There are 5 ways to get from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen by plane, bus, ferry or car

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Fly, bus  •  3 h 50 min

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

$168 - $447

Cheapest option

Bus  •  27 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador to Guatemala City
  2. Take the bus from Guatemala Centra Norte to Belize City
  3. Take the bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen

$83 - $153

3 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  23 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador to San Pedro Sula
  2. Take the bus from San Pedro Sula to Puerto Cortés
  3. Take the ferry from Puerto Cortés to Belize City
  4. Take the bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen

$214 - $280

Bus via Santa Elena  •  32 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Tica Bus Guatemala
  2. Take the bus from Guatemala Zona 1 to Santa Elena
  3. Take the bus from Flores to Chetumal
  4. Take the bus from Chetumal ADO Bus Station to Playa del Carmen Terminal Turística

$92 - $143

Drive  •  20 h 21 min

  1. Drive from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen 807.9 miles

$100 - $160

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The cheapest way to get from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen is to bus which costs $80 - $160 and takes 27 h 33 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen is to fly and bus which costs $160 - $450 and takes 3 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen. However, there are services departing from San Salvador and arriving at Playa del Carmen via Guatemala Zona 1, Guatemala Centra Norte and Belize City. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 33 min.

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The distance between San Salvador and Playa del Carmen is 803 km. The road distance is 1292.6 km.

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The best way to get from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen without a car is to bus which takes 27 h 33 min and costs $80 - $160.

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It takes approximately 3 h 50 min to get from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen, including transfers.

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San Salvador to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by Autobuses FDN, depart from San Salvador station.

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The quickest flight from San Salvador Airport to Cancun Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 43 min.

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San Salvador to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by ADO, arrive at Playa del Carmen station.

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Playa del Carmen is 1 h ahead of San Salvador. It is currently 10:23 PM in San Salvador and 11:23 PM in Playa del Carmen.

Yes, the driving distance between San Salvador to Playa del Carmen is 1293 km. It takes approximately 20 h 21 min to drive from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen.

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Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. and Skytrans offer flights from San Salvador Airport to Cancun Airport.

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Map of how to get from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen.
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  • Distance: 502 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 50 min

What companies run services between San Salvador, El Salvador and Playa del Carmen, Mexico?

You can take a bus from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen via Guatemala City, Guatemala Zona 1, Ciudad Guatemala Centra Norte, Guatemala Centra Norte, Belize City, and Belize City in around 27 h 33 min.

Airlines
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from San Salvador to Cancun
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $750
Skytrans
Website
skytrans.com.au
Flights from San Salvador to Cancun
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $420
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 Belize City to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $60
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$30 - $50
Economy
$24 - $40
Autobuses FDN
Phone
+502 79477070, +502 22513817, Whatsapp: +502 47397438
Email
info@transportesfuentedelnorte.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from San Pedro Sula to Puerto Cortés
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
Bus from San Salvador to Guatemala City
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
Fuente Del Norte
Website
autobusesfuentedelnorte.com.gt
Bus from Guatemala Centra Norte to Belize City
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
autobusesfuentedelnorte.com.gt
Tica Bus
Website
ticabus.com
Bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Tica Bus Guatemala
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com
San Juan Travel
Phone
+502 7926 0042 / 79248018 / 55542218 / 55541719
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Flores to Chetumal
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
belizebus.wordpress.com
Autobuses Mayab
Phone
55/5133-2424 or 01800/702–8000
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Chetumal ADO Bus Station to Playa del Carmen Terminal Turística
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
Ferry operators
Starla International
Phone
+504 9545-9322
Email
starlaferry@gmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Ferry from Puerto Cortés to Belize City
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$150
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
travelmundomaya.com

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