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How To Get From Playa del Carmen to Tulum By Bus And Van- All Possible Ways

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How to get from Playa del Carmen to Tulum –  You can go by van, bus, taxi, Uber and private transfer. The distance from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is 64 kilometers. Click here to book online Cancun activities and day tours

What Is The Cheapest Way From Playa del Carmen to Tulum?

The cheapest way from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is by bus for $6 USD and can book online. The bus travel time from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is around 1 hour and 10 minutes. Read here how to get from Tulum to Playa del Carmen the reverse way

What Is The Best Way From Playa del Carmen to Tulum?

The best way from Playa del Carmen to Tulum for $6 USD by shared van and you can book online. I did this option and the van travel time from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is 50 minutes. But it can be longer than the bus if there are many stops.

The travel time by taxi from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is around 50 minutes. The taxi fare from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is around 600-1000 MXN which is $30-50. Read here the comparison Tulum vs Playa del Carmen

You can also rent a car in Playa del Carmen or get a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi around $40 USD same price like Uber or similar apps.

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WHERE TO STAY IN TULUM

A total of $20 USD would be the range of your budget for accommodation in Tulum. There are hotels mid-budget $50-70 USD and you can find luxury accommodations starting from $120 USD.

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HOW TO GET FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO TULUM

ADO BUS FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO TULUM (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is by bus. The Ado Buses are leaving from Playa del Carmen to Tulum every hour almost 24 hours available.

The ADO Bus fare from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is $6 USD. You can pay by cash at the ticket counter and you can book online.

The ADO Buses leave from Playa del Carmen at ADO Bus Terminal. (You can check the location in Google Maps) and getting to Tulum ADO Bus Terminal. There is 4 kilometers distance between ADO Bus Terminal in Tulum (Tulum Ruins ADO Bus Stop).

The total travel time will be around 1 hour and 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. The final stop is at ADO Bus Terminal in Tulum which is 10 minutes by taxi $8-10 USD to the Tulum Beach area.

SHARED VAN FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO TULUM (BEST WAY)

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You can go by shared van from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. The van fare from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is $6 USD per person great idea if you are traveling alone since is faster than the bus.

The travel time by shared van from Playa del Carmen to Tulum will be around 1 hour and they will drive you from Hotel Area in Playa del Carmen.

BY TAXI FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO TULUM

If you go from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is around 50 minutes.

The taxi fare from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is around 600-1000 MXN which is $30-50 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO TULUM

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If you are ordering Uber in Cancun and Tulum you should know that prices are similar to taxis. You can pre-book with Uber app from your phone and go to the pickup point. Expect to pay around $30-50 USD depending on your destination and time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT TULUM

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There are many options for renting a car at Playa del Carmen. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Playa del Carmen or planning to move around the area to visit beaches, ruins and Cenotes. It will take you 50 minutes to get to Playa del Carmen from Tulum in a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available. Prices are around €30 per day.

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO TULUM

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and are only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort. Prices are around $40 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $8-10 USD per person.

BEST WAY FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO TULUM

The best way from Playa del Carmen to Tulum is getting by bus if you are traveling on a budget for $6 USD. Especially if you are staying near ADO Bus Terminal or within walking distance in Playa del Carmen.

VAN VS BUS PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO TULUM WHICH OPTION IS BETTER

Van vs Bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum? If you prefer faster you can go by shared van from Playa del Carmen to Tulum for $6 USD. The best thing about the van compared to the bus is that you can go down sooner and not wait until the last stop and the ADO Bus will not stop until the Bus Terminal.

But I would choose the bus better than the van because is a more comfortable journey. It will depend on what departure schedule is matching better for you.

If you are traveling with more people you can try to get Uber or similar apps and private transportation if you book online in advance can get cheaper than Uber or a taxi.

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN TULUM

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There are 2 seasons dry and wet season. The rainy season starts in May. The best time to visit Tulum is from the months of November to April because it is the month of the dry season.

However, lots of tourists prefer to travel from January to March since it’s not peak season but it can be rainy for a few days.

Click here to know more about the weather in Tulum

CASH IN MEXICO

Mexico has its own currency called the Mexican Peso. A $1 USD=19 MXN. There are lots of ATMs and exchange currency in many parts of the country. And you have to know that dollars is very common and well-accepted in the country.

Click here to know more about the exchange rate of Mexico

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Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.