Getting from the mainland to Cozumel is relatively pretty simple on the Cozumel ferry. Here is all the information you need to know to make your trip easy. (See also our video below!)
There are 3 Ferry Companies that Cross from Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel
There are now three companies that service the crossing. Click on the names to go to their wesbites. The three Cozumel ferry companies are :
All boats are similar. All of the ferry companies have kiosk near the ferry pier. Most people just show up and take whatever boat is leaving next. You can buy one way or round trip tickets. There is no discount it just saves you from getting in line again to buy another one. We recommend just getting a one way ticket and then buy a ticket when you are ready to come back. That way you are not waiting for a ferry that you already bought a return ticket for or trying to catch a certain time ferry.
How much does the Cozumel ferry cost?
The Cozumel ferry cost about 135-167 pesos each way. Prices vary a little. Since there is a third company now the prices have been changing a little. But basically they are all about the same price and convenience of what boat is leaving next is going to be the deciding factor.
One big money saving tip is for locals with proof of ID on Barcos Caribe, it is only 69 pesos each way.
What time do the ferries go to Cozumel?
Barcos Caribe has ferries leaving from Playa Del Carmen from 6:45 am-11:00pm and from Cozumel from5:45am-10:00pm.
Untramar crosses 30 times a day between Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel.
Mexico Waterjets has service leaving Playa Del Carmen 7:00am-10:00pm and from Cozumel 6:00am-9:00pm. Some of these can be seasonal so double check on their website.
What are the child prices?
Children 2 years old up until 12 years old get about 50% off the adult ticket.
How do I get from the ADO bus station to the Cozumel ferry?
You can easily walk from the ADO bus station on Juarez Avenue and 5th Avenue. It is only about 3 blocks. Just exit the bus station onto 5th Avenue and turn right. Go two blocks and then take a left down the ocean. Easy enough.
If you are carrying a lot of luggage then you can get a tricycle taxi to load up your stuff and bike it down to the ferry. Bicycle taxis are located right next to the bus station on Juarez Avenue.
If you are coming from the Cancun airport on ADO bus, you will go to the ADO bust station on Juarez Avenue, close to the ferry. The airport bus only goes to this station.
How long does the Cozumel ferry take?
The ferry is just over 30 minutes to cross. Boats leave very close to schedule. If there are rougher seas then the crossing can take a little longer. Make sure you get there at least 10 minutes before they leave so you can walk out and get on.
Will I get seasick on the ferry to Cozumel?
Most likely not. The ride is pretty smooth and most people can handle it. If you are sensitive they do have bags available. If the wind is high, the seas in the middle between Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen can get a bit bumpy. Most of the time though there is clear sailing.
Do the Cozumel ferries have bathrooms or food?
Yes to both. There are drinks available at small bars on the ferries.
Do the ferries have air-conditioning?
Yes, all the ferries are air conditioned and actually quite comfortable. There is seating outside as well to get some fresh air and take photos. Most people prefer to relax inside though.
Are the ferries handicap accessible?
Yes. There are always crew available to assist with loading. The gangplank is usually too narrow for wheel chairs. So special care has to be given and passengers with handicaps will be assisted.
Is there a car ferry to and from Cozumel?
Yes. It is called Trans Caribe but this is totally different than the above mentioned ferry companies. It leaves from the Calica port which is about 10 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen.
There is however no need to take your car over for the day. It is much easier to rent a car while on Cozumel. The price of shipping a car over out ways any benefit to renting a car.
How much is it to take a car on the ferry to Cozumel?
A regular size car is 817 pesos each way. If you are a resident of Cozumel you can pay 380 pesos and if you are a resident of Quintana Roo the price is 500 pesos.
How often do the car ferries cross between Cozumel and the mainland?
The ferry crosses 4 times a day except Sundays when it just crosses twice. For exact hours check the link above to Trans Caribe.
What services are there when you arrive to the Cozumel Ferry Pier?
The Cozumel Ferry Pier is very modern and makes it easy to access the town of San Miguel and points beyond. There are bathrooms and snacks at the pier and many tour operators selling everything from dive tours to rental cars. It is best however to research what is best for you before getting off the boat.
There are taxis right outside the terminal lined up to take you all over the island.
Near the ferry terminal there are many jewelry stores that cater to cruise ship arrivals. Most of the bars and restaurants are to your right as you exit. The town itself does not have much to offer day trippers or tourist except for the area close to the ferries. Most of the destinations people want are out of town.
For more on Cozumel check out our article on what is there to do.
If you have some time while waiting for the ferry in Playa Del Carmen make sure you walk around Parque Fundadores (Founders Park) because there is always something going on there for entertainment and it is a nice place to grab a snack.
Where do you park to take the Cozumel Ferry?
On the south end of Playa where you will take the ferry there are two street level parking lots and an underground parking garage. You can see a map with more details here in our Parking Guide to Playa.