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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 to Cancun, bus  •  9 h 24 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

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Fly to Cozumel, ferry  •  9 h 56 min

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

$209 - $1,021

Train, bus  •  2 days 21 h

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Yuma Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from San Luis Río Colorado to ACN Puebla
  4. Take the bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna

$269 - $562

Train, bus via El Rosario  •  3 days 2 h

  1. Take the train from Richmond Amtrak to Fresno Santa Fe Passenger Depot
  2. Take the bus from Fresno to El Rosario
  3. Take the bus from El Rosario to ACN Puebla
  4. Take the bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna

Bus via Mazatlán  •  3 days 6 h

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Huntington Park to Mazatlán
  3. Take the bus from Mazatlán to Puebla
  4. Take the bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna

$331 - $542

Bus ACN Autobuses  •  3 days 11 h

  1. Take the bus from McAllister St & Polk St- San Francisco Civic Ctr to Santa Rosa Transit Mall-Second St & B St 101
  2. Take the bus from Santa Rosa to Morelia
  3. Take the bus from Morelia to México Terminal Norte
  4. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado

$262 - $346

Bus via Hermosillo  •  3 days 12 h

  1. Take the bus from McAllister St & Polk St- San Francisco Civic Ctr to Santa Rosa Transit Mall-Second St & B St 101
  2. Take the bus from Santa Rosa to Hermosillo
  3. Take the bus from Hermosillo to Mexico
  4. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado

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 $190 - $650 and takes 9 h 24 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 24 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 Terminal Alterna via 7th / Decatur, Huntington Park, Mazatlán and Puebla CAPU. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 6 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 train and bus which takes 3 days 2 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 9 h 24 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 Greyhound USA, 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 11 min.

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San Francisco 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 3 h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 7:05 PM in San Francisco and 10:05 PM in Playa del Carmen.

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  • Distance: 2431.8 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 24 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 Los Angeles, Ca, 7th / Decatur, Pacific / Florence, Huntington Park, Mazatlán, Puebla, and Puebla CAPU in around 3 days 6 h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,600
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$550 - $2,100
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
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 Cozumel via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9 h 1 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9 h 44 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Miami
Ave. Duration
10 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
11 h 31 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$320 - $2,100
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Detroit
Ave. Duration
11 h 43 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,300
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
11 h 46 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,300
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
11 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$340 - $2,300
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cancun
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
11 h 51 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $900
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from San Francisco to Cozumel via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
13 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $1,100
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station
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 to Yuma Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 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 Richmond Amtrak to Fresno Santa Fe Passenger Depot
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Flexi Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$70 - $100
Room
$190 - $270
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 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 México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna
Ave. Duration
25 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$70 - $100
Economy
$60 - $95
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from San Luis Río Colorado to ACN Puebla
Ave. Duration
27 h 28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$94
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Fresno to El Rosario
Ave. Duration
33 h 27 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$153
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Bus from El Rosario to ACN Puebla
Ave. Duration
11 h 12 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Santa Rosa to Morelia
Ave. Duration
2 days 1 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$180
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Santa Rosa to Hermosillo
Ave. Duration
25 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Schedules at
acnautobuses.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 San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
TAP Royal International
Phone
USA: (602) 273 3544 MÉXICO: 01800 0011 827
Email
contact@taproyal.com
Website
taproyal.com
Bus from Huntington Park to Mazatlán
Ave. Duration
29 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$168
Schedules at
taproyal.com
ETN
Website
etn.com.mx
Bus from Mazatlán to Puebla
Ave. Duration
15 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$65 - $95
Full Fare
$85 - $130
Regular Price
$110
Internet Discount
$93
Bus from Morelia to México Norte
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$23 - $35
Full Fare
$24 - $35
Regular Price
$31
Internet Discount
$26
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from McAllister St & Polk St- San Francisco Civic Ctr to Santa Rosa Transit Mall-Second St & B St
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Primera Plus
Website
primeraplus.com.mx
Bus from Morelia to México Terminal Norte
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $25
Schedules at
ventas.primeraplus.com.mx
Internet Promotion
$22
Regular Price
$25
Pegasso
Website
pegasso.mx
Bus from Morelia to México Norte
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Schedules at
pegasso.mx
Regular Price
$24
Internet Discount
$22
La Linea
Phone
01 800 622 22 22
Website
lalinea.com.mx
Bus from Central Camionera Morelia to Mexico City North Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
lalinea.com.mx
Autovías
Website
autovias.com.mx
Bus from Morelia to México Central del Norte
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Schedules at
autovias.com.mx
TAP
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 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, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Cancun Airport.

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There are 2532+ hotels available in Playa del Carmen. Prices start at $35 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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