Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Transportation
Most visitors arrive to Puerto Vallarta by air, through Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport. Major international carriers operating here include Air Canada, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, American, Aeroméxico, Delta, Interjet, Magnicharters, United Airlines US Airways, Volaris, and WestJet. Car rental agencies are available after flight arrivals. Some of the companies include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, and National
Cruise ships that regularly dock at Puerto Vallarta, during the tourist season, also bring in a number of visitors. Lastly, there’s also national bus lines connecting Vallarta to other major Mexican cities like Guadalajara and Mazatlán.
The city itself is serviced by three municipal bus companies, providing coverage for most of the area. Buses are an easy and inexpensive way to get around Vallarta. The city also has a large fleet of taxis, that charge decent prices for fairs. Renting a car is a much more expensive option, due to insurance and the difficulty of parking around town. But for visitors planning distand side-trips, it is the best option. To get to one of the neighboring islands, visitors will have to take excursion boats or water taxis, which depart from the muelle, or Terminal Marítima, just north of town, close to the airport.