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Cozumel to Cancun

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How to get from Cozumel to Cancun?

Important COVID-19 update: Because of the COVID pandemic, ferries may run less regularly. In February 2021, the ferries (Ultramar and Winjet) alternate their services each day. One day Ultramar runs the ferry and the next day Winjet. Always check the latest schedules on the booking platforms or check at the ferry terminal.

For many visitors, Cancun is a popular entryway into the wonderful country of Mexico. It’s  the main tourist destination on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera and its vibrant beach city runs alongside the Caribbean sea, guaranteeing a crystal blue sea and snow-white sand.

Offering a diverse range of things to do, from water activities, visiting ancient Mayan archaeological sites to just relaxing on one of its stunning turquoise water beaches. Cancun is also the door to other popular sites in the Quintana Roo district, such as Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum.

Depending on what you’re looking for from Mexico, Cancun can just be a short stopover or a holiday destination by itself. You’ll find most tourists in the Hotel Zone, which is full to the brim with all-inclusive resorts, restaurants and lively bars.

2 ways to get from Cozumel to Cancun

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Ferry + Bus2 hours330 MXN ($16)

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Ferry + Colectivo2.5 hours310 MXN ($15)

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To get from Cozumel to Cancun you have to combine a 40-minute passenger ferry to Playa del Carmen with a 1 hour and 15 minutes bus ride or a 1.5-hour ‘colectivo’ to Cancun. Ferry tickets start from 265 MXN ($13) for a single way. Bus tickets cost around 65 MXN ($3) and a colectivo ticket costs 45 MXN ($2).

After taking the ferry to Playa del Carmen, you must transport by land to Cancun with a bus or a microbus, also known as Colectivo. If you carry big luggage or just want more space between the seats, taking the bus may be the best choice for you. If you travel on a budget, then the colectivo is the cheapest option.

Taxis are also available and can take you from Playa del Carmen to Cancun. However, since this is a very touristic route don’t expect it to be cheap. A ride to Cancun can cost around 1000 MXN ($50) but the rate will depend on your ability to negotiate with the driver.

Itinerary from Cozumel to Cancun


  • Cozumel city centre
  • 40 minutes
  • Playa del Carmen bus terminal
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cancun bus terminal
  • 5 to 15 minutes
  • Cancun city centre
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Cozumel to Cancun

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: From 310 MXN ($15)

The journey from Cozumel to Cancun has two steps. The first one consists of the same 40-minute ferry you took to get to the island but this time it will take you back to Playa del Carmen.

The second step is by land. Either a bus or a microbus, also known as colectivo, can take you to the city centre area in Cancun and the journey takes a little over 1 hour.

Step 1: Cozumel to Playa del Carmen

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: From 265 MXN ($13)

Going back to Playa del Carmen from Cozumel is very easy. If you booked a roundtrip ticket you just need to show up at the port at the time and date you chose.

If you didn’t book a return ticket, you can book your ticket online on BookAway or directly at the port.

Ferries heading to Playa del Carmen depart from the Cozumel’s Ferry port on the northwest side of the island, the same place where the ferry dropped you when you came into the island.

The ride takes around 40 minutes and the boat will drop you at Playa del Carmen Ferry port, the same one where you boarded the ferry that brought you to Cozumel.

Ferry OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
WinjetTen departures a day from 08:45 to 22:0040 minutes265 MXN ($13)
UltramarEleven departures a day between 07:30 to  21:0040 minutes280 MXN ($14)

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Step 2: Playa del Carmen to Cancun

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cost: From 45 MXN ($2)

The ferry port is located within the city centre, just one block away from Playa del Carmen Turistica Bus Station. If you are taking the Colectivo, the stop is just two blocks away from the port.

The ride to Cancun takes a little more than 1 hour. Both the Bus and the Colectivo will drop you in the central bus terminal area in Cancun City Centre.

Playa del Carmen to Cancun by Bus

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cost: 65 MXN ($3)

The bus company going from Playa del Carmen to Cancun is ADO. It offers great quality service, all buses are first class, meaning they include AC, a toilet and reclining seats.

You can book your tickets online or buy them directly from the bus terminal.

When booking, make sure the departure point is ‘Playa del Carmen Turistica’ as there’s a second bus terminal in Playa del Carmen that’s further away from the city centre.

Buses will drop you at the central bus terminal in Cancun.

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
ADOEvery 20 minutes from 07:00 to 22:201 hour 10 minutes65 MXN ($3)

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Playa del Carmen to Cancun by Colectivo

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: From 45 MXN ($2)

The ‘colectivos’ are the cheapest option to travel from Playa del Carmen to Cancun.

As they are used mostly by local workers and not by tourists, they don’t have any space for luggage. Therefore, they are a good option for day trips to Cancun or if you are travelling with hand luggage only.

The average rate to Cancun is 45 MXN ($2) but it can increase depending on if it’s tourist peak season.

One of the companies, ‘Colectivos Foráneos Sindicato Lazaro Cardenas’, offers the option to book online via Bookaway for some of its departures.

Alternatively, you can go directly to the stop and pay your ticket to the bus driver.

Which Colectivo company to choose?

There are two companies operating this route: Playa Express and Colectivos Foraneos. Both run every 15 minutes or when the vehicle reaches its capacity.

Playa Express operates from 04:00 to 23:00 while Colectivos Foraneos work 24 hours. Keep in mind that Playa Express’ vehicles are more comfortable with more space between seats and working AC, so keep that as your first choice.

Where to find the Colectivo from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen?

The ‘Colectivo’ bus stop in Playa del Carmen is located in the tourist area, just a couple of blocks away from the main bus terminal.

The Colectivo last stop is just one block away from the bus terminal in Cancun’s city centre. Unlike buses, you can go down before in case your accommodation is on the way.

Step 3: Cancun Bus Terminal to City Centre

Duration: 5 – 15 minutes
Cost: Free or 200 MXN ($10)

Both the Colectivo and the bus will drop you at the Central Bus terminal area in Cancun’s city centre. Many hotels and hostels are located around and just a few blocks from the bus terminal so you can choose to walk.

If you are staying more than a few blocks away or at the beach areas, you may have to take a taxi to get to your final destination. Taxis are available outside of the bus terminal and are metered so rates will depend on the distance and time.

An average ride to the beach area is around 200 MXN ($10).

Another option is to use public transport. Buses pass in front of the bus terminal on Avenida Tulum and lines R-1, R-3 and R-38 connect the bus terminal with the beach and hotel area. The rate for the buses is 15 MXN ($0.70) to be paid directly to the bus driver.


Our favourite places to stay in Cancun

Estancia Tulbayab 36 - Budget Friendly

If you prefer a homely feel compared to hotels then definitely stay at Estancia. The owners will instantly make you feel welcome and are always there to offer advice.

The homestay offers a very convenient location, close to the local markets and not too far from the ADO bus station. The rooms are clean and spacious, plus a steal for their price. If you fancy doing some cooking whilst in Cancun, you can make use of the communal kitchen.

  • Great location
  • Clean and spacious rooms
  • Helpful and friendly hosts
  • You’ll feel like home

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Yellow Capsule Hotel - Budget Friendly

Looking for a unique sleeping experience? The Yellow Capsule Hotel will definitely give you that. Instead of traditional rooms, you’ll get to sleep in a pod. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the future when you clamber into your bright and spacious pod.

The capsules are clean and include everything you need for a comfy stay, a mirror, outlets, a safe and storage space. When you’re done hangin around in your pod, you can chill at the hotel's terrace and enjoy their free breakfast.

  • Cool capsule sleeping experience
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Great location

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Viento Suites - Mid-Range

Viento Suites is somewhat of an escape from the busy and hectic cancun. Once you’re inside the walls of the hotel, chilling in the garden beside the swimming pool, you’ll forget about the outside world.

The location couldn’t be more perfect. It’s situated within Downtown Cancun but also very close to the Hotel Zone and beaches. The rooms look like those from a high-class hotel, but without the extortionate prices.

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • BBQ facilities
  • Great location
  • Clean and spacious rooms

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Sina Suites - Treating Yourself

Resorts in Cancun can cost you a bomb! Sina Suites gives you that resort-style feel without the high prices. Ever wanted your own private marina in a hotel? Now you probably do, and Sina Suites has one. It also has a large swimming pool set amongst gardens that overlook the lagoon.

You can enjoy a continental breakfast and delicious Mexican food in their poolside restaurant and bar that sits underneath a traditional thatched hut! You’ll also get more than just a room, most suites also offer a kitchenette and balcony.

  • Views overlooking Cancun lagoon
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Great location

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