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How to get from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a cultural destination with incredible natural attractions and fun guaranteed 24 hours a day. Don't miss any opportunity to enjoy all that Playa del Carmen has to offer and get to know the best options for getting around the city.


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Playa del Carmen is a cultural capital destination with incredible natural attractions, extensive gastronomy and guaranteed fun 24/7. It was once a fishing village called Xaman Há that nowadays is known as the heart of the Riviera Maya. With breathtaking landscapes and turquoise water beaches to have a wonderful experience. With more than 300,000 inhabitants, it is recognized as a major tourist destination along with Cancun.

Do not miss any opportunity to enjoy all that Playa del Carmen has to offer and know the best options to move around the city. Whether it is an ADO bus or car rental, it is really easy to find the most convenient transportation depending on your budget or travel style.  


What to do in Playa del Carmen?

Playa del Carmen is a pretty city with different attractions for all ages, so don’t expect anything but fun during your visit. Some attractions are more popular than others but all of them have some magic. 

Beaches. Playa del Carmen beaches are very famous because of the turquoise water and white sand where you can spread out your towel and relax. The most popular beaches to visit are Punta Esmeralda, Playa Mamitas, Xcalacoco and Playa Maroma, however, there are still some virgin beaches that you can explore with the help of locals. 

Fifth Avenue. Perhaps the most important attraction of Playa del Carmen after the beautiful beaches. Fifth Avenue is a 5-kilometre street full of restaurants and brand-new stores, it is ideal to take a walk and enjoy the view and finish the visit in Parque Los Fundadores and enjoy all the spectacles. 

In case you want more adventure during your visit, Playa del Carmen is really close to some popular theme parks: Xcaret and Xenses. In there you will find different attractions to experience. 

people walking on street during daytime

Where is Playa del Carmen?

Playa del Carmen is located south of Cancun and form part of Solidaridad's municipality in Quintana Roo.

Map of Playa del Carmen


How far is Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is located 55.4 Kilometers (34.42 Mil) far from Cancun International Airport, through Highway 307(Chetumal - Cancun) and the travel time is approximately 46 minutes.

Transportation options to go from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen.

In case you are wondering how to get to Playa del Carmen easily, here you have some of the most popular options to travel between the Cancun airport and Playa del Carmen. 

Private Transportation from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

Getting private transportation is a comfortable option to get to Playa del Carmen. You can book your service in advance and make sure that your vehicle will be waiting for you at your arrival, either luxury or small group vehicles with great space. The price of the shuttle from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen service is around USD $40 for one way. 

One of the most important advantages of getting private transportation is the benefits you get, like bilingual drivers, personalized service available 24 hours a day, travel insurance for all passengers and direct transportation without stops along the way. 


Car Rental from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen   

Car rentals will give you the freedom to move around Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. Do not worry because the road to Playa del Carmen is in good condition and very safe. 

Just like private transportation, you can book your vehicle in advance and go directly to your destination at your arrival. There are different car rental agencies at the airport and the price of rental cars in Playa del Carmen is about $24USD. Additional drivers are also an option in case you need to alternate on the long roads. 

If you are considering renting a car, check out the requirements since they can change among the different agencies, most of them ask for a valid driver's license, a credit card and the age of majority.

When you rent a car, insurance is an important topic and one of the most confused between tourists. There are essential insurances advisable to acquire in case they are not included already in the rent. Most common and obligatory to rent a car in Mexico are medical insurances, civil protection, and damages to third parties. Before renting a car in Playa del Carmen make sure which ones are included and in case none of them are included, choose the wide coverage.


ADO Bus from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

ADO buses are the most popular and cheapest option to go to Playa del Carmen, but it is available to other significant destinations like Tulum and Mérida. You can buy your tickets and take your bus in the different airport terminals, and decide between the different categories (GL, Gold or Platinum). The departures are almost every 30 minutes and take you directly to the bus station without dropping off passengers at any other point.

The price for ADO buses to Playa del Carmen is about USD $8 and apart from the airport, you can also take them downtown. ADO buses have different amenities for passengers like Wi-Fi, numbered seats and air conditioning, so your travel will be comfortable.


Collective transportation from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

Shared transportation is another economical and faster option to get to Playa del Carmen. However, it can not be so comfortable or secure since you will share your vehicle with other passengers following the same route as you. 

Collective transportation is not available at the airport, so in case you decide to use it as a transfer method, you must go downtown first. The price goes approximately from USD $3 for locals and USD $9 for tourists.