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How to take the Ferry from Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel

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How to take the Ferry from Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel

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 websites. The three Cozumel ferry companies are :

  1. Barcos Caribe
  2. Ultramar
  3. Mexico Waterjets

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.

Cozumel ferry

The three ferry companies that operate between Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen

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.

What are the child prices for the Cozumel ferry?

Children 2 years old up until 12 years old get about 50% off the adult ticket.

One big money saving tip is for locals with proof of ID on Barcos Caribe, it is only 69 pesos each way.

Can I pre-buy a ticket for the ferry?

You can buy tickets in advance for the Barcos Caribe. Below is a link. You will have a receipt that you will need to take to their desk when you arrive for your tickets.


Round-Trip Ferry Ticket between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel

What time do the ferries go to Cozumel?

For our complete Cozumel ferry schedule see our article here.

Barcos Caribe has ferries leaving from Playa Del Carmen from 6:45 am-11:00pm and from Cozumel from5:45am-10:00pm.

Ultramar 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.

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.

Cozumel ferry

The ferry dock in Cozumel.

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 outweighs 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.

Here is a map of where the Cozumel ferry pier is in Playa Del Carmen

Do you have any questions or comments about how to take the ferry to Cozumel? Let us know below in the comment section.

73 Comments on How to take the Ferry from Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel

  1. We will be coming off a cruise ship and want to take the ferry over to Playa del Carmen. Is the distance walkable or a taxi needed?

    • Hello. There are several cruise ship ports on Cozumel so it will depend on which on you arrive at and how close it is to the ferry terminal in Cozumel. Once you arrive in Playa Del Carmen you are almost right on 5th Avenue. You can start walking from there to explore.

  2. What is the ferry that is at the pier at av constituyenes? Does that also go to Cozumel?

    • This ferry has been there lately and usually this is used for the cruise ships that need to send people over to the mainland. Because of the amount of people that arrive at the same time, they have used the Constituyentes pier. We have seen a ticket booth there but have not confirmed any regular schedule for single passengers going to Cozumel. We will keep you informed about this to see if there is more concrete information.

  3. I noticed that more of the Cozumel ferry companies are offering local discounts. I guess to compete with each other.

  4. Adeline Lippert // January 22, 2017 at 7:12 AM // Reply

    How far is it from the ferry to Alantics Submarine? How much does it cost to take the Submarine for an adult? Are they open daily and what hours?

    • Hello Adeline

      The Atlantis Submarine is south of the ferry pier. It is a taxi ride since it is longer than a decent walk. We do not have nay information on them since they never responded to our emails. We hope to visit and have a full story on them soon. For now you should be able to find there website online. This tour is popular with cruise ship visitors so it can get full at times.

  5. Betty de Groot // January 23, 2017 at 6:33 AM // Reply

    How far is the ferry from the 3D Museum of Wonders?

    • The museum is a walkable distance from the Cozumel Ferry Pier. You can walk up 5th Avenue until 8th Street and go one block up to 10th Avenue.

  6. Hello. Thank for the info. What, roughly, can I expect to pay for a taxi from the ADO on 20th, to the ferry? There will be too of us with two backpacks. Thanks.

    • If you get a taxi from the Stand it technically should be 30 pesos and 25 from hailing a taxi off the street. Often they ask for more though.

  7. Thanks for your good advice. We are heading to Cozumel this week after being in Playa Del Carmen for one month. We planning checking things out there.

  8. darrell grant // February 9, 2017 at 3:46 PM // Reply

    We are flying into cancun and transfering to the ferry to cozumel and the same on our way back. What is the luggage restrictions on the ferrys. Is the a max. We will be traveling with young children so will have some luggage.

    • It seems like there is not a strict policy on luggage, just that large bags cannot go in the cabin since it will block isles. They should place your bags for you and tip is appreciated. There are three ferry companies but we think they should all be the same with luggage. If you find anything different, please let us know. We hope you have a great trip.

  9. Hello Darrell

    We did confirm with Ultra Mar, one of the ferry companies that you can bring suitcases with you with no extra charges.

  10. Hi, is it possible to take a bicycle on the ferry?

  11. Hello. Can you tell me whether there are luggage lockers big enough to take cases 30 x 40 x 60cm at the ferry pier in San Miguel? My wife and I want to visit the nearby Museo before crossing to Playa del Carmen, but will have our luggage with us. Thanks.

    • Hello John

      We are not sure but think it is more like a bag check and you should be able to check them. Sorry we have not checked bags there, so we are not sure.

  12. If I take the ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel, how far is to the Carnival cruise port?

    • There are three docks in Cozumel. You will need to know what dock the cruise comes to. They announce it on a website for what ships are docking where. One is very close to the ferry from Playa Del Carmen but another one is about a 8 minute taxi ride to the south.

  13. Lester Schlotzhauer // February 28, 2017 at 2:25 PM // Reply

    Thanks for the detailed guide. We are coming to Mexico for the first time and splitting our time between Cozumel and Playa. We are expecting to transfer a couple of times on the ferry.

  14. Do the passenger ferries going to Playa del Carmen ever sell out? Should I try and reserve tickets ahead of time?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 9, 2017 at 8:07 AM // Reply

      We have never seen them really sell out. They do get full but there are ferries every 30 minutes so even if one is sold out you have a short wait. Usually during high demand like for the Ironman they have extra ferries.

  15. Hi. We are staying at Riu Mexico in Playa but want to catch the ferry to go over to Cozumel one day during our trip. How far away from our hotel is the place where we would get on the ferry?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 9, 2017 at 3:45 PM // Reply

      Hello Ellen

      Your hotel is toward the middle of Playacar and walking would be a good 20 minute walk. A taxi is best and will cost about 90 pesos each way. From where the taxi drops you it is about two blocks of pedestrian streets.

  16. Happy Traveller // March 11, 2017 at 10:48 AM // Reply

    Hey Mr Yucutan

    Just wanted to say thank you for all your detailed responses. They have helped with our plans and budgetting tremendously

  17. L. Mcbride // March 11, 2017 at 4:41 PM // Reply

    Thanks for all your help planning out our vacation and travel tips! We really appreciated it.

  18. Carey Horton // March 12, 2017 at 8:18 AM // Reply

    Thanks for all the good information. Is there a rental car agency near the ferry port in Cozumel?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 12, 2017 at 8:34 AM // Reply

      There are many small car rental companies by the ferry but we don’t really recommend them. They are really geared for tourist and often do not offer the best services of prices. geared for tourist and We don’t have one car rental company to recommend but we prefer some that are in the town. Maybe getting a recommendation is good. Many of the cars on Cozumel are older and not in great shape. Some are convertibles which are fun but you will get a lot of sun, so keep that in mind.

  19. Once you arrive at the Cozumel ferry are there plenty of taxi/vans to take you to your condo/hotel? We are a family of 5 and most likely need a van with luggage and all. Approximately what is the cost to expect to do this? Thanks!

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 13, 2017 at 9:08 PM // Reply

      Hello

      If you are going to Cozumel and getting off the ferry there, yes, there are plenty of taxis and there are a lot of van taxis on Cozumel. Hotels there are very spread out so knowing what hotel you are going to would be a reference point for pricing. Taxis are not metered so it is good to ask. For 5 people going to some of the hotels it would be about 200/400 pesos. If you are coming to Playa Del Carmen, there are bike taxis that can carry your luggage to the taxi stand on Juarez Avenue three blocks away. Here you can get a taxi to where you need to go.

  20. Hello!
    We are flying in to Cancun and going to Cozume with our 11 month old babyl. It will be our first trip to the island could you suggest the most comfortable way of getting to the ferry taxi or a transfer company?
    Thank you!

  21. I am going on a carnival cruise and want to go to playa, what is the best beach

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 30, 2017 at 9:55 PM // Reply

      Hello Misty
      Since you have the day there and are arriving at the Cozumel Ferry pier in Playa, you can choose the beach just north of the pier. There is a beach club called Wah Wah that has free chairs as long as you get some drinks or food. The beach is good and it is casual. We hope you have a great time visiting!

  22. Will the ferry take american dollars?

    • Mr.Yucatan // March 30, 2017 at 9:54 PM // Reply

      Hello Misty. The ferry will take USD. They will exchange it at their own rate but it will not be too bad.

  23. We r going to Cancun in Sep and want to go to Cozumel not sure if just as a day trip or an overnight stay wld it b easy to get a hotel for 1 night if we decided to stay and get the ferry back to playadelcarmen the next day r hotels near the ferry port or located further away

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 2, 2017 at 10:45 AM // Reply

      Hello Mary

      If you are staying in Cancun it is going to take you one hour to Playa Del Carmen and one hour for the ferry, so already that is four hours of transportation in one day. It is possible to do it as a day trip. You might want to go to Cozumel and see it and then come back to Playa and spend the night since you will have many options for places to eat and walk around. On Cozumel there are hotels near the pier but most are basic. The town on Cozumel is “ok” . Most of it is designed for cruise ship people with jewelry stores and bars. We would recommend staying in Playa for the night and then in the morning going back to Cancun.

  24. Hi thanx for the info wld it be easy to book a hotel on Cozumel on the day we do a trip if we did decide to stay the night there and return by ferry the next day to playa then back to Cancun went to Cancun about 8yrs ago and took the bus to playa and had a walk about but did’nt do any ferry trips but thought we’d do it this time

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 2, 2017 at 5:38 PM // Reply

      There are some hotels in the downtown and it should be easy to book a night once there. You could write down some of the addresses so you know what is available before you go. Unless it is a major event like carnival or the Ironman, there usually are rooms. Hotel prices range from $40 USD and up. Some of the hotels will not be on booking sites since some are local ones.

  25. I am staying in cozumel and my flight back home is at 8:00 in the morning. Which means I have to be at the airport at 6:00 and leave cozumel before 5 am. Is there another ferrys or boats we can take really early in the morning to make it to playa del Carmen and to the airport?

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 6, 2017 at 9:30 AM // Reply

      Hello Jess

      The ONLY option you have is to leave Cozumel the night before because if your flight is at 8am you need to be at the airport at 6am and leave from Playa at 5am. If you were on Cozumel that means leaving at 4am. There are flights from Cozumel to Cancun but they are not that early. Maybe changing your flight will end up costing you something but less stressful and less then getting a hotel for the night in Playa.

  26. Hello, we are staying in Tulum and not sure whether to fly into Cancun and take a taxi (1.5 – 2 hrs??) or if there is a shuttle? Or should we fly into Cozumel and take the Ferry to Playa, then a 30m taxi from there to Tulum? Any thoughts/guidance would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Mr.Yucatan // April 16, 2017 at 8:42 AM // Reply

      Hello Kim
      One factor is going to be the price of the flight. Most flights are cheaper into Cancun. Once you land we reccomend taking a private transfer. They will be waiting for you and have more space than a taxi. Here is our article on one transfer company we reccomend. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/how-to-get-from-the-cancun-airport-to-tulum/
      One thing you have to also think about is the time it takes to get from the Cozumel airport to the ferry, then the 45 minute ferry. It also might be a windy day and the ferry could be rougher. Not the best way to start your vacation. The connection from Cancun Airport is smooth and fast. We hope you have a great vacation here.

  27. You got a very great website, Glad I found it, you have lots of helpful articles for our trip.

  28. Can I pay for the shuttle tickets by credit card or cash only?

    • Mr.Yucatan // May 22, 2017 at 4:34 PM // Reply

      You can by both credit card or cash. If you use Card, it is best to use the booth close to the Ferry Terminal since they will be more likely able to give you good service. There are booths along 5th Avenue for example but they might not have the best connection to use your card.

  29. I heard the taxi’s on Cozumel are pretty expensive. Is that true or are they similar to the pricing on the mainland?
    We are renting a car for our stay on the mainland but wanted to go to Cozumel for a day and thought we would ferry it over, but you say that’s not really worth doing. My concern is that by the time we ferry 4 of us over, get a taxi to go in town and then rent a car – that will be expensive. 🙁 Your opinion…

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 11, 2017 at 12:51 PM // Reply

      Our question to you is, what do you want to do there? It sounds like you want to drive around the island. If you take the Cozumel ferry it arrives just in the town and you can walk from there to a car rental agency. There are about 5 right in the terminal. All are booths and all are, how shall we say, tourist ones. We don’t have a good agency to recommend. For the most part it will be fine and you should not worry. You do get what you pay for so if a car is really cheap, like $30 USD for the day with insurance, you might get an old car. Just check things out and ask about all the fees first. The loop around Cozumel is cool to drive and a few small bars dot the far side of the island. There are a few public access beaches on the far side. Most of that area is natural. If the weather looks bad from here you can always skip it. That is the benefit of living so close and not booking ahead.

  30. Are shops and things to do open on Sundays in Cozumel? Or is it better to go over on Mon – Sat?

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 11, 2017 at 12:52 PM // Reply

      Most stores are along the waterfront and cater to cruise ship tourist. There are lots of jewelry stores and tequila tastings. You don’t find too many higher end shops and it is touristy (aka Senor Frogs). Shops are open because it is for tourist and at any given day there are cruise ships arriving.

  31. We are staying in Cozumel and need to take the 5:45 a.m. Ferry to Playa del Carmen to catch a transfer at the Nike Store at 7:20 a.m.to Xel-ha. Do you know if anything would be open where we could wait?

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 15, 2017 at 6:42 AM // Reply

      Hello Maureen

      Most places around there open at 8am. There is a Starbucks on the second floor of the Cozumel Ferry Pier. WE are not sure if it is open that early. If not, there is seating there on the second level and you can enjoy the ocean views. We hope you have a great time at Xel Ha. Let us know if you need anything else.

  32. What is the best way to get to Playa Del Carmen from Cancun? Also, how much is a round trip ticket in USD$ for an adult. Thanks.

  33. Hello, I am staying at sandos caracol in November and it seems like the flight to Cozumel is cheaper compared to Cancun airport. What would be the difference in pricing to get to my hotel? I would have to take the ferry then a taxi to get to my hotel compared to a taxi or transfer service from Cancun airport.

  34. Hello there, we’ll be taking the ferry to Cozumel and looking for the best place to go snorkeling. Once there, where should we go and do we need to hire a guide or rent a car to get to that place? Thank you so much for your help!

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 24, 2017 at 8:34 AM // Reply

      Hello Ric

      Most of the better snorkeling is on the west side of the island and south of the ferry pier. Renting a car seems to be a bit of a waste since you would spend 30 minutes picking it up, driving 15 minutes and then parking it while you snorkel. There are not a lot of easy access points to the water so a tour that is reasonable in price might be good. Many beach bars and hotels also offer free access as long as you buy food and drinks. one idea is to take a catamaran tour. They usually are able to get you right near the snorkel spots and then you can jump in to see the reefs. One tour is here: Catamaran Sail and Snorkel Tour in Cozumel – $55.00
      from: Viator

  35. Hi, we are arriving in Cozumel on Norwegian in a week . We want to take the ferry over to Playa and then go to Cenote Chaak Tun. How close is the ferry to the cruise ship dock? Are there taxis at the ferry dock in Playa? There will be 5 of us so we will need a bigger car. Do you suggest buying all tickets ( ferry and cenote) before we arrive? Or are the ferry tickets for a particular time?

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 30, 2017 at 8:28 AM // Reply

      Hello Cathy

      Well first thing, there are three docks where cruised come to in Cozumel. Some are about a 15 minute taxi ride from the Cozumel Ferry. When your cruise arrives there will be ferry that come up to the boat when you dock at the southern pier but these are for pre booked excursions. So you will need to know what pier you are going to in order to plan out your timing for getting the ferry.
      There will be taxis outside of the all three piers in Cozumel. When you arrive in Playa there will be taxi drivers that have signs for taxi service. A taxi from Playa to the cenote for 5 people should be 660 pesos according to our taxi rate in our taxi guide. http://everythingplayadelcarmen.com/playa-del-carmen-taxis/
      You should account for 30 minutes each way for the taxi to the cenote from the Playa dock. We hope this helps you and you have a great time.

  36. Shirley Mitchell // August 16, 2017 at 8:58 AM // Reply

    We will be in Playa next week. My husband has a disability and needs a mobility scooter to get around. We would like to take the ferry over to Cozumel. Would there be a problem getting the scooter on board the ferry? Are the shops and restaurants in Cozumel close to the ferry landing?

    • Hello Shirley

      They should be able to accommodate you because this is the main way all passengers get to Cozumel. There are staff at the boarding that can help. Once you arrive in Cozumel there are stores along the waterfront and restaurants within a 4 block radius to choose from. It is more geared for cruise ship guest, so expect a more touristy feel.

  37. Veronica Rodarte // August 16, 2017 at 11:53 PM // Reply

    Vamos en el barco de carnaval y nos van a dejar bajar a las 10 pero tenemos Ke regresar para las 5:30!del mismo día pero queremos tomar el ferry para playa del Carmen para conocer las ruinas de koba creo Ke haci se llaman no s alcanzaría el tiempo o no me recomienda hacer esa visita a las Ruinas por el poco tiempo Ke nos da el barco ??

    • Hola. Este es el problema con los cruceros. No tienes mucho tiempo para ver las cosas en tierra. Las ruinas de Cobá están demasiado lejos para ser vistas en un día desde Cozumel. Es incluso un corto tiempo para ver las ruinas de Tulum que son 1 hora menos tiempo de transporte. Tal vez debería volar aquí la próxima vez y ver todas las cosas maravillosas que están aquí.

  38. Is there any options to leave Cozumel to PDC at around 4am? Maybe a private company that runs earlier boats? Our flight leaves at 8:30am in Cancun.

    If not then could you tell me how long it takes to get from cozumel to PDC on the ferry since i see one leaves at 5:45am? and how long it takes for a taxi to get you from PDC to the Cancun Airport?

    • No there are no other options. It is bad to cut it close as well since there is always a slim change the weather can be bad in the morning and the ferries can be delayed. The ferries take about 40/45 minutes. There are two types and one is slightly faster. There is the option to take a flight from Cozumel to Cancun. You can check out Mayanair for this.

  39. Am I able to take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen and back?

    • Yes. Are you talking about the same boat and just arriving and returning in one time? You will need to get off and present your ticket for the return assuming the same ferry company is departing as soon as it arrives.

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