The Elements Beach Condo Vacation Rental - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Comforts of Home with Hotel Service on the Mayan Riviera

Getting to Playa del Carmen From Cancun Airport

The Elements Private Van Service to/from Cancun Airport

As part of your stay, The Elements Concierge Service can arrange pick up and drop off at the Cancun Airport. A private van meets you at the airport, assists you with your luggage, and brings you directly to Playa del Carmen.

The van is private and makes no additional stops. The cost is US$85 one-way or US$160 round trip. The van can accommodate up to 8 guests and their luggage. Information is provided once you book at the Elements.

Using this service, you can relax and won't need to worry about getting lost or having a driver that doesn't know where he's going.

Should you wish to make your own arrangements, below are some additional options:

Car Rental

All the major rental car companies are represented in the Cancun airport. In addition to the major American rental companies, other reputable companies are also available at the airport including Europcar and Sixt

The drive from the airport to Playa del Carmen is an easy straight shot on the highway. Click here for driving directions.

Transportation from Cancun Airport to the Elements in Playa del Carmen


Grab an authorized airport taxi. It's a 45 minute ride to Playa del Carmen. A union controls who can carry tourists from the airport and what they charge. Taxis originating in Playa del Carmen are not actually authorized to take people to Playa, but you may end up with a driver that doesn't find his way around Playa very well. The ride to Playa del Carmen will cost you around USD$65.

If you prefer, you can book a taxi/car service online before you get to the airport. For more information, visit


Another alternative to get to Playa del Carmen is a shuttle or shared shuttle. For more information visit or


A colectivo is (usually) a van that will take up to 10 people. They don't leave at any specific time, but you will have to wait until it's full enough to justify the trip. You may have to make stops at other resorts and hotels along the way, which can easily double the time it will take you to get to Playa del Carmen. To take one of these authorized taxis, go to any of the TTC kiosks located around the terminal and buy a ticket, or just step out of the arrival hall and you will get many offers. The price usually works out to about $USD18 per person.

Direct bus to Playa del Carmen

Mexican bus company Riviera operates a direct bus service between Cancun airport and Playa del Carmen. Tickets are 65 pesos (about $US7) each way, either way. It leaves from outside the main arrival hall at the airport. Just before you exit the terminal, there is a Riviera counter where you buy the ticket. In Playa del Carmen the bus works out of the main bus terminal on 5th Avenue and Juarez.

This is the bus schedule (subject to change on short or no notice):

Cancun airport - Playa
10:30, 11:45, 12:45, 13:45, 14:45, 15:45, 16:45, 17:45, 18:45, 19:45, 20:45

Playa-Cancun airport
8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18.15

Once you arrive to the bus terminal in Playa, there are plenty of taxis to take you to the Elements. Tipping of taxi drivers is not required or expected, but if a driver is particularly friendly or helpful, it's a nice gesture.

Getting Back from Playa to Cancun Airport

Heading back to the airport is very easy. If you have booked your return transfer through The Elements, the van will pick you up at the time stated in your confirmation, and you have nothing to worry about.

You can also take the Riviera direct bus for 65 pesos (schedule above) or take a taxi. Check out the taxi rate sheet for prices. You will not save any time by spending your last night in Cancun. The airport is located about 30 minutes from the town of Cancun and 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen.