There are 8 ways to get from San Francisco 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 San Francisco to Cancun, bus  •  9 h 16 min

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

$191 - $631

Cheapest option

Bus via Cancún  •  3 days 10 h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Anaheim, CA
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
  3. Take the bus from Tijuana to Mexico
  4. Take the bus from Mexico City to Cancun
  5. Take the bus from Cancún to Playa del Carmen

$174 - $385

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Fly San Francisco to Cozumel, ferry  •  10 h 58 min

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

$209 - $1,021

Fly Oakland to Cancun, bus  •  11 h 1 min

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

$185 - $834

Caltrain, bus, train  •  3 days 9 h

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  3. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Yuma Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from 3rd Street @ Gila Street to 2nd Ave and B Street 95
  5. Take the bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Mexico
  6. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado

$232 - $459

Bus  •  3 days 10 h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
  3. Take the bus from Tijuana to Mexico
  4. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado

$207 - $451

Train, bus  •  3 days 20 h

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station 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

$378 - $984

Drive  •  2 days 9 h

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen 3294.3 miles

$440 - $650

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen is to fly and bus which costs $180 - $850 and takes 11 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen is to fly and bus which costs $190 - $650 and takes 9 h 16 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen. However, there are services departing from San Francisco, CA and arriving at Playa del Carmen via Anaheim, Ca, Tijuana, Mexico City and Cancún. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 10 h.

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The distance between San Francisco and Playa del Carmen is 2432 miles. The road distance is 3294.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen without a car is to Caltrain and bus and train which takes 3 days 9 h and costs $230 - $460.

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It takes approximately 9 h 16 min to get from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from San Francisco, CA station.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Cancun Airport is the direct flight which takes 5 h 23 min.

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San Francisco 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 Francisco. It is currently 4:29 AM in San Francisco and 6:29 AM in Playa del Carmen.

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Playa del Carmen is 3294 miles. It takes approximately 2 days 9 h to drive from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen.

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Interjet, Delta, Volaris and three other airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Cancun Airport.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen.
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  • Distance: 2431.8 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 16 min

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Playa del Carmen via Anaheim, CA, Anaheim, Ca, Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx, Tijuana, Mexico, Mexico City, Cancun, and Cancún in around 3 days 10 h.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Miami
Ave. Duration
10 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
11 h 54 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
12 h 12 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
13 h 24 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from Oakland to Cancun via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,400
Flights from Oakland to Cancun via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,400
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Houston
Ave. Duration
9 h 18 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Dallas/Ft.Worth, Houston
Ave. Duration
10 h 14 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Austin, Houston
Ave. Duration
11 h 13 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Denver
Ave. Duration
14 h 18 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Los Angeles, Houston
Ave. Duration
11 h 43 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,100
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Oakland to Cancun via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Cancun via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Oakland to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
11 h 36 min
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,300
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Detroit
Ave. Duration
11 h 38 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,300
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,300
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7 h 53 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,200
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
11 h 39 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $900
Flights from Oakland to Cancun via Leon/Guanajuato
Ave. Duration
7 h 53 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$140 - $1,100
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Toronto
Ave. Duration
11 h 45 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$600 - $2,600
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Cancun via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 40 min
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,300
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Oakland to Cancun via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
11 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $2,200
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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Yuma Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
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 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 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
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to Anaheim, CA
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Book at
megabus.com
YCAT
Phone
+1 928-783-2235
Website
ycipta.org
Bus from 3rd Street @ Gila Street to 2nd Ave and B Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
ycipta.org
TAP
Website
tap.com.mx
Bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Mexico
Ave. Duration
38 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $170
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$120 - $170
Bus from Tijuana to Mexico
Ave. Duration
41 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $190
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$130 - $190
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Anaheim
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Anaheim, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
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 - $107
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)
$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
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

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