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Transportation: Car Rentals, Ferry Schedule, Taxis, Airfare

Rent a Car, Jeep, Van, Moped, Bicycle

    Make the most of your vacation! Explore the island and get around at your convenience to restaurants, shopping and the island's fine beach areas.

    There are a number of major car rental companies with offices on the island. Below is a partial listing (in no particular order) along with contact information.


    While mopeds or scooters are widely available, rental vehicles are much safer. We highly recommend that you think safety first and rent a vehicle. Mopeds are not as easy to be seen and they can easily skid on rocks or wet pavement. There are far too many moped accidents (tourists AND locals!).

    Also, we are often asked about taking rental vehicles to or from the mainland. We don't recommend it. It takes far too much time and costs more than taking the passenger ferry. It is much easier and more convenient to rent a car on the island or on the mainland.

  • Avis
    Cozumel phone: 011-52-987-872-1923
    US toll free: 800-331-1084
    Address: 140 Av. Juarez 77600

  • Hertz
    Cozumel phone: 011-52-987-872-0151
    US toll free: 800-654-3131
    Fax (Cozumel): 011-582-987-872-5979
    Address: 10 Av. Juarez Por 15 y 10 Local 77600

  • Thrifty
    Cozumel phone: 011-52-987-869-2957
    Address: 0 Av. Rafael E. Melgar s/n Across from Cruiseship Dock

  • National
    Calle 2 No. between Ave. 5a and 10a
    Cozumel phone: 011-52-987-872-3263
    US toll free: 800-227-3876

  • Alamo
    Cozumel phone: 011-52-987-872-2100
    Address: 10th Ave. S. between Ave. Juares andn 1 So.

  • Smart Rentals
    Cozumel phone: 011-52-869-0098 or 011-52-987-872-5651
    Address: 3 Locations: Entrance to the Cozumel airport; Downtown on corner of 10th Ave. and Calle 1; and at the Puerta Maya Cruise Ship Pier.

  • Budget
    US toll free: 1-800-214-6094
    Address: located at airport

  • Dollar
    US toll free:; 866-434-2226
    Cozumel phone: 011-52-987-869-2957

  • Rentadora ISIS
    Cozumel Phone: 011-52-987-872-3367 or 011-52-987-872-2790
    Address: Ave. 5 and Calle 2

  • Ace Rental Cars
    Address: 3 Locations: Airport, Puerta Maya Cruise Shp Pier and International Pier.

Bicycles are available for rent in several locations around town.

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Getting around by Taxis • Airport ground transportation
    Taxis are plentiful in Cozumel and rates are quite inexpensive. Rates are government controlled, but you should ask what the rate is before you get in. Taxis can carry a maximum of 5 passengers and rates vary for 1-5 people; there are some larger taxis which can hold up to 8. Tips are appreciated. Phone 872-0236.

    Most taxis are white. If you need a taxi, flag one down and you'll have one in no time. If the taxi you flag down has passengers, teh driver will radio your location and the next available taxi will be stop and pick you up.

    Airport ground transportation: Before you exit the airport terminal, you can buy a ticket at the ground transportation counter. Just tell them your destination and you will get a ticket to present to the next available airport taxi (these are Suburbans or vans, so plenty of room for luggage).

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Ferry Schedule
    It is very easy to go from Cozumel to the mainland. An excellent, and quite reliable, ferry service has been in place for a number of years. Ferry takes about 35 minutes to cross between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen; roundtrip tickets are about $19. Ferry service begins early in the morning (4-5 a.m.) and continue late into the evening. Schedule can change, please pick up a current schedule at the pier.
Ferry Schedule
Cozumel to Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

5 a.m. • 7 a.m.
8 a.m. • 9 a.m. • 10 a.m.

5 a.m. • 7 a.m. • 8 a.m.
9 a.m. • 10 a.m. • 11 am.

12 Noon • 2 p.m.
4 p.m. • 5 p.m. • 6 p.m.

1 p.m. • 3 p.m. • 4 p.m.
5 p.m. • 6 p.m

8 p.m. • 10 p.m.

7 p.m. • 9 p.m. • 11 p.m. •

Ferry takes approx. 30 minutes to cross. Roundtrip, US $16
Current printed schedules are available at the pier

    Take the ferry to Playa del Carmen and spend the day at the beach, or poking around the many shops. There are many, many restaurants. Or rent a car or take the bus to Tulum, Xel-Ha or Xcaret. See trips/excursions. It's easy to go on your own!

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Traveling to/from Cancun to Cozumel  
    Flying into Cancun and need to get to Cozumel? You have several options:
    • There's a shuttle flight from Cancun to Cozumel via Mayair:
    • Take a taxi from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. It's a 45-minute drive from the airport to the ferry pier. (see the schedule above).
    • Take the new express shuttle to/from the airport and Playa del Carmen. Riviera bus lines offers the following schedule:
      • Airport to Playa del Carmen:
        9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
      • Playa del Carmen to Airport
        6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Other questions? Don't hesitate to contact us!
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