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How to get to Playa del Carmen

Arriving in Playa del Carmen

Students should fly into Cancun International Airport. There are direct flights from most major cities to Cancun which is just 60km (40 miles) north of Playa del Carmen.

The journey from the airport to Playa del Carmen should take less than 1 hour.

Students can catch a Riviera bus to Playa del Carmen from outside the National Arrivals Terminal. The bus leaves every 30 minutes from 08.00 to 20.30 and costs approximately 70$ pesos. From the bus terminal in Playa del Carmen students will have to take a taxi to their lodging. Taxis cost between 15$ and 20$ pesos per trip within Playa del Carmen.

Alternatively, students can take a taxi from the airport directly to their lodging in Playa del Carmen. A taxi from the airport will cost around 500$ pesos (40-65 US$ if before 08.00 or after 22.00).

Students can also take advantage of our airport transfer service (see below).

Airport transfers

IH Riviera Maya can arrange a private airport meeting and transfer service from the airport to the student's lodging in Playa del Carmen.

On arrival at the airport students will be greeted by an International House representative who will be holding a sign with the student's name on it.

The fee per transfer is 100 US$ for 1 person, or 75 US$ per person for 2 or more people.

The prices quoted are for transfers from 08.00 to 18.00 (arrival time at the airport). If the students need a transfer before 08.00 or after 18.00, these prices will be increased by 50%. Please note that we need the arrival information at least 2 working days before arrival.

We strongly recommend that young students with no knowledge of Spanish take advantage of our meeting and transfer service.


Host family?

Those staying with a family should see this further arrival information.


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