How to Get From
Playa del Carmen to Cozumel (and back)

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How to get from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel (and back)?

Cozumel is a paradise destination for scuba divers and sea lovers in the Mexican Caribbean. A part of the world’s second-largest barrier reef is within the limits of Cozumel, with over 30 diving spots for both beginners and experienced divers.

If diving isn’t your thing, you don’t have to miss out. You can still explore the underwater wonders with a submarine expedition, a very popular and unique experience offered in Cozumel.

Cozumel has enough activities to keep you busy for a week. In addition to scuba diving, you can chill at one of the many crystal water beaches, take a snorkelling trip, sample the island’s delicious food and enjoy its gorgeous sunrise views. Situated on the island, you’ll also be able to find the San Gervasio Mayan ruins, which are considered one of the most significant in the Mayan religion.

If you are short on time, you can visit Cozumel as a day trip from Playa del Carmen, but we recommend spending at least a couple of nights to really make the most of your visit.

2 ways to get from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel (and back)

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Passenger ferry45 minutes205 MXN ($10)Check Ferry Tickets
Car ferry (car + 1 adult)1 hour650 MXN ($32.50)Check Ferry Tickets

The only way to travel the 30km distance from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel is by ferry. There are 2 types of ferries you can take: a 35 to 45-minute passenger ferry or a 1-hour car ferry. Rates start from 205 MXN ($10) and 650 MXN ($32.50), respectively.

There are multiple passenger ferry trips between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel daily. The two ferry companies on this route both offer great service and indoor and outdoor seating, and you can expect a comfortable 35 to 45-minute ferry ride. A one-way ferry ticket starts from 205 MXN ($10).

If you wish to travel with your own or rented vehicle, you’ll need to take one of the two car ferries. As both car ferry ports are located outside the city centres, this is ferry is not recommended for foot passengers. Fares for family vehicles start from 650 MXN ($32.50) and include the driver. The ferry ride takes around 1 hour.

Parking in Playa del Carmen

If you have a rental car but do not wish to bring it to Cozumel, you can also leave it behind in Playa del Carmen. Paid street parking is possible in various areas with the new parking meters installed in town.

We recommend heading to the parking centre along 10th Avenue for the best rates. You can also find here covered parking spaces for more security. Among which is an underground parking garage near Paseo del Carmen Shopping Plaza.

Itinerary from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel (and back)

Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by Passenger Ferry

Duration: 35-45 minutes
Cost: 205 MXN ($10)
Duration: 35-45 minutes
Cost: 205 MXN ($10)

Two ferry companies operate the Playa del Carmen to Cozumel route: Winjet and Ultramar. Both ferry companies offer similar services and have big and stable boats that are perfect for those who easily get seasick. The ferries are also equipped with comfortable seats, toilets and a cafeteria on board.

Winjet or Ultramar

Ultramar is a bigger company that serves other routes within the Riviera Maya, but it’s also more expensive. If you are looking for the cheapest way to get to Cozumel, then go for Winjet ferries that provide a great service at a lower price.

Each ferry company offers trips with a 2-hour interval daily. One ferry starts departing at 08:00, while the other ferry’s first trip is at 09:00. This way, only one ferry departs every hour.

For this route, the ferry ride takes 35-45 minutes, depending on the ferry you choose. Fares start from 205 MXN ($10).

Departure station

There are two ferry ports in Playa del Carmen, one for the passenger ferry and one for the car ferry.

Passenger ferries to Cozumel depart from Muelle de Playa del Carmen, located near the airport. The ferry terminal is within the city centre, and you’ll most likely only need to walk there from your hotel.

Ferry schedule from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

Ferry OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
Winjet8x departures a day from
08:00 to 20:00
45 minutes205 MXN ($10)
Buy Your Bus Tickets
Ultramar7x departures a day from
09:00 to 21:00
35 minutes250 MXN ($12.50)
Buy Your Bus Tickets

We recommend booking your tickets online beforehand to be guaranteed a seat on your desired date and time. Also, if you book a round-trip ticket through BookAway, you can save up to 20% of the total cost.

Note that if you book online, you need to have your BookAway voucher exchanged for a paper ticket. Make sure to arrive at the port early to have your ticket exchanged at the ferry company’s counter.

Ferry tickets are also available at the port, but be aware that many travel agencies will try to overcharge you. Therefore, avoid third parties and buy your ferry tickets directly at the companies’ ticket counters.

Arrival station

There are also several ferry ports in Cozumel that are within a few km away from each other. Passenger ferries dock at Cozumel Ferry Port in the town centre. Lots of accommodations are already within walking distance of the ferry terminal.

For going around, the best option is to rent a bike, golf cart, or car. Taxis are also available on the island. While the rates will depend on the distance and your negotiation skills with the driver, taxi fares usually start from 50 MXN ($2.50).

Cozumel to Playa del Carmen by Passenger Ferry (the way back)

Duration: 35-45 minutes
Cost: 205 MXN ($INF)
Duration: 35-45 minutes
Cost: 205 MXN ($INF)

Going back to Playa del Carmen from Cozumel is very easy and exactly the same as the ferry journey going to Cozumel.

The ferry ride also takes around 35-45 minutes with the same ferry fares. For this route, there is also only one ferry departing every hour.

Departure & Arrival station

The ferry departs from Cozumel Ferry Port and arrives at Playa del Carmen Ferry Port, the same ferry ports for the vice versa route.

As we mentioned, the ferry terminal in Playa del Carmen is located within the city centre, just a few minutes walk away from many accommodations.

If you’re headed to another destination on your return, like Cancun Airport, you can easily take a 15-minute walk from the ferry port to ADO Bus Terminal.

Ferry schedule from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen

Ferry OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
Winjet8x a day from
07:00 to 21:00
45 minutes205 MXN ($10)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
Ultramar10x a day from
08:00 to 20:00
35 minutes250 MXN ($12.50)
Buy Your Ferry Tickets

If you booked round-trip tickets online, you just need to show up at Cozumel Ferry Port at the time and date you chose. If you didn’t book a return ticket, you can still book a one-way ticket through BookAway or buy one directly at the ferry terminal.

Playa del Carmen to Cozumel (and back) by Car Ferry

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 650 MXN ($32.50)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 650 MXN ($32.50)

Are you hoping to take your rental car from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel and back? If so, then you can take a 1-hour car ferry. Ultramar and Transcaribe both operate car ferries on this route.

Both ferries have 1-3 trips daily. However, the schedule varies per day, so it’s best to check their websites for the schedule on your desired date of travel.

Ultramar car ferry tickets are a bit cheaper than Transcaribe if you travel with a max of 2 people. Fares start from 650 MXN ($32.50) for a family vehicle. This fare includes the car and the driver, which means you would have to pay for any other passengers 170 MXN ($8.50) extra at the port.

With Transcaribe, tickets start from 700 MXN ($35) for the vehicle, plus 80 MXN ($4) for every additional passenger. That means it’s actually cheaper to travel with Transcaribe if you travel with more than 2 people. Note that if you reserve in advance on their website, rates will be more expensive at 1,000 MXN ($50), but this already includes up to five passengers.

Car ferry schedule from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

RouteScheduleCosts
Ultramar16:00-17:00
17:15-18:15
650 MXN ($32.50)*
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
Transcaribe04:00-05:00
07:00-08:00
11:00-12:00
13:30-14:30
19:30-20:30
700 MXN ($35)*
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
*Additional passengers each cost 170 MXN ($8.50) with Ultramar and 80 MXN ($4) with Transcaribe.

Car ferries operate from a different ferry terminal in Playa del Carmen, which is Calica Cruise Pier. Located 10km south of downtown Playa del Carmen, this is the main cruise port to Cancun City, so you can expect to see at least one cruise ship here.

Car ferry schedule from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen (the way back)

RouteScheduleCosts
Ultramar12:30-13:30
18:30-19:30
21:30-22:30
23:30-24:30
650 MXN ($32.50)*
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
Transcaribe08:00-09:00
09:30-10:30
17:00-18:00
20:30-21:30
700 MXN ($35)*
Buy Your Ferry Tickets
*Additional passengers each cost 170 MXN ($8.50) with Ultramar and 80 MXN ($4) with Transcaribe.

In Cozumel, car ferries arrive at and depart from the car ferry port beside Punta Calatita. This ferry port is around 3km away from the city centre.

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