How to get to Playa del Carmen from Cancun airport

How do you get to Playa del Carmen from the Cancun airport? This is a very frequent question among tourists who plan to travel to Playa del Carmen for the first time. The Cancun airport is located about 40 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen. It is well connected by a modern 6 lane highway which is quick to drive. It is possible to take a bus, rent a car or pay for a private transfer to get to Playa del Carmen. Here, you have the All About Playa guide with all the options on the best way to get from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen.

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1. Rent a car

If you plan to visit the Cancun Hotel Zone, the cenotes near Playa del Carmen and Tulum, as well as Tulum, this is the most comfortable option.

There are many car rental companies at the airport, the vast majority are located in front of the baggage claim area.

The car rental price varies depending on the number of days and the car model.

In order to rent a car, they will ask you for the following requirements:

  • Your personal and contact information.
  • An identification (passport) to be able to verify your data.
  • A credit card, which, depending on the car you want to rent, must have a certain amount of credit available.
  • There are always different offers available. We recommend that you review all the options before making your decision.

2. Private Service from Cancun Airport

This is the best option for tourists traveling as a family or in large groups. If you want to get to your hotel quickly and not have to worry about driving, finding the location of the hotel, renting a car or haggling with a taxi driver, this is a good option. Prices can be comparable to the bus if you are traveling in a group.

  • Booking the round trip is cheaper.
  • The arrival to your destination is faster than the bus service.
  • You can book this service for one person or more.
  • Your trip is fully insured and you will have a bilingual driver.
  • They can take you to any rental or hotel in the entire Riviera Maya and Cancun area.

Click here to see prices and book your destination.

3. Bus trip

This option is better if you are traveling alone or have a hotel in downtown Playa del Carmen. The only bus service available at the airport is offered by ADO company.

ADO bus company is recognized throughout Mexico and offers one of the best services in the country. It has experienced drivers, although they are unlikely to be bilingual, the service is really good and the buses are very comfortable. The buses are scheduled to depart every 40 minutes or 1 hour, do not alert if the bus is 15 minutes late, the scheduled can vary a little depending on the traffic. The only other complain you could find is that the trip is about one hour and a 20 minutes.

ADO’s bus service offers trips to Cancun or Playa del Carmen. In Playa del Carmen there are two terminals, the first located near the municipal palace and the second, in front of the Parque Fundadores, one block from the beach. Don’t worry, the bus will stop at both terminals, you just have to find which of the two is closest to your stay.

Here is the bus company’s ADO website so you can check the schedule.


Taxi service outside the airport is way more expensive than any of the other options presented here. We only recommend it if you are in a hurry or no other service is available at the time of your arrival.


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