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.
There are several car rental companies in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo:
Alamo Airport (554-84-29); Ixtapa (553-02-06; Centro Comercial Los Patios)
Europcar (553-10-32; Centro Comercial Los Patios, Ixtapa)
Hertz Airport (554-29-52); Zihuatanejo (554-22-55; Bravo 29)
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.
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.
American (800-904-60-00; Airport) Service to Dallas.
America West (800-235-92-92; Airport) Service to Phoenix and Las Vegas.