Are you planning your vacation in Playa del Carmen? There are a few things to consider. From the best time to visit, how to get from the airport to your hotel, safety and what to pack, here is some useful information and resources for planning your first trip to Playa del Carmen.
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Taxis are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to get around Playa del Carmen. Here are some answers to the questions, we get asked most, like the estimated cost and what to be aware of.
Where can I get a taxi?
You can either just stop a taxi on the street, which is as simple as holding up your arm until one pulls over. Or go to a taxi stand where they are queued up for customers, but also charge a bit more.
There are several taxi stands downtown Playa del Carmen. One is just outside of Playa Palms Beach Hotel, then there is usually one outside of supermarkets. On the 5th Avenue, you find taxi stands at the corner with the 10th street, another with Constituyentes Avenue and on Juarez Avenue, just outside the ADO bus station (where you arrive if you take the bus from the airport). Also, supermarkets usually have a taxi stand out front.
Do taxi drivers speak English?
Some do. Usually, drivers from a taxi stand speak a little bit more English. We recommend that you carry a card with the address of the hotel you’re staying at to show it to the driver and make sure you always find your way back.
How much is a taxi ride?
Taxis in Playa del Carmen don’t use a meter. Instead, they have a chart based on the areas you are going to and from. that indicate a cost. As probably anywhere else in the world, they tend to overcharge tourists. It helps if you sound like you know how much to pay (see the list below for an overview of the fees). To make sure you don’t end up paying too much, ask them how much they charge before getting in, or if you know the price, just pay that amount when arriving at your destination.
Here is a list with the approximate fee from Playa Palms Beach Hotel / downtown Playa del Carmen to following places:
- to the ADO bus station: max. 50 pesos
- to the airport: 650 – 750 pesos
- to Cancun hotel zone: 700 pesos
- to downtown Cancun: 670 pesos
- to Puerto Juarez (ferry to Isla Mujeres): 750 – 800 pesos
- to Puerto Morelos: 450 pesos
- to Tulum: 670 pesos
- to Tulum hotel zone: 720 pesos
- to Akumal: 410 pesos
These fees are for up to 4 people, and be aware that at night they charge a little extra fee.
Can I pay in US dollars?
Yes, you can. Everybody in Playa del Carmen likes to see dollar bills. But be aware that the driver will probably use an exchange rate to his advantage and you will end up paying up to 50% more.
Should I tip the taxi driver?
It’s not usually done. Unless he helps you with your suitcases or gave you a really good service, then tip him 10 – 20 pesos.