Closest Airport To Playa Del Carmen
…you wouldn’t want to land in Cuba, would you?…
To say I’ve got some idiotic buddies would be an understatement.
There’s the one that fell asleep in the private room of a lap dance club (a.k.a. strip club).
And was billed for six hours…
I’ve got another buddy who booked some flights to London.
He gets on the plane and finds out he wasn’t going to see any red double decker buses – he was heading to London, CANADA.
Then there’s the one who calls me from Mexico City airport asking if I can come pick him up.
That’s like 1000 miles away…WTF???
Playa Del Carmen is on the Caribbean coast in the far east of Mexico.
And my buddies have managed to book flights to just about everywhere that isn’t within driving distance.
The closest airport to Playa Del Carmen certainly isn’t Mexico City.
So to help avoid any more confusion with my buddies I’ve written some advice.
Most Important Advice: Book Your Flight To Cancun International Airport (Then Take a Transfer)
Nearly 99% of you reading this will fly into Cancun International Airport.
You will then take some sort of aiport transfer. You can take a bus from Cancun to Playa Del Carmen, a taxi, a private transfer, etc…
- Cancun International Airport Code: CUN
- Distance to Playa Del Carmen: 50 minutes by car, bus, transfer, etc…
- Transfer Options: Bus, Rental Car, Taxi, Private Transport, Resort/Hotel Transport
- Cost: $10 – $150 USD
You can see the transport route in the map below:
NOTE: I’ve included a few other things on the map as well, so please don’t be confused. It will all make sense if you read this ENTIRE PAGE.
The Actual Closest Airport To Playa Del Carmen
The closest airport to Playa Del Carmen is, believe it or not, in Playa Del Carmen.
Yes, Playa Del Carmen has its own airport.
But before you start typing this into any flight comparison site, let me tell you that there are no commercial flights landing at Playa Del Carmen.
The Playa Del Carmen airport is used by private planes.
So it’s where the celebrities land in their privately chartered aircrafts.
It’s also where people like you and me take off from when they go skydiving in Playa Del Carmen.
The airport code for Playa Del Carmen is PCM.
However, don’t use this airport code and book a flight to Playa Del Carmen.
You’ll end up in some town called Meuo on the island of New Caladonia.
I’m already envisaging my dumb-ass buddy making this very mistake.
Plane Taxis In Playa Del Carmen
Probably the best thing about the Playa Del Carmen airport is the air taxis — if you’ve got money.
Forget London black taxis or New York streets full of yellow cabs.
Playa Del Carmen is serviced by a plane taxi!–“Just pick me up and fly me to Chichen Itza please pilot.”
“No problem, I’m on my way.”
So it’s a little pricey, but you can fit up to six passengers in their little Cessna aircraft.
And you can fly halfway across the state for less than $1000 USD.
The Best Closest Airport To Playa Del Carmen
You can’t really land at Playa Del Carmen (if you’re not a high roller), so you need the next best thing.
The closest usable airport to Playa Del Carmen is Cancun International Airport.
This is a very big airport and handled 21,415,795 passengers in 2016. (Up from 16 million passengers in 2013.)
There are currently three terminals, and a fourth one is under construction.
Almost certainly, your best airport entry point when coming to Playa Del Carmen is going to be Cancun.
Or you can simply use the airport code: CUN.
You can check out my flights to Playa Del Carmen page for some information on how to save money and get the best deals when flying to Cancun International airport.
So no calling me up and asking for a lift…
Where Does Cancun International Fly To?
From Cancun International Airport there are direct flights to a lot of major cities in Mexico, the US, South America and Europe.
It’s used by 60 different airlines, so there’s a good chance that they’re flying out of an airport near you.
Some popular direct flights are:
- US – Take your pick really – Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Denvor, Houston, Kansas, LA, Miami, Minneapolis, NYC, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, San Francisco
- Canada – Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver. Plus seasonal flights to Halifax, Ottowa, and Winipeg, Calgary, Quebec, and Saskatoon.
- Europe – Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome.
- Central and South America – Buenos Aires, Havana, Santiago, Lima, Belize City. There are also flights to pretty much every airport in Mexico.
So if you’ve been an idiot and landed 1000 miles from Playa Del Carmen, then you can get a connecting flight to Cancun.
Another Airport That’s Close To Playa Del Carmen
If you measure things in miles then Cozumel International Airport is closer to Playa Del Carmen than Cancun is.
However, as most of you know, Cozumel is an island, so once you land, you’ll have to take a ferry to Playa Del Carmen.
It’s pretty expensive to fly to Cozumel, and there are only about 200,000 passengers a year.
Again, it is more expensive to fly to Cozumel and only a tiny percent of you will even have to worry about it. Just keep thinking about CUN, CUN, CUN!!!! (And be very careful with the spelling!!!)
So I won’t go into much detail about it.
Why It’s Good Not To Have A Large Airport In Playa Del Carmen
Some people might think that it would be better if the closest airport to Playa Del Carmen was in Playa Del Carmen.
But just imagine.
You’re sunbathing on a great beach, sipping on a cocktail, chatting to some hot chicks in bikinis, and you’ve just made a killer joke or compliment…but she hasn’t heard it because some jumbo jet has just flown past.
However, Playa Del Carmen is peaceful.
We don’t want ridiculous noise from massive planes taking off and landing all day.
Think of the photos as well.
Perfect beach, white sand, blue sky, girls in bikinis, and what’s this…A BOEING F***ING 737! WTF???
“Get out of the way you beast I want a perfect photo for my Facebook page…”
So it’s a 50-minute transfer to Playa Del Carmen.
But that’s not really a long time is it?
Another Airport Close To Playa Del Carmen Might Be Built
According to some government sources, there are plans to build a new airport in Tulum.
The truth: it may never happen; Mexicans can’t plan anything, and an airport is a pretty big thing.
Tulum is also 45 minutes away from Playa Del Carmen, although in the opposite direction from Cancun.
So perhaps this will become the next closest airport to Playa Del Carmen.
However, government officials have been giving out some contradictory information about this project.
Some say it’s definitely happening.
Others are probably waiting for some more bribes before they commit.
Corrupt Mexican government lice!!! Corruption is a way of life for so many here. Sad. Mexicans really need to do something decisive for once! Ughhh!
Don’t Be An Idiot – Know The Closest Airport To Playa Del Carmen
Okay, in summary.
Don’t fly to Mexico City, Monterrey, or anywhere else in Mexico.
Playa Del Carmen has an airport.
Don’t fly there either.
Realistically, the closest airport to Playa Del Carmen is Cancun.
I will see you there soon…
Lots of love,
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