How to get to Cozumel

We are sure you have already heard about Cozumel and the fact that you are here in search of the definitive steps or guide on how to get to Cozumel is proof of it.

Well, keep reading because here we will give you the definitive travel guide to Cozumel and learn how easy it is to get to this paradisiacal Caribbean island in Mexico, from Cancun, from Playa del Carmen or from Tulum. Let’s get to it.

How to get to Cozumel


Cozumel is the largest island of Caribbean Mexico and is located 18 kilometers away from the coast of Playa del Carmen. An island of ample dimensions that today is not only a dream tourist destination for thousands of visitors to the Riviera Maya.

It is also the largest port, where hundreds of luxury cruise ships stop daily and of course for the more daring, the island has a small airport where private jets, helicopters and small planes land.

We will tell you about all that this list has another time, because it really has a lot of things to do, see and know.  However, we can tell you that Cozumel is a paradise you will never forget.


Where is Cozumel?

Cozumel is located 18 kilometers from the coast of Playa del Carmen, in the Caribbean Sea and is close to the Great Mayan Reef, which is considered the second largest reef in the world.

How to get to Cozumel

Cozumel is an island, therefore it does not have a road route to get there or at least from the shores of Playa del Carmen. But being a large island, it gives us two alternatives to reach it:

Ferry to Cozumel

The first means of transportation to Cozumel is by ferry. This is the easiest and cheapest way to cross to the island, as it has a cost of 250.00 MXN one way trip for adults and 200.00 MXN one way trip for children.

The cost of the return trip for adult and child is the same price as above. That means that a round trip by ferry to Cozumel would cost 500.00 MXN per adult and 400.00 MXN per child.

Ferry to Cozumel

Flights to Cozumel

Cozumel Island has a small airport, which only allows access to small air transports, such as small planes, private jets and helicopters. Well, this is an option to reach the island and avoid the almost 1 hour trip by sea. However, it should be noted that the cost is usually a little higher than the ferry crossing.

As you can see, in order to get to Cozumel you first have to get to the maritime terminal of Playa del Carmen, this is only in case you want to travel by ferry to the island. Otherwise, if you will travel by air from Cancun airport or from downtown Playa del Carmen you can find air transportation to Cozumel.

Flights to Cozumel

How to get to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen

If you are in Playa del Carmen and want to go to Cozumel by ferry, the first thing you have to do is go directly to the Ultramar maritime terminal in Playa del Carmen.

At the terminal, buy your ticket and wait for the departure time of the Ferry to the island. It is worth mentioning that you can buy your ticket right here, both for the outbound and the return trip.

How to get to Cozumel from Cancun

If you are in Cancun or at the Cancun airport you have up to 5 different ways to get to Cozumel Island.

Private Transportation

The best way to go to Cozumel from Cancun is through our private transportation service. Our private transportation service is comfortable, safe, spacious and equipped with Wifi and air conditioning.

All this is necessary to make a trip of approximately 68 kilometers distance between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It is necessary to remember that first you have to get to Playa del Carmen to go to Cozumel.

Our private transportation service will drop you off at the maritime terminal in Playa del Carmen and will help you with the logistics to buy your tickets and take the ferry to the island.

Private Transportation to cozumel


This means of transportation to Cozumel Island from Cancun is very fast and you can take it from Cancun airport. The average cost of the flight is 3,000 pesos as minimum fare and 5,500 pesos as maximum fare.

Public transportation

From the city of Cancun or on the main avenue of the airport, you can take a vans to Playa del Carmen. This vans are part of the public transportation service to Cancun Playa del Carmen.

The cost of the transfer is 45.00 MXN, however it is a shared transfer with other people, where “literally” the seats are very small and cramped. This means of transportation seeks to take as many people as possible.

That means that it doesn’t have a “trunk” to carry your luggage and much less has seats for babies, and during the trip it makes different stops. And this means of transportation to Cozumel will leave you near the fifth avenue of Playa del Carmen, where you have to find your way to the maritime terminal of Playa. As you can see, quite an odyssey.

Public transportation to cozumel


You can take a cab from Cancun to Playa del Carmen, but you have to consider that the cost of the transfer can be up to 2,500.00 MXN for up to 4 people. It is also necessary to mention that many of these transportation services in the city are not equipped with WIFI, air conditioning and large spaces for a comfortable and safe transfer.

Car Rental

Our last option to get to Cozumel from Cancun is to rent a car in the city. The advantage of renting a car is that you can be the driver yourself and take as much time as you want on the trip, even stopping and enjoying the Riviera Maya.

How to get to Cozumel from Tulum

To get to Cozumel from Tulum is almost the same process as from Cancun, that is: First you have to get to Playa del Carmen. And the options you have are

Public transportation

There is a public transportation route from Tulum to Playa del Carmen. So you can take this route to get to the fifth avenue and from that point look for the maritime terminal of Playa del Carmen. The cost of this service is 45.00 MXN.


ADO is a shared transportation service, where you and several other people will get on a truck or a van that will take you to the fifth avenue of Playa del Carmen.


Tulum also has cabs and you can choose to take one of them to get to the maritime terminal in Playa del Carmen and take the ferry to Cozumel.


As you can see, in order to get to Cozumel, first you have to travel by sea or by air, but depending on where you are, you will have to use other means of transportation. From Cancun, we have several ways, and from Tulum as well.

So now that you know how to get to Cozumel from Cancun, from Playa del Carme or from Tulum, do not hesitate to make the most of touring and getting to know this paradisiacal island of Mexico.

How to get to Tulum

If you are coming on vacation to the Riviera Maya and you are staying in a hotel, apartment or AirBNB in Tulum, you must be wondering how to get to Tulum? And of course, this question is especially for people who come to the Caribbean Mexico by plane, why? Well, because even though there is an airport in the city of Chetumal, 80% of the flights in the state of Quintana Roo arrive first to Cancun.

So, how to get to Tulum from Cancun Airport? Well, keep reading because here we will tell you how to do it and not die trying.

How to get to Tulum

How to get to Tulum

There are several ways to get to Tulum from Cancun city, from private transportation services to public transportation services. However, you have to consider that each of them has its advantages and disadvantages.

Each means of transportation will depend a lot on the type of traveler you are, so let’s know the options we have, from the best to the worst option.

Private Transportation

If you are a traveler who really wants to enjoy your vacation in Tulum without mishaps and without going through bad moments, no matter how minimal they may be, our private transfer service to Tulum is the ideal one for you.

Our service is totally private, equipped to take up to 9 people or groups of up to 16 people to Tulum and besides having ample space and luggage storage, it also has WIFI and are vehicles driven by certified drivers.

It is worth mentioning that here you no longer have to worry about schedules, since our drivers will be at the airport waiting for your flight to take you to the door of your accommodation in Tulum.

Private Transportation to tulum


The ADO shared transportation line may be the transportation service you need if you are looking to save a few pesos on your Caribbean Mexico vacation.

The ADO airport terminal has modules, where you can compare your ticket for the bus to Tulum, but you will have to wait for the bus departure time, so be patient.

Its advantage is to be less expensive than the private service, its disadvantage is to be a shared means of transportation, which has departure times and also, as such would not leave you at your hotel, it would leave you at the ADO terminal in Tulum, where you have to take a cab to your hotel or walk if it is not far.

ado to tulum

Collective Transportation

Collective transportation, better known as “Las Vans”, is a public transportation service that costs up to 45.00 MXN per passenger. As such, it is not located at the airport, but rather you have to go out to the main avenue and wait in the terminal to take it.

It is worth mentioning that since it is the cheapest means of transportation available, it is very popular among locals, so you may have to wait several hours for one that has room for its passengers, since these vehicles leave from downtown Cancun and during the trip to the main avenue of the airport they are usually full.

It should be noted that the odyssey does not end here, since the first van will leave you on the fifth avenue of Playa del Carmen, from where you have to take another unit with a drop off to Tulum.

In conclusion there are 2 vans that you take; each one has a cost of 45.00 MXN. They are not very comfortable, no trunk, but they do have air conditioning.

Collective Transportation to tulum


The cab from Cancun to Tulum is the worst way to get from Cancun to Tulum. First of all, there are very good cabs, but they are private companies and fall under the concept of private transportation. However, the “green” colored cabs that circulate in the city and at the airport usually charge up to 4,500.00 MXN for the transfer to Tulum.

They are not equipped with air conditioning, comfortable seats, are not large, do not have trunks and in the worst case the trip can be interrupted by various technical failures of the units.

We want to clarify that we are not underestimating the units, as they are very good to take as transportation to move within the city, but we do not recommend it for a long distance transfer like the one from Cancun to Tulum.

Cab to tulum


Now that you know which ones are the main transportation services that exist between Cancun to Tulum and which is the best way, the cheapest and the worst way, we remind you again: The best way to go to Tulum from Cancun is with our private transfer service and you can book it by clicking here.