In this post, I have outlined how the best way to get from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum. Traveling around Yucatan is generally safe and easy. If you can get used to public transport in the area it is also very inexpensive.
If you are staying in Playa Del Carmen and want to get to Tulum the best way to do so it in a collective. It may feel a little intimidating on your first trip but trust me it’s super easy, safe and cheap!
Tulum is pretty amazing, and there is plenty to do there. If you are staying in Playa Del Carmen, you should definitely visit Tulum at least once. There are three ways of getting to Tulum from Playa Del Carmen depending on your budget and your needs.
The cheapest and easiest way to get to Tulum from Playa del Carmen
The best way to get from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum is by colectivo. Simply head to Calle 2 between Ave 5 and 10 where you will find all of the colectivos parked up. Just look out for signs on the minivans to Tulum or listen for someone shouting Tulum. If you want to go all the way to Tulum just tell the driver Tulum or if you want to stop someone on the way like one of the cenotes let him know and he will stop for you.
Hop on and take a seat. The prices are all fixed, and you will pay as you exit. To get from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum, you will pay 45 pesos each way.
To get back to Playa simply return to the colectivo drop off point and look for a colectivo heading towards Playa or flag one down on the main road.
The ADO Bus from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum
Taking the ADO bus from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum is a good option. Although you will pay more and the busses are less frequent. This is the better option if you have luggage though, as there really isn’t much space on the colectivos. Cost is 63-90 pesos.
Taking a Private Taxi from Playa del Carmen to Tulum
If you don’t do public transport, then you will need to take a taxi from Playa Del Carmen to Tulum, and it won’t be cheap! Expect to pay around 600 pesos. If you decide to do this then you are better off asking your hotel to call the cab and check with them the cost. Taxis here are not metered so always fix the price before you leave. Never take a taxi from 5th Avenida if you flag one down walk out of the tourist zone a little and get one driving past.
Rent a Car
Your final option is to rent a car. Which actually isn’t a bad idea as Tulum is split into 3 areas and it’s not possible to walk between them as it is so far. Renting a car would give you a lot more freedom to explore, as taxis can be expensive.
Failing that renting a bike is also an option when you arrive in Tulum and it is what I normally do as soon as I get off the collectivo!
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