Puerto Vallarta Transport

Puerto Vallarta Transport

Puerto Vallarta Bus Stop
A bus stop look like this, but some have disappeared or are hidden pretty good. Just look for a crowd of people on the street, since the busses run very frequently, it will be easy for you to spot the stop.

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Getting around Town by Local City Bus

As of 2013 it's now 7.5 Pesos to almost everywhere, unless you go out of the city.
Example: The South Side of Vallarta to Boca de Tomatlan (about 6 miles south) is 8 Pesos. To El Tuito is 28 pesos.
No longer do you share your ride with live chickens, at least we haven't seen any lately. But you may have live entertainment, all for 7.5 Pesos! plus tip for the entertainment
If you are travelling light, the bus stop at the Airport is right outside by the pedestrian bridge, you'll see some Resort Busses there, but look for a group of locals - they will be waiting for the bus - the exit goes to airport taxis and the parking lot.

To get to town from the Hotel Strip and the Marina take the bus that says 'Centro' and does not have 'Tunel' on it, this one will take you through Downtown and on to the south side terminal. The ones which have 'Tunel' bypass downtown, but still end up at the terminal on the South Side by Parque Lázaro Cárdenas. So if that’s where you want to go it’s faster than going through downtown and you will see another side of Puerto Vallarta. These signs are usually at the bottom of the front window.
Busses going to points south, Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan, start from the South Terminal at Constitución and Basilio Badillo and the busses to El Tuito and other points south leave at Agucate & Carranza. See Map

bus stop in Puerto VallartaWhen you board the bus and pay your fare, no big bills, please and hang on to your ticket, there maybe an inspection.
Hold On ! a lot of busses will take off quickly, even while making change. Get to a seat as quickly as possible. Note: the two or four seats behind the driver, often painted yellow, are reserved for the aged, infirm or pregnant. It is good maners to say Gracias (Thank You) to the driver when you exit.
As you can see by the photo of the bus stop sign on the right some of the locals have quite a sense of humor. Anyone interested in a Magical Mystery Tour, just jump on a green& white bus and take it to it's final destination, cheap 7.5 pesos there and the same for the return to where you started. The green & white busses service the outlying residential areas.


The ‘centro’ bus will go straight into town and then make a left just after the sports stadium and followed by a right turn on Peru. Get off at Parque Hidalgo and walk the one block down to the begining of the Malecón (seafront promenade). Stroll down this in the same direction the bus was going (south) and you will reach the Main Plaza, Town Hall and Church, see Map. If you continue walking south (or stay on the bus) you will cross the Rio Cuale and enter the 'south side' of town, lots of good restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Generally everything is cheaper on the south side of Puerto Vallarta. Go inland to see a typical local neighborhood or go down to the beach and have a drink down by the pier at Langostinos, while you watch another incredible sunset.

Car Rental

The absolute best, and most economical way , to rent a car here is by booking on line before you arrive.  Best to book on-line Gecko Rent a Car, who, although they are in Bucerias, will pick you up at the airport. geckorentcar.com. it is the only car rental company I can honestly recommend, ask for Dennis. They will also deliver your car to your lodging for a nominal fee.


City Yellow Taxis
From the Southside to the South From the Southside to the North
Hyatt Ziva Resort 70 pesos Marine Terminal 100 pesos
Mismaloya 140 pesos Marina 130 pesos
Mismaloya Zoo 160 pesos Airport 155 pesos
Boca de Tomatlan 190 pesos Nuevo Vallarta 230 pesos
Botanical Garden 300 pesos RUI & Flamingos 270 pesos
Travel within one zone is 40/50 pesos to Nuevo Vallarta 180 pesos
Or 260 Pesos per. hour, but make a deal for a half or full day for less. Full Price Chart

Before entering the taxi, ask the driver what the fare will be to your destination, if it isn't close to the guide lines on this page, go to another taxi. Tips are not required, unless you feel it is warranted. The local custom is not to tip, unfortunately many visitors do not know this and tip as they do at home, the result is that the locals have a hard time getting a taxi when they may urgently need one, the taxi will bypass them looking for a tourist who will tip them and pay more for the trip than necessary.
Tips from drivers on where to eat etc. are not reliable (they will be getting a kickback). There have been some recent complaints of taxi drivers taking people to different places than requested because of this. If the driver tells you the place is closed or he doesn't know where it is - take another taxi. If he takes you somewhere else anyway, find police officer - they all speak English, this will help us get rid of the bad drivers. Also taxi drivers may not know the street names. Even local residents don't know the names of the streets, I've had neighbors who didn't know the name of the street two blocks away. They do know places, I've been given directions like "Turn right on the street just past where the car wash used to be"
So I suggest you print out my maps, each one has a printer friendly version.

 Airport Taxi

These special Federal licensed taxis are only allowed to service from the Airport to Hotels and Condos, more expensive than city taxis, they must pay for the expensive plates/permit and can only pick up at the airport, so they return empty. Here's a guide, These rates are of January 2015.
There are yellow cabs across the highway at the other end of the pedestrian bridge where you'll find a guy with a clipboard handling the taxis there, you save about one third off the Federal Airport taxis.

All prices are in pesos
Marina Vallarta
Downtown South-Side
South- Mismaloya
Nuevo Vallarta North- Decameron North-
Punta de Mita
Normal - up to 3 persons 200 215 286 341 286 341 800-900
Van - up to 5 persons 380 430 572 6 71 572 671 ?


Private Driver for the day.

Get a bilingual private driver with a air-conditioned van (capacity 14) for a mere $40 US per hour (4hr. min. in town only), includes a cooler with ice and drinks can be arranged. Go where ever you want to go with a very knowledgeable driver.
Pick-up from your hotel, casa, cruise ship or the airport.   Superior Tours

Bay Busses.

Are slightly longer route busses that can take you to some very nice beaches on the north side of the bay, beyond the bay and to El Tuito, a small town to the south that is older than Vallarta.

ATM (Autostransportes Medina de Puerto Vallarta) leaves it's terminal at Brazil #1410 (at the south side of the Sports Stadium), every 7 min. to Punta de Mita and every 10 min. to Nuevo Vallarta. The busses stop across from Copal (in front of HSCB Bank ), in front of Walmart and across from the airport. Look for the sign on the Maps.
The Nuevo Vallarta bus goes to all the hotels in Nuevo. To reach downtown PV you'll have to change from the ATM bus to a local one. The easiest place to do this is at the Marine Terminal (across the road from Walmart,Sam's), just get off there and wait for the next city bus going to 'Centro' - see top of the page for more info. on Local Busses.
Fares are Bucerías - 14 pesos, Nuevo Vallarta & Valle de Banderas - 15 pesos, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle 18 pesos and Punta Mita (El Anclote Beach) - 26 pesos.
The Compostela-Pacifico line (White & Green) has service to Sayulita - 35 pesos, and takes you to the Sports Stadium. It leaves from the same stops as the ATM Line, on the return the last stop is at Plaza Genovesa. The same bus line also has service to San Francisco (San Pancho) and Rincón de Guayabitos, but not into the towns themselves.

El Tuito. The bus to El Tuito leaves from the corner of V. Carranza and Aguacate, see Map. The fare is 28 pesos and takes about 50 min. A nice excursion you can take for yourself to an old colonial town and a source for Raicilla. See Raicilla
The Botanical Gardens are also on this route, just past Las Juntas y Los Veranos, Map, and costs 20 pesos.

South. The bus to Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan, 8 pesos (water taxi to Yelapa) leaves from the corner of B. Badillo & Constitución and at B. Badillo & Insurgentes, on it's way south.

Intercity Busses

  Bus Prices
This sign is out-dated.
Mexican Bus
Bus Travel Bulletin Board

These busses, many of them very luxurious, can be found at the Main Bus Terminal just north of the airport, Map, see this link with a nice plan of the place, including links to the bus lines.

There are some places in town that you can book and purchase tickets in advance. One is opposite from Farmarcia Guadalajara on Insurgentes, between L. Cardenas and V. Carranza, where the photo on the right was taken.

The busses to Manzanillo also stop for passengers on the corner of Aguacate and V. Carranza, The Cihuatlan,Pacific Line also runs 2nd class busses south. There's a lady on that corner that sells tickets, Mary, she has curly hair, usually reddish blonde, you can reach her on her cell at 044-322-138-8343 from a land line. or at home 223-2477, if you have any questions. Map.

First class service to Manzanillo:
The Flecha Amarilla - Primera Plus Line has a First Class bus at 07:45. Web Site.
The Chiuatlan - Pacific Line runs two Primera Plus Class busses per day, one at 16:00 (4:00 pm) and at 23:30 (11:30 pm).
Lots more second class service:
Flecha Amarilla - Servicios Coordinatos run Second class busses at 7:00, 16:00, 19:45 22:30 23:30 and 01:30
Cihuatlan,Pacific Line run second class buses at 05:00, 06:00, 07:30, 08:30 09:30, 11:30 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 17:30 and 19:30
These are all bus station times. Web Site.
Futura - also has some busses, see Web Site.

Mazatlan can be reached in 7.5 hours, via Tepic on TAP for 405 pesos, regular service. Web Site

ETN, the most luxurious bus line, 500 pesos, leaves for Guadalajara at
00:30, 01:00, 07:45, 8:45, 10:15, 11:45, 13:00, 14:00, 14:45, 15:30, 16:15, 17:00, 24:00       ETN site is in English !

Another option in traveling to Guadalajara is 'Vallarta Plus", a line that takes you to their own terminus in Guadalajara - not the Bus Station that is not near the center of town. Map Only 475 pesos each way. Web Site. The terminus here is on the right of the access road to the Central Bus Station. Map

You can book your bus trip at Superior Tours located in Plaza Romy. L. Cárdenas and I. Vallarta. Map     Here're the fares

NOTE: Due to continually changing fuel prices, the fares will fluctuate also.
You can now travel the scenic route to and from Guadalajara, via Mascota and Talpa de Allende. Not a direct trip, you'll have to change in Mascota or Talpa. Six busses a day from PV with ATM Red Line to Talpa and nine buses a day from Talpa to Guadalajara. ATM Web site Red Line terminal on this Map.

 Water Taxi

Los Muertos Beach to Yelapa 140 pesos 1st class pier to pier - no chance of wet feet, but a longer ride than above.

Or take a Taxi $10.00 (100 Pesos ) or Bus .50c (8 Pesos) to Boca de Tomatlan then water taxi from the beach.
Boca de Tomatlan to Las Animas, Quimixto, Yelapa 70, or maybe 80 now, pesos or Pizota for a bit more. Prices vary sometimes.

Water Taxi Schedule for Yelapa from Boca de Tomatlan.
Water Taxi Schedule for Yelapa from Los Muertos Beach Pier. MAP
From David's Yelapa.info Site