Organizing a transfer from the airport to your hotel may not be the most exciting part of your vacation, but making sure you get safely and hassle-free to your destination sure is important.
To anticipate the question, the best airport entry point when traveling to Playa del Carmen is Cancun. Cozumel also has an airport. It is closer to Playa del Carmen, but there are only a few flights that go there and they are quite expensive. Also, since you must take a ferry to get to Playa del Carmen, it will take you longer to get there.
Once you’ve landed and made it through the customs procedure, there are several ways to get to Playa de Carmen.
First, you should check with your hotel, if they provide a private transfer. At Playa Palms Beach Hotel, we are happy to arrange one for you. It’s 130 USD for a round transfer for up to 4 people. The private transfer brings you non-stop, directly and safe to the hotel and back.
|Once you get out of the airport, an intense few meters await you, where everybody will call you “my friend”, and wants to offer you a ride to Playa del Carmen, or a time share or both or whatnot. It can be quite annoying and stressful, but just keep calm, say, “thank you” (the Mexican way of friendly saying no) and keep walking.|
The cheapest way to get to Playa del Carmen, and relatively easy too, is by taking the bus. It costs $178 Pesos (around 9 USD), and leaves between 8:30 am and 0:30 am about every half an hour. You can buy your ticket either at a booth before stepping out of the airport, or right on the curb. All buses are air-conditioned and with comfortable seating. Make sure to hop on the right bus, or you end up in Cancun! The bus drops you off in Playa del Carmen at the bus stop on the 5th Avenue with Avenida Juarez, from where you can take a taxi to your hotel.
|The taxis just outside the bus stop charge you more. If you want to keep it cheap, walk 1 or 3 blocks west and stop a taxi there.|
Another way to not spend too much money is by taking a shared mini-van. They wait just outside the terminal. Depending on how many people you are sharing the ride with, the price varies. Usually, you pay between 25 and 35 USD. They bring you directly to your hotel, but it might take way longer to get there since they drop off everybody at their hotel. Also, you might have to wait a little while until enough people get on. But it’s a great way to meet people, too.
There are several taxi companies serving the Cancun airport. They charge about 70 USD. Since they are Cancun based, you might end up with a driver that does not know his way around Playa del Carmen very well. Make sure you have the exact address of your destination, and maybe a phone number to contact.
Rent a car
If you’re planning on doing a lot of day trips, it might be reasonable to rent a car. Just make sure your hotel counts with a parking space! (If they don’t explicitly mention having parking, they probably don’t). Playa Palms Beach Hotel does not have a parking lot, but since we’re in the very center of Playa del Carmen, everything is within a short walking distance and you don’t need a vehicle.
|If you just need a car for a couple of days in Playa del Carmen, our staff at Playa Palms Beach Hotel can help you arrange to rent a car. The rental agent will bring the vehicle directly to the hotel, so you avoid having to pick it up and drop it back off.|