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How To Get From Puerto Vallarta Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 28th, 2023 at 12:43 am

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How To Get From Puerto Vallarta Airport To City Center – You can go by bus, taxi, shared transfer and private transfer.

What Is The Distance From Puerto Vallarta Airport To City Center?

The distance from Puerto Vallarta Airport to city center is 10 kilometers. Click here to book online Puerto Vallarta activities and day trips

The travel time by taxi from Puerto Vallarta airport to downtown is around 20 minutes. The taxi fare from Puerto Vallarta airport to downtown is around 300 MXN which is around $15 USD depending on your final destination. Read here Puerto Vallarta vs Cabo, Acapulco vs Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta vs Playa del Carmen

What Is The Cheapest Way From Puerto Vallarta Airport To City Center?

The cheapest way from Puerto Vallarta airport to city center is by bus for 12 MXN which is less than $1 USD. The bus travel time from Puerto Vallarta airport to Puerto Vallarta city center is around 40 minutes.

What Is The Best Way From Puerto Vallarta Airport To City Center?

The best way from Puerto Vallarta airport to city center is by shared transfer for $15 USD per person and 1 hour travel time and you can book online.

You can also rent a car in Puerto Vallarta airport or get a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi.

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WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO VALLARTA

A total of $20 USD would be the range of your budget for accommodation in Puerto Vallarta. There are hotels mid-budget for $50-70 USD and you can find luxury accommodations starting from $120 USD.

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HOW TO GET FROM PUERTO VALLARTA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

BUS FROM PUERTO VALLARTA AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

The cheapest way from Puerto Vallarta airport to city center is by bus. You will have to walk outside the airport to take the ATM (Autostransportes Medina) from Puerto Vallarta airport to city center. The buses are leaving from Puerto Vallarta airport to downtown every 15-30 minutes starting at 6 30 am until 11 pm.

The bus fare from Puerto Vallarta airport to downtown is 12 MXN which is less than $1 USD. You can pay by cash to the bus driver.

The bus travel time from Puerto Vallarta airport to downtown is around 40 minutes. The bus is stopping at Malecon but if you go the Hotel Zone there are also buses going from Puerto Vallarta airport.

SHARED TRANSFER FROM PUERTO VALLARTA AIRPORT TO TO CITY CENTER (BEST WAY)

The best way from Puerto Vallarta airport to city center is by sharing a transfer direct to your hotel. The shared transfer travel time from Puerto Vallarta airport to city center is around 1 hour.

The van fare from Puerto Vallarta airport to Puerto Vallarta city center is $15 USD per person and you can book online.

BY TAXI FROM PUERTO VALLARTA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

If you go from Puerto Vallarta airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Puerto Vallarta airport to downtown is around 20 minutes.

The taxi fare from Puerto Vallarta Airport to city center is around 300 MXN which is around $15-20 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM PUERTO VALLARTA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

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If you are ordering Uber in Puerto Vallarta you should know that prices are similar to taxis. You can pre-book with Uber app from your phone but you will have to go outside the airport since Uber isn’t allowed to stop at Puerto Vallarta airport. Expect to pay around $15 USD depending on your destination and time of the day from Puerto Vallarta International Airport to city center.

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CAR RENTAL AT PUERTO VALLARTA AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car at Puerto Vallarta’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Puerto Vallarta. It will take you 20 minutes to get from Puerto Vallarta airport to downtown with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available at the airport. Prices are around €30 per day.

Car rental options can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Puerto Vallarta. Make sure you have a parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Puerto Vallarta. Click here to best the best deals renting a car in Mexico!

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM PUERTO VALLARTA AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are convenient but can be expensive. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and are only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Puerto Vallarta. Prices are around $30 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $7 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM PUERTO VALLARTA AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

BUS VS SHARED TRANSFER PROS AND CONS

The best way from Puerto Vallarta Airport to downtown is getting by bus if you are traveling on a budget for less than $1 USD and 40 minutes travel time.

The best way from Puerto Vallarta Airport to city center is by shared transfer for $15 USD and you can book online if you prefer comfort and get directly to your hotel. After a long flight, you will be in 1 hour at your accommodation.

You can get Uber (outside the airport since it’s not allowed to stop in the airport). You can get a taxi or a private transfer since the distances aren’t far and you will get to your accommodation in 20 minutes for around $10-15 USD especially a great idea if you are traveling with someone to split the cost.

WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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A total of $20 USD would be the range of your budget for accommodation in Puerto Vallarta. There are hotels mid-budget $50-70 USD and you can find luxury accommodations starting from $120 USD.

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Your daily food budget travel in Mexico could be a total of $8-10 USD if you eat in local places. If you are on a budget you can go for street food all around the country. You can buy tacos for $1 USD. If you are going to fine dining restaurants starts from $10 USD per person for a meal.

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN PUERTO VALLARTA

There is 2 seasons dry and wet season. The rainy season starts in May. The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is from the months of November to April because it is the month of the dry season. However, lots of tourists prefer to travel from January to March since it’s not peak season but it can be rainy for a few days.

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CASH IN MEXICO

Mexico has its own currency called the Mexican Peso. A $1 USD=19 MXN. There are lots of ATMs and exchange currency in many parts of the country. And you have to know that dollars are very common and well-accepted in the country.

Click here to know more about the exchange rate of Mexico

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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