The drive from the airport to Playa del Carmen is about a half hour. But once when you are in Playa del Carmen, will you be needing a car?
A lot of the ruins, and adventures, are going to be outside of PdC. Having a car gives you the convenience of being able to go different places, check out the area, and go to the store without the hassle of a taxi or driver. However, it’s completely possible to stay local and enjoy everything PdC has to offer.
If you do want to rent a car, we had great success with “Yes Rent A Car.” It’s a smaller operation but the people there were super nice, pick you and and drop you off from the airport, and the insurance and mileage is included in the price.