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Playa del Carmen-Cozumel


Destination(s) 🇲🇽 Mexico
Distance 11 miles, 18 km
Duration 35 Minutes, 45 mins.
Operated by UltraMar, Winjet
Sailings Up to 20 times per day

If you want to travel from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel, various ferries are available from two ferry operators. You can choose between fast catamaran ships that are only suitable for passengers or take a vehicle on the slower car ferry, which takes about an hour.

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The two ferry companies that sail from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel are easy to distinguish. Ultramar sails in blue-yellow colors, while Winjet sails in orange.

  • Ultramar's fast ships sail to Cozumel in 35 minutes.
  • Winjet takes about 45 minutes but is a fraction cheaper.
  • The car ferry can be booked directly at

You can buy ferry tickets at one of the kiosks in the harbor or easily online to be assured of a place on the desired sailing. Via Bookaway, you can book a ticket for both Winjet and Ultramar. For a small extra fee, you can also sail First class.


The first departures are around 8 am, and the last boats sail back around 10 pm. You can choose from at least 20 departures daily, which doesn’t even include the car ferry. The ferry operates 365 days a year, but the number of departures per day may vary depending on the season.

Ferry Ticket price

The cheapest transfer costs about $12. You can join Ultramar's faster boat for a little more, around $13. Do you want something more luxurious? A first-class ticket is $16.

Ferry Route Map Playa del Carmen-Cozumel

You can see the ferry's route by checking out the map below. You can easily zoom in or out to get a better view of the area.


Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

Ultramar and Winjet operate the ferries between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

How long does the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel crossing take?

The travel time of the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel ferry is around: 35 (Ultramar) or 45 minutes (Winjet). Please arrive early at the port of departure and calculate extra time for check-in and boarding if necessary. How long in advance you need to be present is usually communicated on your ticket or on the website of the ferry operator you sail with.

How often does the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel ferry sail?

This ferry route is very popular. You can usually take the ferry at least 20 times per day. Depending on the season, the number of people on the ferry, and the weather forecast, the ferry company can deviate from the timetable/ferry schedule.

What is the distance between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel?

The distance between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel is approximately 11 miles or 18 km.