Playa Del Carmen /Tulum - Is a Rental Car Needed?

Oct 3rd, 2019, 09:09 PM
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Playa Del Carmen /Tulum - Is a Rental Car Needed?

Hi All-

I will be staying in Playa del Carmen for about 2 weeks to begin our Yucatan journey. Is a rental car needed for our time in town? Is it a hassle to park the car and get around Play del Carmen? I am not sure if the car would make it easier to visit the sites just outside of Playa del Carmen.
Our next stop after Playa del Carmen would be about a 1-2 week stay in Tulum. It sounds like a car would come in handy in Tulum and the outskirts but not sure. We will be traveling around the Yucatan for 1-2 months and was thinking about beginning our car rental after our stay in Playa del Carmen or Tulum. Hopefully, someone can shed some light if we should begin our rental car before/after Playa del Carmen /Tulum.
Thanks for any tips!!
hallen is offline  
Oct 3rd, 2019, 11:05 PM
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You do NOT need a rental car to get from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. Whether it would be an advantage while in Playa del Carment depends on what you want to do while there. You can use to identify your public transportation options -- just be sure to click through to the underlying web pages, as the main site is not sensitive to seasonal variation in schedules. OR consult one of the guidebooks that covers transportation options -- the Moon Guide and Rough Guide typically provide very good coverage of those issues -- and each provides excellent coverage of the Yucatan, IME. What's more either of those guidebooks will provide a wealth of information that should prove useful for other reasons, including things you won't even know to ask, easily justifying their nominal costs.
kja is offline  
Oct 4th, 2019, 04:31 AM
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You won't need a car while in Playa del Carmen. You can take collectivos or the Ado bus to get places.
Look into getting some maps/guides from Mapchick. They give a LOT of information and are great for planning.
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Oct 4th, 2019, 05:16 AM
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You do not need a car in Playa, everything can easily be done on foot. If you plan on staying in Tulum, you need to make a choice between the beach area and the city itself which is several miles away by car. The Yucatán peninsula transportation infrastructure is very well laid out and very well served. ADO bus lines are top notch with well equipped A/C buses that criss*cross the 3 states in a matter of hours. There schedule system is unbeatable and you get great discounts when you purchase ahead of time. The colectivo van system is also very reliable and cheap and you can get on, get off with your back pack in no time. The main colectivo station in Playa is at the corner of Calle 2 and Ave. 20. That said, we*have rented cars in the past for long periods of time and have had no major problems. If you do rent, take pictures of your rental before you take possession...but then again, renting cars in Mexico can be an entirely new post with lots of do’s and dont’s... happy trails.
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