There are 7 ways to get from San Salvador to Playa del Carmen by plane, bus, ferry 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 to Cancun, 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 - $445

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

$81 - $153

5 alternative options

Fly to Cozumel, ferry  •  6 h 21 min

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

$97 - $616

Bus, drive  •  32 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador to Guatemala City
  2. Take the bus from Guatemala City to Río Dulce
  3. Drive from Río Dulce to Punta Gorda
  4. Take the bus from Punta Gorda to Belmopan
  5. Take the bus from Belmopan to Belize City
  6. Take the bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen

$99 - $184

Bus via San Pedro Sula  •  30 h 38 min

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

$134 - $202

Bus #2  •  39 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador to Tapachula San Salvador
  2. Take the bus from Tapachula Terminal OCC to Playa del Carmen Alterna Occ

$88 - $133

Drive  •  20 h 21 min

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

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

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.

More details

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

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The distance between San Salvador and Playa del Carmen is 803 km. The road distance is 1293 km.

Get driving directions

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

More details

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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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
Mayair
Website
mayair.com.mx
Flights from San Salvador to Cozumel via Cancun
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from San Salvador to Cancun
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Salvador to Cozumel via Houston
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,800
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
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from San Salvador to Cozumel via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 3 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $1,700
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 - $21
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$15 - $21
Economy
$5 - $8
Bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $60
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$30 - $45
Economy
$22 - $35
Bus from Tapachula Terminal OCC to Playa del Carmen Alterna
Ave. Duration
28 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $90
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$55 - $80
Economy
$45 - $70
Autobuses FDN
Phone
+502 79477070, +502 22513817, Whatsapp: +502 47397438
Email
info@transportesfuentedelnorte.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from San Salvador to Guatemala City
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $22
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
Bus from Guatemala City to Río Dulce
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $27
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
James Bus Company
Website
d02044893.brinkster.net
Bus from Punta Gorda to Belmopan
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $12
Schedules at
d02044893.brinkster.net
James Bus Line
Phone
(++501) 662-4475
Email
hickatee@gmail.com
Website
hickatee.com
Bus from Belmopan to Belize City
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
hickatee.com
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
Transportes Manabre
Phone
+501 223 1200 / 663 5957
Email
mundomayatravels@yahoo.com
Bus from San Pedro Sula to Belize City
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
travelmundomaya.com
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 - $11
Schedules at
ultramarferry.com
Premium Plus
$8
First Class
$11
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
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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