Mexico: Cancun & Quintana Roo

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Cancun Chetumal Cozumel Playa del Carmen Rest of Mexico

Taxi service from many Mexican airports to the city can be a rip off due to airport monopolies (Maybe $10 - $20 extra). Look for Colectivos (shuttle vans) that will usually have a much more reasonable rate into town.
A colectivo is a minibus or van. Airport in Spanish is: Aeropuerto

Cancún (CUN):
23 km/15 Miles SW of Cancun city and the beach area.
Driving directions: 
Take Carretera (highway) Cancún-Chetumal until the Km 22 exit, and follow signs for the airport.
By Taxi: An official taxi company provides services from the airport. Taxis can be paid for at the airport just after the arrivals hall. To Cancun hotel area MXN 180-380/20-25 mins. 
To Playa del Carmen MXN 950
/1 hour. To Puerto Morelos MXN 280. To Tulum MXN 600. Viva Aerobus offer its passenger discounted taxi fares. Enquire on board.

By Limo: Find limo service, click here. Click here to find a locally based limousine company. Run a private Airport transfer service to Playa del Carmen for larger groups, or those who simply don't want to be bothered with waiting around for a bus, taxi, or shuttle. Our driver will wait for you outside the arrival terminal, holding a sign with your name on it, and the private, air-conditioned van will take you directly to your hotel, with no annoying stops at other people's hotels. Cost US$62-135 per car or van depending on size.

By Bus:
Servicio Colectivo: Servicio Colectivo Minibus meets all flights. US$6 to Cancun Hotels/30 mins. Colectivo to Playa del Carmen MXN 320.
Local Bus: There is now a local city bus that calls at the airport every hour, with a direct service to Cancun downtown bus terminal. It is operated by Riviera bus line.
Playa del Carmen Bus: Another bus from Riviera bus lines runs from the airport to Playa Del Carmen bus terminal, 3 blocks from the ferry terminal. Costs 65 pesos per adult (~US$7) & 33 per child one-way. Tickets can be bought from the driver or from a kiosk in Terminal 2. Buses run from the airport hourly 1030-2030. It leaves from outside the main arrival hall at the airport. Just before you exit the terminal, there is a Riviera counter, where you can buy tickets. In Playa del Carmen the bus stops at the main bus terminal on 5th Avenue and Juarez. Timings: Cancun airport - Playa del Carmen 1030, 1145, 1245, 1345, 1445, 1545, 1645, 1745, 1845, 1945 & 2045. Playa del Carmen-Cancun airport 0800, 0900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700 & 1815. Note: It's a good idea to have a plan for your transfer before you get here, so you don't get confused by the sometimes chaotic greeting at Cancun airport. People will come up to you and say 'Playa del Carmen?' and try to help you with your bags, in order to get you on their colectivo, taxi or whatever. If you don't want their help, just say no and keep walking.
Colectivo to Playa del Carmen: A colectivo is a van that takes up to 10 people. They don't leave at any specific time, but you will have to wait until it's full enough to justify the trip. You may have to make stops at other resorts and hotels along the way, which can easily double the time it will take you to get to Playa del Carmen. To take one of these authorized taxis, go to any of the TTC kiosks located around the terminal and buy a ticket, or just step out of the arrival hall and you will get many offers. The price usually works out at ~US$18 per person.

By Shuttle Van:
Local Shuttle Van: Shuttle Vans run to Cancun (Centro, Terminal ADO MXN 49 and to Playa del Carmen (Terminal ADO) MXN 123. runs shuttle vans and private cars from this airport to Cancun Hotels. Click here to make a reservation.

Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: Executive, HERTZ, Thrifty, ALAMO, Budget, AVIS & National.
Weblinks: Click here to book -----> Car Trawler Car Hire.

Airport Tax: Departure Tax US$16.
Transfer between terminals:
An airport shuttle service runs between the main entrances to the terminals every 10 mins.
Airport Website:
Airport Tel No:
 +52 (0)9 886 0028 or 886 0047 or 848 7200.

Updated Jan14 R Fields. Visited Airport.

Chetumal (CTM):
Location: 4 km/2 Miles W of Chetumal city center.
Updated Jun06 www.  [back].[top]

Cozumel Intl (CZM):
3 km/2 Miles N of San Miguel Town.
By Taxi: 
To San Miguel Town US$5-10. To Secrets Resort MXN 290/20-30 mins.

By Limo: Find limo service, click here. Click here to find a locally based limousine company.

By Bus: Minibus to San Miguel town US$2. Shared buses run regularly to resorts and hotels all over the island. Expect to be met by drivers as you exit the terminal. Typical cost per person MXN 100-120.
By Shuttle Van: runs shuttle vans and private cars from this airport to various locations. Click here to make a reservation.

Rental Cars:
On-Airport Rental Car Providers: There are desks for AVIS & HERTZ in the small arrivals area. Across the road from the terminal are offices for Dollar, Thrifty, Smart & Blue Car.
Weblinks: Click here to book -----> Car Trawler Car Hire.

To Playa del Carmen: Take a taxi to the dock (el muelle), which should cost ~US$10. Ferries to Playa del Carmen leave every hour on the hour, except there is no service at 1100 or 1300. The ferry costs ~US$15 and takes ~30 mins. At the dock in Playa del Carmen, there are tricycles that can take your luggage to your hotel, or to the taxi stand by the bus station.
Car Parking: Car Parking is in front of the small terminal.
Currency Services: ATM/Cash Machine in departures.
Airport Tel No:
+52 (987) 2 04 85.

Updated Jun14. Last Visit May14.

Playa del Carmen (PCM):
The airport is on 20th Avenue South, off 1st Street.
This is a small airport that mostly offers trips to Belize, Guatemala, Chitzen Itza & other Mayan ruins.

Updated Jun06 www. [back].[top]

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