This is a very frequent question among tourist and the answer is easy.
The Cancun Airport is actually between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, but is still about 50 minutes from the center of Playa Del Carmen.
Here are several options: This works best if you are traveling single and or have a hotel in Playa Del Carmen that you can walk to from the bus station.
ADO (pronounced in Spanish AHH-DAY-OH) bus company services the airport in a regular basis and takes people to Cancun or Playa Del Carmen.
You will not have to wait long though for the next bus if you have just missed one.
Going to the airport, they are pretty tight to the schedule.
There is an ADO booth and you can buy your ticket BUT…we prefer to go outside and get it.If you are staying at a non all inclusive hotel and are going to travel around a bit, this option might work best for you.There are many rental car companies at the airport.We recommend taking a look here if you are going to be renting a car from the Cancun Airport.This can be a great option if you want to get to your hotel the fastest and most direct route.Here are some photos and detailed information so you can find the service easily.(Just to note: taxis into Cancun or the Hotel Zone and other destinations are very expensive from the airport.This timing is more effected by the departing busses from the airport.Traffic and other considerations effect the timing.So go outside and you will see a lot of people with signs for people and people offering you taxi service. You will see a Margaritaville Stand selling drinks , go past that and you will see the red ADO stand and someone there. They do accept USD but do not have anything over a bill to give them. They will give you a ticket and you should retain it for your entire journey in case they need to see it.The people working here usually speak some English. The seating is open even if the ticket has a seat number.