There are 8 ways to get from Tijuana 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 Tijuana to Cancun, bus  •  7 h 13 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

$140 - $1,333

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Fly Tijuana to Cozumel, ferry  •  9 h 24 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

$168 - $673

Fly San Diego to Cancun, bus  •  10 h 57 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

$201 - $460

Bus Autobuses Elite  •  2 days 15 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
  2. Take the bus from Guadalajara to Santiago de Querétaro
  3. Take the bus from Queretaro to Puebla CAPU
  4. Take the bus from Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna

$210 - $300

Bus TAP  •  2 days 20 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Mexico
  2. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado

$148 - $293

Bus via Saltillo  •  2 days 23 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana Bus Terminal to Saltillo
  2. Take the bus from Saltillo to Mexico Norte
  3. Take the bus from Mexico City to Cancun
  4. Take the bus from Cancún to Playa del Carmen

$227 - $376

Train, bus  •  3 days 11 h

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot 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

$339 - $859

Drive  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Drive from Tijuana to Playa del Carmen 2848 miles

$380 - $550

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Tijuana to Playa del Carmen is to bus which costs $2700 - $6000 and takes 2 days 20 h.

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The quickest way to get from Tijuana to Playa del Carmen is to fly and bus which costs $2600 - $26000 and takes 7 h 13 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Tijuana to Playa del Carmen. However, there are services departing from Tijuana and arriving at Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna via Guadalajara, Queretaro and Puebla CAPU. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 15 h.

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The distance between Tijuana and Playa del Carmen is 3241 km. The road distance is 4556.8 km.

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The best way to get from Tijuana to Playa del Carmen without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 15 h and costs $3900 - $6000.

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It takes approximately 7 h 13 min to get from Tijuana to Playa del Carmen, including transfers.

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Tijuana to Playa del Carmen bus services, operated by Autobuses Elite, depart from Tijuana station.

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The quickest flight from Tijuana Airport to Cancun Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 28 min.

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Tijuana 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 Tijuana. It is currently 6:15 PM in Tijuana and 8:15 PM in Playa del Carmen.

Map of how to get from Tijuana to Playa del Carmen.
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  • Distance: 2025.6 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 13 min

What companies run services between Tijuana, Mexico and Playa del Carmen, Mexico?

You can take a bus from Tijuana to Playa del Carmen via Guadalajara, Santiago de Querétaro, Queretaro, and Puebla CAPU in around 2 days 15 h.

Airlines
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Friday 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
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
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 Miami
Ave. Duration
8 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
9 h 6 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
11 h 12 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $2,500
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 22 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $2,400
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Denver
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via San Antonio
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Austin
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Austin, Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
9 h 3 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
10 h 46 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $4,000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Detroit
Ave. Duration
11 h 2 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
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
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot 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
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 Puebla CAPU to Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna
Ave. Duration
23 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$65 - $95
Economy
$60 - $90
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
Autobuses Elite
Phone
01 800 507 5500, 57290807
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
30 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $110
Schedules at
estrellablanca.com.mx
Primera
$98
Primera Select
$106
ETN
Website
etn.com.mx
Bus from Guadalajara to Santiago de Querétaro
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$28 - $45
Full Fare
$30 - $45
Regular Price
$42
Internet Discount
$36
Bus from Queretaro to Puebla CAPU
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$25 - $40
Full Fare
$27 - $40
Regular Price
$39
Internet Discount
$33
Bus from Saltillo to Mexico Norte
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Schedules at
venta.etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$50 - $75
Full Fare
$65 - $95
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Tijuana Bus Terminal to Saltillo
Ave. Duration
32 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
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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Yes, the driving distance between Tijuana to Playa del Carmen is 4557 km. It takes approximately 2 days 1 h to drive from Tijuana to Playa del Carmen.

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Viva Aerobus, Interjet, Aeroméxico and Volaris offer flights from Tijuana Airport to Cancun Airport.

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There are 2455+ hotels available in Playa del Carmen. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Tijuana to Tijuana Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs $90 - $190.

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