TAXIS AND CITY BUSES

How taxis work on Cozumel

There are over 900 taxis working every day in Cozumel. Most wait for a fare down at the cruise ship piers. Others wait at taxi stands marked with a sign saying “Sitio de Taxis.” Some of these sitios are: By the ferry pier downtown; On the Malecon in front of the plaza; In front of Chedraui; And in front of Mega. To take a taxi from one of these sitios or calling for one is slightly more expensive than hailing one on the street. All taxis must have the official rate sheet in the cab and must show it to you if you ask. It is a four page affaire and is priced by zones not miles. Travel within one zone is one price. For example, traveling anywhere within Zone 1 (center of downtown) is 26 pesos. Travel from one zone to another is more, depending on how many zones you cross. The price is for the ride, not the number of passengers, but that number is limited to five, maximum. There is no charge for luggage. The taxi union also offers bilingual guide services, island tours, limo service (14 pax Lincoln Navigator, 6 pax Lincoln Town car), 7 pax minivans, 14 pax vans, handicapped van service, 36 pax all-terrain truck-busses, and 45 pax a/c tour busses. Call them at 987-872-1130 or 987-872-1167. Taxi office is at Calle 2 between Av. 5 & Av. 10. taxicozumel@hotmail.com

Taxis are not allowed to pick up at the airport; they can only drop off. There are two companies at the airport that have a duopoly on picking up passengers at the airport. Each of the two have booth inside the terminal where you can buy a ticket for either a shared van or a private taxi.

Taxis on Cozumel are dispatched from one of three bases. Below is the contact info for calling a taxi at the base nearest you:

Base 1 / Centro
Calle 2 Norte entre 5ª y 10ª. num. 186
Tel: 987 872 0041 / 987 872 0236
reservations@taxicozumel.com
Servicio 24 hrs.

Base 2 / Adolfo Lopez Mateos
Rosado Salas esq. Felipe Angeles
Tel: 987 872 5770 / 987 872 5771
reservations@taxicozumel.com
Servicio 24 hrs.

Base 3 / CTM
90 Av. sur s/n
Tel: 987 102 4043
De 6:00 am a 10:00 pm
reservations@taxicozumel.com
@taxicozumel1

Below are the Taxi Zones and Rates:


The Cozumel Public Bus and Collectivo (shared van) Systems

Collectivos

Collectivos are shared vans (combis) operated by the taxi union that run along fixed routes with fixed stops. Prices are by the ride, not by the stop or distance. Non-scheduled stops are not allowed. Routes are marked on the van’s windshields. All routes begin and end at Chedraui Plaza. They begin running at 7 AM and the last run is at 9 PM, daily, but Sundays the service may be a little delayed, as the supervisors have Sundays off. No animals, smoking, or consumption of alcohol allowed aboard. Cost is 10 pesos adults, 4 pesos children under 3 years and 5 pesos for students with school ID and seniors with INAPAN ID. Supervisors are on hand M-Sat at stops at Chedraui and the stop at Juarez x Av. 90. There is always an English-speaking supervisor at Chedraui. The main office (Transporte) is in the Palacio Municipal, ground floor, and open 9am to 3pm, M-F.

Uniper City Buses

A city bus service (Uniper) runs several routes around town. Each bus has its scheduled stops written on its windshield. All routes begin and end at Chedraui Plaza. They begin running at 7 AM and the last run is at 9 PM, daily, but Sundays the service may be a little delayed, as the supervisors have Sundays off. No animals, smoking, or consumption of alcohol allowed aboard. Cost is 10 pesos adults, 4 pesos children under 3 years and 5 pesos for students with school ID and seniors with INAPAN ID. Supervisors are on hand M-Sat at stops at Chedraui and the stop at Juarez x Av. 90. There is always an English-speaking supervisor at Chedraui. The main office (Transporte) is in the Palacio Municipal and open 9am to 3pm, Mon – Fri.

Below, marked in red, are the routes for the vans that the taxi union operates. Following those route-maps are the routes marked in blue that the Uniper City buses run:

Taxi Union route 1 San Miguel 1 and 2
Taxi Union route 5 Chen Tuk San Gervasio
Taxi Union route 6 norte Circuito Colonias
Taxi Union route 6 sur Circuito Colonias
Taxi Union route 7 Circunvalacion
Taxi Union route 9 Ranchitos
Taxi Union route 13 Alta Mar Miraflores
Taxi Union route 8 Emiliano Zapata
Taxi Union route 14 Zamna
Taxi Union route 20 Puerta Maya
uniper Ruta 2 Flamingos CTM
uniper Ruta 3 Chentuk San Gervasio
uniper Ruta 4 Emiliano Zapata
uniper Ruta 7 Circunvalacion
uniper Ruta 10 Huertos Familiares
uniper Ruta 11 Fincas
uniper Ruta 12 Emiliano Zapata
uniper Ruta 13 Alta Mar Miraflores
uniper Ruta 16 Encanto Caribe
Uniper Ruta 20 Puerta Maya