Airport transfers and taxis
Check with your hotel if they offer airport transfers, if not, once you get out of immigration and the baggage claim (through the timeshare shark tank, read more in the airport section) and into the airport hall you can reserve a taxi with one of the two companies there. The fees are fixed by area and you don’t need to haggle or worry. Read more about the rates.
Taxis / Uber
Taxis are a great option to move around town, you’ll find them everywhere in town, they aren’t very expensive and charge based on zones, just make sure you are happy with the price before you drive off in one. The minimum rate is around $3.50 (US dollar) and a set fee of around $1.50 (US dollar) per zone. Tips included in the fare, but if you wish you can tip around 10%. They are easily identified by their yellow-white color and signs. Read more.
A new option is using the Uber App to get transport service. There have been startup issues, with taxis adopting a belligerent stance. Seems things have calmed down, especially as laws have now protected the service. It’s cheaper but requires you to wait for their arrival, whereas, you’ll find taxis right there waiting for you around town.
Local buses are also a popular way to move around town, especially for those that have visited a few times, it is a bit awkward when you try it for the first time, but you soon get a hang of it it’s liberating, plus the price is hard to beat at around $0.60 (US dollars). They drive from around 6 AM till around 10:30-11 PM all week. You can identify them by color, blue buses go to the Marina Vallarta from downtown, the orange ones travel from the Romantic Zone to the south zone and so on. Remember to bring change to pay for the fare, don’t arrive with a 200-peso bill!
More information on local buses and longer trips in the bay.
You can also rent a car and have the freedom of moving around at will and whenever you want, read more on requirements and find a company in our car rentals section.
A great way to soak it all in, it’s my favorite way to move around, you never know what you’ll see or find. Take in all the sights and get some great photos while working up an appetite for the next meal. You’ll find the hidden stores, small side streets, fun paths winding up the hill, small restaurants or cafes, it’s discovery time.
Though distances can be large if you choose a hotel far from the downtown area, it is still possible to walk almost anywhere in the urban area if you are in the right shape, have the right shoes and put on some sunblock.
There are sidewalks all over town and you won’t need to be worried when crossing bridges or parks, there’ll always be some way to get to the other side. Read more.
If you are going to visit the beautiful paradise-like beaches south of Boca de Tomatlán (we can’t recommend them enough) you’ll need to take a water taxi, mainly from the Los Muertos Pier, Marina Vallarta or from Boca de Tomatlan. Here’s the schedule. Prices will vary depending on where you take the boat and how long the trip is, which will normally fall between 50 and 100 pesos each way south from Boca.