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How to get from Tulum to Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel is a popular tourist destination on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Check out our guide for the best options to travel from Tulum to Cozumel.

Cozumel is a beautiful Mexican island in the Caribbean Sea located off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Cozumel is home to many white-sand beaches perfect for a day out under the sun.

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Check our guide for the best options to travel from Tulum to Cozumel.

How far is Tulum to Cozumel?

The distance from Tulum to Playa del Carmen is 40 miles or 64 kilometers.

Playa Del Carmen is 30-35 minutes away from Cozumel. The sea stretches 11.8 miles (19km) between the two lands. Playa Del Carmen offers multiple ferry rides throughout the day to Cozumel

Click here for the Cozumel Ferry Schedule.

Transportation Options from Tulum to Cozumel

The following table outlines all transportation options from Tulum to Cozumel:

MethodTravel timePrice
Bus + Ferry from Tulum to Cozumel2-4 hoursUSD 22
Shared Shuttle + Ferry from Tulum to Cozumel2-4 hours~USD 20
Private Transfer + Ferry from Tulum to Cozumel1 hour 30 minutes
Taxi + Ferry from Tulum to Cozumel1 hour 30 minutes
Rental Car + Ferry 1 hour 30 minutes

GuateGo

On GuateGo, you can check all available transportation options from Tulum to Cozumel. It is a reliable and easy-to-use platform to compare prices & schedules and make a booking online.

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Getting to Cozumel from Tulum

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1. ADO Bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen + Ferry to Cozumel

Journey Duration: 2 to 4 hours

We recommend booking an ADO bus and ferry combo ticket from Tulum to Cozumel.

From Tulum, you will first travel by bus to Playa del Carmen. The buses have air-conditioning, a bathroom, reclining seats, and a tv.

In Playa del Carmen you will board the ferry to Isla Cozumel.

Tip: Book your combined ticket online in advance on GuateGo.

Tulum to Cozumel Bus/ Ferry Schedule

  • 08:10 AM
  • 09:45 AM
  • 11:20 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 01:00 PM
  • 04:30 PM
  • 05:35 PM
  • 08:25 PM
How To Get From Tulum To Cozumel, Mexico

2. Shared Van Shuttle

Journey Duration: 2 to 4 hours

Another great way to travel to Playa del Carmen is by minivan shuttle. Sindicato Lázaro Cárdenas offers every hour a shuttle for $4.52 USD.

The earliest departure from Tulum Calle Jupiter Nte. 22 is 08:00 AM, and the latest departure is 08:00 PM. The earliest arrival at station Avenida Benito Juarez in Playa del Carmen is at 08:45 AM, and the latest arrival is at 08:45 PM.

3. Private Transfer from Tulum to Cozumel

Journey Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

private transfer from Tulum to Playa del Carmen is the most convenient and hassle-free option to travel!

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Tulum and drop you off at the ferry station in Playa del Carmen. You are also not dependent on bus or shuttle schedules as you decide when you want to get picked up.

Tip: Book your ferry ticket to Cozumel online in advance on GuateGo!

GuateGo

On GuateGo, you can check all available transportation options from Tulum to Cozumel. It is a reliable and easy-to-use platform to compare prices & schedules and make a booking online.

How To Get To Cozumel

4. Driving with Rental Car

Journey Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

One of the best ways to explore the Yucatan Peninsula is by renting a car.

With a rental car, you can easily explore Isla Cozumel, visit the Mayan ruins located close to Tulum or make some of the most popular day trips from Tulum.

You will have to drive from Tulum first to Playa del Carmen, where you can park your car. From there, you can take the ferry to Cozumel.

We use Rentalcars.com to book a rental car in advance as they compare all major rental car companies and usually offer the best prices.

How To Get From Tulum To Cozumel, Mexico

5. Uber or Taxi

Journey Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

You can also travel by Taxi or Uber to the ferry station in Playa del Carmen. We; however, recommend booking transport in advance as it is usually cheaper than a taxi.

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Best day tours in Cozumel, Mexico

Get Your Guide helps you find the best tours wherever you are heading to. It’s usually the first website I check when I plan a trip to a new place.

The following widget shows some of the best tours in Cozumel, Mexico.

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