Latest Articles

How to Take the Colectivos to Tulum or Cancun

Colectivos, calle 2, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico

Getting cheaply and quickly between Cancun-Playa Del Carmen-and Tulum is fairly easy to do via colectivos. Colectivos are vans that are shared transportation and take off for their destinations, sometimes picking up people and dropping them off along the way. Colectivos are cheaper and faster then ADO bus company but are smaller and sometimes less cool in temperature. (see video at the end of this article). There are two separate colectivo companies:

  1. Playa Del Carmen to Cancun
  2. Playa Del Carmen to Tulum

It should be noted that you cannot take a collective from north of Playa Del Carmen all the way to Tulum, you will need to switch to the other colectivos to continue your journey.

Note: If you are looking to get to Tulum from the Cancun Airport, see our article here on how to do this.

Playa Del Carmen Colectivos to Cancun

We recommend Playa Express that leaves from Calle 2 between 20th and 25th Avenues from their parking lot. (see photo) They leave on a regular basis during the day and  will leave even if not full.

Playa Express colectivo Playa Del Carmen Cancun

Playa Express Busses

 

Tip: If it is easier for you to get on the Playa Express on the highway, there are several bus stops there. Playa Express will pick up people along the highway until the north end where the pedestrian overpass is. It is better to get on before CTM Avenue though because they can start to fill up.

Tip: Almost all Playa Express buses go to ADO bus station in Cancun. They do have some that go the back side of Cancun that is more for locals. Just make sure you know if they go to ADO Station if you are going to the center of Cancun. Otherwise wait because anything most tourist want to go to in Cancun is served by the ADO bus destination route.

Playa Express has nice Mercedes vans that are larger then the other Nissan/Toyota colectivo vans. The air conditioning seems to work pretty good as well. Playa Express does not make as many stops or pickups once it gets out of town since they mainly cater to people going all the way to Cancun.

There are the smaller and more local colectivos that go from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun. These are the Nissan/Toyota vans. Seating is more close together and the visibility is not as good as Playa Express. These vans leave from the corner of 2nd Street and 20th Avenue. There is a parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection where they will be yelling out “Cancun”.

Colectivo Prices for Playa Del Carmen to Cancun

The one way price is 34 pesos to Cancun and 22 pesos to Puerto Morelos. You pay as you get on the bus. Keep your ticket with you at all times as proof you paid, this is true with all bus/colectivo service in Mexico. Once you arrive in Cancun and you want to get off before the main terminal, you can get off at Plaza Las Americas, a popular place to go shopping in Cancun (you will need to ask the driver to drop you there).The end point is just across from the Cancun bus terminal. (see map in our Cancun Bus Station Guide)

Can you take the colectivo to the Cancun Airport?

The answer is no. They only go on the 307 highway and technically they could let you out and the intersection where the road leads to the airport, but there is no transportation from the highway into the airport and it is too long of a walk. Plus if you had luggage the colectivos do not have much space for it. Technically you could try to get a taxi from the highway into the airport but many taxis are already with people entering the airport property. If you are thinking this option because the ADO bus does not run early enough for your flight, it is better to book the private shuttle company to take you to the airport.

Cancun to Playa Del Carmen on Playa Express

Across from the entrance of the ADO bus station is where you pick it up to come back to Playa Del Carmen (except very late night busses, they are across the street, across Avenida Tulum). It is very hard to flag down a van one once it leaves the bus station in Cancun because they almost always leave full from Cancun for Playa Del Carmen. When you take Playa Express back into Playa the driver will let you off a few places in Playa before reaching Calle 2 again.

Playa Del Carmen to Tulum Colectivo vans

Again, Calle 2 is your place to pick up colectivos but this time it is between 15th and 20th Avenues. You will see a line up of vans, walk to the front of the vans and there will be someone asking people where you are going or yelling out “Tulum, Tulum”. These vans leave when full, but don’t worry it will only take about 5-10 minutes. the helper on the sidewalk ask where you are going and then passes the info onto the driver. Hopefuly the driver remembers, but incase he does not, be somewhat prepared to yell out “your name of stop” “por favor“. Being prepared where you are going and knowing what it looks like from the highway will help and it will also help if you are not asking the driver all the time if this is your stop (the drivers get annoyed with people like that). These colectivos make as many stops as there are destinations so basically wherever anyone wants to go, they will drop you there. Usually though in one van there are only a few stops between everyone before the colectivo arrives in Tulum. On these colectivos you pay when you get off.

Prices for colectivos from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum

Here is a price list for you. Destinations in-between or near are close to these prices. Xcaret=20 pesos, Xpu-Ha Beach=30 pesos, Akumal= 35 pesos, Xel-ha=40 pesos, Tulum=40 pesos. Drivers have been know to round up prices for tourist, somewhere in the 5 more pesos range. There is a list of prices on a sign as you get on the colectivos, you can always check here and just have the money ready when you go to get off . The drivers are usually very courteous and try to drop you off as close as possible for you. The colectivos terminate in the middle to Tulum near the ADO bus terminal. Remember there are two main stops in Tulum. The first one is the Ruins and they will only stop there if you request it. The second stop is in town near the ADO bus station.

Colectivos from Tulum to Playa Del Carmen

To come back to Playa Del Carmen on the colectivos it is best to catch them from near the middle of Tulum along the 307 main road because they can fill up and you might have to wait longer (however it is not really worth it if you are at the Tulum ruins to go into town to catch a ride, it is more hassle then waiting there for them). If you are somewhere in between Tulum and Playa, just stand next to the road and put your arm up when you see a van coming. Close to when people start getting off from work, there are more colectivos in service but they also fill up fast.

Below is a map of most of the destinations on the Rivera Maya where people want to go.

Riviera Maya Map

 

Tip: If you have a large group (five or more) it might be better to rent a car for a day trip. It will be more convenient and if you have a large group you might not fit in one van.

Tip: There are no colectivos that go from Cancun all the way to Tulum. You will need to take the Cancun-Playa Del Carmen colectivos to Playa and then switch to the Playa Del Carmen-Tulum colectivos. The same is true for the Tulum to Cancun route.

All in all these colectivos are very convenient and a cheap way to get around. By learning how to take them you can save big money on transportation to some of the popular destinations.

Colectivo , Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Van

Colectivos leaving to Tulum on 2nd Street.

Taking Colectivos from Resorts

Many people ask us about taking a colectivo from a resort along the Rivera Maya. Here are a few tips for you.

  • How do you get on a colectivo? When you are on the highway you will go to the side of the road for the direction you want to go in. Then you will raise your hand when you see a van coming. If the van is full it will not stop. Sometimes the driver will wave his hand side to side to indicate he is full. But don’t worry since the colectivos know how to anticipate where people want to get on and they run some colectivos empty leaving and fill up along the way.
  • Another thing to remember is that some resorts are a kilometer from the highway. You will need to walk, take a golf cart or taxi to the highway to get on. Some hotels have policies about people not permitted to walk on the drive into the hotel for safety reasons.
  • Luggage and large bags are not really taken on the colectivos. This service is meant to be a fast transport for people and not a hotel shuttle service. You will need to talk a taxi if you have luggage or book the private transfer service we recommended. Small bags are fine if you can hold them on your lap.
  • How will the driver know where to stop? When you get on you can tell him your hotel. Most of the drivers know all the hotels but, there are about 15 other people and the driver has to remember all the stops. So it is good to know what is near your hotel so you can remind the driver when you are very close that you want to get off. You can simply state your hotel name and say please (por Favor) and it is a nice way of reminding him.
  • Make sure you have small change in pesos. Some drivers will take dollars but you will not get a good rate plus it takes more time for the diver to sort it out. All passengers will appreciate you exiting the van quickly so they can get to their stops, so be prepared to pay when you exit.

For more on public transportation in Playa Del Carmen and the Yucatan Peninsula check out our bus station guide for Playa.

Here is a video we made to show you the bus stations and the street where you get the colectivos.

113 Comments on How to Take the Colectivos to Tulum or Cancun

  1. @everythingplayadelcarmen
    interesting.
    what about the schedule please?
    what time do the collectivos start and end each day?
    thanks!

    • Hello and thank you for your question. We do need to get the times for those that might be cutting it close at night. Basically they run from 6am-11:00pm which is anytime you would want to be on the road. We will however try to get the exact times. Playa Express runs all night long between Cancun and Playa

      • Hello @everythingplayadelcarmen. The prices from this article are still valid? Cancun to Playa for 34 pesos?

        • Yes this should be correct. If we find out anything different we will change it. It is cheaper then the ADO bus.

          • I took Playa Express today from PdC to Cancun and it was 36 pesos, so maybe prices went up since.
            For anyone else interested to get from Cancun downtown to Hotel Zone, the R1 bus cost 10,5 pesos (or so I was told to pay 🙂 )

          • Good to know. Thank you for the note.

  2. Do the collectivos drop off in the square in Puerto Morelos or at the highway junction?

    • Hello. They only drop people off on the highway.

      • Regarding collectives: we enjoy using them, but I recall reading something about ‘collective etiquette’. Does the driver flash his lights upon approaching to say he has no room?

        • Usually a driver will wave his arm back and forth to tell you it is full. Otherwise the Colectivios will slow down and pick you up

  3. Bill Robbins // February 19, 2016 at 3:08 PM // Reply

    From what I read on your wonderful site, I should expect a colectivo in Playa to cost about 70 pesos for my wife and I to get to Akumal. When they drop you off on 307, how far is it to walk to Lol-Ha? Would you advise taking a taxi back to Playa del Carmen later in the day when many people are traveling back?…and is a taxi cost approx $25 for the two of us. Thanks for answering too many questions 😉

    • That is correct on the price of the colectivo for two. From the drop off point you probably would want a taxi to drive you down to the restaurant. Going back to Playa later in the day is not a huge problem. The drivers know the flow of people fairly well and send enough vans to pick up people fairly quickly.

  4. Ben Randall // March 6, 2016 at 3:45 AM // Reply

    Hi, myself and the wife are going in June. We are wondering where we could get a collectivo to Carmen from the ocean Maya royale and back? Also idea on price?
    Many thanks in advance

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 6, 2016 at 6:54 AM // Reply

      Hello. Since you are between Playa and Cancun you would take these colectivos. You would need to walk to the highway and wait for one. It would cost about 25 pesos each person for a one way. They would take you to Playa and they terminate on 2nd Street. You would also take them from there. We would suggest the smaller Colectivos to Cancun because they make more stops. The Playa Expess would stop there for you but they usually make less stops.

  5. I am staying at Secrets Akumal Resort and I will need a ride from there to Playa to catch the ferry to Cozumel to meet w friends over there. Is Akumal considered Tulum? If I walk out to highway will the colectivo pick me up?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 8, 2016 at 5:50 AM // Reply

      The colectivo will pick you up from the highway there. It is considered Akumal. When you arrive in Plaua you are about 5 blocks from the ferry. So it is not that far. We hope you have a great time and enjoy your friends!

  6. Hello, we are staying in Playa del carmen, and need to go to the airport to pick someone up. Does the collectivo get us anywhere near the airport in Cancun?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 12, 2016 at 7:11 PM // Reply

      No. The colectivo only goes on the highway and the airport is about 2k from the highway. You will need to take the ADO bus to meet them.

  7. Hello, I am coming with a group of friends in a couple of weeks for a wedding to GBP Tulum, near Akumal. We are hoping to go into Tulum on morning and go to playa paraiso and do some shoipping along the tulum strip. Would you recommend taking the collectivo from the hwy outside the resort to tulum then a taxi to the beach and back when its time to go home? Do the collectivos stop anywhere near the resort entrances? I seem to remember them stopping closer to akumal but not sure if they stop near the GBP. Thanks in advance.

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 16, 2016 at 5:32 AM // Reply

      Here is a couple of question for you to consider. How big is your group? If you are 3 people you can take the colectivo into town and a taxi back and forth to the beach for less than 15 USD. It is possible not every colectivo will have space for three going toward Tulum and you might have to wait, but they do come along about every 10 minutes. Leaving Tulum is not a problem since they start there and fill up there. Yes the colectivos stop there at your resort but most people staying at the resort there take taxis, so it just seems less common. One option is the rent a car if possible. Then you can drive your group into town and to the beach with ease. The only thing to note that if you go on a Sunday and the weather is beautiful, the beach can get crowded at the parking lots and sometimes the amount of cars are restricted down the beach road. Perhaps your group is 4 or 5 and this might make for a better option of renting a car for about $45 for the day. You havea great plan and we hope however you do it, you have a great time exploring.

  8. Invaluable! Thank you dearly for sharing this information. This gringa feels confident in her ability to navigate the Yucatan. So much so that I convinced the family to forget the all-inclusive and have an adventure with me. Gracias!

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 21, 2016 at 1:36 PM // Reply

      That is awesome! If you need any other information to help you explore more or make your trip easier, feel free to email us at our contact button. We provide more general advice online since we have a wide range of readers but can be more specific for individuals. Happy travels!

  9. I am interested in using a collectivo from the Grand Bliss resort along the Mayan Riviera to Tulum. Do I need to take one into Playa and then get another to Tulum? There will be six people.

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 28, 2016 at 1:19 PM // Reply

      It is correct you would need to take the Playa-Cancun colectivos to Playa and then get on the Tulum-Playa Colectivos. It will not be the easiest with 6 people since most of the time where you would get on, most do not have space for 6 people. You could take two and then meet in Playa. It would be easy to fit into the Tulum colectivo because they start there and are empty.

  10. My wife and I are staying at el dorado. We are looking to be in playa del Carmen by 7:00am. Do you think that using the colectivo is a good option for us? Thank you.

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 1, 2016 at 8:22 PM // Reply

      Your best bet is going to be a taxi. There are two El Dorado resorts so we assume you are at El Dorado Maroma. That resort is a little ways from the highway and you would need a ride just to get there. It would then be a gamble as to how soon you could catch a colectivo that has space for you. So a taxi will just be an easier option for you.

  11. Glenn Roseborough // April 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM // Reply

    Thank you very much. We are actually staying at el dorado casitas. But we have decided to take a taxi to playa del carmen as it is early (as you suggested). But now our plan is to take a colectivo to the Tulum ruins from there (around 1:00). So my question is do you think that it would be difficult catching a colectivo back to el dorado casitas at around the time that the ruins close? And where would be the best place to catch a colectivo?

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 4, 2016 at 4:11 PM // Reply

      It is fairly easy to take the colectivo from Tulum. You should note that you are going to take the Tulum/Playa colectivo to Playa Del Carmen and then take the Playa/Cancun colectivos to your hotel.
      There is a stop for the colectivos near the highway where you will get the colectivo. You might have to ask where, because there is the main entrance and parking lot and this is a side entrance where you get the ADO bus and colectivo. They do start to be filled up in the center of town so it might take a couple before you get one, but they often have a few seats leaving town and leave very frequently. One alternative option is to book a ticket on ADO bus to Playa and then take the colectivo. Just make sure you book Tulum Ruins bus stop and not Tulum, which is in town. You will have more room on the bus but it is about 15 minutes slower. You will also have to walk about 4 blocks from the bus station in Playa to the colectivos to Cancun.

      When you get on the colectivo to Cancun they will ask you where you are getting off, and if not just state your hotel. If you want to you can google street view the highway by the entrance so you know what it looks like in case the driver forgets or even take note of the kilometer marker.

  12. Thank you.You are the best! I saw somewhere that the ruins now close at 5:30. Do you know if this is true? I’m mainly going in order to get a few pictures and I heard that the lighting in the afternoon may be better for this.

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 4, 2016 at 6:52 PM // Reply

      According to the INAH website (Mexican Cultural Affairs office that oversees the archeological sites)it closes at 5 but last entrance is at 4:30pm. The website was last updated January 21, 2016. So you will need to enter before then. If you want to get pictures off the cliff then earlier in the day is better because it will be lit better since the beach faces east.

  13. Hello. How much cost a coletivo from playa del Cármen to tulum ruins? Thank You

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 7, 2016 at 9:56 AM // Reply

      Hello. The price is 40 pesos each way from Playa Del Carmen. It is the same price as going to the center of Tulum. We hope you have a fun time there. Just make sure you tell the guy when getting in that you want Tulum Ruins so they drop you off before getting into town.

  14. Hi, Is it easy to find room for 2 on a Colectivo from Akumal to Tulum? I’m worried that the buses will be full from Playa before they even get to me. We are going to stay at the Akumal Beach & Wellness Resort. It sounds like we would need to walk out to the highway and wave or flag the buses to stop for us, correct?

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 21, 2016 at 7:48 AM // Reply

      You should not have a problem finding a ride. You will have to walk out to the highway and cross over to the Tulum bound side and just wait for a white van that says colectivo. You should raise your hand so they know you are waiting for them. Maybe in your hotel they will have a golf cart or curtesy transport to the highway for you. We hope you have a great time in Akumal and Tulum!

  15. I am staying at the Grand Mayan riviera Maya. How do I catch the colectivo from here?

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 24, 2016 at 1:42 PM // Reply

      Hello
      You will need to walk out to the Highway or get transport from the resort. We don’t know what their policies with walking on the roads in the resort, you will have to ask. Some do not have sidewalks or frown on people walking on the drives. When you get to the highway you just need to go to the side for the direction you want to go. There are slight pull off spaces on either side of the road and you only need to raise you arm when the colectivo is coming so you can alert them you want a colectivo. You can get vans to Cancun or Playa. Let us know if you need anything else.

  16. how much is to get from grand palladium to tulum ruins round trip?

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 25, 2016 at 7:50 PM // Reply

      Since there is no official price from the middle of the route our guess the driver will say it is 20-30 pesos each person for the colectivo ride to Tulum. At any rate it will be cheap. Just make sure you ask for Tulum ruins or Tulum town when going. They are two different stops and the ruins comes first. We hope you have a fun time on vacation.

  17. Glenn Roseborough // April 26, 2016 at 8:19 PM // Reply

    My wife and I are going to rent a car for the day and go to tulum ruins in the morning and then to cenote azul. We are looking to have a picnic lunch while we are there. My question is do you know of any places where we can get sandwiches along 307? Are you familiar with a place called Salciccium near Puerto Aventuras?

    • There is the amazing tacos Los Arboles on the highway. We have an article and video of the place. They have great real authentic food. We are not sure if they have it to go but it is a great place to eat. The only other places are like the convinence store with basic white bread sandwiches. We hope you have a great time.

  18. Thanks. I am looking for the article and video of los arboles but I cannot find it. Also would you be able to tell me where in relation to Cenote Azul it is located.

    • Cenote Azul is about 4 minute drive south of where these tacos are. You have to take the local road and not the highway bridge through Puerto Aventuras. It is the last thing on the right before you leave town. Then just proceed south on the highway and you will come to the cenotes where Cenote Azul is.

  19. Oh, is it the same place as el arbolito? That is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Hopefully there can be a way to get them to go.

  20. Hello- Is it easy to catch a colectivo from Mayakoba Fairmont to Xel-Ha? How much would that cost? Thanks!!!

    • Mr.Yucatan // May 10, 2016 at 6:20 PM // Reply

      It is fairly easy to catch but you will need to go out to the highway and at Mayakoba they probably will require you to take a taxi or golf cart transport since they do not like people walking the drive to the highway. Also you would need to take the colectivo to Playa and then take the colectivo to Tulum, getting off at Xel-ha. All in all it is a little complicated and you might consider buying the transportation with your ticket if they offer it. If you do take this route it will cost about 60 pesos each way per person. It just will depend on how much convinence you are willing to pay for. Thank you for your question.

  21. We want to the Collectivo from PDC to Iberostar Paraiso on May 20th. Will they stop at the gate and how do you get them to stop?

    Also we are arriving Cancun Airport on Tuesday May 17th. We want to take the Ado down to PDC. It looks like we are arriving Terminal 4. Where can we get the Ado from there

    • Mr.Yucatan // May 15, 2016 at 7:54 PM // Reply

      Hello. You will be able to get the ADO bus from all terminals of the Cancun Airport. Right now there are only three terminals at the Cancun Airport. We don’t think they will have the fourth one done by the time you arrive, you might want to check it. But in any case ADO picks up from all three terminals. You can see more in our article here: http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/how-to-get-from-cancun-airport-to-playa-del-carmen/
      The Colectivo to Iberostar is easy. When you get on they will ask where you are going. Hopefully the driver remembers. It is good if you are familiar with what the road looks like so you know when you are close incase you have to remind him. You can just say “Iberostar por favor” and he will stop. You can look at google street view to see what the entrance looks like.
      Note: If you are taking luggage it is best not to take the colectivos. There is not that much space and they are meant to be passenger transport. You can see our private shuttle info on the website as well if that is an option for you from the airport to your hotel.

  22. i and my wife will be there during the long weekend next weekend for 5 days. Is it a good idea to rent car for two people? i heard there are lot of issues with the insurance and we need to pay lot of money to rent the car. how much does it really cost ? we want to spend couple of days in the hotel zone, one day in isle mujeres, xcaret and cozumel one day. considering this, would you be able to suggest please ?

    • Mr.Yucatan // May 19, 2016 at 2:33 PM // Reply

      Hello. It is funny you asked about renting a car here because we are writing an article about why it is hard to rent here and the issues people have. You can rent and have a good car for 500 pesos a day. The one main thing is having liability insurance for Mexico. You need to have this specific coverage because if you have an accident and injure someone you are held until your insurance pays. Not all credit cards work and it is best to buy this. It ranges from 10-16 USD a day. Based on your destinations though you might do better without a car because if you go to Isla Mujeres you need to park the car and the same with Cozumel. Xcaret can be reached by the colectivos od a ADO bus ticket for a few times a day. You just have to balance convenience with cost. If you were not going to be going to two islands it would be an easier answer to recommend a car if you are traveling around a lot.

  23. Just want to thank you about the tip about getting tacos from los arbelitos. We stopped there on our way back from the Tulum Ruins.Between my wife and myself we had 9 tacos (at around 76 cents each) as we kept trying different ones. Not only are they economical they are delicious. Afterwards we went into playa del Carmen and we had a good laugh about the prices of the tacos. Thanks again.

    • Mr.Yucatan // May 19, 2016 at 10:49 PM // Reply

      We are so glad you got to try the tacos there. They are a good find along the highway. They have a small taco cart in Playa Del Carmen on 45th Avenue behind the old water department building but it is not the same as the place in Puerto Aventuras. We will try to find you there great little finds that make for this memorable vacation moments. If you make it to Valladolid there is a very good local restaurant called Pakaal. It is worth a stop. It is in our article and video on Valladolid.

  24. thank you for the helpful information…

  25. Hello we are looking to travel from the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort to Xcaret & Xplor for day trips, roughly how much would this cost using a collectivo & is it easy enough to do? Many thanks 🙂

    • Mr.Yucatan // May 22, 2016 at 7:40 PM // Reply

      Hello and thanks for your questions. The colectivo from Grand Sirenis to Xel-Ha will cost about 20 -25 pesos each person and about 30 pesos each person each way to Xcaret. You will have about a 5 minute walk from the hotel to the highway. It will be easiest to go to Xel Ha because it is closer and the park closes earlier. When you get off the highway stop at Xel Ha it is about a 11 minuted walk on a sidewalk in the trees so it is shaded. When you leave sometimes the colectivo is by the parking lot waiting for people to come out and it is easier then going to the highway. Xcaret has a stop on the highway and a free shuttle to the park. These run all day and stop after the show lets out at night. You have time to watch the show but you will need to go riht after to the free shuttle and then wait by the highway for the colectivo. Since it will be about 9:30 and it is a full day of activites at Xcaret it might be easier to buy the transportation so it is all included. But at least you know it is possible but just takes some planning. We hope you have a great time at both parks. They are both wonderful!

  26. Hello. My wife and I were just there in the Rivera Maya. We read your article on colectivos and were able to use them to get to XelHa from our resort and we also went into Playa Del Carmen for the day. It saved us from using the taxis to get off the property which were really expensive. This article really saved us some money. Thanks.

  27. Great tips for taking the colectivos. My wife and I used them to go to our hotel from XelHa. It was pretty easy and we saved some money. It is like what the locals do and it was fun.

  28. Hi! We took the colectivos to Tulum today and we were there in 45 minutes and 40 pesos. Nice a quick transportation. I would just recommend sitting more toward the front of the van. It was a little hotter in the back. It was full going both ways.

  29. Hi, we’re a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids) and wanted to know if the hotel will allow us to walk out onto the road, Grand Bahia Principe Coba, to take a colectivo into Playa del Carmen. Will it cost 35 or 40 pesos per person? I’m assuming kids pay the same so should our total be 140 or 160 pesos? Thanks!

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 17, 2016 at 4:37 AM // Reply

      Hello Claudette. The price is per person and your estimates are correct. You hotel will let you off the property, haha that sounds funny to say. Sometimes it seems like all inclusive hotels want to keep you trapped in there. We don’t know what it is like at that specific hotel but they should have a ride to the highway or you can walk. We hope you have a great time exploring.

  30. Doug Caliway // June 23, 2016 at 11:17 AM // Reply

    Hello. We used this guide to take the colectivos to Tulum and to Cacun from Playa Del Carmen. We loved the speed and acessability. It saved us a lot of money.

  31. Sandra Valentim // July 6, 2016 at 3:43 PM // Reply

    Hello, I am staying at Riu Tequila. How do I catch the colectivo from here?
    And can you give me some help on how to plan a trip to Cozumel to try snorkling? We never did snorkl so I believe we’ll need to go with someone/company that can teach and accompany aren’t we?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 6, 2016 at 4:54 PM // Reply

      Hello Sandra

      To take the colectivos you will need to go into the center of Playa Del Carmen. You can take a taxi for 90 pesos each way from Playacar where you are staying. Ad far as snorkeling, are you set on going to Cozumel or might you be interested in something closer? There are other snorkeling trips that will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a tour. This however are not in Cozumel. We will send you some ideas.

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 6, 2016 at 5:05 PM // Reply

      Here are two options to think about for snorkeling. One is a tour company that will come and pick you up and take you to Puerto Morelos. The snorkeling on the reef is nice.http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/snorkeling-in-puerto-morelos-with-snorkeling-adventure-tour/ Xel-Ha water park is another option that is good because it is all about snorkeling. If you don’t want to snorkel then you can float in the rafts or walk around. Here is our article on this. You can also get picked up for this park. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/xel-ha-eco-park-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-day-there/
      For Cozumel we have not been with any companies there so we don’t like to make a recommendation without testing it our first for our readers.

  32. Sandra Valentim // July 6, 2016 at 3:44 PM // Reply

    Ah forgot to mention we’ll be only two,me and my husbansd! 🙂

  33. Maddy Nickels // July 14, 2016 at 10:05 AM // Reply

    If I take the colectivo toward Cancun and get off near the airport is there a way to get in there?

  34. Hello! Thanks for all the info!!! My question, do the colectivos go from Tulum to Coba? Then from Coba back to Playa? My mom will be traveling with a walker or wheelchair…it depends, if I pay more to the colectivos do you think they will allow me to travel with it? or do you recommend an alternative? we were originally going to do the Coba Tulum tour but as you may know its pretty pricey and we want to try and stay within our budget. THANKS 🙂

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 27, 2016 at 4:21 PM // Reply

      Hello Irene
      The colectivos do not run to Coba. The colectivos only run from Tulum to Playa Del Carmen and from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun. You can however take the ADO bus from Playa Del Carmen or Tulum to Coba to see the ruins. The bus will also be more comfortable for you. Just check the schedule because there is only one bus going and coming from Tulum to Coba a day. It might be too much time at the site but the only alternative is renting a car.

  35. Thanks! I been looking for the ADO bus schedule for the Coba route back to Tulum, thinking of hitting Coba 1st super early then finish in Tulum before heading back to Playa. Do you know what is the last bus that takes off from Coba?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 28, 2016 at 6:49 PM // Reply

      Hello Irene
      The only bus that leaves Coba for Tulum is 3:10pm. That is why we said it is hard to take the bus to Coba because it does leave you there for a long time during the day. The ADO bus will get you back to Tulum in the later afternoon so it is not really possible to also go to Tulum ruins. If you want to do both you might need to look at renting a car.

  36. Do the colectivos run to Chichen Itza from PDC? We are traveling to Playa Del Carmen this Saturday and will have 4 kids and 2 adults. Very much looking forward to seeing this beautiful place!

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 29, 2016 at 12:30 PM // Reply

      Hello. The colectivos only run up and down the state of Quintana Roo. The colectivos go between Cancun and Tulum. If you want to go to Chichen Itza you will need to take an ADO bus, a tour or rent a car. We hope you have a great time visiting and let us know if you need anything else.

  37. We wanted to thank you for this article because we used the colectivos on our trip to Gran Bahia resort. We took them into Tulum and into Playa del Carmen. It saved us a lot of money from doing some tours and it was fairly easy. We only speak a little Spanish but we did fine on the colectivos. We knew where we were going so that made it easier.

  38. Hello

    Thank you for this information. We’ll be staying at the Grand Sirenis Resort..

    Do you have estimate in pesos on the cost for colectivo to and from:

    Grand Sirenis to Tulum Ruins
    Grand Sirenis to Akumal Bay
    Grand Sirenis to Playa Del Carmen

    Thank you!

    • Hello Dustin

      The approximate cost of the colectivo from Sirenis resort to Tulum Ruins is about 30 pesos each way per person. To Akumal 30 pesos. Note: When you do arrive at Akumal you will need to walk down the road to the beach for about 8 minutes. You can take a taxi if you like. From Grand Sirenis to Playa Del Carmen about 40 pesos each. At any rate the prices are far less than a taxi even if it is three people. We hope you have a great time in the Riviera Maya. Let us know if you need anything else.

  39. Four of us will be staying at Occidental Grand Xcaret in October. What is the best way to get from there to the Tulum ruins?

    • Hello Kay

      That is a little bit of a tough one because the hotel is a little far from the 307 highway where you need to take the colectivos. You would need to get a ride to the highway which might include a taxi. Taxis normally take 3 people I a car. The colectivo is 40 pesos each way so for four people that is 340 pesos or about 17.50 USD. A taxi might charge 150 pesos each way from the hotel to the highway. Another option is to make your way to Xcaret’s parking lot and they have a free shuttle to the highway every 20 minutes. It runs from 8:30am-10pm. Then you can catch the colectivo from there to Tulum. One issue is getting a colectivo for four people going to Tulum. Most leave Playa Del Carmen full. So you might have to wait about 20 minutes to get one that will take four people at one time. Another option is to go into Playa Del Carmen and take it from there or take the ADO bus From Playa to Tulum.

  40. Hello—we are staying in puerto morales and have 2 excursions planned….can we get a collectivo to puerto aventuras to fish AND can we get a collectivo to XEL-HA??

    • Hello Brad. You should note that if you are staying near the beach in Puerto Morelos you will be about 2 miles from the Highway where the colectivos run. You can take a taxi to the colectivo or one of the busses but a taxi is your best bet. You will also only be able to take a colectivo to Playa and then change to the colectivos that go the Playa Del Carmen to Tulum route. So in all it might take you over one hour to get to Puerto Aventuras. In Puerto Aventuras you will also be getting off on the highway and have about a 15 min walk into the gated community to the pier. So you might want to think about the transportation options the excursions offer.

      You can also take it to Xel Ha but you will need to do the same as above. Get to the highway in Puerto Morelos and also switch colectivos in Playa Del Carmen. The walk to Xel Ha from the Highway is about 8 minutes and not a bad walk.

  41. Audrey Kosclski // September 3, 2016 at 8:45 PM // Reply

    I am staying at Mayan Palace Riviera Maya and plan to use the collectivos however I want to make sure I have the right information before I travel.
    My first destination is from the Mayan Palace Riviera Maya resort to Playa Del Carmen beach. I’m assuming I can flag down a collectivo from the resort entrance facing the direction I want to go, but how much per person from Mayan Palace Riviera Maya to Playa Del Carmen? How far is the walk to the Playa De Carmen beaches from the collectivos drop off? How much per person from Playa Del Carmen to Cenote Cristalino ? How far is the walk to Cenote Cristalino from the collectivos drop off? How much per person from Mayan Palace Riviera Maya to Akumal Beach? How far is the walk to Akumal Beach from the collectivos drop off? How much per person from Akumal Beach to Tulum Ruins? How far is the walk to Tulum Ruins from the collectivos drop off? Any collectivos drop off at Tulum beaches? Thank you!

    • Hello Audrey

      Well that is a lot of questions and we will tackle them all here.
      My first destination is from the Mayan Palace Riviera Maya resort to Playa Del Carmen beach. I’m assuming I can flag down a collectivo from the resort entrance facing the direction I want to go, but how much per person from Mayan Palace Riviera Maya to Playa Del Carmen?
      You can flag one down from the highway going in the direction you want to go in. We are not sure the exact cost but it should be about 30 pesos each way. It I best to have pesos on you. Some drivers take dollars but it is not a given that they have to. Plus they will often give you a bad exchange rate.

      How far is the walk to the Playa De Carmen beaches from the collectivos drop off?

      If you go to the end of the colective stop it will be on 2nd street between 15th and 20th Avenue. It is about 4 1/2 blocks to the beach. It is an easy walk.

      How much per person from Playa Del Carmen to Cenote Cristalino ? How far is the walk to Cenote Cristalino from the collectivos drop off?

      the colectivo to Centoe Cristalina is about 30 pesos. It is very close to the highway and the entrance is right there. To go back to your hotel you will need to first go to Playa Del Carmen and then take the colectivos from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun and get off at your hotel.

      How much per person from Mayan Palace Riviera Maya to Akumal Beach? How far is the walk to Akumal Beach from the collectivos drop off?

      Since Akumal is beyond Playa Del Carmen from your hotel you will need to take the colectivo to Playa and then take the Playa-Tulum colectivo. It is about 30 pesos to Akumal. The walk from the highway into town is about 14 minutes.

      How much per person from Akumal Beach to Tulum Ruins? How far is the walk to Tulum Ruins from the colectivos drop off?

      The colectivo from Akumal to Tulum is about 25-30 pesos each way. The drop off is very close to the entrance to the ruins. It is closer then the parking lot actually is from Tulum ruins.

      Any colectivos drop off at Tulum beaches?

      There are no colectivos that go to the beach in Tulum. If you are leaving from the ruins you will need to take a taxi. Rates will vary. The cost will be around 60-80pesos each way and will depend on how far the exact beach is from the main road to the beach.

      • Audrey Kosclski // September 3, 2016 at 9:14 PM // Reply

        Thank you for the quick and very informational message! Collectivos are the way to go! Do you happen to have a map of major drop off areas for Playa, Akumal and Tulum? Or do the collectivos just stop and drop you off at requested location? Thanks!

        • Hello Audrey

          The colectivos stop when someone needs to get off and on. They only go on the highway so the main entrances for Akumal is for example where they would stop. They stop a few places from the highway to the ending point in Playa Del Carmen but for most people like yourself you would just get off at the end and walk or take a taxi from there.

          • Audrey Kosclski // September 5, 2016 at 11:12 AM //

            Thank you! If I’m leaving Mayan Palace Riviera Maya Resort and headed towards Playa De Carmen, do I take the colectivos Playa to Tulum or do I take Playa to Cancun? I know the resort is between Playa and Cancun. I do know standing on certain sides of the highway indicate which direction. Sorry for all the questions!

          • Mr.Yucatan // September 5, 2016 at 8:48 PM //

            No problem at all Audrey, we like helping people. The route between Tulum and Playa only has the colectivos that run that route. Think of it as a separate company that runs the colectivos from Playa to Cancun. So when you get on the colectivo from your hotel, there is only one colectivo company that services that run. It is the Playa Cancun route. That is why when you said you were going from your hotel to Akumal, which is south of Playa Del Carmen, you need to take the colectivo to Playa Del Carmen and switch to the other colectivo to go south toward Tulum and get off in Akumal.

  42. Judy A Colbert // September 7, 2016 at 9:24 PM // Reply

    I’m staying in Puerto Morelos, and found a yoga place near plaza la Roca in Cancun. So from PM to Cancun going north was fine, they drop you off at the bridge, but why are there no collectivos that go back south to Playa/PM? I had to take a taxi to the ADO to get home to PM. Thanks for your help

    • Hello Judy. The colectivos do leave from the downtown ADO bus station and go to Playa Del Carmen. The problem is they leave full and often don’t have any room on them until they let someone off in Puerto Morelos. We never see them pick people up near this plaza. You only option would be going into Cancun to catch the colectivo or figure another way to get to Puerto Morelos. We wish there was a better answer but it is what it is.

  43. I am staying at Secrets Akumal and want to take the colectivo to the Tulum ruins. Are the colectivo’s typically full when leaving playa del Carmen to Tulum? I’m just wondering what my chances are at being abe to catch a ride.

    • Hello Jacey

      That is a good question and thanks for asking it. Usually the colectivos leave Playa Del Carmen with one seat open and pick up one person as they leave town. But they start dropping people off about 10 minutes down the road. About 23% actually go from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum on the colectivo. So that means that many people get on and off before Tulum. So you will not really have a problem getting a seat on the colectivo. Just remember that the ruins are the first stop in Tulum and the town is about 5minutes drive. Make sure you ask to get off at Tulum ruins. Even if you say it in English ” Tulum ruins” they will understand you. We hope you have a great trip!

  44. Do colectivos run on Sundays as well? Planning a trip from PDC to Tulum on either a Sunday or Monday.

    • Hello Jessica. The colectivos do run on all days of the week. Since people use these services for getting to and from work and just about everything else, they are always going back and forth (except in the middle of the night). We hope you have a nice time visiting.

  45. Hello,
    My wife and I are staying at Dreams Tulum. We want to got to 5th Avenue PDC on Saturday 8th October around midday and returning early evening. Will this be 160 pesos round trip and which stop will we need to take for us to reach our destination? Many thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Hello Will

      This is the correct price for both of you to take a round trip on the colectivos to Playa Del Carmen and back to your hotel. When you come to Playa Del Carmen you will just take it to the end where they stop on 2nd Street between 15th and 20th Avenue. Then you will walk to 5th Avenue. At the end of your day you will come back to the same spot and get in the line for Tulum colectivos. Here you will tell them your hotel and the driver should remember and let you off there. We hope you have a great trip down and let us know if you need anything else.

  46. Hop on board one of the colectivos headed towards Tulum and tell the attendant that you want to be dropped at the Tulum ruins  before getting in the van.

  47. We will stay in the Iberostar Paraiso Beach resort and plan to visit Tulum ruin. Where is the closest stop to take the Colectivos? Thanks!

    • Hello Chau
      The colectivos stop wherever people are along the highway. But… this bus service is not always the best option. First you will need to walk to the highway, then you will need to take the colectivo to Playa Del Carmen where you will get off and get on the other colectivos that go from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum. You will need to do the same thing in reverse coming back from the ruins. So this is a cheap way of doing it if you want to try it or you might just find a cheap tour that will take you directly from the hotel to the ruins and back.

  48. Hola,
    we are a group of four staying at the Grand Sirenis Resort and we are wondering for a day out in Tulum if it would be better to take the colectivo to Tulum (city) first and explore the city and then walk to the ruins (is it walking/safe distance?) Then a colectivo from the ruins back to the resort. Where do the colectivo stop in Tulum (center) does it have a designated stop there (as the rest seems to be all along the highway). Muchas gracias!

    • Hello Kirsa. First off you should expect to take several colectivos to Tulum from Sirenis Resort. Most passing there will have 3 or 4 seats available. So you might need to go in shifts and arrive 15 minutes apart. It is easier to start in the town of Tulum and walk around. Then take a colectivo or taxis to the ruins. We say stop in town first because getting a colectivo into town will be near impossible since they are full arriving or again, not have space for everyone at once.
      The ruins are a little too far to walk from town.
      The colectivos in Tulum start near the center of town on the 307 Highway close to the ADO bus station. They start picking up people from along the road and are usually 85% full when they pass by the ruins. So again, be prepared to split up. We hope you have fun visiting Tulum. Our guide to visiting the ruins by yourself might give you some good tips. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/visiting-tulum-ruins-our-everything-to-know-guide/

  49. Hi Me & my wife will be at tubo tulum hostel on Saturday 5th ,next morning we are planning to Visit Xel-ha park.From where can we take collectives please? What would be its cost? & how much time does it takes.Does it drops us directly at XEl ha park ? or we have to walk down to the park from Highway?
    Also where will we get return collectivo please.

    Thanks for replying too many questions

    • Hello

      You will get the colectivos on the main road in the direction headed north. It will cost about 35 pesos. It ill take about 17 minutes. It will drop you by the overpass with the fish flags. From there, you can find a sidewalk to Xel Ha. It will take about 7 minutes to walk this. Going back you will need to walk across the highway and get a colectivo going south.

      We hope you have a great time visiting Xel Ha.

  50. Hello we are staying at hotel banana we wish to go to explor park…should we take a collectivo or taxi. Thanks

    • Hello
      You will have to go to 2nd street to get the colectivos. The colectivo will drop you off right on the highway across from the entrance. So it is pretty easy. A taxi is more expensive but will take you door to door. So it is just a matter of convienece and price. We hope you have a great time there at Xplor.

  51. Hi there, we will be staying at Paesco Coba in Playacar and would likr to use the Collectivo to Tulum and Xcaret on different days. As we will be teavelling with a toddler can we bring our fold up buggy onto the Collectivo. We will consider using taxi and Ado bus on our return journey.

    Many thanks, your article on this website is very useful and we cant wait till our holiday.

    • Hello. It will work best if you go to the ADO bus station and take the ADO bus to Tulum and also take the ADO to Xcaret. The colectivos have very limited space inside and are really meant for a quick on and off transport.

  52. Hello,

    We would like to go Coba from Playa del Carmen (Viva Windham Azteca hotel)and the same day back, What do you advise for us? Are there collectivo bus in this way? When do we have to start back to the last bus?

  53. TXH. And what’s about Chichén Itzá? What should you offer us from Playa del Carmen? We also would like to go Akumal by collectivo. Could you tell me which part of the Akumal beach where we going to find turtles?
    And the prices. How much from Playa del Carmen to Tulum? From Tulom to Coba by ADO bus? From PDC to Akumal? From PDC to Cancum?

  54. Thank you for your answers.
    Could you tell me when do buses go back to Playa del Carmen from Chitzen Itza afternoon?

    • Hello Norti

      The most current schedule will also be on ADO’s website. There are not a lot of busses so that is why many people drive or take a tour.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*