There are 8 ways to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen by plane, bus, ferry, train 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 Tijuana to Cancun, bus  •  8 h 18 min

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

$153 - $1,391

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Fly San Diego to Cozumel, ferry  •  13 h 52 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Cozumel (CZM) SAN - CZM
  2. Take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen

$355 - $1,816

Fly Tijuana to Cozumel, ferry  •  11 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to Cozumel (CZM) TIJ - CZM
  2. Take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen

$181 - $732

Fly San Diego to Cancun, bus  •  9 h 49 min

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

$197 - $456

Bus Autobuses Elite  •  2 days 18 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
  2. Take the bus from Guadalajara to Mexico City North Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Mexico City to Cancun
  4. Take the bus from Cancún to Playa del Carmen

$193 - $292

Bus TAP  •  2 days 22 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Mexico
  2. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado

$154 - $319

Train, bus  •  3 days 10 h

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from San Antonio to México Central Norte
  4. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado

$340 - $856

Drive  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Drive from San Diego to Playa del Carmen 2835.3 miles

$380 - $550

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Playa del Carmen. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Playa del Carmen via Tijuana, Guadalajara, Mexico City and Cancún. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 18 h.

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The distance between San Diego and Playa del Carmen is 2039 miles. The road distance is 2835.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 18 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 18 min to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen, including transfers.

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San Diego to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by Autobuses Elite, depart from Tijuana station.

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The quickest flight from Tijuana Airport to Cancun Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 28 min.

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San Diego to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by Transporte Foráneo Cancún-Playa del Carmen, arrive at Playa del Carmen station.

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Playa del Carmen is 3 h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 4:03 PM in San Diego and 6:03 PM in Playa del Carmen.

Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Playa del Carmen is 2835 miles. It takes approximately 2 days 1 h to drive from San Diego to Playa del Carmen.

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Viva Aerobus, Interjet, Aeroméxico and Volaris offer flights from Tijuana Airport to Cancun Airport.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen.
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  • Distance: 2038.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 18 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Playa del Carmen, Mexico?

You can take a bus from San Diego to Playa del Carmen via Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx, Tijuana, Guadalajara, Mexico City North Bus Terminal, Mexico City, Cancun, and Cancún in around 2 days 18 h.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Miami
Ave. Duration
11 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $2,200
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
12 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$450 - $2,400
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
13 h 11 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$440 - $2,400
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
15 h 39 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,900
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Los Angeles, Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
13 h 32 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$350 - $2,000
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Miami
Ave. Duration
8 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9 h 4 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
10 h 7 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
10 h 51 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$490 - $2,300
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via San Francisco, Houston
Ave. Duration
13 h 16 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$450 - $2,200
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Denver
Ave. Duration
16 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $2,000
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Los Angeles, Houston
Ave. Duration
13 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,900
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Houston
Ave. Duration
18 h 33 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,800
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Denver, Houston
Ave. Duration
15 h 58 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$410 - $2,000
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8 h 58 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
11 h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
8 h 57 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
12 h 12 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Culiacan, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Guadalajara, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
10 h 43 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Monterrey, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Detroit
Ave. Duration
11 h 18 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$500 - $2,800
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
12 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$430 - $2,500
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Detroit
Ave. Duration
10 h 52 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $2,500
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,400
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $4,000
Viva Aerobus
Website
vivaaerobus.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via San Antonio
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Antonio Amtrak
Ave. Duration
28 h 50 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$180 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$320 - $460
Business Coach Seat
$380 - $550
Room
$700 - $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 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
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
Autobuses Elite
Phone
01 800 507 5500, 57290807
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
30 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $110
Schedules at
estrellablanca.com.mx
Primera
$98
Primera Select
$106
Primera Plus
Website
primeraplus.com.mx
Bus from Guadalajara to Mexico City North Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$33
Schedules at
primeraplus.com.mx
Omnibus de Mexico
Website
odm.com.mx
Bus from Guadalajara to Mexico City North Bus
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
odm.com.mx
ETN
Website
etn.com.mx
Bus from Guadalajara to Mexico Central Norte
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$35 - $55
Full Fare
$40 - $60
Regular Price
$50
Internet Discount
$45
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
Grupo Senda
Phone
US: (81) 8151 5253, México: 1 800 733 7330
Website
ticket.gruposenda.com
Bus from San Antonio to México Central Norte
Ave. Duration
21 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Schedules at
ticket.gruposenda.com
Diamante
$60 - $90
Ejecutivo
$102 - $108
Ferry operators
Mexico Waterjets
Phone
9878721588
Email
datos@mexicowaterjets.com.mx
Website
mexicowaterjets.com.mx
Ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $10
Schedules at
winjet.mx
Book at
winjet.mx
Regular
$10
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
30 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 - $8
Schedules at
barcoscaribe.com
Book at
barcoscaribe.com
ADULT
$8
Quintana Roo Residents
$4
Yucatan Peninsula Residents
$6

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There are 2437+ hotels available in Playa del Carmen. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs .

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