Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya Mexico

Chiquila to Playa del Carmen

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Overview | Bus | Minivan

How to get from Chiquila to Playa del Carmen?

Playa del Carmen is a popular and quickly evolving destination in Mexico’s Quintana Roo District. It is located close to Cancun and it offers a more relaxed vibe than the big city.

In Playa del Carmen you can sunbathe on the beach, wander around the cafes and boutiques at the ‘Quinta Avenida’ and enjoy vibrant nightlife.

From its port, you can take the ferry into Cozumel island and you can also make some day trips to its surroundings and visit Xcaret park or any of the gorgeous nearby Cenotes.

2 ways to get from Chiquila to Playa del Carmen

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus2.5 hours275 MXN ($13)Check Bus Tickets
Colectivo2.5 hours250 MXN ($12)

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The most popular ways to travel the 123 km (76 miles) from Chiquila to Playa del Carmen are a 2.5-hour bus 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.

Itinerary from Chiquila to Playa del Carmen

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Chiquila to Playa del Carmen by Bus

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: From 275 MXN ($13)

Buses going from Chiquila to Playa del Carmen depart from Chiquila’s main bus stop, located about 400 meters from the main dock.

The service is provided by Mexico’s largest bus company: ADO, and its low-cost sub-branch Mayab.

ADO buses come well equipped with AC and reclining seats and a toilet. Mayab buses are less comfortable and usually don’t have any of the above features.

Buses only depart in the afternoon. There are two departures every day and the ride to Playa del Carmen takes a little over two hours.

If you are travelling with ADO, you can book your tickets online while for Mayab you can only purchase them at the bus stop.

Bus CompanyScheduleDurationCosts
ADO17:46 – 19:562 hours 10 minutes304 MXN ($15)
Mayab14:30 – 17:002.5 hours275 MXN ($13)

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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.

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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.

Colectivo OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
Colectivo08:30 – 11:00


15:30 – 18:00

2.5 hours250 MXN ($12)

Colectivos will drop you at Playa del Carmen’s city centre by the Fundadores Park. This is within walking distance from the main attractions like the fifth avenue, the beach and the port.


Our favourite places to stay in Playa del Carmen

Vainilla Bed and Breakfast Mexico - Budget Friendly

Start the day right with the hotel’s complimentary breakfast, made up of fresh and home-made goodies. You can literally taste how much love the host puts into the food as well as the overall running of the hotel.

Just looking at the hotel will make you feel happy. It’s bursting with colour, both on the walls and from the fruit plants that surround the garden. The hotel gets its name from the vanilla plants around the hostel, so basically everywhere smells great.

  • Superb breakfast
  • Swimming pool
  • Very friendly host
  • Bright and clean decor

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Opal Suites Apartments - Mid-Range

Opal Suites offers luxury apartments with all of the facilities you get with a good hotel. Staying here you’ll have access to a gym, rooftop swimming pool and even a barbeque.

Each stunning apartment contains all you’ll need, a kitchen, washing machine, balcony and even Netflix. This can be a great option if you’re staying in Playa del Carmen for a couple of weeks, so you can have similar facilities as at home.

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Maya Villa Condo Hotel and Beach Club - Treating Yourself

Playa del Carmen is full of luxury hotels and beach clubs, but Maya Villa is one of the best. Guests staying at the hotel get access to both a gym and the beach club!

The hotel boasts a Mayan and tropical style with its natural decor and airness. The turquoise pool winds around the hotel, dotted with waterfalls that create a relaxing soundtrack to the hotel. You can also enjoy a hot tub on the roof!

  • Hot tub and huge swimming pool
  • Large and bright rooms
  • Access to beach club and gym
  • Steps away from the beach

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