Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Playa del Carmen locals will soon have to dig a little deeper to pay for public transportation. As of July 15, the rates to take local combis around Playa and nearby areas is set to increase.
The new tariffs have been set by Lázaro Cárdenas del Río and is said to be due to the increase in the cost of fuel. The announcement was made by Bruno López Herrera, manager of colecive combis, who noted that current rates have been maintained for about 10 years.
Current fees for colectivo combis range from five to seven peso for in and around Playa del Carmen and 12 peso from Playa to Puerto Aventuras. Next week, however, the rates will change. Five peso routes will be six peso while the seven peso routes will be nine peso. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Aventuras via a combi will also increase from 12 to 17 peso. Tariffs for the night route that operates from midnight until 2:00 a.m. will remain the same price of 10 peso and not will be part of the increase.
The increases were authorized by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra) back in 2014, but not applied, however, given the current situation with the price of fuel, the approved increases will take effect July 15.
Colective combis service 32 local routes with 163 units in and around Playa del Carmen. TUSCA public buses are not part of the Colective combis and are not part of the current price increase, but according to TUSCA transportation director Alejandro Salgado Sangri, will likely see a similar price increase around the end of September.