How to get TO COZUMEL from PLAYA DEL CARMEN by ferry, car or motorcycle

Are you planning to visit Cozumel (Quintana Roo) during your stay in Playa del Carmen and are you wondering about transportation?

👉 In this post you will find how to go from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by ferry (including how to get there with your car or motorcycle), the price and time of the journey, the schedule and what to do and see on the island

How to get to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen

  1. One day trip or staying in Cozumel?
  2. How to go from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel (transport + recommendations)
  3. Advantages of buying the ticket in advance (Bookaway)
  4. Which company should you choose?
  5. Schedule of departures of the ferry to Cozumel
  6. Cost of the ticket from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel
  7. How to get to Cozumel by car (car/car) or motorcycle
  8. Tours and activities in Cozumel
  9. Is it a safe place to travel?
  10. What to do and see in Cozumel

cOZUMEL (MeXICO)

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No matter if you’re an adventure lover or you prefer tranquility, in Mexico you’re sure to find the perfect place for you. In this post, I’m going to talk to you about the Riviera Maya, and more specifically about Cozumel.

Cozumel is an island located in southeastern Mexico, in the Caribbean Sea. It is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, due to its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and water activities.

If you like diving, you’ll enjoy the beautiful coral formations of the island. And if you prefer to snorkel, in Cozumel you can see a great variety of fish and marine life. You can also practice windsurfing, kitesurfing or sailing, since the island’s weather conditions are perfect for practicing these sports.

But that’s not all. If you’re a history lover, you should know that the ruins of Cozumel are one of the many reasons to visit this beautiful island in Mexico. The island was a place of pilgrimage for the Maya, who considered it sacred.

one day trip or staying in Cozumel?


Cozumel is an island that is easy to access, and going a one day trip is totally possible. You also won’t have to worry about anything because it will all be organized.

I recommend this option if you have few days to visit the area, or if you don’t like to move around with the luggage; since the guide will pick you up at your hotel in Playa del Carmen and, after spending the day in Cozumel, they will take you back to the hotel.

If you have more days or you like to travel on your own, you can opt to spend two or three nights in Cozumel. This way, you will not only be able to do different tours and activities to see all the attractions of the island, but you will also be able to enjoy the beach peacefully.

How to get from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

In Playa del Carmen there are 3 companies that offer this tour: Ultramar, México Winjet and Barcos Caribe. Travel time is about 30 minutes, and the distance to Cozumel is 18 kilometers.

In all 3 cases, the departures are from the Playa del Carmen pier (it is marked on the map below) and, at the terminal entrance, there are ticket offices to buy tickets.

You will see that in the stores near the pier and mainly on Fifth Avenue, they also sell tickets; but it is better that you buy them directly at the box office or online, to make sure that they are not scamming you and that the price they ask is correct.

Como llegar a Cozumel desde playa del Carmen, transporte, costo y horario

A couple of recommendations so you can enjoy the journey more:

  • Bring your ID with you in case you qualify for an extra discount (as residents of Quintana Roo or over 60 years of age).
  • Although it is tempting to sit on the upstairs terrace, it is better to go indoors than outdoors, due to the sun and the temperature. Consider that, in Mexico, the sun is very strong and the travel time is 30 minutes.
  • Most people decide to return on the last ferry. If you plan to do the same, buy the ticket in advance.
  • The seats are not numbered and if you arrive early, you will be able to choose.
  • If you get seasick, DO NOT eat before you catch the ferry (I ended up throwing up in the sink).
  • If you want to take the car (car/car) or motorcycle, you can do it without complications. I’ll tell you how below.

Advantages of buying the ticket in advance

In the specific case of Cozumel, buying the ticket online has several advantages:

  • In Playa del Carmen, the treatment of tourists is usually overwhelming and somewhat aggressive, especially in the dock area. You will have several people overwhelming you so that you buy the ticket from them (I say this from my own experience), and it is much more comfortable and easy to arrive with the purchased ticket and go directly to the terminal.
  • You make sure that there will be places available at the time you decide to leave and the trip will be more fluid.
  • You will avoid problems by buying the ticket in unreliable stores (this is very important). I strongly recommend that you buy it at the official ticket offices of the terminal or online.

Which company should you choose?

I did the outward trip with Winjet and the return trip with Ultramar. Both boats surprised me a lot for their comfort.

The seats are padded, they have air conditioning, wifi and television; also the toilets are clean and there is an upper deck where you can enjoy the views. It seemed to me that they offer you a good quality for the cost of the ticket.

The only advantage I see is that Winjet offers a discount if you buy a return ticket, and the standard prices are more competitive. Although, if what you are interested in is finding a cheap ticket, Barcos Caribe is the cheapest option.

Personally, I would travel with Ultramar again, but only because with Winjet I got very seasick and I have a bad memory. Everything else was perfect and I have no complaints.

ferry schedule from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

The first ferry leaves Playa del Carmen at 8 in the morning and approximately every hour there is one that leaves for Cozumel, leaving the last one at 10 at night.

Although there are many ferries operating, it is better to check the schedule before organizing yourself, as it could change.

Ticket price from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

When you go to buy the ticket, you will notice that there are two options: the price of a one-way ticket or a round trip. At an economic level it is almost the same, since you will only get a discount with Winjet, in the case of Ultramar and Barcos Caribe the cost per trip is the same.

If you travel in a more flexible way or you are not sure how many days you are going to spend in Cozumel, I recommend that you buy only one way to go with more peace of mind.

ultramar

StandardQ. Roo residentsFirst classINAPAM
Adult250 MXN150 MXN310 MXN90 MXN
Child200 MXN100 MXN

Winjet

StandardStandard (round trip)Q. Roo residentResidents (round trip)INAPAM
Adult235 MXN455 MXN175 MXN335 MXN80 MXN
Child155 MXN295 MXN115 MXN215 MXN
*Ofrecen descuento al comprar un boleto de ida y vuelta

Barcos Caribe

StandardQ. Roo residentsYucatan/Campeche residentsINAPAM
Adult135 MXN69 MXN110 MXN50 MXN
Child70 MXN30 MXN50 MXN

How to get there by motorcycle or car TO COZUMEL FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN

If you plan to explore Cozumel by car or motorcycle, you can make the trip to the island with Transcaribe ferry services. Although the ferries do not leave from the Playa del Carmen pier, you will have to go to the port of Calica.

Next, I leave you a table with the cost of the journey and the map so that you can locate the port in question.

MotorbikeCompact family vehicleVan family vehicleAdditional passenger
260 MXN700 MXN1 800 MXN80 MXN

TOURS AND ACTIVITIES IN COZUMEL

One of the advantages of Cozumel is that it has many organized activities and excursions around the island. There is something for all tastes and budgets.

This is a list of the TOURS and ACTIVITIES that you can do in Cozumel, so you can get the most out of your visit to the island.

Is it a safe place to travel?

Mexico is a country where violent crime, such as robbery, homicide, and kidnapping, is common. There are states that it is not recommended to travel to ecause of safety reasons. Bellow, you’ll find a list of the places that you should avoid.

The following states are not recommended for travel: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas. And take extra precautions in Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Mexico State, Morelos, Nayarit, Sonora, and Zacatecas.

Remember to follow these recommendations:

  • In case of robbery, do not resist physically.
  • Do not show a high purchasing power, that is, do not go with jewels, bags, etc … that are expensive.
  • Be careful if you go out at night, and stay in crowded places where you are surrounded by other people.
  • Thefts are usual (at guntpoint and during daytime), so don’t go with the camera or mobile in your hand or hang out of your neck.
  • Try to avoid carrying the backpack on the back. Put it in front of you, or use a belt pouch or a cross bag.

I, personally, spent 4 months solo traveling around Mexico (I was in Puerto Escondido + Chacahua, Huatulco, Mexico City, Holbox, Merida, Valladolid, Tulum, Bacalar, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen) and I didn’t find myself in any dangerous situation.

Although in most of these places murders took place in the middle of the street and people staying in the same hostel as me were robbed at gunpoint. But don’t let this scare you! Traveling to Mexico is totally possible, in fact it is a country with a lot of tourism.

In any case, it is always a good idea to have a TRAVEL INSURANCE that can compensate you economically and help you if a medical emergency arises.

If you are interested in traveling alone, I recommend this article on the reasons and benefits of solo traveling and this other article with tips for traveling alone as a woman. I encourage you to try it as it is a great and very beneficial experience for oneself.

What to do and see in Cozumel

When you get off the ferry in the port of Cozumel, you will find a lot of stands offering tours, car rentals and activities to do on the island.

If your idea is to spend just one day in Cozumel, the best option is to rent a motorcycle, a beetle (yeah, the old ones!) or a car to tour the island yourself; or that you hire a complete tourist pack.

I make a list of the best activities and places to visit:

The best beaches in Cozumel

The most beautiful beaches of Cozumel (with white sand) are located in the southeastern part of the island; that is, after leaving the port, you have to go to the right.

In this area you will find beautiful beaches and bars to have a drink, palapas and loungers are also equipped to relax.

If you go to the other side you will only find rocky beaches. Aesthetically they are not so pretty, but it is where the inhabitants of the center of Cozumel go to spend the day, and they are also fun to go for a picnic if you are staying in the area.

Como llegar a Cozumel desde playa del Carmen, transporte, costo y horario

Punta Sur

Punta Sur is one of the most beautiful places in Cozumel, but its diversity is also worth mentioning. It is an ecological reserve that is part jungle and part mangroves and white sand beaches; It also has reefs where you can snorkel.

But this is not all, in Punta Sur two more surprises await you. The first is the views of the island, you just have to go up to the Celarain lighthouse and you will have a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea.

And the second is the Laguna Colombia area, which may interest you because crocodiles live in the wild. If you want to enjoy the natural landscape and see these incredible animals, you can sign up for one of the boat trips they do on the lagoon.

Snorkeling in a sunken ship

Although the island is beautiful and has different attractions, I have to tell you that this became one of my favorite places. It is very close to the pier (to the left), and if you ask at the hotel they will direct you without problems.

It is a sunken ship that can be easily accessed from the shore. It is in very good condition and only half of it is underwater, so you will be able to see the different parts of the ship up close and in detail.

Although it is on the shore itself, many fish are grouped around the boat. You can even see manta rays, barracuda, and schools of fish.

If you decide to go, it is better to bring some beach shoes or neoprene socks, since there are stones and rocks, and you could damage your feet.

Boat tour to Cielito (starfish)

This tour is an unmissable experience in Cozumel. You will take the boat trip and they will take you to snorkel at two different points.

The first in a reef in the high seas where you can see fish and corals (it is much more impressive if you dive there); and the second is in the Cielito area, which is a dream.

The beach is very flat, the sand is white and the water is turquoise. In addition, starfish abound (the huge ones) and as the water is calm and there is very good visibility, you will be able to observe them in all their splendor. I recommend you go because it is really beautiful.

Cozumel tour Cielito, estrellas de mar

Snorkeling in Sky Reef

One of the best places to snorkel on your own is at the Sky Reef Beach Club.

When you snorkel, I recommend that you bring your own goggles and tube, not only for hygiene reasons, but to be able to see the fish on any beach you go to during your trip, since not all of them will find stores where you can rent the equipment. .

Scuba diving in cozumel

Cozumel is very popular for its reefs and dive shops abound on the island, as part of the second largest barrier reef in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia) is located along the coast of this island. .

Among the fauna that you can observe are eagle rays, turtles and nurse sharks; and between the months of November and March you can see bull sharks. You can also take the opportunity to take a diving course such as Open Water or Advanced.

If you are interested in going diving during your stay, in the following link I will tell you more about my experience diving in Cozumel.

archaeological area of San Gervasio

San Gervasio is a pre-Hispanic settlement, the original Mayan name is unknown but it is known that it was built approximately in the year 300 AD.

It is made up of different architectural complexes linked by paths (sacbés). The part dedicated to the goddess Ixchel (patron saint of medicine, childbirth and weaving) was destroyed and was located where the city of San Miguel de Cozumel now stands.

I wish you the best on your trip to Cozumel, and I hope this information has been useful to you!