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

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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.

Short on time? We recommend spending at least a couple of nights to really make the most of your visit, but you can visit Cozumel also as a day trip from Play del Carmen.

Coming from Cancun? See here the route guide from Cancun to Cozumel.

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

The only way to travel the 30 km 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 ($10.50) and 680 MXN ($34.50), respectively.

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Passenger ferry35-45 minutes205 MXN ($10.50)Check Ferry Tickets
Car ferry1 hour680 MXN ($34.50)Check Car Ferry Tickets

Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by Passenger Ferry

Duration: 35-45 minutes
Cost: 205 MXN ($10.50)
Duration: 35-45 minutes
Cost: 205 MXN ($10.50)

There are multiple passenger ferry trips between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel daily. Two ferry companies operate the Playa del Carmen to Cozumel route: Winjet and Ultramar.

Winjet and Ultramar operate big and stable boats which are great for those who easily get seasick. The ferries are also equipped with comfortable seats indoors and outdoors, toilets and a cafeteria on board.

Travel time is 35-45 minutes, depending on the ferry you choose. A one-way ferry ticket starts from 205 MXN ($10.50).

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 which provide a great service at a lower price.

There is only one ferry departing every hour. One ferry starts departing at 08:00, while the other ferry’s first trip is at 09:00.

For this route, the ferry ride takes 35-45 minutes, depending on the ferry you choose. Fares start from 205 MXN ($10.50).

Departure

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 small local airport. The ferry terminal is within the city centre, and you’ll most likely only need to walk there from your hotel.

Arrival

There are also several ferry ports in Cozumel that are within a few kilometres 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 ($2.55).

From the port you can reach several of Cozumel’s beaches in about 15 minutes. The first beaches are great for snorkelling but if you want to sunbathe on a sandy beach, head a bit further south.

Looking for a secluded white sand beach? Check out Playa Bonita on the other side of the island. It’s about one hour from the port, but that’s probably also the reason why you won’t see that many tourists here.

Ferry schedules from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

Ferry OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
Winjet8x departures a day from
08:00 to 20:00
45 minutes205 MXN ($10.50)
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Ultramar8x departures a day from
09:00 to 21:00
35 minutes250 MXN ($12.50)
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We recommend booking your tickets online beforehand to be assured of 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.

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.

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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 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 one ferry departing every hour.

Departure and arrival station

The ferry departs from Cozumel Ferry Port and arrives at Playa del Carmen Ferry Port. These are 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 schedules from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen

Ferry OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
Winjet8x a day from
07:00 to 21:00
45 minutes205 MXN ($10.50)
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Ultramar8x a day from
08:00 to 20:00
35 minutes250 MXN ($12.50)
Check 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. You can also buy directly at the ferry terminal.

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

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 680 MXN ($34.50)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 680 MXN ($34.50)

If you wish to travel with your own or rented vehicle, you’ll need to take a car ferry. Ultramar and Transcaribe both operate car ferries between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

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 680 MXN ($34.50), and the ferry ride takes around an hour.

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

Ultramar or Transcaribe

Ultramar car ferry tickets are a bit cheaper than Transcaribe. Fares start from 680 MXN ($34.50) for a family vehicle that includes the car and the driver. Each additional passenger will have to pay 60 MXN ($3.05) at the port.

With Transcaribe, tickets start from 750 MXN ($38) just for the vehicle. The driver and other passengers will each pay 80 MXN ($4.10).

Note that if you reserve in advance on the Transcaribe website, rates will be more expensive at 1,100 MXN ($56) because it already includes tickets for five passengers. This means each passenger’s ticket costs only 70 MXN ($3.55) through the reservation.

Car ferry schedules from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

RouteScheduleCosts
Ultramar16:00-17:00
17:15-18:15
680 MXN ($34.50)*
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Transcaribe04:00-05:00
07:00-08:00
11:00-12:00
13:30-14:30
19:30-20:30
750 MXN ($38)*
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*Additional passengers each cost 60 MXN ($3.05) with Ultramar and 80 MXN ($4.10) with Transcaribe.

Car ferries operate from a different ferry terminal in Playa del Carmen, which is Calica Cruise Pier. Located 10 km 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 schedules 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
680 MXN ($34.50)*
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Transcaribe08:00-09:00
09:30-10:30
16:00-17:00
17:00-18:00
20:30-21:30
750 MXN ($38)*
Check Ferry Tickets
*Additional passengers each cost 60 MXN ($3.05) with Ultramar and 80 MXN ($4.10) with Transcaribe.

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

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cozumel has enough activities to keep you busy for a week. In addition to scuba diving, you can chill at one of the many sandy beaches. The crystal clear waters are great for snorkelling and many other water sports. The island is probably the best spot in the Caribean part of Mexico to learn surfing as well as other water sports like windsurfing, kite surfing, fishing or diving.

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.

Another highlight to visit is the San Gervasio Mayan ruins. They are considered one of the most significant in the Mayan religion.

Itinerary from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel (and back)

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