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Getting to Cozumel
The Cozumel airport is very small. Your plane will land and you will deplane and walk into the building. Then you will proceed to the immigration section. There are several booths. Please have your tourist cards fill out completely and correctly (you will receive tourist cards with your airline tickets and/or on the plane). After clearing immigration, proceed to the baggage pick up. Collect your luggage and you will be required to press a button to clear customs. Red means stop, green light means go. Random. Proceed to exit.
Cozumel Island Via Cancun
Please note that Cancun airport is still under-going major construction. The international and domestic airports are fused together. Thus, rates and directions may have changed since last edition of this page.
COZUMEL via CANCUN (See map of Cozumel).
Getting from Cancun to Cozumel. Fares quoted as of Feb. 12, 02.
1. Fly from Cancun to Cozumel: approximately 20 minutes flying time.
Aerocaribe and Aerocozumel with Mexicana Airlines flies directly from the Cancun (domestic airport) to Cozumel. Current cost one-way is $60 US. You can book directly online or with your travel agent. Schedules and fares are available online: www.aerocaribe.com .
2. Airport Transfer "Collectivo" or minivan direct from Cancun airport to Playa Del Carmen (approximately 45 minutes traveling time), then Ferry to Cozumel (approximately 40-50 minutes traveling time). Current cost is $15 US per person.
After baggage pick-up, as you walk towards the exit, there will be booths for transportation and taxis. At the booth, ask for a collectivo to Playa Del Carmen. You pay at the booth, receive a ticket and then proceed outside to where the minivans are. They will take your ticket and load your luggage. As soon as one van is filled, the van departs. The vans are readily available all day long.
3. Express Bus from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen Bus Terminal (Traveling time is the same as in #2)
As soon as you pass immigration (green/red button) just after the transportation pavillions and just before the outdoors, there is a stand that says Express Bus to Playa Del Carmen. 65 pesos or $7.50 US. Purchase a ticket and there will be greyhound like buses outside. They are scheduled.
From Playa Del Carmen
4. Pre-arranged airport transportation.
Good for groups. The best priced pre-arranged option we found is from Thomas Moore Travel. Private van for 1-7 persons, one way: $90 US. Online reservations: http://www.cancun.com/tours/thomasmoretravel/transport.stm
The drop will be downtown near or at the bus terminal in Playa Del Carmen. Just walk towards the waterfront. You will be able to see the ferry docks. Before the pier, there will be an information booth as well as a booth to purchase the tickets.
Then from Playa Del Carmen, take the ferry to Cozumel Island. The ferry boat ride is about 40 minutes on the large boats and the about 50 minutes on the smaller, local ferry. Cost is the same for tourists. It docks right at the heart of the city, San Miguel in Cozumel. Current cost is $80 pesos.
Daily Ferry Schedule (Central Standard Time)
Cozumel Island to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel Island, Mexico
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time of print, the rates are quoted as best and current as possible (most
rates are converted from pesos).
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