Travel with ease to Puerto Vallarta by taking a plane. You’ll find yourself landing at the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (IATA: PVR) located in between Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. There are US airlines serving the airport together with Aeromexico. The airport has been remodeled to facilitate better service but there still are instances that more than two flights land so some airlines may need to wait. You can take buses bound for the city if you happen to pack lightly.
By private transportation
Puerto Vallarta also has pre-arranged transportation from the airport to the hotel where you’re booked. All you need to do is contact a private transport company by phone or online to make the necessary arrangements.
Driving by car is also an option since there are modern and nicely maintained toll roads all the way from the border. You may not have luck on the condition of other roads but they still are suitable for the drive.
Day trips from the Marina is not a problem since there are a lot of party boats that leave its coast and some have stops on various beaches. You can also go horseback riding and visit a waterfall south of Puerto Vallarta. Cruise ships loaded with tourists from the US and Europe dock in the city’s main port for a day.
The North of the airport is the main bus station. This is a bit far to the north of town. If you want to go to the city, you need to take a local bus or taxi. You can catch a bus by going through the bus station exit and walking across the parking area. City buses stop at a corner to your right. Buses you see there can take you all the way down to the “Romantic Zone” which costs 5.50 pesos fo0r the half-hour drive. Taking the bus is an opportune time to mingle with the locals and to get a good view of the town.
There are hotels that provide a price list for cabs. Fare charges can range from about 50 pesos for short trips to 200 for longer trips. Some hotels have an airport to hotel transport service but this can be quite expensive so it’s advisable to take a taxi instead. Travel agencies are also likely to provide customers with information about transportation to and from the airport. Be cautioned that cab drivers have schedules to adhere to so expect fast speeds.
You can negotiate for reasonable trip costs outside of Puerto Vallarta on slow days since most taxi drivers are friendly. You can ask them to wait for you while you dine or shop or take photographs along the trip. A reasonable fare is definitely worth an additional tip to the taxi driver.
Prepare 5.5 pesos which are about 40 US cents (0.30 Euro), for every bus fare. You can tour the whole city as long as you don’t get off the bus and you stay on it while it travels along with the city. Bus stops are at every five to ten blocks and buses can get full during peak hours. For courtesy, a man usually offers his seat to a lady if the bus becomes crowded. Don’t bring large bills as bus drivers are not keen on breaking them, They will make the change though.
Getting to places like Pitillal and Ixtapa is easier by bus. Buses are also useful when traveling from the hotel zone and marina area to the downtown or old-town areas. Buses marked Centro pass through the hotel zone and the old town, and that marked Tunel skip downtown and heads straight to the old-town / zona Romantica through the tunnel bypass.
With 12 pesos or $.85 fare, you can visit Bucerias, while 20 pesos or $1.50 fare is all it takes to go to Punta Mita. Mismaloya bus fare costs around 6 pesos. If you plan to go to Guadalajara, you can take larger buses and spend five hours on the road to your destination. There are Mismaloya buses along Basilio Badillo on the corner just west of where you can see them lined up.
Buses to Bucerias, Punta Mita or points in between leave from the northernmost bus shelters in front of Wal-Mart/Sams, past the main road. Though you have to catch a city bus to Wal-Mart/Sams, this is the easiest way to go to Bucerias and destinations near it.