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Should I take a private transfer or taxi from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen?

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Transfer or taxi from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen?

So you are flying into Mexico and would like to know if a transfer or a taxi from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen is better. Taxis are the usualy way people around the world get from the airport to their hotel but what about the Riviera Maya? One thing that makes flying into Cancun Airport different is the fact it is further to destinations like Playa Del Carmen then most cities. A taxi to Playa Del Carmen  from the Cancun Airport takes 45-50 minutes. This is a lot of time in a taxi and why it cost as much as it does.

Since Cancun Airport transportation is regulated, each transport has to have a special license, and this is expensive. Normal taxis cannot pick people up at the Cancun Airport. That is why a “taxi” at Cancun Airport is just like a private transfer. So there is not really much difference between the two. This is why we are going to recommend one company to you that has excellent service and prices for our readers.

Why we prefer a private transfer from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

We recommend a private transfer over a taxi for several reasons. You have a set price and the ability to have your driver waiting for you at the terminal. The driver knows exactly where your hotel is and takes you directly there. There is no curbside negotiation about the price. The prices for the private transfer can be cheaper than a taxi. And lastly, the vans are more comfortable and more spacious for the 45-50 minute ride to Playa Del Carmen or where ever you are going.

What a private transfer taxi is like

We have you covered with one of the best companies that our readers enjoy. Below you will find different destinations in the Riviera Maya and what the prices are for private transfers from Cancun Airport. Before you look below, here are a few details about this transfer company that we recommend.

  • All prices for the Cancun Airport transfers include taxes and fees.
  • The price for the entire van and not per person.
  • The transfer company is insured.
  • A bilingual driver will meet you at the Cancun Airport.
  • This is a very reliable transfer service with the best prices for our readers.
taxi from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

This is what the private transfer taxis from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen look like.

How to find your private transfer taxi from Cancun Airport?

It is pretty easy. First book your one way or round trip by clicking the links below. Select your destination. Once you have booked, when you exit the airport  terminal your driver will be waiting for you. Then it is a smooth transfer to your destination. If you have booked a round trip, they will give you the time for your pickup and you are all set to focus on your vacation.

Private transfers from Cancun Airport map to the Riviera Maya

Where do you want to go from the Cancun Airport? This map will show you the locations of areas and the prices of transfers plus links to book them.


Private transfer taxi from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen is south of the Cancun Airport and it will take about 50 minutes to arrive at the city. Here are transfer prices.

  • 1-3 people it is $60 USD one way or $110 USD round trip.
  • 4-7 people it is $70 USD one way or $120USD round trip.
  • 8-10 people it is $85USD one way or $135 USD round trip.

Private transfer taxi from Cancun Airport to Cancun

The prices for a transfer from the Cancun Airport to both the Hotel Zone and the Downtown of Cancun are the same.

  • 1-3 people it is $35 USD one way or $55 USD round trip.
  • 4-7 people it is $40 USD one way or $65 USD round trip.
  • 8-10 people it is $50 USD one way or $80 USD round trip.

Transfers from the Cancun Airport  to Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is just south of the Cancun Airport and will take a little over 20 minutes.  Here are the prices for transfers.

  • 1-3 people it is $40 USD one way or $70 USD round trip.
  • 4-7 people it is $50 USD one way or $85 USD round trip.
  • 8-10 people it is $65USD one way or $100 USD round trip.

Cancun Airport private transfers to Tulum

From Cancun Airport to Tulum a transfer takes about one hour and a half. That is why we like the private transfers so they take your directly and comfortably. Prices for transfers are as follows.

  • 1-3 people it is $100 USD one way or $175 USD round trip.
  • 4-7 people it is $110 USD one way or $200 USD round trip.
  • 8-10 people it is $115USD one way or $220 USD round trip.

If you did not see your destination listed above, see the map and click on the area you need to go to. There is a link in each section for booking your transfer.

Did we answer all your questions about getting a private transfer or taxi from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen? Do you have an questions or comments? Let us know below in the comment section. We would love to hear from you.

taxi from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

14 Comments on Should I take a private transfer or taxi from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen?

  1. Hi. I always take a transfer since the taxi drivers swarm you at the airport and try to get you in the cab. They are too aggressive and I like booking ahead to have a good start to my holiday.

  2. Rebbecca Branson // June 25, 2017 at 1:10 PM // Reply

    What i do not realize is how taxis get away with ripping people off at the airport. We landed and thought there would be standard price. When we were at our hotel we were talking with other guest and they said how much they paid. We knew we were had. We will take the private transfers from now on.

  3. Taxis always overcharge from Cancun Airport. It is best to book a transfer.

  4. We always take the transfers because they save time and after the flight, we like to get to our hotel right away.

  5. Michael Fingines // July 24, 2017 at 3:22 AM // Reply

    Thanks for your help in planning our vacation. We got a good transfer driver and he told us all about things in Mexico. We love to Riviera Maya and will come back next year.

  6. P. Kinsley // July 26, 2017 at 4:10 AM // Reply

    Thanks for the info. I always thought something was fishy with those taxi drivers that are there to jump on you when you come out of the airport.

  7. We tell all our guest to take the transfers and not the taxis because the taxi driver say a different price every time. The vans are clean and drivers are friendly. We have a guest house on the edge of Playa so it is also more direct for our guest.

  8. Michael Willis // October 23, 2017 at 9:12 AM // Reply

    We have been to the Riviera Maya 4 years in a row and find the van transfers to be easy and good. Always there for us to pick up and go to the hotels. We talked to one couple at our resort who paid a lot more then we did for the same transfer from the airport. We told them to book the return with the same company.

  9. I see there has been some problems between taxi driver and Uber. They must be stepping on some toes. I think the private transfers are the way to go now. At least they have set prices.

  10. Berry Deaton // November 5, 2017 at 11:19 PM // Reply

    We arrived at the Cancun Airport the other day and had to wait for friends who were arriving on the next flight. I think we got asked for a taxi about 20 times. I watched how the taxi drivers tried to “help” people with directions and get them to take a taxi. Some of them were even saying the busses were not running or coming a several hours. The Airport authorities need to organize and restrict these unofficial people from tricking people into cabs. It is good to have your transportation booked so you can skip over these people. I don’t want to see other tourist fall for their lies.

    • Thank you Berry for your comments. You are spot on in what you describe about people pretending to help people at the airport. We try to help people though our articles so people can easily get to their vacations and not have any additional stress.

  11. Don’t go with taxi drivers from Cancun Airport. They are always trying to overcharge people.

  12. Hi! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the fantastic info on transportation getting to and from the airport. We also used your other guides here. Playa was amazing, great weather and walking 5th Avenue was good too. We will be coming back for sure!

  13. I have to show my gratitude for your good information. We were going to take a taxi but when he starting negotiating the prices, I new we should of booked the van. We got a van back to the airport all went well. Good prices and best option for getting back and forth. Best wishes; from all of us.

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