Playa del Carmen is a pedestrian-friendly town. Once you’re here, there’s a good chance you won’t need additional transportation at all. Many of the tours and excursions you’ll join offer free shuttle service from local Playa del Carmen beach hotels, and the day trips you take are often along the path of our famous Colectivos or affordable taxi routes.
Consider These Travel Options Around Playa del Carmen
Here are some of the most popular transportation options in and around Playa del Carmen.
- Airport Shuttles and Transfers. There are plenty of airport shuttle and transfer services running regularly from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen. You can wing it and hire one when you get there or you can find one online and make your reservations ahead of time. You can also look for local hotel promotions providing free airport transfer as a part of your accommodation package.
- Colectivos (vans).Colectivos are probably our guests’ favorite way to get around Playa del Carmen and the surrounding areas. They are affordable – with fares starting at about $3 USD – and they hold up to 14 passengers. There are several Colectivo stops around Playa del Carmen and the vans leave when they are full. It’s a great way to meet other tourists as well as locals, and the drivers are a wealth of knowledge about the area.
- Bike Rentals. Unless you’re staying for more than a week or two, or are a seasoned Mexican traveler, a car rental isn’t usually necessary. However, bike rentals are a great way to get around a little faster, not to mention a means of burning off the extra calories from all that delicious vacation dining. Companies like Hola Bikes rent them affordably for multiple days at a time.
- Taxis. There are also your tried-and-true taxi options.
These can be great for shorter trips or late night hotel returns when you’ve had a bit too much to drink or are not quite sure how to get from the last club of the night to your hotel. Are you planning a vacation in Playa del Carmen? Contact Playa Palms Hotel and book your stay at a boutique beachfront hotel. We’ll be happy to provide you with an easy-to-read map of the area, highlighting all of your travel options around Playa del Carmen.