Getting to Mexico
All the major airlines fly to Cancun, but don’t forget to check out the charters as well. Oftentimes you can get very cheap airfare with Apple, Funjet, USAir 3000, etc. Also please check out CheapOAir
You fly to Cancun, then take a cab, a shuttle, a bus, or prearranged transportation to Playa del Carmen. It is about a 40 minute drive south of the airport. Our front desk can arrange pickup service – it’s $85 each way. You can also use an independent car service, Best Transfers. They charged $110.00 for a round trip. They waiting outside the door with a sign, drivers speak English and are very informative during the ride to Playa. They can also take you back to the airport. I recommend them. Their phone # is 1-866-444-6805 and they do have a website. They also are paypal verified.
It’s about $85 to take a cab from the airport to Playa. It’s about $50 to take a cab from Playa back to the airport. Fares can vary depending on the price of gas, time of year, etc., but are pretty constant. It’s the quickest way to go.
There are public buses that take about 70 minutes to go from the Airport to/from Playa. The bus station in Playa is right on 5th Ave and is convenient. Cost is about $5
There are also shuttles that will take you to Playa. They run about $70.
You could, of course, rent a car, but it’s usually not worth it. Rental cars at the airport are expensive and you don’t need a car in Playa. If you decide to do a trip somewhere, you can cheaply rent a car in Playa for a day or two or call Fernando or Miguel.
Miguel has a cab, speaks great English, is reliable and fun. His taxi can accomodate 4-5 people. Please tell him Laura from El Taj Ocean referred you. 984-116-1549.
Fernando has a van, speaks terrific English, is reliable, fun, and also runs a tour business. His telephone number is 984-150-5368. Please tell him Laura from El Taj Ocean reffered you.
Taxi’s are cheap in Playa and are readily available.
A collectivo is a passenger van which acts as a communal taxi carrying anywhere from eight to 12 people. These travel up and down Highway 307, the Yucatan Peninsula’s main artery, picking up and dropping off passengers along the way. Many of these vans are new and air-conditioned, and the fares are incredibly reasonable; you can cruise all the way to Cancun for less than $4 and, depending on how many stops the driver makes, the trip normally takes no more than an hour. To catch a ride, either flag down one of the vans as it approaches you on the road or walk to the stand at 2nd Street between Avenues 15 and 20.