Playa del Carmen to Chiquila

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How to get from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila

Chiquila is a very small beach town in Quintana Roo district. It hosts a lot of visitors every day but not because it’s particularly attractive. The main reason tourists flock to Chiquila is because it’s the gateway to the gorgeous Holbox Island.

In fact, the only way to get to Isla Holbox is with a ferry that departs from the port in Chiquila. Do check out our detailed guide for Chiquila to Isla Holbox if you want to visit the paradise island. It’s a good side destination especially when you’re already in the Riviera Maya.

3 ways to get from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus2 hours 10 minutes335 MXN ($17.50)Check Bus Tickets
Colectivo2 hours335 MXN ($16)Check Colectivo Tickets
Private Transfer2 hours1,950 MXN ($100)Book a Private Transfer

There are 3 ways to travel the 123 km (76 miles) from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila: a 2-hour-10 minute bus, a 2-hour colectivo, and a 2-hour private transfer. Fares range from 312 MXN ($16.50) to 1,950 MXN ($100).

Both the bus and the colectivo offer direct service and the choice will depend on your preference and schedule. Keep in mind that all buses depart in the morning while colectivos offer a few afternoon trips. If you wish to arrive early in Isla Holbox, then the bus may be a better choice.

As for the departure points, you’ll have an easier time finding the bus terminal in Playa del Carmen because it’s closer to the beach/tourist area. You’ll have to walk a few blocks or take a short taxi ride to get to the colectivo stations.

Buses are also bigger vehicles and have more space between seats, although the colectivos tend to be faster.

It’s also possible to take a private shuttle from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila. Although very convenient, private rides are also quite expensive with rates from 1,950 MXN ($100) for a 3-seater car.

Itinerary from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila

Playa del Carmen to Chiquila by Bus

Duration: 2hrs 10m
Cost: 312 MXN ($16.50)
Duration: 2hrs 10m
Cost: 312 MXN ($16.50)

ADO, Mexico’s largest bus company, and its low-cost sub-branch Mayab are the bus companies providing direct bus services from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila.

We recommend travelling with ADO because their buses are newer and faster. They also come with air-conditioning, reclining seats and a toilet. Mayab buses are cheaper but do not come with the same amenities and are often delayed.

Note that buses from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila only depart in the morning. The fastest bus can complete the journey in 2 hours 10 minutes. ADO bus tickets cost 312 MXN ($16.50).

Bus schedules from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila

Bus CompanyScheduleCosts
ADO Bus09:30-11:40
312 MXN ($15)
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Mayab Bus08:30-11:00275 MXN ($14.50)
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It’s best to buy your tickets online for guaranteed seats. We recommend using BookAway, which doesn’t add hidden charges.

While it’s possible to buy your tickets at the bus station, we don’t recommend it. There’s a chance of tickets being sold out for your preferred time and you’ll have to wait a while for the next trip. Or worse, you’ll have to wait for the next day.

Bus departure and arrival points

Buses operating from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila depart from Turistica Bus terminal, located at 5th Ave., and within walking distance from the beach and the port.

In Chiquila, your bus ride ends at the ADO Bus Stop next to the port. If you’re heading to Holbox Island and don’t have ferry tickets yet, you can buy them at the nearby ferry terminal.

Playa del Carmen to Chiquila by Colectivo

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 250 MXN ($13)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: 250 MXN ($13)

You can choose from at least two colectivo companies when travelling from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila: Sindicato Lazaro Cardenas and Colectivo Playa del Carmen Chiquila. We’re leaning more towards Lazaro Cardenas because they’re a trusted company and are often faster. You can get a seat for 335 MXN ($17.50).

All minivans are Sprinter type, meaning they have plenty of space in the back so you won’t have any trouble with your luggage. They also come equipped with AC and reclining seats.

Depending on your travel date, you can expect at least two colectivo departures every day. They add more trips during the high season (December to April). A colectivo ride from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila takes 2 to 2.5 hours.

Colectivo schedules from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila

Colectivo OperatorSchedulesCosts
Sindicato Lazaro Cardenas 08:30-10:30
335 MXN ($16)
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Colectivo Playa del Carmen Chiquila10:30-13:00
250 MXN ($13)
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We recommend checking departure times online prior to your trip to save yourself the hassle of going to the colectivo stop and finding no colectivo there. You can do that via BookAway, where you can also easily book the tickets for Sindicato Lazaro Cardenas.

For Colectivo Playa del Carmen Chiquila, you can only reserve tickets through their Facebook page.

Although it’s possible, we don’t advise buying your tickets onsite on the same day because they may already be sold out.

Colectivo departure and arrival points

Sindicato Lazaro Cardenas departs from Benito Juarez Ave., in front of Farmacias Yza in Playa del Carmen city centre. Colectivo Playa del Carmen Chiquila leaves from its own terminal about 750m away at Paradero Playa Express.

All colectivos drop off passengers at the parking lot in front of Chiquila’s main port.

Playa del Carmen to Chiquila by Private Transfer

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 1,950 MXN ($100)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 1,950 MXN ($100)

If you prefer your own ride and budget isn’t an issue, you can also take a private transfer from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila.

Rates start from 1,950 MXN ($100) for a car that can fit 3 people. Bigger vehicles are also available for larger groups when you book your private shuttle through BookAway.

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