Playa del Carmen is a pedestrian-friendly city where you can basically walk to almost everything. Fifth Avenue, the main thoroughfare, does not allow vehicles except in the early morning delivery hours.
If you want to rent a car, they are available at several locations at Fifth Avenue’s north. Large companies, such as National and Hertz will give you convenience. In general, local agencies will give you good service for less price.
Cabs are readily available at some intersections along the length of the pedestrianized Fifth Avenue. Taking a taxi from a sitio (or a place where cabs park) will cost you a few dollars more compared when hailing a taxi on the street. On the average, it costs $1.50 to get around the city and $5 to get to Playacar.
Playa del Carmen has a scheduled bus services to many destinations. Buses depart from the stations at Fifth Avenue’s southern end near Playacar. First-class ADO buses leave every hour or so for some tourist destinations of Xel-ha, Xcaret, and Tulum. Fares average at $4. The ADO buses go directly to the Xcaret and Xel-ha entrances. These buses also run direct service from Playa Del Carmen to Cancun airport for about $8.
Biking is a fun and also a healthy alternative to walking. If you choose to get around the city by bike, the north end of Fifth Avenue is the place to find the best bike rental shops.