Chichen Itza, being one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, receives lots of visitors from all around the World.
Lots of these visitors stay in Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen is a very cosmopolitan city in the Mexican Caribbean and it is right in the middle of the Riviera Maya… Some consider it as the entrance gate to the Riviera Maya, but there is also Puerto Morelos with that title.
Playa del Carmen has lots of hotels but also lots of Condohotels or Airbnbs, and the city has its famous 5th Avenue where you can find restaurants, bars, shops, anything, all around this pedestrian street.
When you want to get from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza you can do it so with different options, these options can be Chichen Itza Tours, Car Rental or Bus. Let us detail each option below.
Chichen Itza Tours are a very comfortable option since you only need to pre-book the tour and on the day of the excursion you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to Chichen Itza. You have different Tour options to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen:
Driving from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza is another option. Driving down in the Yucatan Peninsula is very easy since the landscape is very flat and there are good big highways. Depending on the number of people in your party you can rent a small car for a really good price or a bigger SUV or van for a bigger party. You can check out Car Rental options here.
If you have a cellphone service it will always make your life easier, since you can turn on your Google Maps app and just get directions with your phone.
Staying in Playa del Carmen, you need to head towards the 305D Highway and continue all the way down until you see the Chichen Itza sign. This toll road costs about 12 USD.
You will take the deviation to Highway 180D which will finally take you to Chichen Itza.
There are different bus lines that you can take from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza, but the best option is taking the ADO bus. There are a couple of departures per day and it would get you to Chichen Itza in about 2:30 hrs.
Chichen Itza is located in the state of Yucatan in the Yucatan Peninsula and it is exactly 197 km away or 122 miles and it will take you about 2:30 hrs. to get from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza using the toll road highway 180D.
You can also use the free highway 180, this will add 9 kilometers to your route and it will take about 3 hrs. to get to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen, this is mainly because you’ll be going through small little towns and you have to slow down in everyone.