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How to get from Tulum to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Playa del Carmen is well-known for its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and laid-back vibe. Check out our guide for the best options to travel from Tulum to Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen is a popular coastal town on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

It is well-known for its beautiful white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and laid-back vibe.

Check our guide for the best options to travel from Tulum to Playa del Carmen.

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How far is Tulum to Playa del Carmen?

The distance from Tulum to Playa del Carmen is 39.8 miles or 64 kilometers.

The main transportation options to get from Tulum to Playa del Carmen are:

  • ADO bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen
  • Private Transfer
  • Colectivo
  • Shared van shuttle
  • Rental Car
  • Taxi

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Getting to Playa del Carmen from Tulum

1. Bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen

Journey Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes

If you are traveling on a budget and don’t want to take a colectivo, which is the cheapest mode of transportation between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, we recommend taking the ADO bus.

All ADO buses are equipped with Air condition, a luggage rack, TVs, reclinable seats, and of course, a toilet.

The cost for an ADO bus ticket is $9 at the time of writing, and the journey takes around one hour and 10 minutes.

Tulum to Playa del Carmen Bus Schedule

  • 08:10 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 01:00 PM
  • 04:30 PM
  • 05:35 PM
  • 07:35 PM
How to get from Tulum to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2. Shared Van Shuttle

Journey Duration: 50 minutes

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 Playa del Carmen

Journey Duration: 50 minutes

A 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 your accommodation in Playa del Carmen. You are also not dependant on bus or shuttle schedules as you decide when you want to get picked up.

Another advantage is that your driver will go straight to Tulum without stopping on the way unless you want to combine your transfer with a sightseeing tour. In fact, most drivers will offer you to stop along the way for an additional charge.

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

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4. Colectivo to Tulum from Playa del Carmen

The cheapest way to get from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is by colectivo.

A colectivo is basically a minibus that you can share with other passengers. The difference to a regular shuttle van is that you cannot make a reservation for a collective, and there are no fixed departure times.

In fact, the colectivo departs once all seats are taken. But don’t worry. As the route between Tulum and Playa del Carmen is very popular, colectivos usually fill up quite fast.

If you prefer to reserve a seat, you can book a ticket for a minivan here.

How to get from Tulum to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

5. Driving with Rental Car

Journey Duration: 50 minutes

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

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

Traveling by car from Tulum to Playa del Carmen is also easy and safe and has many advantages. You are flexible, you can stop along the way wherever you want, and you can take more luggage.

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

6. Taxi

Journey Duration: 50 minutes

If you want to decide last minute when you would like to travel to Playa del Carmen, a taxi might be the best option. If possible; however, we recommend booking your transportation in advance to save money.

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