The most popular ways to travel the 123 km (76 miles) from Chiquila to Playa del Carmen are a 2.5-hourbus and a 2.5-hour minivan ride. A ticket on the bus starts at 275 MXN ($13) while the minivan one costs 250 MXN ($12).
We don’t recommend one over the other one as both offer a reliable and direct service. The choice will depend on your preference and the convenience of the departure schedule.
It is good to keep in mind that the buses only depart in the afternoon, while the Colectivos offer one departure in the morning too. Colectivos are also slightly cheaper than the buses.
Nonetheless, buses are bigger vehicles and have more space between seats so if this is something that’s important for you, then the buses are probably a better choice.
Buses will drop you at Terminal Alterna in Playa del Carmen. It is located within the city centre and just a couple of blocks from the beach.
Chiquila to Playa del Carmen by Colectivo
Duration: 2 hours Cost: From 250 MXN ($12)
‘Sindicato Kantunilkin’ is the company providing the service between Chiquila and Playa del Carmen. It is popularly known just as ‘Colectivo Playa del Carmen Chiquila’.
The Colectivos depart from the corner in front of Chiquila’s police station, around 300 meters from the main port.
The vehicles are Sprinter type minivans. They have plenty of space in the back, in case you are carrying a piece of big luggage. They also come equipped with AC and reclining seats.
Colectivos operate every day and depart on two different schedules. The ride to Playa del Carmen takes about 2.5 hours.
To book a colectivo ticket you can contact the company directly via Facebook. You can also show up at the parking lot 20 minutes before departure. However, this can be a bit risky as seats may run out.
08:30 – 11:00
15:30 – 18:00
250 MXN ($12)
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