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There are 6 ways to get from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen by plane, bus, ferry 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 13 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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Bus  •  41 h 13 min

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

$105 - $194

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Fly to Cozumel, ferry  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Puerto Vallarta (PVR) to Cozumel (CZM) PVR - CZM
  2. Take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen

$123 - $475

Fly to Chetumal, bus  •  10 h 33 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

$157 - $369

Bus via Puebla  •  38 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Nuevo Vallarta to Puebla Puerto Vallarta
  2. Take the bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna GL Puebla / ...

$122 - $262

Drive  •  28 h 30 min

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

$200 - $300

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The cheapest way to get from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen is to bus which costs $2000 - $3800 and takes 41 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen is to fly and ferry which costs $2300 - $9500 and takes 7 h 1 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 Terminal Alterna via Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta and Puebla CAPU. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38 h 49 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 38 h 49 min and costs $2300 - $5500.

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It takes approximately 7 h 13 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 ETN, depart from Nuevo Vallarta station.

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There is no direct flight from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Cancun Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 15 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 Terminal Alterna station.

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Playa del Carmen is 1 h ahead of Puerto Vallarta. It is currently 1:57 AM in Puerto Vallarta and 2:57 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 13 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, Puebla, and Puebla CAPU in around 38 h 49 min.

Airlines
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Aguascalientes
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Guadalajara, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Chetumal via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $340
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Chetumal via Guadalajara, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $340
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Leon/Guanajuato
Ave. Duration
7 h 34 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $480
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Chetumal via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Viva Aerobus
Website
vivaaerobus.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 41 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $340
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $360
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,100
Mayair
Website
mayair.com.mx
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cozumel via Mexico City, Cancun
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Puerto Vallarta to Cancun via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
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 Chetumal ADO to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $45
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$29 - $45
Economy
$19 - $29
AV (Economy)
$17
ADO (Standard)
$19
OCC (Standard)
$21
ADO gl (first)
$25
Bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna
Ave. Duration
20 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$65 - $90
Economy
$55 - $85
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
ETN
Website
etn.com.mx
Bus from Nuevo Vallarta to Puebla
Ave. Duration
14 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$60 - $90
Full Fare
$80 - $110
Regular Price
$109
Internet Discount
$98
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
$54
Schedules at
ventas.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 - $80
Schedules at
estrellablanca.com.mx
Económico
$35 - $55
Primera Select
$60 - $80
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
Ferry operators
Mexico Waterjets
Phone
9878721588
Email
datos@mexicowaterjets.com.mx
Website
winjet.mx
Ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $9
Schedules at
winjet.mx
Book at
winjet.mx
Regular
$9
Local
$3
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
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
ultramarferry.com
Premium Plus
$9
First Class
$12
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

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Yes, the driving distance between Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen is 2476 km. It takes approximately 28 h 30 min to drive from Puerto Vallarta to Playa del Carmen.

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United Airlines, American Airlines, Volaris and three other airlines offer flights from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Cancun Airport.

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There are 2579+ hotels available in Playa del Carmen. Prices start at $35 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Puerto Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta Airport is to bus which takes 13 min and costs $7 - $45.

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