|City Yellow Taxis
|From the Southside to the South
||From the Southside to the North
|Boca de Tomatlan
||RUI & Flamingos
|Travel within one zone is 40 pesos
||Marina to Nuevo Vallarta
|Or 270 Pesos per. hour, but make a deal for a half or full day for less.
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.
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
|| Nuevo Vallarta
Punta de Mita
|Normal - up
to 3 persons
|Van - up to 5 persons
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
Pick-up from your hotel, casa, cruise ship or the airport. Superior Tours
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
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) -
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
This sign is out-dated.
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
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
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.
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.
Web site Red Line terminal on this Map.
Los Muertos Beach to Yelapa 120 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 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