bus travel – Merida to Playa del Carmen

* edit – all prices mentioned are in MXP (pesos)

We just returned Thursday evening from Cozumel. We’ve had friends, in differing groups visiting since May 30. The most recent couple visiting were going to be with us only 3 nights then head to Cozumel, we decided to head with them. It was a whirlwind trip, only 2 nights. We left Tuesday on the 9:40 bus, and got home Thursday evening about 8pm.

My intent for this blog isn’t so much about the trip to Cozumel as it is about the ‘getting’ to Cozumel.

I had significant difficulty trying to get specific info on the buses, stations, locations, etc.

So here’s what I learned.

I elected to travel via ADO. ADO GL offers a few additional extras that didn’t seem to justify the extra expense to me for a short trip like this; Both ADO and ADO GL offer movies and or music, a/c (take a wrap because they keep it icy cold), restroom (take paper and sanitizing hand gel), reclining cushioned seats, window shades, ADO GL offers separate mens and womens bathrooms, baby changing area, a coffee/water/tea dispenser, and I think you get a soda when you board. Both buses list 5hrs 10min to 5hrs 35min as travel times
ADO was $286, ADO GL was $344, oh and they do give half price fares to those with the MX Govt INAPAM card.

Ticket Bus has good schedules; the site is a bit difficult to navigate, although they do show all levels of buses available within your search parameters. Be aware if you don’t know which terminal you want in a location with more than one it can be frustrating.

We left from the ADO 1st class station “CAME” in Merida, which is located on Calle 70, between Calle 69 and 71, Centro.

Getting info from the attendants at CAME about which station we would arrive at in Playa del Carmen was frustrating. They really don’t seem to know anything but what shows up on their computer terminal, and that didn’t tell them much. And in typical Yucatecan fashion, they told me what they thought I wanted to hear, whether it was correct or not.

In Playa del Carmen there are two bus terminals. The older Terminal Turistica o Terminal Rustica, which is at 5th and Juarez is just 2 convenient blocks from the ferry. Unfortunately it only services 2nd class and local buses. The newer Terminal Alterna at 20th Avenue between Calle 12 and Calle 12Bis is where the 1st class buses arrive and depart; this is only about 8 blocks from the ferry, and if you’ve packed light can be a pleasant walk through the shopping area, taxis are available – we were charged $40 to be driven the distance from the Alterna Terminal to the Ferry.
Travel Yucatan has a pretty good PDC map,
click here it shows the locations of the 2 bus terminals, and the ferry.

The Terminal codes for Merida Came are MEY, and for Playa del Carmen Alterna are PDC.

From Playa to Merida there is offered an Express Service, no stops, 4 hours and 15 minutes, these buses depart 0630, 1030, 1330, 1530, 1730, and 2359.

I’ll have to go check on this Express Service availability at the CAME station and report back.

Oh, just FYI – the Ferry from Playa to Cozumel also gives half price discounts to INAPAM card holders. Regular ferry fare one-way is $140.
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About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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7 Responses to bus travel – Merida to Playa del Carmen

  1. Pete says:

    Thanks for the info. We are striking out on the bus for the first time to Cancun next week. Taking the ADO UNO combination because of time preferences. Bought the tickets from Ticket Bus online.
    Pete

  2. Merida Mikey says:

    Nice post! Thanx for the info – very interesting, but isn't all travel in Mexico “very interesting”?!

    I'm sure you had a good time and a nice bus ride there and back. The buses I've traveled on have all been great.

    Mexico has a wonderful public transportation system.

    Merida Mikey

  3. cozzie laura says:

    I've found, when it comes to bus service you can't go wrong with the best first class, a good wrap, and some kleenex.

    I'd love to hear about the Cozumel part of the trip..

  4. roni says:

    The bus station near the ferry terminal also services all the Cancun airport shuttles and many ADO buses going to to Tulum

  5. roni says:

    We have taken the bus from Cancun to Merida and from Merida to Playa del Carmen – both the Linea Uno and the ADO GL.

    I have been happy to pay the extra for the lujo. We did not get a direct bus to Playa – we went into the Cancun bus terminal and were there for about 10 minutes.

    We did stop at the larger/newer bus station, which was closer to our hotel than the one near the ferry terminal

    I look forward to reading the rest of your adventure!!

  6. Tom and Debi says:

    Yes Mic, the prices are in fact in pesos.
    I will amend post to reflect prices are in pesos. Thanks
    Debi

  7. Mic says:

    Very interesting….but surprised at the prices….unless those were pesos instead of USDs

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