Ferries to Playa Del Carmen

Soak up every moment of your tropical getaway by taking the ferry from Playa del Carmen

Photo credit: © Carlos Ruiz Badilla

Playa del Carmen stands as a gateway to the nearby island of Cozumel.  Many tourists staying in Playa will choose to take a day trip over to the island, while some pass through just to get to their final destination of Cozumel.  Whichever way your path takes you, the ferry is a great way to save money on transportation as well as enjoy a short and scenic trip across the sea. 

Riding the Ferries

Ultramar runs the ferry, which is simply called the Cozumel Ferry.  They are equipped with a series of fast ferries that can make the journey in 50 minutes and keep passengers comfortable and entertained while doing so.  You can buy your ticket at the dock right before you depart, or reserve them in advance, but it is rare that the boat is full so you needn't worry about being able to travel between these two locations. 

Check the following chart for ferry details.

Ferry Docks
Name Location
Calica Ferry Dock 6.0 mi. (9.7 km) South West of Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen Ferry Dock Downtown Playa del Carmen
Ultramar Dock Downtown Playa del Carmen

Keeping in mind that the schedule changes frequently, you can expect to see the boat from Playa del Carmen leave at 6:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 .m., noon, 1:00 p.m, 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.

The return trip from Cozumel is at 5:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon, 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.   Ticket fare is about $14(USD) per person each way.  

Ferry Routes, Playa Del Carmen
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Cozumel Playa del Carmen Ferry Dock Cozumel Ferry Terminal Ultramar several times per day

While it is possible to fly to Cozumel, many tourists enjoy the adventure of taking the ferry instead.  Combine that with the numerous trips the boat makes every day, and you'll find this is also a convenient and efficient way to travel.  


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