Playa Del Carmen Buses

Two different types of buses serve visitors in Playa del Carmen

Photo credit: © Carlos Ruiz Badilla

There are two types of buses that visitors headed to Playa Del Carmen should be aware of before they arrive. The first are the local buses which can be used to get around town when you don't want to rent a car or take a taxi. The other buses travel throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and allow you to travel between towns on the cheap.

Local Buses

There are two bus stations in Playa Del Carmen. The first is at the junction of Juárez and Quinta Avenida right near the town square and the ferry terminal which is where all of the local buses originate from, and the other is at the ADO station between calles 12 and 14 on Avenida 20.

Buses here are easily recognizable. They are large, clean, and air conditioned, with comfortable seating. You'll spend less than $1(USD) per person to ride, and only pesos are accepted though drivers will generally provide change if you need it.

Long Distance Buses

The more popular bus option is the long distance buses that travel up and down the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. ADO and Primera Plus originate in Cancun, typically from right outside of the international airport. Prices vary depending on the bus you ride, but you can find fares as low as $3.80(USD). Trips depart about once an hour between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., but these buses are in such high demand that it is recommended you order them at least once day in advance. If you haven't made arrangements in advance, you'll find ticket counters in the airport outside customs at terminals two and three.

Whether you just use the bus to get to Playa Del Carmen, or you use it as your main source of transportation, the service is highly recommended and you shouldn't have any trouble using them to get around.


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