How to get to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen?
The majority of people that visit Playa del Carmen make the most of their trip and visit the Riviera Maya and its surroundings. One of the principal sights or attractions are the Chichen Itza pyramids, globally known for being part of the mayan culture and for being one of the world’s wonders.
Here we’ll tell you 3 ways to get to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen
1. By Bus
The ADO transportation company offers direct service from downtown Playa del Carmen straight to the entrance doors of the pyramids, with a cost of approximately $696 pesos for a round trip. One of the advantages of traveling by bus is that you don’t have to worry about anything, the schedules are already established, you just get on the bus and go.
2. Rent a Car
One of the best options to get to Chichen Itza is by renting a car, you could rent it between a group of friends so it’s cheaper and you have the option of visiting other places around the area like cenotes or pass by Valladolid, a magical town located approximately 20 minutes from the pyramids. You can explore the area more freely this way without having to worry about schedules and the pressure to be on time.
If you’re traveling by car you can take 2 routes, the toll road which costs approximately $500 pesos for a round trip,
or you can take the free route which just takes a little more time to get there.
3. Buy a Tour
One of tourists’ favorite is to buy a tour with one of the many different agencies in Playa del Carmen. The price range is from $70 – $120 dollars depending on the season and the type of tour. The advantage of these tours is that a bus picks you up at your hotel, provides a guide, some offer food and beverage, and bring you back to your hotel’s front door.
During high season we recommend you arrive early, getting there around 9 or 10am is ideal, since the later it gets, the more people start to arrive and long lines start to form. If you get there early you’ll get to go straight in, enjoy the pyramids with plenty of space to walk around from one place to another, with no cramming of people. We also recommend you bring a solar protector, water, and a hat or cap because the sun is hard and there isn’t much shade. Inside the installations you’ll find stands with everything you need in case you forgot to bring anything, so no need to worry.
In the box office area you can find tour guides that will walk you through the course while explaining each structure and provide a little history about the mayan culture and its traditions. A guide is worth paying for, the price is approximately $100 pesos per person if it’s in the spanish language, but they have different languages available, and the prices depend on the language you choose.
The installations open from tuesday to sunday from 8am to 5pm.
The entrance costs $59 pesos for mexicans, and on sundays the entrance is free for nationals, you just need your ID.
Foreigners pay approximately $250 pesos.