If you’re cruising from just about any port to the western Caribbean, then it’s almost certain that your trip will include a stop in Cozumel.
In this part of the Caribbean, it’s by far the most common port of call, with literally millions of tourists stopping on trips during the course of the year. And on a day-to-day basis, the number of cruise passengers in port can measure in the tens of thousands.
Of course, many of those people visiting Cozumel are looking to go somewhere to shop, enjoy the beach, or eat in restaurants. And while there are some things to do and see in the port area, most of the popular spots (including areas like the main town, beach clubs, and more) are located several miles from the cruise ports.
That means you’ll need transportation. In Cozumel, there’s no public transportation system for cruise passengers. And apart from the shops and restaurants catering to tourists right at the port, most things aren’t within walking distance. So if you want to get around town, then you’ll need a taxi.
Cozumel is roughly 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, although much of it is uninhabited. Still, it’s large enough and the areas are far enough apart that a taxi is a necessity to get around.
And in a town that caters to tourism, taxis are everywhere. When you arrive at a cruise port, you’ll see dozens there waiting for passengers and seemingly hundreds more out and about the island.
Taxis Are Abundant in Cozumel and Have Set Rates
Cozumel taxis are organized, with a union (Sindicato de Choferes Taxistas) that help provide a consistent experience for tourists. The cars, while differing in style, will all be white with a bright red stripe along the side. As well, the prices are set and presented on a sign near the taxi stand in the port.
In many ways this is good news. Instead of wondering how much a ride will be (and potentially having to haggle with a taxi driver in a foreign country), you have the price laid out for you ahead of time. Just about every destination you can think of is listed, including the cost of hiring a cab for a full tour of the island.
When you get to the pier, as you walk toward the exit you’ll see the line for grabbing a taxi, which is likely to have a number of people waiting. With so many cabs, the line does move fast. Here is where you’ll find the rates posted. And even though rates are set, we suggest grabbing a quick picture just in case there is any discrepancy.
Cozumel Taxi Fares From Puerta Maya Cruise Pier
Rates are set for three groups: 1-4 passengers, 5 passengers, and 6-8 passengers. So if you are traveling with two people, you will pay the 1-4 passenger rate shown below. — NOT double the rate.
Note that rates are in U.S. dollars, but pesos are also accepted. A small tip (10-15%) is considered polite. Credit cards are not accepted. You’ll need to bring cash.
While it is nice to have set rates so you know exactly what you’ll pay, our opinion is that the rates shown are still too high. For instance, a ride to Chankanaab takes roughly five minutes, but costs $12 for 1-4 passengers, one way. That’s simply the price you pay for being a tourist.
Obviously given the way that rates are organized, traveling with three or four people will give you the best rate on a per-person basis. If traveling solo or as a couple, see if there is another passenger going go the same place as you to save on taxi fare.
Feature photo: Jill Carlson
More on Cruising to Cozumel:
- Complete Guide to Visiting Cozumel on a Cruise
- 18 Fun Cheap (or FREE) Things to Do in Cozumel
- 63 Can’t-Miss Things For Cruise Passengers to Do in Cozumel