Buses and taxis are readily available in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, but can be more scarce in Akumal and other smaller communities. You should have a rental car if you will be staying in South Akumal, Soliman Bay or Tankah Bay.
Public transport. There are lots of different public transportation options in the area. For more information please see our information on getting around the Riviera Maya.
Private transport can be a great option depending on your accommodations. Also, it works very well if you have staggered arrival times or dates within your group. If renting a car is not in your plans, or if you have an extra trip to the airport you would like covered, there are a few great options available. Below are links and information on some of our favorites. If you have any questions or would like more information, please e-mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Namaste Tours and Transportation. Miguel Trujillo is one of our favorite transport operators in the area. He does airport transfers, and can also provide you with custom made tours to ruins, cenotes, and other local attractions. He speaks great english, is extremely reliable, and is a font of lots of interesting information! Contact Miguel by email email@example.com or by phone (+52) 1 984 125 4491 / 984 155 1648. Miguel's rates are as follows.
AKUMAL AND SOUTH AKUMAL
One Way Round Trip
1-2 people US$80 US$150
3-6 people US$90 US$170
7-11 people US$110 US$210
TANKAH AND SOLIMAN BAYOne Way Round Trip
1-2 people US$90 US$170
3-6 people US$100 US$190
7-11 people US$110 US$210
If you wish to make a stop in Playa del Carmen or Puerto Aventuras to purchase groceries, please add US$15 to the rate.
USA Transfers is another good company for airport transfers, operating all along the coast. They have both cars and minivans for different group sizes.
Cancun Valet is a very reputable company for tours and airport transfers, and they also rent local cell phones for your use during your stay.
Always be sure to have a printed confirmation voucher clearly stating the time and date of your service, the number of people in your group and the price you are to pay the driver. It is generally the custom to tip your driver if you happy with your service.
When booking airport transfers, please give the transportation company your arriving flight number, and ask for meeting point instructions in the off chance that you do not immediately see your driver after clearing customs. Most agencies will provide an emergency contact or cell phone number.