There are 8 ways to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen by plane, bus, ferry, car, taxi or shuttle

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Cancun, bus  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Fly from San Salvador (SAL) to Cancun (CUN) SAL - CUN
  2. Take the bus from Cancún International Airport T2 to Playa del Carmen Terminal Turística

$168 - $447

Cheapest option

Bus, shuttle  •  33 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Tica Bus Guatemala
  2. Take the bus from Guatemala Zona 1 to Santa Elena
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Flores to Bacalar
  4. Take the bus from Bacalar to Playa del Carmen Terminal Turística

$86 - $155

6 alternative options

Fly to Cozumel, ferry  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Fly from San Salvador (SAL) to Cozumel (CZM) SAL - CZM
  2. Take the ferry from Cozumel Port to Playa del Carmen Ultramar Ferry Port

$97 - $617

Drive, bus, ferry  •  20 h 52 min

  1. Drive from San Salvador to Nueva Ocotepeque
  2. Take the bus from Nueva Ocotepeque to San Pedro Sula
  3. Take the ferry from Puerto Cortés to Belize City
  4. Take the bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen

$279 - $351

Bus, taxi, ferry  •  22 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador to San Pedro Sula
  2. Take a taxi from San Pedro Sula to Puerto Cortés
  3. Take the ferry from Puerto Cortés to Belize City
  4. Take the bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen

$289 - $386

Bus via Belize City  •  30 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador to San Pedro Sula
  2. Take the bus from San Pedro Sula to Belize City
  3. Take the bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen

$135 - $202

Bus  •  39 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador to Tapachula
  2. Take the bus from Tapachula Terminal OCC to Cancún Terminal ADO
  3. Take the bus from Cancún to Playa del Carmen

$98 - $138

Drive  •  20 h 21 min

  1. Drive from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen 807.9 miles

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen is to bus which costs $95 - $140 and takes 39 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen is to fly and bus which takes 3 h 57 min and costs $160 - $450.

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The distance between El Salvador and Playa del Carmen is 784 km. The road distance is 1293 km.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 3 h 57 min to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen. However, there are services departing from San Salvador and arriving at Playa del Carmen via La Libertad, San Salvador, Tapachula Terminal OCC and Cancún. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 10 min.

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What companies run services between El Salvador and Playa del Carmen, Mexico?

You can take a bus from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen via San Salvador Tica Bus Terminal San Benito, San Salvador, San Pedro Sula, Estacion F.F.N.N, San Pedro Sula, and Belize City in around 30 h 38 min.

Airlines
Mayair
Website
mayair.com.mx
Flights from San Salvador to Cozumel via Cancun
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from San Salvador to Cancun
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Salvador to Cozumel via Houston
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,800
Skytrans
Website
skytrans.com.au
Flights from San Salvador to Cancun
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from San Salvador to Cozumel via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,700
Bus operators
ADO
Phone
+52 800 369 4652
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Cancún International Airport T2 to Playa del Carmen Terminal Turística
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $22
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$15 - $22
Economy
$5 - $8
Bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $60
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$30 - $45
Economy
$23 - $35
Bus from Tapachula Terminal OCC to Cancún Terminal ADO
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$55 - $80
Economy
$50 - $75
Transportes Congolón
Phone
+504 9685-0541, +50498718218
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Nueva Ocotepeque to San Pedro Sula
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$27
Schedules at
facebook.com
Transportes Manabre
Phone
+501 223 1200 / 663 5957
Email
mundomayatravels@yahoo.com
Bus from San Pedro Sula to Belize City
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
travelmundomaya.com
Tica Bus
Website
ticabus.com
Bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Tica Bus Guatemala
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com
Marlin Espadas
Phone
+52 983 837 32 29
Email
marlinespadasmexico@gmail.com
Website
marlinespadas.net
Shuttle from Flores to Bacalar
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
marlinespadas.net
Book at
marlinespadas.net
Autobuses Mayab
Phone
55/5133-2424 or 01800/702–8000
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Bacalar to Playa del Carmen Terminal Turística
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
Transporte Foráneo Cancún-Playa del Carmen
Phone
(52) 998 8886990
Website
taxistascancun.com
Bus from Cancún to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
taxistascancun.com
Ferry operators
Ultramar Ferry
Phone
01 998 881 5890
Email
info@ultramar.com
Website
ultramarferry.com
Ferry from Cozumel Port to Playa del Carmen Ultramar Ferry Port
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $11
Schedules at
ultramarferry.com
Premium Plus
$9
First Class
$11
Plan Peninsular (Residentes en Yucatán, Campeche)
$6
Plan Quintana Roo (Residentes Q.Roo)
$4
Barcos Caribe
Phone
01 987 120 3982
Email
contacto@barcoscaribe.com
Website
barcoscaribe.com
Ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $7
Schedules at
barcoscaribe.com
Book at
barcoscaribe.com
ADULT
$7
Quintana Roo Residents
$4
Yucatan Peninsula Residents
$6
Mexico Waterjets
Phone
9878721588
Email
datos@mexicowaterjets.com.mx
Website
mexicowaterjets.com.mx
Ferry from San Miguel de Cozumel to Playa del Carmen Ultramar Ferry Port
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
mexicowaterjets.com.mx
Regular
$5
Local
$4
Starla International
Phone
+504 9545-9322
Email
starlaferry@gmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Ferry from Puerto Cortés to Belize City
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
travelmundomaya.com
Other operators
Taxi from San Pedro Sula to Puerto Cortés
Ave. Duration
53 min
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Radio Taxi Hosanna
Phone
+504 5 2250-1669
Website
facebook.com
Radio Taxis Scooby
Phone
+504 5 2554-5144
Website
facebook.com

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