Transportation around Town by Local City Bus
We are blessed with a great public transportation system covering the whole town and beyond.
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.
As of 2013 it’s now 7.5 Pesos to almost everywhere, unless you go out of the city.
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 a tip for the entertainment.
If you are travelling light, the bus stop at the Airport is right outside by the pedestrian bridge, look for a group of locals – they will be waiting for the bus, this bus can be quite crowded and avoid the one that has Pitillal on the windshield, unless you want a ‘Magical Mystery Tour’.
To get to town from the Hotel Strip 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 south, to Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan, 8 Pesos, start from the South
Terminal at Constitución and Basilio Badillo, see photo below.
The bus above will also take you to the Zoo, get off at Mismaloya, The Barcelo Hotel, cross the highway and follow the signs to the Zoo.
When you board the bus, pay your fare, no big bills please, and hang onto your ticket, there maybe an inspection.
Hold On ! a lot of busses will take off quickly, even while still 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 manners 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 left some of the locals have quite a sense of humour.
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 onto Peru. Get off at Parque Hidalgo and walk the one block down to the beginning 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 bars. Generally everything is cheaper on the south side of Puerto Vallarta than downtown. Go inland to see a typical local neighborhood or go down to the beach and have a drink down by the pier at Cuates y Cuetes or Langostinos, while you watch another incredible sunset.
|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|
|Or 260 Pesos per. hour, but make a deal for a half or full day.||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 guidelines 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, We’ve had neighbors who didn’t know the name of the street two blocks away. They do know places, We’ve been given directions like “Turn right on the street just past where the car wash used to be” So we suggest you print out our Maps, each one has a printer friendly version.
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.
The easiest way to travel north from town is from the bus stop in front of Walmart, The stop in front of Sam’s is for city busses, so from town you can take the city bus to Walmart and walk 50 feet further to the ATM stop. Map. There you’ll find someone with a clipboard who will get you onto the right bus.
ATM (Autotransportes 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 HSBC Bank ), in front of Walmart and across from the airport. Look for the ATM sign on the Maps.
The Nuevo Vallarta bus goes to all the hotels in Nuevo. To reach downtown PV from Nuevo Vallarta 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’.
Fares are Bucerías – 16 pesos, Nuevo Vallarta Directo (southern entrance) 15 pesos, Nuevo Vallarta (northern entrance) RIU resorts, 18 pesos, 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) goes beyond Nuevo Vallarta. Fares are Bucerías – 14 pesos, to Sayulita – 40
pesos, the Sayulita bus takes you to the Sports Stadium in Sayulita. It leaves from the same stop as the ATM Line at Walmart, 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, just the access road on the highway.
El Tuito. The bus to El Tuito leaves from the corner of V. Carranza and Aguacate, see Map. The fare is 32 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 30 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.
The busses to Manzanillo also stop for passengers on the corner of Aguacate and V. Carranza, The Cihuatlan, Pacifico 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 03:45 pm. Web Site. about 4pm at the location above.
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.
|THIS TABLE IS UP TO DATE|
|ETN||PRIMERA PLUS||VALLARTA PLUS|
|Guadalajara||$610 pesos||$441 pesos||$441 pesos|
|Mexico||$1,255 pesos||$917 pesos||$593 pesos|
|Aguascalientes||$990 pesos||$742 pesos|
Mazatlan can be reached in 7.5 hours, via Tepic on TAP for 540 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. Only 441 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
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.
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.
|Area||Marina Vallarta||Hotel Zone
|Normal – up to 3 persons||$240 pesos||$260 pesos||$343 pesos||$412 pesos|
|Van – up to 5 persons||$460 pesos||$518 pesos||$688 pesos||$805 pesos|
Punta de Mita
|South – Nuevo Vallarta||North-NV
|Normal – up to 3 persons||$800-900 pesos||$343 pesos||$412 pesos|
|Van – up to 5 persons||?||$688 pesos||805 pesos|
For 1-3 days Compacts,Jettas, Jeeps and SUVs are between 60-85usd, cheaper by the week, $360 – $620. Gecko Rent A Car is the only rental place I can recommend.
They include ALL taxes and insurances. Although based in Bucerias, they have service from airport. From US/CAN 011-52-329-298-0339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re offered a Jeep for $10 – beware – it’s those dreaded timeshare people again.
But finding a parking space downtown, in the season, can be a problem, you might consider the price of a taxi at about 260 Pesos ($14) per hr. or make a deal for half /full day, with no extra payments for Insurance, Gasoline or parking problems.
Real fun way to see the town. At Estigo Scooters you can rent Scooters. US$69 per day or even weekly. Or an ATV, a great way to get around on our cobbled streets, US$89 per day.
Francisco Medina Ascencio # 1951
Tel 322-223-8143 Cell 044-322-100-9464 or Vonage US number 213-353-9665.
$25 per day (front suspension) $35 per day (full suspension) or $5 & $7 per hr, includes all the equipment you need – helmet, gloves, water bottle etc.
Jet skis only last about one year and are therefore expensive to rent, I’ve only seen the sit down type here, about US$50 for 30 min. US$90 for 1 hr.
Pangas can be rented from $40 to $50 per hour with a 3-4 hr min., a captain is required by law, if the vessel has an engine of any type. No bare-boat charters. For more information, feel free to e-mail me.
Los Muertos Beach to Yelapa 160 pesos 1st class pier to pier – no chance of wet feet, but a longer ride, 50min, than below.
Take a Taxi $10.00 (200 Pesos ) or Bus .40c (8 Pesos) to Boca de Tomatlan then water taxi from the pier there.
Boca de Tomatlan to Las Animas 70p, Quimixto, Yelapa 90, pesos or Pizota for a bit more.
|WATER TAXI SCHEDULE FOR YELAPA FROM BOCA DE TOMATLAN|
|TIME||LOCATION||BOAT NAME||BOAT TYPE||COMMENTS|
|9:00 am||The Beach||Najeli||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|10:00 am||The Beach||Mar Carinosa||Water Taxi||Sometimes waits, and leaves at 11:00 am|
|11:00 am||The Beach||La Cascada||Water Taxi||Sometimes waits, and leaves at 12:00 am|
|1:00 pm||The Beach||Mas Carinosa||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|2:00 pm||The Beach||La Gaviota||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|3:00 pm||The Beach||Najeli||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|4:00 pm Exept Sundays||The Beach||La Guera||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|6:00 pm||The Beach||La Cascada||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|WATER TAXI SCHEDULE FOR YELAPA FROM LOS MUERTOS BEACH PIER – MAP
|TIME||LOCATION||BOAT NAME||BOAT TYPE||COMMENTS|
|10:00 am||Los Muertos Pier||Yelapa Water Taxi Co-op||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|11:00 am||Los Muertos Pier||Yelapa Water Taxi Co-op||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|11:30 am Except Sundays||Hotel Rosita Beach||Yelapa Water Taxi Co-op||Water Taxi||Leaves at 11:35 am from Los Muertos Pier|
|12:30 pm||Los Muertos Pier||Yelapa Water Taxi Co-op||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|1:30 pm||Los Muertos Pier||Yelapa Water Taxi Co-op||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|3:30 pm||Los Muertos Pier||Yelapa Water Taxi Co-op||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|4:30 pm||Los Muertos Pier||Yelapa Water Taxi Co-op||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|5:00 pm||Los Muertos Pier||Yelapa Water Taxi Co-op||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|6:00 pm||Los Muertos Pier||Prieta Linda||Water Taxi||With Stops|
|FROM DAVIS´S Yelapa.info Site