How to get to Cozumel
Most travel from Europe or the United States to Mexico by plane. Although there are some cruise ships that cross the Atlantic after the summer season and take guests. The fastest way to travel, however, are 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.
Cozumel is not far away from the international airport of Cancun. Usually the flights to Cancun are cheaper and it is very easy to arrive on Cozumel by transport, taxi or bus. There are also direct flights from Cozumel to Cancun. MayAir offers those flights for about 65 dollar one way.
How to get to Cozumel via Cancun airport
The largest airport on the Yucatan Peninsula is the Cancun Airport. Most of the flights from Europe go straight to Cancun. From the airport in Cancun, the arriving guests are brought to their resorts on the Yucatan Peninsula or travel to Cozumel.
The airport of Cancun is not located directly in the city of Cancun, but about half an hour south. For the journey to Cozumel you first need about an hour to the southern Playa del Carmen. From Playa del Carmen there is a direct ferry service to Cozumel. The ferry companies to Cozumel drive every hour, the crossing takes 35 minutes.
Flights from 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, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf during the main season between November and April. The outward flight takes about 12 hours, the return flight ia a little faster. At Condor, it's always worth paying attention to promotions, the Condor catch-a-fly-t. The airline Eurowings operates direct flights from Cologne and connecting flights from other European cities.
Connection between Cancun Airport and 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. It takes about one hour. From there, the passenger ferries go to Cozumel.
Between 9:00 and 24:00 operates the public ADO bus. For about 9 Euro (178 pesos) per person he covers the connection between the airport Cancun and Playa del Carmen and runs every hour. The bus is very modern with air condition, 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.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen. If you have good negotiating skills, you may be able to reduce the fare to 800 pesos (40 euros). Normally, guests pay between 1,000 and 1,200 pesos for the taxi fare.
Ferry connection between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel
The ferry to Cozumel is just a 3-minute walk from the bus terminal in Playa del Carmen. Since the pier of the Cozumel Ferry is located in the pedestrian zone, neither taxi nor bus can go there directly. To get to the ferry to Cozumel, just walk along 5ta Avenue southwards. If you follow the second street on the left you will automatically reach the marina with the Cozumel ferries. Two ferry companies go to Cozumel. The ferries leave every hour between 6:00 and 23:00. The crossing from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes about 35 minutes. Usually the crossing costs about 10 US dollars. Nevertheless, inquire about special prices. Often there are discounts.
Arriving on Cozumel, many taxis are waiting. These taxis bring guests safely to their accommodation.
Day trip to Cozumel
Many visitors come to Cozumel for just one day. They spend their vacation in one of the hotels on the mainland or take the cruise ship to Cozumel. On our pages, we provide a lot of useful information for Cozumel shore excursions or day trips from Playa del Carmen.
Getting to Cozumel from the mainland is pretty much the same as from the airport in Cancun. Most mainland accommodations have a transport to Playa del Carmen where the ferry to Cozumel departs. However, the offered options are usually expensive. Cheaper are the Collectivos, which run continuously on the entire route of the Riviera Maya.
The central station 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, one must 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 your hotel to Playa del Carmen and get a collectivo for your return.
Get to Cozumel by plane
If you would like to travel by plane from Europe to Cozumel, you must first go to one of the major cities in Mexico and from there a national connecting flight to Cozumel. All well-known 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 right on the sea. From the limestone beach around the corner you can watch the arriving planes landing.