Reaching Playa del Carmen from Cancun: Transportation methods in late 2022

Sculpture forming an arch where people can walk through located in front of main Playa del Carmen beach

It’s common among travelers coming to Cancun to ask how to get to Playa del Carmen. Some look for cheap options, while others look for the most comfortable or fastest services. Whichever option you’re looking for, you’re most likely to find a transportation provider who meets your needs and can take you from Cancun to Playa del Carmen (that can easily be us). Here are some of the most popular choices:


ADO buses (Cancun Airport / Downtown ― Playa del Carmen)

Probably the cheapest option you’ll find to reach Playa de Carmen from Cancun, either from the airport or downtown, since there are terminals in both locations. These are the only buses allowed to stop at Cancun Airport. It offers a fixed schedule, so you might need to adjust your timing if considering this option. Also, it’s common for these buses to wait until it's at least ¾ full, so again, if you have no problem with waiting, it could be an option.

Public Express Shuttle Cancun ― Playa del Carmen

If you happen to be at Cancun Downtown, it might be easier to reach Playa del Carmen thanks to the availability of public express shuttles around the main area (e.g. Av. Tulum). Consider these are the ones used by locals, so they get filled pretty quickly and make stops along the way. Also, there is not much room for luggage; but if you travel with few pieces, this should not be a problem. By taking this option, you must tell the driver where exactly are you taking off, which, if it’s your first time around, can be confusing. However, if you’ve been around Playa before, you could take this one.

Now, by the time this post is being written (September 2022), public express shuttles make their final stop under the bridge located at Playa del Carmen entrance, which, in our opinion, is not the best place to make touristic bus stops since is not that easy moving from there. Consider that as well.

Private Shuttle to Playa del Carmen

Cancun Shuttle Airport driver opening vehicle door for clients while smiling

Now, if you prefer the driver to wait for you/go pick you up and help you with your stuff, you might prefer a private shuttle instead. You could ask for drinks upon your arrival, play the music of your choice, make store stops along the way, and so much more. It’s considered one of the most comfortable options to travel from Cancun to Playa del Carmen, and yes, you guessed right. We can provide you such service for you, not only taking you and your travel companions from point A to point B but making you have the smoothest ride of your vacation.

If you’re planning a trip to this Caribbean town, check out first what are the best places to visit in Playa del Carmen and make the most out of your trip.

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