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Getting there & away




Guadalajara is 535km northwest of Mexico City and 344km east of Puerto Vallarta. Highways 15, 15D, 23, 54, 54D, 80, 80D and 90 all converge here, combining temporarily to form the Periférico, a ring road around the city.

Tolls and driving times to main destinations are as follows: Manzanillo ($24, three hours), Puerto Vallarta ($26, 3¾ hours) and Mexico City ($52, 5½ hours).

Guadalajara has many car rental agencies. Several of the large US companies are represented, but you may get a cheaper deal from a local company. Costs average M$600 to M$700 per day. And it will cost you (something like M$3000) to leave the car in any city other than the one you rented it from. Recommended agencies include:

Alamo (3613-5560)

Budget (3613-0027, 800-700-17-00)

Dollar (3826-7959, 3688-5659)

Hertz (3688-5633, 800-654-30-30)

National (3614-7994, 800-227-73-68)

Thrifty (3688-6318)


The only train serving Guadalajara is the Tequila Express – a tourist excursion to the nearby town of Amatitán.

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Guadalajara’s Aeropuerto Internacional Miguel Hidalgo (3688-5504) is 17km south of downtown, just off the highway to Chapala. Inside are ATMs, money-exchange, cafés and car-rental booths. There’s also a tourist office (8am-6pm).

A multitude of airlines offer direct flights to major cities in Mexico, the US and Canada, including:

Aero California (800-237-62-25; www.areocalifornia.com)

Aeroméxico (3658-0799; www.aeromexico.com; Av Corona 196)

American Airlines (3616-4402, 800-904-60-00; www.aa.com; Av Vallarta 2440, Colonia Arcos Vallarta)

Aviacsa (800-713-57-44; www.aviacsa.com; Av Vallarta 2440, Colonia Arcos Vallarta)

Delta (3630-3530; www.delta.com; López Cotilla 1701, Colonia Americana)

Mexicana (800-502-20-00; www.mexicana.com; Av Vallarta 2440, Colonia Arcos Vallarta)

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