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Can I get a taxi from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen?: NOPE!

Can I get a taxi from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen?: NOPE! No, you cannot simply arrive and get a taxi from the Cancun Airport. Unlike other cities, it is illegal to hail a taxi cab at the Cancun Airport and ride sharing apps like Uber are not permitted. You must reserve private transportation in advance and frankly, there are a lot of advantages to this! Save money, time, stress, reserve your private, safe private taxi from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen with Happy Shuttle Cancun.

What are the risks of taking a taxi from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen?

While traditional taxis are illegal at the Cancun airport, there are “pirate taxis” that will try to take advantage of visitors who may be tired after a long day of travel and confused by the chaotic atmosphere of the Cancun airport. Cancun airport taxi scams take a few different forms and it is best to avoid the risks by pre-booking your Playa del Carmen airport transportation.

  • 1. Pirate taxis at the Cancun airport will appear to be legitimate but they are a danger. They may confuse you with prices and currency and you could end up paying FAR more than you would by booking your Playa del Carmen transportation in advance.
  • 2. One of the ways the pirate taxis scam travelers is by approaching in a friendly manner and asking you about your transportation details. They will then proceed to lie, pretend they work for your transfer company and inform you that your vehicle has already left. They will insist that you pay for the service again and may even tell you that your money will be refunded at a future date and then hustle you to their associates in their unlicensed pirate taxis outside the Cancun airport.
  • 3. Pirate taxis are often uninsured, unlicensed and the vehicles are unsafe and uncomfortable. There is no guarantee for the safety of an unknown taxi to Playa del Carmen. Speeding and unsafe driving often leads to disaster on the highway.
  • 4. There is no guarantee you will actually get to your destination. Pirate taxis are unscrupulous and may leave you stranded far from your Playa del Carmen hotel with no recourse and no resources to come to your assistance. An unlicensed taxi from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen is NOT SAFE if you end up in the wrong part of town with a shady driver.

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Playa del Carmen is a popular beach vacation destination in the southeast of Mexico. Located halfway between Cancun and Tulum, it is the center of the Riviera Maya and an incredible launching point for exciting activities in the sea and in the jungle. Scuba diving, snorkeling, ziplining, ATVs, golf, hanging out with monkeys and crocodiles or walking in the footsteps of the ancient Maya, Playa del Carmen activities offer something for everyone. Stroll down 5th Avenue for shopping and people watching or just relax to the max at one of the cool beach clubs along the coast

The best way to get a taxi from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen is a pre-booked transfer with a company like Happy Shuttle Cancun. Paying in advance means you get the best price available and have NO worries or stress when arriving in the chaotic Cancun International Airport. Your pre-paid, safe Cancun airport taxi to Playa del Carmen with our private Cancun shuttle service guarantees a safe ride will be waiting for you with licensed drivers, impeccable vehicles and the assurance that you will never face unexpected charges or fees.

Travel days are stressful enough, don’t arrive in Mexico and expect to get a taxi from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen. You must remember that it is illegal to hail a taxi cab at the Cancun Airport and rideshare apps like Uber are not permitted. If you wait until you arrive to look for transportation to your Playa del Carmen hotel, you’ll pay an elevated rate and run the risk of getting scammed by illegal taxi cabs or unscrupulous companies at the Cancun airport.

Peace of mind, plain and simple. Read our reviews and you’ll see why our guests return to Happy Shuttle Cancun year after year for their private transportation from the Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen.

  • Happy Shuttle Cancun is a family-run local business with more than 17 years of experience
  • Our recent-model, air-conditioned vehicles are maintained daily and cleaned after every service to bring you a comfortable, safe ride to your hotel in Playa del Carmen
  • Our experienced drivers are licensed and insured, they know that your safety and comfort is their number one concern. They are also friendly and knowledgeable about the destination and will happily share their best local secrets!
  • 24/7 professional customer service with friendly folks standing by to answer all your questions and to monitor flight delays and changes so we will always be there when you land at the Cancun International Airport
  • The Happy Shuttle Cancun greeters at the Cancun airport are easy to spot in their neon green with their clearly marked signs, making it a breeze to navigate your arrival in the often chaotic concourses.
  • Extras! Need a car seat for your little one? No problem. How about a cold drink for the ride? Cheers and salud dear amigos, we can take care of that too, just advise us when you book and we can have the cooler waiting.
  • We are more than just the best Cancun airport transfers, check out our sister company Happy Tours Cancun for our recommendations for all your Cancun and Riviera Maya activities!
  • Pre-booked transfers are the top alternative to getting a taxi from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen: The best choice is with Happy Shuttle Cancun

    Contact Happy Shuttle CancunContact Happy Shuttle Cancun today to reserve your Cancun airport transfers, your private and safe taxi alternative from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen! Friendly world-class service and professionalism every single time. Travel with peace of mind with the experienced professionals of Happy Shuttle Cancun.

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    MICHAEL - 6 days ago Cancun Airport Transportation to Hotel Occidental Costa Cancun

    Friendly drivers and always on time.

    Know what you want before booking. Snorkeling not good, drunken co-ed vibe.
    Trusted Customer - 8 days ago Cancun Catamaran Tour

    The service was just fine. Everyone was very nice. However, it was definitely a "drunken co-ed" vibe, and that was just not what we were looking for. Loud music, and a guy dressed up in a bra and wig pouring shots into people's mouths on the way back. That's not our vibe, but if that's what you're looking for... The sea was quite choppy where we were let out to snorkel. Obviously, they can't control that, but it was so rough you really couldn't see anything. We were quite rushed, and they only provided masks and snorkels, no fins (they did provide life vests). I had my own equipment, including fins, and I actually had to help a lady who was starting to panic, as she was swallowing. I had to grab her and tow her in as the guides were yelling at us to hurry up. Finally a guide came back and helped. Not a super great experience. The beach club was ok. The food was mediocre, but that's to be expected. The beach area was crowded and smelled of raw sewage.

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    MOLLY KELLY - 12 days ago Cancun Airport Transportation to Hyatt Zilara Cancun

    this is the second trip to Cancun that we have used Happy Shuttle. A+++ rating. Easy to find at the airport with their Lime Green shirts. Always on time. Highly recommend!

    RACHEL MAHABIR - 12 days ago Cancun Airport Transportation to Petit Lafitte Hotel Playa Del Carmen

    Fast and friendly service

    Excellent Servce
    Trusted Customer - 12 days ago Cancun Airport Transportation to Barcelo Maya Colonial Puerto Aventuras

    Very professional service. Great communication after booking. Excellent drivers. Everything was well coordinated. Would recommend and would use again!

    Trusted Customer - 13 days ago Cancun Airport Transportation to Azulik Tulum (Boca Paila)

    Punctual; safe;friendly; reliable

    Trusted Customer - 13 days ago Cancun Airport Transportation to The Pyramid at Grand Oasis - Cancun

    friendly drivers , quick service