GETTING AROUND THE RIVIERA MAYA
There are several different public transportation options in the area.
Taxis are everywhere in Akumal and they are very reliable (but they tend to be a bit pricey). They have a set price but it is wise to ask first what the cost will be. Your rate should be determined before the taxi leaves for your destination. A trip from Akumal to Playa Del Carmen is usually around $30 USD. Taxis run 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Colectivos are white mini vans (10-14 passengers) that ferry locals and tourists alike from Tulum to Playa Del Carmen and are an inexpensive way to travel. Just stand along Highway 307 and wave or use a flashlight at night to flag them down. When one stops, get in and tell the driver where you want to go and ask the price to your destination. One will usually come by every 10 minutes or so. Akumal to Playa costs approximately $2 US. Collectivos run daily 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
ADO and Mayab are two good bus companies that service the Yucatan Peninsula. ADO is the direct service which runs between the main towns and is the fastest and most punctual service. Mayab runs a slightly cheaper service between major towns and will pick you up and drop you off at any of the local villages or wherever you like along the highway.
There are a few other buses that run up and down Highway 307 from Cancun all the way to Chetumal and additional ones that run throughout the Yucatan. Buses are a good mode of transportation; clean and comfortable, air conditioned, and some have movies. Bus stations are located in Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Buses run from 7:00AM until 11:00PM. ADO also runs an airport shuttle service from the Playa del Carmen and Tulum bus terminals to the Cancun International Airport. If you choose to use the ADO airport bus, you can take a cab or combi/collectivo to get to the Playa del Carmen or Tulum bus terminal.
LIMO SERVICES AND VANS
Within Akumal, the Akumal Guide group is available to arrange for special services, such as limousine and helicopter services. They also can arrange for group transport and day trips. For a private van, the airport transfer companies offer good day rates for private tours and transportation.
Best Day Travel is a 100% Mexican enterprise established in 1984 that provides travel and transportation services including airport transfers and private tours all around the Riviera Maya.
Serving the Cancun area since 1995, Cancun Limo provides transportation services for the airport, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, groups, events, corporate meetings, school trips, sporting events, concerts, night life, and more. Their fleet includes several large limos as well as Hummers, Navigators, and Volkswagon and Mercedes passenger vans.
Cancun Shuttle is one of the largest transportation companies in
Cancun. The company was established in 2003 and their main center of
operation is located at the Cancun International Airport. Cancun Shuttle
is an authorized transportation company for the Cancun International
Airport and the sole official transportation company of
CancunAirport.com. All vehicles and drivers are licensed, insured, and
authorized to transport passenger from and to the Cancun International
Cancun Valet provides transportation services from the airport and for private tours.
Serving Cancun since 1999, Entertainment Plus can help with all of your tour and transfer needs for Cancun and Riviera Maya.
Founded in 1981, Lomas Travel offers transportation services including airport shuttles and tours all over the Mayan Riviera.
There are two passenger ferry companies running regular service between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. ULTRAMAR and MEXICO WATER JETS both have ticket booths and boarding at the ferry dock one block south of Juarez where it meets the beach. Their schedules are similar so make sure if you are buying a round trip ticket to check which company you are buying from; one may have a later or earlier departure than the other one. Cost of a roundtrip ticket is approximately $20 USD, and the ride over is about 40 minutes. The ferries between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel run approximately every hour, starting very early in the morning until about 10:00 p.m. (This information may be subject to change.) Please check their websites for time tables and pricing.
There is also a car ferry operated by Transcaribe that departs from the Calica cruise ship port, six miles south of Playa del Carmen. This ferry docks at the International Pier (Muelle Internacional) in Cozumel, south of town near the La Ceiba hotel.