The island of Cozumel is located about 15 kilometers from the mainland of the Riviera Maya. The journey to Cozumel is therefore only possible by ferry, plane or during a cruise. The crossing by ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes about 40 minutes, with getting in and out should be expected with about one hour.
Two ferry companies operate the route between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. The ferries leave every hour between 6:00 and 23:00, usually on the hour. Depending on the exchange rate, the crossing costs about 10 US dollars. It is worthwhile, however, to inquire about special prices. Often there are discounts. The ferry operator Ultramar has the newer ships and is slightly faster. If you get seasick or get scared of crossing, you should prefer Ultramar on the crossing. The ferry company Winjet (Mexico Waterjet) is a bit cheaper.
The ships of the ferry between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen are large and drive even in larger storms. Then it can become wavy and some passengers prefer to take tablets for seasickness. As a rule, the crossing to Cozumel or to Playa del Carmen is quiet.
The ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen
Cozumel Ferry to Playa del Carmen
Cozumel Ferry Terminal is just 10 minutes’ walk from Punta Langosta Cruise Terminal. For guests who arrive there by cruise ship, the ferry to Playa del Carmen is within walking distance. From the more southern cruise terminals International Pier or Puerta Maya you can take a taxi to the public Cozumel ferry. The taxi ride to the ferry costs about US $ 12.
The ferry crossing from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel
The ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel is only a 3-minute walk from the ADO bus terminal or the taxi ranks in Playa del Carmen. Since the pier of the Cozumel ferry is located in the pedestrian zone, neither taxi nor bus can go directly there. To get to the ferry to Cozumel, just walk along 5ta Avenue south. If you follow the second street on the left, you will automatically come to the marina, from where the ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel leaves.
After arriving on Cozumel, numerous taxis are waiting at the ferry terminal. These taxis are very safe. Taxi rates are fixed and depend on. Nevertheless, one should always inquire before driving for the respective fare. Most taxi drivers speak some English.
Day trip from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel
Cozumel Ferry to Playa del Carmen
Many visitors to the Riviera Maya are planning a day trip to Cozumel. You are vacationing in one of the hotels. On our pages we provide a lot of useful information for a day trip to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen.
When traveling to Cozumel, most of the Mayan Riviera accommodations offer transportation to the ferry in Playa del Carmen to Cozumel. However, the options offered are usually expensive. Cheaper are the Collectivos, which run continuously on the entire route of the Riviera Maya.
The main stop for Collectivos is located in Playa del Carmen in the second street with the 10th Avenida about 5 minutes walk from the ferry to Cozumel. From there you can easily take a collectivo back to the hotel the collectivos leave you directly at the hotel.
To get to Playa del Carmen, you have to stop one of the numerous collectivos on the main road. These can also be crowded, then you have to wait for the next free collectivo. If you want to be on the safe side, take a taxi from the hotel to Playa del Carmen and for the return a collectivo.
Getting to Riviera Maya by plane
From Germany and Europe, most travel by plane to Mexico. Although there are some cruise ships that cross the Atlantic after the summer season and take guests. The fastest way to travel, however, with the various airlines. There are two options for getting to Cozumel. You either fly directly to Cozumel, the island has an international airport. However, most major airlines fly to Cancun’s larger international airport.
How to get to Riviera Maya via Cancun airport
The largest airport on the Yucatan peninsula and the second largest in Mexico is the Cancun airport. There are also the most flights and direct flights from Europe. From the airport in Cancun, the arriving guests are distributed to their vacation spots on the Riviera Maya. The airport of Cancun is not located directly in the city of Cancun, but about half an hour away. The journey to Cozumel via the one hour south Playa del Carmen. From Playa del Carmen the ferry goes to Cozumel.
Flights from Germany and Europe to Cancun are often very cheap and from some cities, the airlines even fly directly. For example, Condor offers direct flights to Cancun from Munich and Frankfurt in the main season between November and April. The one-way flight takes about 12 hours, a bit faster back. At Condor, it’s always worth paying attention to the discount promotions, the Condor mayflies. There you will find the daily updated fares cheaper. Also the airline Eurowings has cheap direct flights from Cologne, in the high season also from other German cities. Appropriate feeder flights serve other cities.
Arrival from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen
The connection between Cancun Airport and Playa del Carmen is excellent. On a very well-developed highway, you can either take the ADO bus or take a taxi to Playa del Carmen in about an hour. From there, the passenger ferries go to Cozumel.
From 9:00 to 24:00, the public ADO bus will leave. For about 9 Euro (178 pesos) per person he covers the connection between the airport Cancun and Playa del Carmen and leaves once every hour. The bus is very modern with air conditioning, a light jacket is recommended for the ride. A pre-order of the ADO ticket is not necessary, the bus tickets are sold on site. Departure is at Terminal 3. If you do not find the ADO bus directly, you can ask. The airport staff are very helpful.
Alternatively, taxis also travel from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen. If you have good bargaining skills, you may be able to reduce the fare to 800 pesos (40 euros), and guests usually pay between 1,000 and 1,200 pesos for the taxi ride to Playa del Carmen.
Cozumel arrival directly by plane
How to get to Cozumel by airplane
If you want to travel by plane from Europe to Cozumel, you must first take one of the major cities in Mexico and from there a national connecting flight to Cozumel. All well-known scheduled airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways, Iberia or KLM fly from European cities directly to Mexico. The airports in Mexico City, Cancún, Monterrey or Guadalajara are served.
The journey to Cozumel by plane goes from the Mexican cities directly to the airport of Cozumel. Several airlines, such as Interjet or Aeromexico, offer direct flights from Mexico City or other Mexican cities. The American Airlines, Delta or United airlines serve Cozumel directly from various destinations in the US and Latin America.
It is very fascinating to watch the arriving planes on Cozumel. Because the airport is located directly on the sea. From the adjacent limestone beach you can watch the arriving aircraft landing.