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How to get to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Tulum

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If you are planning a visit, this complete guide on how to get to Cozumel is where you have to start from.


One of the reasons why I love Cozumel is the fact that you find history, culture, beach, nature, and fun in one tiny island and it’s at easy reach from Playa del Carmen.

There are many reasons why you would want to visit Cozumel, although scuba divers mainly know it for its wealthy marine life around the second biggest coral reef in the world.

But this is for another article. In this post I am going to tell you all about how to get to Cozumel.

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HOW TO GET TO COZUMEL

GETTING TO COZUMEL BY AIR

There is an international airport in Cozumel where all the major airlines from the USA and Canada fly to directly; You can check here for any flight deals. 

GETTING TO COZUMEL BY FERRY

Ferries to Cozumel depart only from Playa del Carmen. So you will need to reach Playa del Carmen first, from wherever you are. Scroll down to read more. 3 ferry companies run back and forth to the island, all of them mostly every hour from 6 am to 9 pm.  The ferry terminal is located right in downtown Playa del Carmen, about a block and a half from the main square and Plaza Playacar. For the ferry schedule and reservation, you can check on Ultramar Site. Here below their schedule:

ultramare schedule

It is just a beautiful 30-minute ride in comfortable seats, where you can choose between staying indoors or enjoying the amazing view from the top deck. If you navigate towards Cozumel in the evening, you will be able to see an amazing sunset (see header picture); while riding towards Playa del Carmen in the morning, the sun rising beyond the island on the Atlantic side casts a spectacular light upon the entire coast. A real show…

You don’t need to book your ride in advance, you can just show up, and for sure, you might find space with one of the companies.

HOW TO GET TO COZUMEL FROM CANCUN

If you are in Cancun, you will need to reach Playa del Carmen first. There are many ways, either via the ADO bus or by Colectivo or taxi. In this post, I am going to explain all in detail.

HOW TO GET TO COZUMEL FROM CANCUN AIRPORT

From Cancun Airport, you will need to reach Playa del Carmen. First, there are either private companies that organize transportations, or if you are in no rush, there is still the ADO bus, which is the cheapest way to get from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen. And from there, you will find your ferry to Cozumel.

HOW TO GET TO COZUMEL FROM TULUM

Also, from Tulum, you will need to get to Playa del Carmen first. Some colectivos busses leave from Tulum to Playa del Carmen every minute 24/7. Or you can take the ADO big bus. Check this post for more details on how to get from Tulum to Playa del Carmen and back.

HOW TO MOVE AROUND COZUMEL

You can either choose to rent a bike, a scooter, or a car, but if you are fit I would urge you to go for the bike. I went with a friend for 3 nights, which gave us 2 full days, so we did one day by bike and one by scooter. And we had a blast on both occasions.


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