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.

Recommended option

Fly Tijuana to Cancun, bus  •  8 h 48 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

$158 - $1,381

Cheapest option

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

$144 - $319

6 alternative options

Fly San Diego to Cancun, bus  •  9 h 48 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

$200 - $445

Fly Tijuana to Cozumel, ferry  •  10 h 39 min

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

$184 - $731

Fly San Diego to Cozumel, ferry  •  9 h 28 min

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

$336 - $1,915

Bus Autobuses Elite  •  2 days 20 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
  2. Take the bus from Guadalajara to Celaya
  3. Take the bus from Celaya to Mexico City North Bus Terminal
  4. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado

$196 - $276

Train, bus  •  3 days 4 h

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak 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, Tx to Laredo, Tx
  4. Take the bus from Nuevo Laredo to Puebla
  5. Take the bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna

$357 - $947

Drive  •  2 days 1 h

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

$380 - $550

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, Celaya, Mexico City North Bus Terminal, and México Central Norte in around 2 days 20 h.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Miami
Ave. Duration
8 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,900
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$440 - $2,400
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Miami
Ave. Duration
11 h 44 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$400 - $2,200
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
13 h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$450 - $2,400
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
6 h 14 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Toluca
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
6 h 57 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
10 h 12 min
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $2,100
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8 h 49 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 37 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
12 h 40 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$490 - $2,300
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $2,500
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 27 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $2,400
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8 h 43 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8 h 59 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Detroit
Ave. Duration
9 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
12 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $2,500
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 46 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $4,000
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Austin
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
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
Mayair
Website
mayair.com.mx
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Cancun
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Mexico City, Cancun
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Fort Lauderdale
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,900
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 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
Twice daily
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 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
Bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna
Ave. Duration
25 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
Bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna
Ave. Duration
23 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
Autobuses Elite
Phone
01 800 507 5500
Website
autobuseselite.com.mx
Bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
30 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $110
Schedules at
autobuseselite.com.mx
Primera
$99
Primera Select
$107
Primera Plus
Website
primeraplus.com.mx
Bus from Guadalajara to Celaya
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
primeraplus.com.mx
Bus from Celaya to Mexico City North Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
primeraplus.com.mx
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Antonio, Tx to Laredo, Tx
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$21 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
ETN
Website
etn.com.mx
Bus from Nuevo Laredo to Puebla
Ave. Duration
15 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $140
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Book at
venta.etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$70 - $110
Full Fare
$100 - $140
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 - $12
Schedules at
ultramarferry.com
Premium Plus
$9
First Class
$12
Plan Peninsular (Residentes en Yucatán, Campeche)
$7
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
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

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from San Diego to Playa del Carmen?

The distance between San Diego and Playa del Carmen is 3262 km. The road distance is 4537 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen?

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen is to fly and bus which costs $200 - $450 and takes 9 h 48 min.

What is the fastest way to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen?

The quickest way to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen is to fly and bus which takes 8 h 48 min and costs $150 - $1,400.

Is there a direct bus between San Diego and Playa del Carmen?

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 Alterna via Tijuana, Guadalajara, Celaya and México Central Norte. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 20 h.

How long does it take to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen?

It takes approximately 8 h 48 min to get from San Diego to Playa del Carmen, including transfers.