suggestion and booked the private transfer. It totally made our vacation simple. They were right outside the door at the airport and came right on time to get us back for our flight. Very professional and would recommend them to everyone coming to the Riviera Maya. Cannot wait to come back soon.

    • Thank you Aurelia. We are glad you like the services that we recommend. We try to test and only support good businesses here in the Riviera Maya and Playa Del Carmen. We hope to see you soon back here.

  42. Hello. We are coming in January. Will the busses still be running on this schedule from the airport to Playa Del Carmen? Thanks

    • Hello Jill

      Yes, as far as we know, the bus hours for the first and last bus is correct and if it does change, we will update that information here. We hope you have a nice flight into Cancun and nice stay in Playa Del Carmen.

  43. Do they tag the luggage that you put on the bus at the airport? I wonder because I would think all the luggage looks a like and I worry about people getting off and taking your bag by accident. Should I make my bag stand out?

    • Hello

      having your bag standout is always a good thing, even in the airport it makes it easy to find on a conveyor belt. The ADO bus at the Cancun Airport only has one stop before Playa Del Carmen and not many people get off here, if any. The bags are not tagged since this would take more time loading up and unloading in the busy station in Playa Del Carmen. We have heard no reports of people having trouble getting bags taken or messed up.

  44. There is a group of 6 coming into Cancun airport and traveling to Playa Del Carmen. Our flights are about 30 minutes apart and are landing at two different terminals. The later flight arrives at terminal 3. Will the terminal bus drop us off at terminal 3 outside where all the other pickups are at such as Best Day Travel and buses to Playa Del Carmen? We were hoping to meet the others and ride all together.

    • Hello Dan

      If you take the free Cancun Airport bus to Terminal 3 you can easily find your friends. The internal bus shuttle runs every 20 minutes and take about 5 minutes to get from each terminal to the next. In a pinch you can walk or take a taxi. Walking is hard because you cannot see where the terminals are and there are not well signed sidewalks.
      Terminal 3 is small and just has two exit doors. The two sides are separated because one side is for the ADO bus arrivals and departures. The other side is for taxis and small vans.
      We hope this helps you and you connect with your friends. If the last party books the private transfer then the first ones that arrive can go over to the terminal, you all can take a van to Playa Del Carmen. The recommended transfer service we have here is very good and offers good service.

  45. Hello. We want to book a private transfer from the Cancun Airport. We are three people and are coming for an extended trip. Is there space for large bags of three persons? We might have about 2 each and wonder if we should get a van or how big the transport is. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hello Kandy

      The private transfers are used to people arriving with luggage and sometimes large amounts. There should be space for three people to have two large bags each. You can confirm when booking but this should not be a problem even if you have a little more then that. They often use vans for the transfers from Cancun Airport.

  46. I’m not sure if you know but does the ADO bus go from the airport and then to Akumal? We arrive in Cancun at 3pm and want to get to our hotel by 5pm. Is this possible? Thanks in advance.

  47. If I arrive after the last bus to Playa Del Carmen from the airport is it good to go to Cancun and get a colectivo from there? Let me know.

    I’d definitely appreciate it.

    • Hello. There is transportation into Cancun from the airport but you have to remember that it will take about 22 minutes to take a taxi into Cancun and it will be expensive. It is better to book a private transfer from the airport to Playa Del Carmen. It is a more expensive than the bus but it will save you a lot of time after a trip and you can go directly to Playa Del Carmen You option will take you at least an hour or more longer.

  48. Wondering if Uber is available to Playa and if so, your thoughts on using it ?

    • Hello Sophia

      Uber is only available in Cancun. It has just started there. It is not that big yet and there have been a lot of protest from the taxi and van services because of unfair competition. Uber is not allowed to service Playa Del Carmen from the Cancun Airport so this is not an option as of now.

  49. Hello, can you tell me how long the van takes to get from the airport to the Mayakoba hotel? We are meeting some friends at the hotel and want to give them a time. Thanks

    • Hello Esperanza

      The airport transfer will take about 40-45 minutes to get from the Cancun Airport to the Mayakoba Hotel. Mayakoba is just north of Playa Del Carmen so it is a little faster to get to than the downtown of Playa Del Carmen. We hope this helps you and you have a smooth transfer.

  50. Is it possible to get a colectivo from the airport to Playa Del Carmen? I am looking for the cheapest way.

    • Hello Patty

      The answer to catching a colectivo is no. They do not run into the Cancun Airport. They only run on the highway and are really for people getting between cities. There is not a lot of space from luggage as well. The cheapest option is the ADO bus.

  51. Great web site you’ve have. I am doing all my research on it for our trip to Playa Del Carmen. I had a question about the shuttles from the airport. There are those ones that pick up people and drop them off at different hotels. Do you recommend these for airport transportation?

    • Hello Yenny

      There are some of those van services that you can pay but if you are looking to do it inexpensive it is good to take ADO bus. Only if your hotel is in the middle of nowhere then that is a good option. They tend to take a while dropping people off and we have gotten many complaints about slow service, both pick up and drop off. That is why we show people the options of the ADO bus and the private transfers from the Cancun Airport.

  52. We had friends pick us up at the airport but we need to get back on our own. We asked some taxi drivers on 5th the other day how much and they told us 1,300 pesos which sounded really high. So this might sound like a silly question but you can book the transfers just one way to the Cancun airport? Thank you.

    • Hello Missy
      The transfers are nice because you can schedule them and then they just show up to your door without having to call and wait for them. It will be better priced than the taxi quote as well. You can book just one way from Playa Del Carmen to the airport. We hope you have a smooth transfer and come back soon.

  53. I just wanted to say we arrived this week here to the Riviera Maya. We took the private transfer from the airport and it went very well. Good recommended service. Thanks.

  54. Kevin Schumer // November 18, 2016 at 12:21 PM // Reply

    Thanks for your detailed instructions for catching the bus. It was super easy to do and a nice option for me since I was traveling alone.

  55. Donald Cristian // November 18, 2016 at 1:27 PM // Reply

    Thanks for the info. We got out of the airport and found our guy super easy. It was our first time to Mexico so we were a little worried about trying figure it out.

  56. Donna Whitmore // November 18, 2016 at 7:49 PM // Reply

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how to get from Cancun Airport
    to Playa Del Carmen. Regards. It helps me plan.

  57. Thank you for this detailed write-up, Mr Yucatan. Exactly what I needed. I love you.

  58. These are good prices for the transfers! We have seen much higher prices.

  59. Last time we rented a car to go fro the airport to Playa Del Carmen because we had a week and wanted to travel around. We found we could walk almost everywhere in town and a cheap taxi was always available. This time we will skip the car and just take the shuttle. Must easier and cost effective. This is the best options for us.

  60. Thanks for the info. Very detailed work and helpful.

  61. I constantly refer my guest of the hotel to your website. It is very helpful in answering questions about the Riviera Maya and how to get from the airport.

  62. Hi there to all, since I am planning a trip to Playa Del Carmen I cam across your website. Great details on everything. I look forward to exploring with your site

  63. Thank you for great information I used it for looking for this info for my mission. I am bringing a group to the Riviera Maya and I am in charge of the logistics.

  64. Thanks for the information on airport transfers. My wife and I plan to go to one of these AI resorts at PlayaDC nest month. They ask us to rent a car at Cancun Airport, but since they told us we only need a car for 3 of the 5 days there, I am thinking of taking the private transfers to Playa and then rent a car there for 3 days. Do you have any suggestion or guidelines on car rental at Playa del Carmen, specifically places that is reliable and not too expensive after adding all the necessary insurance? Thanks

    • Hello Peter

      We have been trying to get one good car company to give us a good rate for our readers. We are almost there. We like American car rental that is in the center of Playa because they are professional. We will soon have two rates, one with full coverage and one with just the liability which is required in Mexico. You can check them out online. Many people like the private transfers because you don’t need a car most of the time here. Many tours will pick you up and drop you at your hotel. We hope you have a great trip down here and let us know if you need anything.

  65. Attractive details and well thought out. I hate corporate guides. You have good info on your site, thanks. I look forward to exploring Playa soon.

  66. Tony Favelaro // November 25, 2016 at 3:37 AM // Reply

    Crudos to our driver who knew our flight was delayed but as waiting at the airport for us and go us to our hotel right on time. Great service and I would say looking forward to going back to the airport with them, but we are sure we will want to stay longer in the Riviera Maya. Note to self, book two weeks next year.

  67. We are coming for our first time to the Riviera Maya and really looking forward to it. We have been reading everything you publish. We are doing the more independent our so looking to take the bus from the airport to Playa.

  68. Hi there, great tips and info. We had been debating on how we were going to get form the airport. We took the bus last time and got a taxi to our hotel, but that took too much time with luggage. So this year we are doing the shuttle for sure. Direct is best if you are staying out of Playa Del Carmen on the coast.

  69. Hello. You have such good advice about airport transportation do you also have info on what tours are best to take?Thanks

    • Hello and thanks for taking a look at our website. We love making guides for our readers. We have several articles that you might like. Our. If tour article with a map of places can easily help you find places. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/playa-del-carmen-tours/
      We hope this gives you some ideas and you can always use the search button in the site so you can find exactly what you want. We hope you have a great trip.

  70. Well explained and very through guide. Thanks.

  71. We are flying into Cancun but have a standby ticket. How can we book s transfer to our hotel if we are not sure the time we arrive or how far in advance can we book?

    • Hello Rory

      That is great you are coming to the Riviera Maya! The transportation company needs to make a schedule of all its drivers the day before and usually they require a 24 hour notice. You can always contact them through the link so you can ask if they can arrange a ride for you once you know your flight. We hope your flight goes well and you are able to book a transfer. Thanks for your question.

  72. Lara Darrington // November 29, 2016 at 9:50 AM // Reply

    Great tips for travel in Mexico! thanks for your website.

  73. I have seen a lot of stuff about Uber in Cancun. Is there any service to Playa Del Carmen yet?

    • Hello Matthew

      Uber was only operating in Cancun and does not have permission to service the route from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen. Even though this service has started to Cancun and in the city of Cancun we do not fully recommend it for several reasons. Number one there are not many drivers and people using the service. Number two there have been conflicts between the taxi union and Uber and the last thing in the news were Uber cars getting fined by the government for fees owed because it was deemed that Uber was operating illegally according to State laws. We suggest the transportation option in our article.

  74. We just got back to Michigan and wanted to say everything went well with our airport transfer and getting back and forth to the airport. Thanks so much for your help.

    • Hello Richard
      We are glad you had a good trip and all went well. We hope to see you back here soon. We will be busy working here in paradise to keep you on top of what is going on here.

  75. I always thought Playa del Carmen was farther away from the airport than Cancun. It seems pretty easy to get to. We have stayed in Cancun and the transfers were 40 minutes or longer. So there was no real point in staying in Cancun to be near the airport.

  76. I found your site while researching our trip down to Playa Del Carmen. I amazed at how much info you have on here. You make it easy to get around. Thanks for all your guides.

  77. D. Thornburg // December 2, 2016 at 12:46 PM // Reply

    Hello. This is our first time we have planned a trip to Playa Del Carmen. Of course on of the first things we checked was this article. We like your site and all the details you have. Cheers!

  78. Thanks for including us in your wedding plans. We looked over all your planning and you seem to be VERY organized for your trip. We hope you have an amazing time! We are sure with all your planning things will go very well.

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