Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is the center of the Riviera Maya and offers a distinct European flavor, different than the rest of the resorts in the area. The closest large airport to Playa del Carmen is Cancun International Airport (CUN), to which it is linked by buses and shuttles.

Cozumel is an island located just off the Yucatan Peninsula. It attracts tourists thanks to its superb beaches and excellent dive spots.

The only way to get between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel is by ferry. There are both passenger and car ferries but they don’t depart from the same place. However, rental cars are not allowed on the car ferry.

The passenger ferry terminal is located in downtown Playa del Carmen, about a block and a half from the main square. In Cozumel, the ferry terminal is also in downtown right in front of Punta Langosta mall. The journey time is about 45 minutes.

There are two companies which run such services: Mexico Water Jets and Ultramar. Both offer 12 departures per day, the first being at 7 a.m. on Mexico Water Jets or 6 a.m. on Ultramar. The last departure is at 10 p.m. (both companies). The first ferry to Playa del Carmen departs at 6 a.m. (both companies) and the last at 9 p.m. (both companies).

On Mexico Water Jets, the single adult fare is US$11.58, while on Ultramar the single fare is 156 pesos (about US$11.12).

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