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Everything you need to know about taking taxis in Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen taxis

Playa Del Carmen Taxis

Playa Del Carmen taxis are relatively easy to navigate and inexpensive. Compared to other places and even other parts of Mexico, taxis are pretty cheap. Here is a simple guide so you know how much to pay for a taxi in Playa Del Carmen and some of the other details you should know.

Playa Del Carmen taxis are clean and there seems to be a good amount available except when it rains (like everywhere in the world). Most taxis are smaller cars so that means 3-4 people maximum in a car. Many taxis in Playa Del Carmen are Nissan Tida models which have a good amount of room in the back seat and make for a more comfortable taxi ride.

To tip or not to tip a taxi driver?

Tipping is not usually done when taking a taxi in Playa Del Carmen.  If you do care to round up 5 pesos to the next whole amount, that is acceptable. If a taxi driver helps you with a bag or goes out of his way to give you an extra service, it is polite to tip about 10-20 pesos.

How to hail  taxis in Playa Del Carmen

There are two places you can get a taxi in Playa Del Carmen. You can get them on the street or at a stand. Here are the details for both and the cost.

Hailing  taxis on the street in Playa Del Carmen

Taxis can be hailed on the street simply by raising your arm. Try to be considerate to everyone else and choose a location where the taxi can pull over and out of traffic. Try not to have a conversation with the driver and negotiate a price on a busy street.

Prices are set by the rate chart as you will see below.

Street taxis are the same as the taxis at the taxi stands. In some countries there are radio taxis and regular taxis on the street. Sometimes radio taxis are considered safer the getting a taxi on the street. In Playa Del Carmen both taxis at stands and on the street are the same. You will just pay more for a taxi at a stand in Playa Del Carmen because these taxis are waiting for you.

Taking a taxi from a taxi stand or from you hotel

The taxi stands are places where taxis wait for passengers.  Taxis charge a little more (usually 5 pesos more, but your mileage may vary) when using the taxi stands.

There is good news, a new initiative for taxis in Playa Del Carmen is signed rates at many taxi stands. Now outside of grocery stores and other locations you can see the official prices. This is a welcome addition to better taxi service.

Tip: The worst place to get a taxi from is the ADO bus station on Juarez Avenue. The taxi drivers are fine but they are notorious for over charging people. We get complaints all the time from readers that get wild prices quoted to them in this area.

Where are taxi stands in Playa Del Carmen?

Here are some popular places taxi stands. These are most convenient for tourist in the downtown and those waiting to go back to their hotel after shopping or clubbing.

  • Next to the ADO bus station on 5th Avenue and Avenue Juarez.
  • 5th Avenue and 10th Street next to the Starbucks.
  • 10th Avenue and 12th Street where many people end after going out clubbing.
  • 5th Avenue and Constituyentes Avenue.
  • 5th Avenue and 38th Street.
  • Outside of large hotels and resorts.

How much are Playa Del Carmen taxis?

Note: As of December 1 2017 Taxi rates have increased 20%. The below fares do not reflect this.

Taxis are not metered in Playa Del Carmen. There is however a chart of zones and how much it should be. If you ask how much at the end of you ride you often will be charged 5 peso or more extra. Having a knowledge of prices or even a chart with you will save you from being over charged. Check out our article here to help you avoid scams from taxis.

Some taxi drivers speak English, those that work from taxi stands tend to speak more English since more tourist catch them from taxi stands. If you are not sure the actual cost, you can ask before you get in. If it sounds fair, hop in. It is not the end of the world if you pay a little more then the actual rate but… don’t get taken for a ride by a taxi driver trying to overcharge you after you have taken the ride.

Taxi prices outside of Playa Del Carmen

If you are staying outside of Playa Del Carmen and want to take a taxi here are the prices. Below is a photo we took of the official taxi prices from a taxi stand. Notice the prices of the taxi are by how many people you have. You should still ask the price to make sure, look at the chart and say “the price is xxx pesos correct to this hotel?“.

Playa Del Carmen taxis will drive you out to hotels along the Riviera Maya but it is not cheap. The price can range from about 120-700 pesos for a one way. It is also up to the driver if he wants to go that far. It might be in the opposite direction for home and he might be ending his shift soon.

Tip: Paying pesos will get you the official prices. If you want to pay in dollars, ask first if the driver will take them. It is up to the driver at what exchange rate he accepts them at. Usually you will end up paying 30-50% if you pay in US dollars.

Playa Del Carmen Taxis

Here are the official prices from a taxi stand in Playa Del Carmen for hotels outside of Playa Del Carmen.

Tip: If your Spanish is not the best, when you check in at your hotel, grab a card with the address so when you hop in a taxi you can show him the address you want to go to.

Alternative transportation for a group other than a taxi service

Sometimes you have a group and you just want to go somewhere around Playa Del Carmen. Here is a link to one charter van service. This is a great service to take for a shopping trip into Playa Del Carmen or to transport your family or group to a destination. This does not replace a guide but if you have a destination in mind, you can have a van and driver for a one way or round trip. The fares can be very reasonable and this is another transportation option.

How to read and use the taxi chart for Playa Del Carmen

Since there are no meters in taxis, it is based on what zones you go to and from. Most of the center of Playa Del Carmen is considered Zone 1. So for example if you are in the center in zone one and want to go to zone 4 in Lol Tun, look at the chart with Zone 1 and go down to see what the price is for Zone 4. You will see it is 70 pesos one way.

All taxis in Playa Del Carmen are supposed to have this chart available but often the chart is not visable. So if you plan on taking taxis a lot you can save this information and have it with you so you know the correct price.

Taxi Playa Del Carmen prices

Playa Del Carmen taxi zone map

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Can you take a taxi to the Cancun Airport?

It is possible and may be convenient but there are other options that might fit your circumstances. It should be noted that there is a high fixed rate from the airport to Playa Del Carmen but going to the airport is more negotiable but up to the individual driver. Here are three options for you.

  1. Taking a taxi to the airport.
  2. The ADO bus.
  3. Or a private transfer.

We recommend a private transfer and you will see why in the article link below. We even suggest one company that many of our readers use because of the good service and affordable rates.

For more on taking the ADO bus or a private transfer to the airport, see our article here with full prices and information.

What about a taxi from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen?

One thing you have to realize is that all transportation at the Cancun Airport has to be licensed. This is a special license and it is expensive. So the taxis at the airport are really just like private transfers. We however recommend a private transfer over a taxi from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen for several reasons, all of which we discuss here.

Can I take a taxi to Cancun from Playa Del Carmen?

We get this question a lot since people in Cancun want to come to Playa Del Carmen or vice versa. The answer is yes but it is going to cost you. You have to realize it is 45 minutes to one hour between your hotel and where you are going. Anywhere in the world a taxi ride is going to cost you. There is an official price of 670 pesos from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun or 700 to the Cancun Hotel Zone.  These areas are large and up to the interpretation of the driver. You should always ask before getting in.

If that price is too much you can consider these options for getting between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen.

  • Take the colectivos. These are shared vans that run between 2nd Street in Playa Del Carmen and just next to the ADO bus station in Cancun. It cost about 34 pesos per person each way. This ride will take you about 45 minutes. You will just need to take a taxi to and from your destinations. You can read more about colectivos here.
  • Another option is to take the ADO bus from Cancun ADO bus station to Playa Del Carmen’s ADO bus station on Juarez and 5th Avenue. To read more about the buses see our article here.

Photos of Taxi Stands in Playa Del Carmen

Here are two popular places where tourist can get a taxi near 5th Avenue. Just remember that taxi stands change more. There is no official set charge for the taxi stand on top of the regular fare so just check before getting in.

Playa Del Carmen Taxis

Taxi Stand By ADO Bus Station on 5th Avenue in Playa Del Camren.


 Playa Del Carmen taxis

Playa Del Carmen taxis at a stand on 5th and Constituyentes Avenue.

 Have a question or comment about taking a Playa Del Carmen taxi? Let us know in the comments below.

Taxi Playa Del Carmen

Here is a typical taxi in Playa Del Carmen. The cars are Nissan Tidas.

12 Comments on Everything you need to know about taking taxis in Playa Del Carmen

  1. Very helpful article. As a Playa resident there are a few details I have learned over time though…

    1. Don’t hail a taxi from an intersection on 5th Ave. It will cost you MUCH more to get anywhere. Just go even one block over to 10th and hail them there.

    2.The zone chart provided in this article is the key to getting a good price. If you know what zone you are in, and what zone you are going to, then you don’t even need to talk to the driver about the rate. Simply have the correct amount of peso ready when you get out. Having this zone chart and adhering to these published rates is required by law. Deviation is common if a driver thinks they can, but if called out as a deviation they will quickly back down because there is a pretty hefty fine that can come with it if reported and they all know it.

    3. When catching a taxi from a stand, or any place where they line up waiting for a fare (like in front of a grocery store for instance), there is a fixed (not a discretionary variable as stated) 5 peso added to the published zone to zone rate. This 5p add is also published on the material the driver is required to carry in the car.

    4. Finally, remember these drivers are hard working trying to make a living. Be polite, talk with them a bit, and let the exchange be part of your (and theirs) experience. I recommend for a simple zone to zone in and out – just the published fare. For helping load and unload, or if they are asked to wait, etc, then give a generous tip to say thanks.

    Hope these additional thoughts on this great article are helpful.

    Enjoy your time. Spread some sunshine.

  2. good information thankyou. we are coming there on Saturday and hope to have a restful vacation.

  3. Eryn Eakles // March 5, 2017 at 2:52 AM // Reply

    I just wanted to write and say I had a genuinely nice taxi driver the other day. The taxi driver was a woman and that was the first surprise. Second as when she struck up a conversation. Then she charged the correct fare. I know these are hard working people and there are bad apples in each bunch. I just wanted to say that this driver was very nice and there are good drivers out there.

  4. Thanks for the prices. We are staying in Playa for two weeks and have already taken some taxis but they have told us different prices so we wanted to check. We will ask for the chart next time.

  5. I have a bit of an odd question. If you are three people taking a taxi, do you all sit in the back or is it ok to have one passenger sit in the front with the driver? What is the custom. Same question for a private transfer. Here in Canada, you sit in the back. Thank you! Love your website!!!

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 11, 2017 at 4:37 PM // Reply

      Hello Susie

      Three people can get in the back together but usually one person gets in the front. The taxis are a little bit of smaller cars so it can be tight. Sometimes the taxi drivers wife is riding along. In this case he probably would not stop to pick up three people. When I get a taxi with a driver and his wife, it is nice to see them spending time together. There are even female taxi drivers. Some are very hardworking and nice, the fact that they have a bad reputation lets you know there are not so good drivers.

      Thank you so very much for reading our site. It is nice to hear from readers and be able to give more details.

  6. Thanks for the great websites. We are coming next week and got tons of information here. By looking at the chart, it looks like that the corner of 25 Ave and 40 Street in zone2, am I right? So all rates has been inceased by 20% now?

    • This is true the rates have gone up. The exact line between 1 and 2 is not clear on the map but just expect to pay for the two zones. We hope you have a good trip here.

  7. Do the taxis run all night? We will be attending a wedding and expect to be out late!

    • Hello Diana

      Yes taxis in Playa Del Carmen run all night. Since most clubs go to 3 or 6 in the morning there is always a need for them to be running.

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