How far is Cancun from Playa del Carmen?

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The distance between Cancun and Playa del Carmen is 68 kilometers, takes about 1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes.

From Cancun to Playa del Carmen, there are basically three ways to get there. Since Cancun is often the access point to the Riviera Maya, here we tell you how to move between these two destinations without any problem.


The collective transportation option is a fast and cheap way to travel between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Unlike the bus, the collective makes stops all along the way, which is useful if your final destination is somewhere in between.

The collectives Playa Express are located right in front of the entrance of the ADO Cancun terminal, and another collective company is located next to the same terminal (across Tulum Avenue).

The price of their service ranges between $1.5 and $2 dollars, and they leave once they are full (10 to 30 minutes waiting time generally).


Bus is a comfortable and fast option to get from Cancun city to Playa del Carmen.

From ADO Cancun you can buy tickets to ADO Playa del Carmen located on 5th avenue (Av. 5 with Av. Juarez) or to ADO Alternate Terminal, near downtown Playa del Carmen (Av. 20 with 12th street).

Buses to ADO on 5th avenue are much more frequent than to ADO alternate terminal. The ticket price is around $8 dollars at the counter.


You can take it leaving from Cancun airport, it has an average price of 48 dollars, the trip takes 40 minutes.

Right now the “Tren Maya” project is being developed, which in the future will be a comfortable, fast and economical alternative. 

How big is Playa del Carmen?

Cancun is the largest city in the state of Quintana Roo, it is located north of the Yucatán Peninsula and has almost one million inhabitants. It is one of the most recognized cities for tourism worldwide, and from there the confusion starts…

On the other hand, Playa del Carmen is a much younger and smaller city than Cancun, with approximately 200,000 inhabitants and, as we already said, it is located on the Riviera Maya, just 50 minutes away from Cancun International Airport and offers all its visitors multiple options for fun and entertainment for all ages. In addition, its beaches are characterized for being among the most beautiful in the area, so once you get to know it, you will always want to come back.

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Is Playa del Carmen better than Cancun?

Cancun has one of the main airports in the country and is a world-renowned destination for its beaches, nightlife and all-inclusive hotels.

Located less than 70 kilometers from downtown Cancun, Playa del Carmen is one of the basic destinations when visiting the Mexican Caribbean, but it can also be the base of your trip. The destination has hotels in all price ranges, as well as entertainment options and, of course, the famous Quinta Avenida.

It depends a lot on what you are looking for in your visit, Playa Del Carmen will offer you quiet places, a variety of restaurants and a lot of fun.

If you are traveling with the intention of investing in the future, Playa Del Carmen offers benefits that Tulum and Cancun do not.

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Investment in Real Estate in Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen.


Cancun is positioned over other options as the place that offers the highest return on investment and capital gain.

The real estate offer in Cancun is exquisite, you can purchase a luxury apartment designed by acclaimed architects and world-famous designers, a residence inspired by the most luxurious or a lot with a privileged location and views of the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Cancun is a fully planned residential and commercial area with a marina, golf course, private beach club, shopping mall and the most exclusive developments to live or rent.


Tulum is part of the Riviera Maya, located just two hours away from Cancun Airport and only three hours from the famous destination of Bacalar and a little further on is Chetumal, the capital of the State of Quintana Roo.

Tulum’s real estate market has luxury properties of high quality and durability that allow for low maintenance costs. You can find apartments, studios, residences, or land to build your biggest business or live the life you’ve always longed for while giving you value for your money.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a beautiful beachfront city, from its streets you can admire the colors of the sea in the background and walk along the famous Quinta Avenida where you can find exquisite restaurants and nightlife. The atmosphere of Playa del Carmen is cosmopolitan and all the foreigners who live there bring a great cultural diversity. It is a small city, without major traffic but with all the services, and you can even find shopping malls with recognized international and luxury brands.   

Playa del Carmen has a high demand in properties and very sought after areas. People from all over the world choose to buy a house or condominium to live in, to enjoy in their retirement or to generate income with vacation rentals; let’s remember that Playa del Carmen is a favorite vacation destination. In this city the offer contemplates all economic capacities. If you are looking for luxury, modern architecture, innovation and avant-garde design, you will find it here.

Any of the 3 cities has high potential, growth, development, projection, and appreciation; it will depend on your lifestyle and your goals.

Having the advice of experts will help you to know perfectly the Cancun and Riviera Maya area makes the difference if you are looking to invest in real estate in high-end properties.

If you have any doubts about investing, I invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation and we will help you learn about all the real estate investment opportunities.

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