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Transfer Options from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

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How to get from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

The journey from Cancun International Airport (CUN) to Playa del Carmen is around 68km long and you have two different transfer options, a taxi or the bus. Taking a Cancun airport taxi is the quickest option as there are no official airport taxis available at Cancun Airport. Instead, you will have to choose from one of the many taxi companies in the arrivals area. The journey will take 60 minutes in light traffic and will cost around 45.62€ ($1,000 MXN). Your second option is the ADO bus. Tickets cost just 9.50€ ($208 MXN) one-way, and the journey will take approximately 70 minutes.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €19 70min 01:30–23:59
Taxi €45.62 60min 24/7

How to get from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen by bus

Not only the cheapest but a highly convenient way to travel from Cancun International Airport (CUN) to Playa del Carmen is taking the ADO bus. Tickets cost just 9.50€ ($208 MXN) one-way and the journey takes around 70 minutes.

How much is the bus from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen?

A ticket for the ADO bus from Cancun International Airport (CUN) to Playa del Carmen costs 9.50€ ($208 MXN) one-way. You can purchase your ticket using your card from the booth inside the arrivals area or in cash at the small ticket stand outside next to the bus stop.

Cost

9.50€

Trip Duration

70 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The ADO bus is available from 01:30 until 23:59 from Cancun Airport

Where do I get it from?

International flights usually land in Terminal 3 or 4 at Cancun Airport. Once you pass through customs and immigration you will head left down a long hall where you will come out into the transport area. You will see the red ADO booth where you can buy your tickets using your card. If you head outside through the doors in front of you, you will find the bus stop on your right with the big red ADO bus.

Convenience

Thanks to the frequent service, great ticket price and quick journey time, taking the ADO bus from Cancun International Airport (CUN) to Playa del Carmen is a highly convenient transfer option.

Editor’s Note

Most people purchase their ADO tickets at the indoor booth. If you want to save time and grab the last seats on the latest bus, walk outside and purchase your tickets from the ticket stand next to the bus in cash.

Useful Tips

At the outside ticket stand you can pay in Mexican Pesos or in USD.
If you want to pay by card you must purchase your bus tickets from the indoor booth.
Be aware that the bus into Cancun centre looks the same as the one to Playa del Carmen, ask the driver to make sure it's the correct ADO bus.

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How to get from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen by taxi

Taking a Cancun airport taxi from Cancun International Airport (CUN) to Playa del Carmen is a quick and easy transfer option. There are no official airport taxis available at Cancun Airport, however, the local taxis are available for hire. The journey to Playa del Carmen will take around 60 minutes and will cost approximately 45.62€ ($1,000 MXN) depending on how hard you barter.

Taxi fare from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen

Taxis at Cancun International Airport (CUN) don't have a set price and they don't run on a taximeter. Many companies make their own prices, however, the city taxis have a price of around 45.62€ ($1,000 MXN) which can change depending on your bartering skills.

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Convenience

Cancun is hot, no matter what time of year you travel. So, there's nothing better than hopping straight into an air-conditioned taxi and making your way directly to the door of your hotel.

Editor’s Note

Taxis from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen don't have a set fee, but once you are in Playa, there are set taxi prices based on zones throughout the city.

Useful Tips

Use the price of 45.62€ as a base fee, but don't be afraid to barter with the drivers, it's expected.
If you're traveling in a large group, you may wish to book a private transfer as the standard taxis take up to 4 people.
Be sure to agree on a price before you enter the taxi.

Frequently asked questions

How much is the transportation from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen?

You have two transfer options from Cancun International Airport (CUN) to Playa del Carmen. The cheapest is the ADO bus which costs 9.50€ ($208 MXN) one-way and takes 70 minutes. Your second option is to take a taxi which costs around 45.62€ ($1000 MXN) depending on how hard you barter with the driver and takes 60 minutes.

How much is a taxi ride from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen?

Taxis at Cancun Airport don't have a set price to Playa del Carmen, you have to negotiate with your driver. However, the average cost of the journey will be 45.62€ ($1,000 MXN).

Is there a ferry from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen?

No, there is no ferry service from Cancun Airport (CUN) to Playa del Carmen. Your transfer options are a taxi or a bus. The ADO bus takes 70 minutes to reach Playa del Carmen and a taxi takes just 60 minutes.

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