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How to take the Ferry from Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel

Cozumel ferry

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 wesbites. 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

35 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


      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!

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