If you’re planning a trip to Playa Del Carmen, then you will most likely arrive at the international airport in Cancun. It takes approximately 45 minutes to cover the 35-km distance between Cancun to Playa Del Carmen. Upon your arrival at the Cancun airport, you will of course need to collect your luggage (which may still be subject to further inspection), before you eventually exit the terminal.
Once you exit the terminal, you really should become careful, unless of course, you don’t mind having your time wasted! As you exit, you will begin to receive various transportation offers within the airport, if you accept it, you may find yourself a victim of timeshare presentations. So, once you arrive, stick to the employees of the private car service with which you have made reservations. However, the issue with private car service is that you will most likely need to have made full payment during your online reservation, but for one reason or the other, this may have been impossible. Not to worry, if you have no prior private car service arrangement, there are other options to consider.
If you’re planning a vacation trip to Playa Del Carmen, then you will most likely have an allowance for transportation by the service you’re using (that is of course if you decide to utilize vacation packages). Such companies will have prior information about your flight schedules, so, upon your arrival at the airport, you will see an employee holding a placard with the name of the travel agency you registered with, once you approach him, he will mark your name on the list and take you to the bus (alongside other tourists like yourself) and transport you all to the resort.
So, if your purpose of visiting Playa Del Carmen is for vacation, it is strongly advised that you register with a vacation agency or company. This will save you a lot of hassle as touching your onward transportation.
Utilizing ADO Buses
Without a doubt, this is the cheapest and most economical way of moving from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen. The bus fare is just 146 pesos (about $1.5). Another beautiful feature of this system is that the buses are fully air-conditioned, so you can sit back conveniently and relax (or even take a short nap) as you’re conveyed to your destination. Also, the buses run every half an hour, so if you miss one, you don’t have to wait too long to catch another.
If your reserved hotel is around 5th avenue, then you may as well forget about taking any car or bus, because it is so close to the airport, you can practically go there on foot. For farther distances though, you may need to take a taxi (if you prefer that option), but it will cost you around $6/
So, moving from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen can be a very enjoyable experience if you make the right choices in your transportation.