How to Reach Puerto Vallarta

GET IN

  • By Air: Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (IATA: PVR): Most major American and Mexican airlines send flights to this airport. Do not take anything other than the official taxi hired at a kiosk on the other end of a long line of unofficial taxis. Or you could take a bus to ZonaRomantica, which is where you'll most likely be staying.
  • By Boat: Major and minor cruise lines come into Puerto Vallerta port. It receives over 200 cruises every year. From the pier at Los Muertos beach, many boats come in from other beaches around the coast.
  • By Bus: The main bus station is a few blocks away from the landmark Corona Building, about a 30 minute bus ride away from the ZonaRomantica tourist area. First and second class buses both go to Old Town.
  • By Car: Driving to Puerto Vallerta is not all that difficult, just an unnecessary way to travel.

GET AROUND

  • By Foot: Most of the city's attractions are around the Malecon and the ZonaRomantica area, all of which is easily covered on foot, especially if you're staying close by. However, if you're staying in the north (in the downtown area), take a taxi. Still, it's best to stay in the Old Town area.
  • By Bus: Buses are a convenient way to get from neighborhood to neighborhood. As of this writing, individual bus stops are not explicitly located on Google Maps, so just look for places where people might be clustering for buses. Blue bus signs are marked with the word 'Parada'. Bus fares start at around 6.50 pesos. 'Centro' buses go downtown, 'Tunel' are an express ride to OlasAltas (ZonaRomantica), "Ixtapa" and "Juntas" and "Las Palmas" go to the airport.
  • By Taxi: Taxis are useful for getting to attractions out of town, and will stay with you for the duration of your trip if you ask. Just tip them healthily.