There are two international airports relatively close to Playa del Carmen and there is even a small airport in the same city of Playa del Carmen Does Playa del Carmen have an airport? Indeed, in Playa del Carmen there is an airport but it is very small, with capacity only for airplanes with very few passengers. Playa del Carmen airport is destined mainly for tourism trips and parachuting, so that international flights do not arrive here.
Cozumel International Airport (IATA: CZM, ICAO: MMCZ) is an international airport near Playa del Carmen, in the island of Cozumel. unlike the Playa del Carmen airport, it does receive national and international flights con cientos de miles de turistas anualmente. To get from Cozumel airport to Playa del Carmen you must take a taxi to the ferry dock. Once you reach the mainland then you must take another taxi to Playa del Carmen. The trip takes a total of about 1 hour and a half.
The Cancun airport (CUN) is larger, receives planes from all over the world and therefore has more traffic. As it handles many more airports it is usually cheaper than the cozumel airport. Another advantage is that it is located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, you do not have to take a ferry or travel by sea so it is cheaper and faster. Distance from Cancun to Playa del Carmen is about 55 km, around 11.5 miles. The trip takes around 50 min.
There are several ways to get from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen: You can buy private transfers for just 75 usd. This is a fast and safe way.
Other options are:
The buses are large, kept clean (and very cold, so bring something to cover up with), and run every 30 minutes to Playa del Carmen from the airport. ADO buses are modern and comfortable and leave every 30 minutes from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. The first service leaves at 8:30 AM and the last at 11:50 PM.
Of course, you should keep in mind that they put the air conditioning at a low temperature so it is recommended that you wear a coat or blanket so that you do not go cold during the trip. the ticket per person is worth around 9 usd and the trip lasts about an hour taking into account that they must maintain a speed limit by highway.
Taxis can be taken at the exit of the airport but are usually expensive. On the other hand, UBER, a peso that operates as private transfers does not operate throughout the Riviera Maya, so it may not be at your convenience.
You can choose a package from those offered by the transport providers, some can be very economical although not all are reliable. Keep in mind that some of the private transport services are shared with other travelers so the trip may not be direct, but intermediate stops will be made depending on the destination of the other passengers.
They cost a little more than the public transport service but it is well worth it in terms of comfort, speed and safety and there are no intermediate stops. Of course, if you travel in a group of friends and the expenses are shared then it is cheaper for you.
The other option is to rent a car in Cancun. It is always the most tempting option considering that you can have your time at your leisure and set your own itinerary without sharing the trip or making unnecessary stops. If you travel in low season you can find incredible prices. For a lowest car rental cancun visit: cancun car rental
If instead you are already in Playa del Carmen and want to return to Cancun by renting a car, car rental Playa del Carmen can be very easy and economical. The best place to rent a car in playa del carmen definitly are local rental companies, in Playa del Carmen you will find a large number of them.