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Getting there & away




Both long-distance bus terminals are on Hwy 200 about 2km northeast of the town center (toward the airport) : the Estrella Blanca terminal (EB; 554-34-76/77; Central de Autobuses) is a block east of the smaller Estrella de Oro terminal (EDO; 554-21-75). The latter also serves several smaller bus lines including Autovías, La Línea, Vía Plus and Parkihuni.

Car & motorcycle

There are several car rental companies in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo:

Alamo Airport (554-84-29); Ixtapa (553-02-06; Centro Comercial Los Patios)

Budget Airport (554-48-37); Ixtapa (553-03-97; Centro Comercial Ambiente, Blvd Ixtapa)

Europcar (553-10-32; Centro Comercial Los Patios, Ixtapa)

Hertz Airport (554-29-52); Zihuatanejo (554-22-55; Bravo 29)

Thrifty Airport (553-70-20); Ixtapa (553-30-19; NH Krystal Ixtapa, Blvd Ixtapa)

If you’re heading into the Michoacán highlands (to Uruapan or Pátzcuaro, for example) the scenic toll road Hwy 37D will save you hours (and cost you about M$220 in tolls). Gas up before you leave town; there’s a long Pemex-less stretch of road before Nueva Italia.

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The Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo international airport (554-20-70) is 13km southeast of Zihuatanejo, a couple of kilometers off Hwy 200 heading toward Acapulco.

Carriers servicing the airport:

Aeroméxico Airport (554-22-37, 554-26-34); Zihuatanejo (554-20-18; Álvarez 34) Service to Mexico City, with many onward connections.

Alaska Airlines (554-84-57, 001-800-252-75-22; Airport) Service to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

American (800-904-60-00; Airport) Service to Dallas.

America West (800-235-92-92; Airport) Service to Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Continental (554-42-19; Airport) Service to Houston and Minneapolis.

Click Mexicana & Mexicana Airport (554-22-27); Zihuatanejo (554-22-08; cnr Bravo & Cuauhtémoc); Ixtapa (553-22-09; Dorado Pacífico, Blvd Ixtapa) Service to Mexico City.

Northwest (800-907-47-00; Airport) Service to Houston and Los Angeles.

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