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(These prices are subject to change. Please use them as an approx. cost.)

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Transportation information from the Cancun Airport TO Playa del Carmen:

This page is dedicated to giving you information on Cancun Airport Transfers to Playa Del Carmen, Tulum and Riviera Maya, buses, taxis, ferries, car rental, motor bikes, mopeds and tips on how to move around the Riviera Maya.

Airport Transfers: Nothing better than to get to the airport and have a friendly face hold up your name and take you to your destination in a private Van. For less than a taxi cost you and better service !
These airport transfer (Cancun Airport transfers) can take you to almost any destination on the Riviera Maya.
We also are fully insured, have air conditioning and have capacity for up to 10 people with luggage.

To make your reservation go to our Airport Transfer reservation page and if you need to arrange a private tour let us know what you want and we will let you know the cost.

If you are going to Cancun or to the Ferry to Isla Mujeres you can only have the option of the SHARED VAN.



 Private Vans - Book your van today !

(up to 9 people - you leave from the airport once the van is completely full and along the way people get drop off - sometimes it takes you more time to arrive at destination but it cost you less)

fill out the reservation form

Transportation from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen,
Puerto Aventuras & Tulum prices as of January 1 2009
same prices apply if you want to go back to the Airport.

persons to
Puerto Morelos

Playa del Carmen
Puerto Aventuras Akumal
to Tulum
1 to 6 $79 $79 $98 $98 $110
7 to 10 $119 $119 $139 $139 $150

Other transfers to other destinations are available email us for the price to those destinations: Tulum, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Puerto Morelos others.
You must pre-pay for the pick-up at airport with the above mentioned transportation. They will have a sign with your last name.
Also payment is done with an eBay company. Please make payment and reservation 48 hours prior to your arrival.

Once you tell us you want the service, we will send you an email from to make the deposit.

You will go through immigration, get your bags, through customs and walk out the terminal were our driver will be holding your name on a paper. 

The driver will be out side holding the name you gave us. Look out for him; there are a lot of drivers outside the terminal.
The name of the company for the private vans is El Nopal. 


Please be patient, we are in Mexico and some times the drivers are a few minutes late or there is traffic.


If you have asked for the round trip service we will also send you an email with the time you will be picked up.



Shuttle Bus
by far the cheapest way of transportation in the Riviera Maya, but also the one that takes the longest.
The price is around $10 usd per person one way and you can go from the Cancun airport to Puerto Morelos (stop on the highway) and Playa del Carmen (bus station - 90 min).
Once you arrive you have to take a taxi to go to your hotel/condo.
If you are going to Tulum you have to change bus at Playa del Carmen bus station and after a stop at Puerto Aventuras and Akumal you will finally arrive to Tulum (stop on the highway not the hotel zone 180 min.)

You can still find buses with chickens and goats on the roof but for the most part they have all the comforts of the buses north of the boarder.
If you need to rent a bus let us know it can be arranged.

Hotels in Playa del Carmen

La Tortuga
Playa Del Carmen
Has Pool
From $90 to $

Riviera Caribe Maya
Playa Del Carmen
Has Pool
From $70 to $200

Las Palapas
Playa Del Carmen
Has Pool/On the beach
From $70 to $

Shangri La
Playa Del Carmen
Has Pool/On the beach
From $80 to $240


More beautiful Hotels in Playa del Carmen


Cancellation Policy: cancel 48 hours prior to your arrival 90% back. Less than 48 hours 0% back, sorry.
If you get to the airport and for some strange reason you decide to take another van we will not refund your payment.

                                                            PRIVATE VAN RESERVATION FORM

Full Name   Required                  E-Mail   Required

Telephone  Required


Flight number 
     Airline       Time arriving 
    am or pm 

Were your flight come from        How many people      

Hotel / Condo         City        Arrival Date  

If you like us to take you back to the airport please fill this out:

Departure Date   

Time your Flight leaves                   Hotel Phone Number if you have it 

Comments or Questions or Special Requests

How did you discover us

Would you like us to call you ?  


PLEASE NOTE: We only book private and shared vans.  Please fill out the form if interested
or Contact Us at USA 1-954-323-8227   Mexico 011-521984-8763306  Canada 1-604-484-5104


Taxi Fares in Playa Del Carmen

  • Always carry small bills or correct change.
  • Ask your concierge for the price so you don't get any surprises, and confirm it with the driver.
  • Most taxi drivers don't speak English so have your directions written down on paper.
  • The current average cost for a taxi within Playa del Carmen is 15 pesos.

(These prices are approximate.)

Distances and Taxi Costs from Playa Del Carmen to (in PESOS)

To Kilometers Miles Time approximate Taxi Cost
Xcaret 7 4 6 minutes $80
Puerto Aventuras 19 11 20 minutes $120
Akumal 32 20 28 minutes $195
Xel-Ha 49 30 43 minutes $310
Tulum 62 39 55 minutes $345
Puerto Morelos 32 20 25 minutes $220
Cancun Center 67 42 60 minutes $355
Cancun Airport 55 38 50 minutes $335
Cancun Hotel Zone 67 42 60 minutes $390
Paamul 17 10 15 minutes $115
Coba 100 60 1 1/2 hours $500

Taxi Costs from Different Hotels to Playa Del Carmen

From Taxi Cost in Mexican Pesos
Hotel Caracoles $75
Hotel Capitan Lafitte & Kailum $80
Hotel Mayaluum $80
Hotel Mandarin $105
Hotel Venta Club $160
Hotel Punta Maroma $160
Hotel Iberostar Playa Paraiso $170
Hotel Mayan Palace $170
Aventura Palace $120
Barcelo Maya $140
Copacabana $140
Xpu Ha Palace $140
Robinson Club $140
El Dorado $160
Bahia Principe $200
Parque Eco Xpu HA $140

Taxis in Tulum

Taxis from Tulum to Cancun Airport cost $65 USD approximately but if you bargain with them, you can maybe end up paying $55.  This can be achieved by not calling the taxi service but by stopping a taxi in the street, arranging a price and then telling him to come and pick you up at your hotel.

Taxi from Tulum to Playa Del Carmen approx. rate $35. Sometimes it is possible to bargain your way to $28 USD.

Bus & Public Transportation

The Bus terminal is located 1 Block from the ferry and directly in front of MacDonald's,  Avenida 5 con Juarez.
Buses to can Cancun run every 10 minutes and cost 32 Pesos.
Buses to Tulum run every 30 minutes

Dollar has low car rental rates
Personal Note:

We at Travel Riviera Maya no longer book rental cars for our clients. We have found that it is more efficient for the client driving the car to make the reservation. We have also found often times you can get a better deal if you shop around online with some of the major car rental agencies and book it through them.

Most of the major rental car companies are in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. If you have a good or bad experience with an agency, Please let us know so we can share it with our clients.

Here are a few listed in Playa del Carmen
Hertz: (52) 984-8731130
National: (52) 984-8730360
Payless: (52) 984-8731072
Thrifty: (52) 984-8730119
Executive: (52) 984-8732354
Budget: (52) 984-8732772
Avis: (52) 984-8733842
Alamo: (52) 984-8731118

Ferry Schedule to Cozumel
(Tip: There are 2 ferry companies now... their schedules are similar but make sure if you are buying a round trip ticket ...make sure it is from from the right company... one may have a later or earlier departure than the other one. Check this before you buy your round trip ticket.)

This is one of the two companies recent schedules and pricing:
Cost of a two way ticket  Approximately $18 USD
The ride over is about 40 minutes.

Cozumel to Playa del Carmen Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel
5:00 am 6:00 am
7:00 am 8:00 am
8:00 am 9:00 am
9:00 am 10:00 am
10:00 am 11:00 am
12:00 pm 1:00 pm
2:00 pm 3:00 pm
4:00 pm 5:00 pm
5:00 pm 6:00 pm
6:00 pm 7:00 pm
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
10:00 pm 11:00 pm

Schedules and Rates can change with out notice. If you are on a tight schedule, please verify the schedule or arrive early to be safe. Mexico is not known for their prompt scheduling.



Dollar has low car rental rates


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