There are 7 ways to get from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen by plane, bus or car

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

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Fly to Cancun, bus  •  7 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Puerto Vallarta (PVR) to Cancun (CUN) PVR - CUN
  2. Take the bus from Cancún International Airport T2 to Playa del Carmen Terminal Turística

$105 - $355

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Fly to Merida, bus  •  10 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Puerto Vallarta (PVR) to Merida (MID) PVR - MID
  2. Take the bus from Mérida TAME to Playa del Carmen

$105 - $359

Fly to Chetumal, bus  •  10 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Puerto Vallarta (PVR) to Chetumal (CTM) PVR - CTM
  2. Take the bus from Chetumal ADO to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna

$158 - $369

Bus  •  40 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City North Bus Primera Plus / ...
  2. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado

$107 - $208

Bus via Puebla  •  40 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Riviera Nayarit to Puebla Puerto Vallarta
  2. Take the bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna

$120 - $232

Bus via Tepic  •  41 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Puerto Vallarta to Tepic
  2. Take the bus from Tepic to Mexico
  3. Take the bus from Mexico City to Cancun
  4. Take the bus from Cancún to Playa del Carmen

$112 - $184

Drive  •  28 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen 1547.7 miles

$200 - $300

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen is to bus which costs $2100 - $3500 and takes 41 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen is to fly and bus which costs $1900 - $7000 and takes 7 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen. However, there are services departing from Autotransportes Medina and arriving at Playa del Carmen Alterna via Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta and México Central Norte. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 40 h 34 min.

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The distance between Puerto Vallarta and Playa del Carmen is 1888 km. The road distance is 2476.3 km.

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The best way to get from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen without a car is to bus which takes 40 h 34 min and costs $2000 - $4000.

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It takes approximately 7 h 8 min to get from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen, including transfers.

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Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by Primera Plus, depart from Puerto Vallarta station.

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There is no direct flight from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Cancun Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by ADO, arrive at Playa del Carmen Alterna station.

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Playa del Carmen is 1 h ahead of Puerto Vallarta. It is currently 11:30 AM in Puerto Vallarta and 11:30 AM in Playa del Carmen.

Map of how to get from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen.
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  • Distance: 1179.9 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 8 min

What companies run services between Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Playa del Carmen, Mexico?

You can take a bus from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen via Palmas, Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City North Bus, and México Central Norte in around 40 h 34 min.

Airlines
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Merida via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $360
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Guadalajara, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Merida via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Chetumal via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $340
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Chetumal via Guadalajara, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $340
Viva Aerobus
Website
vivaaerobus.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $340
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Merida via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Merida via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Merida via Mexico City, Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $460
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Merida via Monterrey, Veracruz
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 53 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
7 h 49 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Merida via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$180 - $330
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Merida via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $330
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Chetumal via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 43 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Merida via Houston
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
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 - $23
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$16 - $23
Economy
$5 - $8
Bus from Mérida TAME to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
Book at
ado.com.mx
First
$25 - $35
Economy
$14 - $21
Bus from Chetumal ADO to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $45
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$30 - $45
Economy
$20 - $29
AV (Economy)
$18
ADO (Standard)
$20
OCC (Standard)
$21
ADO gl (first)
$25
Bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna
Ave. Duration
25 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$70 - $100
Economy
$65 - $95
Bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna
Ave. Duration
23 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$65 - $95
Economy
$60 - $90
Bus from Mexico City to Cancun
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$70 - $100
Economy
$65 - $95
Primera Plus
Website
primeraplus.com.mx
Bus from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City North Bus
Ave. Duration
11 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
primeraplus.com.mx
Estrella Blanca
Website
estrellablanca.com.mx
Bus from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City
Ave. Duration
12 h 18 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $85
Schedules at
estrellablanca.com.mx
Económico
$35 - $55
Primera Select
$60 - $85
ETN
Website
etn.com.mx
Bus from Riviera Nayarit to Puebla
Ave. Duration
14 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$60 - $90
Full Fare
$80 - $120
Regular Price
$105
Internet Discount
$90
TAP
Website
tap.com.mx
Bus from Puerto Vallarta to Tepic
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$14 - $20
Bus from Tepic to Mexico
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$40 - $60
Omnibus de Mexico
Website
odm.com.mx
Bus from Tepic to Mexico City North Bus
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Schedules at
odm.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 - $3
Schedules at
taxistascancun.com

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