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There are 5 ways to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen by plane, bus, ferry, car, shuttle or rideshare

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, bus  •  4 h 18 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 - $448

Cheapest option

Bus  •  30 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Tica Bus Guatemala
  2. Take the bus from Guatemala Centra Norte to Belize City
  3. Take the bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen

$80 - $138

3 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  23 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador to San Pedro Sula
  2. Take the bus 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

$214 - $280

Drive  •  20 h 21 min

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

$100 - $160

Bus, shuttle, rideshare  •  32 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Tica Bus Guatemala
  2. Take the bus from Guatemala City to Flores
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Flores to Bacalar
  4. Take the rideshare from Bacalar to Felipe Carrillo Puerto
  5. Take the bus from Felipe Carrillo Puerto to Playa del Carmen Colectivos

$124 - $176

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen is to bus which costs $80 - $140 and takes 30 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen is to fly and bus which costs $160 - $450 and takes 4 h 18 min.

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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 Tica Bus San Carlos and arriving at Playa del Carmen via Reformita, Guatemala Zona 1, Guatemala Centra Norte and Belize City. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 30 h 9 min.

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The distance between El Salvador and Playa del Carmen is 784 km. The road distance is 1292.6 km.

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The best way to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen without a car is to bus which takes 30 h 9 min and costs $80 - $140.

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It takes approximately 4 h 18 min to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen, including transfers.

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El Salvador to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by Tica Bus, depart from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos station.

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The quickest flight from San Salvador Airport to Cancun Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 45 min.

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El Salvador to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by ADO, arrive at Playa del Carmen station.

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Playa del Carmen is 1 h ahead of El Salvador. It is currently 3:40 PM in El Salvador and 4:40 PM in Playa del Carmen.

Map of how to get from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen.
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  • Distance: 489.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 18 min

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 Tica Bus Guatemala, Reformita, Plaza Barrios, Guatemala Zona 1, Guatemala Centra Norte, Belize City, and Belize City in around 30 h 9 min.

Airlines
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from San Salvador to Cancun
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $750
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
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 20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $23
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$16 - $23
Economy
$5 - $8
Bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$30 - $50
Economy
$24 - $35
Autobuses FDN
Phone
+502 79477070, +502 22513817, Whatsapp: +502 47397438
Email
info@transportesfuentedelnorte.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from San Pedro Sula to Puerto Cortés
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
Bus from Guatemala Centra Norte to Belize City
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
Tica Bus
Website
ticabus.com
Bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Tica Bus Guatemala
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com
Turansa
Website
turansa.com
Bus from Guatemala City to Flores
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
turansa.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
Sindicato de taxistas Lázaro Cárdenas del Río
Phone
01 984 267 3111
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Felipe Carrillo Puerto to Playa del Carmen Colectivos
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
facebook.com
Ferry operators
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
$150
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
travelmundomaya.com
Other operators
SUCHAA
Phone
+52 8320267, +52 98328164
Email
suchaa-unido@hotmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Rideshare from Bacalar to Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5
More information
SUCHAA

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Yes, the driving distance between El Salvador to Playa del Carmen is 1293 km. It takes approximately 20 h 21 min to drive from El Salvador to Playa del Carmen.

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Skytrans and Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. offer flights from San Salvador Airport to Cancun Airport.

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There are 2560+ hotels available in Playa del Carmen. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from El Salvador to San Salvador Airport is to drive which takes 48 min and costs $3 - $5.

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