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Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport is located 10km north of the city. There are direct flights, some seasonal, from dozens of US and Canadian cities, as well as direct charters from the UK.

The following domestic destinations are serviced by these airlines:

  • Acapulco – TAR
  • Guadalajara – Aeroméxico, Interjet, TAR
  • León – Interjet, TAR
  • Mazatlán – TAR
  • Mexico City – Aeroméxico, Interjet, VivaAerobús, Volaris
  • Monterrey – Aeroméxico, TAR, VivaAerobús, Volaris
  • Querétaro – TAR
  • Tijuana – Volaris
  • Toluca – Interjet

Aeroméxico also has an office at the airport.

To & From the Airport

The cheapest way to get to/from the airport is on a local bus for M$7.50. ‘Centro’ and ‘Olas Altas’ buses go into town from a stop just outside the airport. Returning from town, ‘Aeropuerto,’ ‘Juntas’ and ‘Ixtapa’ buses stop at a pedestrian bridge near the airport entrance.

From the airport to the city, taxis charge fixed rates ranging from M$260 to M$343, depending on which neighborhood you’re traveling to. Shuttle service costs M$120 to M$139. A taxi back to the airport from downtown costs around M$150.

Bus

Vallarta’s long-distance bus terminal is off Hwy 200, about 10km north of downtown and 3km northeast of the airport. Think M$180 for a cab fare to downtown.

Primera Plus has a downtown office where you can buy tickets. If you’re heading to Barra de Navidad, Manzanillo or other points south, you can save a trip to the bus terminal by boarding here.

Northbound buses to Riviera Nayarit towns depart frequently from a bus stop in front of Walmart, just south of Marina Vallarta.

Buses from Puerto Vallarta

Barra de Navidad/Melaque

Fare (M$)

244-332

Duration (hr)

4-5½

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Guadalajara

Fare (M$)

399-635

Duration (hr)

5½-6

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Manzanillo

Fare (M$)

306-421

Duration (hr)

5-5½

Frequency (daily)

hourly

Mazatlán

Fare (M$)

570-695

Duration (hr)

6½-7

Frequency (daily)

4

Mexico City

Fare (M$)

1019-1350

Duration (hr)

11-13¼

Frequency (daily)

9 (nightly)

Tepic

Fare (M$)

205-310

Duration (hr)

3-3½

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Car & Motorcycle

Starting at about M$500 per day, on-the-spot car rentals can be pricey during high season; you’ll often do better booking online, though extra insurance charges mean online rates aren't always what they appear to be. At other times, deep discounts are offered.

Numerous car rental agencies maintain adjacent counters in the airport arrivals hall, with offices nearby. Below is a list of agencies with Vallarta offices.

Alamo

Avis

Budget

Europcar

Hertz

National

Sixt

Thrifty