General Information on Riviera Nayarit

Getting Around Mexico's Riviera Nayarit - General Overview

Getting Around Mexico's Riviera Nayarit - General Overview

The first challenge facing most visitors to Riviera Nayarit is getting from the airport to their hotel.

There are several options available from exclusive VIP transportation, taxis and rental cars all the way down to city busses.

Airport Taxi is the most common form of transportation and can be had by purchasing a ticket inside the airport at rates posted at the ticket counter.

A taxi from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport to the resort area of Nuevo Vallarta will cost about $215 pesos or about US$18, depending on the exchange rate while an Airport taxi from the Tepic Airport to the resort community of San Blas will cost about 600 pesos or about US$50. Below is a full listing of approximate rates for taxi services from airports.

Rental cars can also be had inside the terminal; rates vary by car and provider. Below is a complete list of rental car companies in the area.

Walking out of the airport terminal and crossing the pedestrian bridge will put you at the bus stop where you can catch a ride on a city bus for about 15 pesos. This is not for the faint of heart and you should definitely know where you are going before selecting this option.


Airport taxi rates





$215 PESOS

$425 PESOS


$263 PESOS

$525 PESOS


$350 PESOS

$750 PESOS


$688 PESOS

$985 PESOS


$750 PESOS

$1,097 PESOS


$1,062 PESOS

$1,579 PESOS


$1,063 PESOS

$1,617 PESOS


$1,444 PESOS

$1,848 PESOS


$1,485 PESOS

$1,991 PESOS


$3,465 PESOS

$4,043 PESOS





$500 PESOS


$600 PESOS


$800 PESOS


Many People coming to Riviera Nayarit want the convenience of having their own transportation and the freedom to explore all there is to see on their own.

Rental Cars are a great solution, combining convenience and flexibility with late model cars of all sizes and types.

There are several agencies in the Riviera Nayarit area, many of which are well known national brands plus many local companies offering value and selection.

Many agencies offer drop off service to your hotel as well as locations in the Puerto Vallarta International Airport for maximum accessibility.

It is best to book your car rental online before your trip. Below is a list of Rental Car Agencies in the area:

Hertz Car Rental

(322) 221 1473

National Car rental

(322) 221-1226

Alamo car Rentals (322) 221 1228

Avis Car Rental

(322) 221 1657

Budget Car Rental

(322) 221 1730

Dollar Renta a Car

(322) 222 6101


Taking the bus in Riviera Nayarit is both easy and entertaining. It can sometimes be likened to an extreme sport. You don't need special gear, but please hang on, you're in for the ride of your life.

Are slightly longer route busses that can take you to some very nice beaches on the north side of the bay.

The ATM (Autostransportes Medina) bus line runs along the Nuevo Vallarta to Punta de Mita road and fares depend on the area you are going to.

-          Nuevo Vallarta - $13 pesos

-          Bucerías - $18 pesos

-          Destiladeras Beach - $20 pesos

-          Punta Mita (El Anclote Beach) - $23 pesos.

The Compostela-Pacifico bus line (White & Green buses) has service to Sayulita, San Francisco (San Pancho) and Rincón de Guayabitos.

-          Rates from $30 - $35 pesos

To get to Puerto Vallarta, look for a ATM bus (Autostransportes Medina) the price is $6.50 pesos and it takes you to within walking distance of the Malecon. Simply look for a bus with CENTRO painted on it.

Getting back is a little tricky. Take a bus to WallMart for $6.50 pesos, then take a bus to Bucerias for $13 pesos (there are no transfers).

TIP: You might need to flag a bus down for them to stop and bring exact change if possible.

You may have onboard entertainment. Sometimes an individual will get on to the bus and will sing, play guitar or just try to entertain, which of course is based on tips. If you enjoyed the show, feel free to tip a few pesos.

City White taxis are usually located in front of each major resort and also in coastal towns.

Costs vary upon destination based on table below.

You can also get a Taxi for approximately $300 pesos per hour (1/2 or full day discounts available).

Taxi Service


1-3 People

4-8 People

Bus Station






Marina Vallarta



Marina Terminal



Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone



Downtown Puerto Vallarta



Wal-Mart Nuevo Vallarta



Flamingos Golf Club & Mega Comercial



Hotels in Flamingos Area






La Cruz de Huanacaxtle






Rancho Banderas



Punta de Mita & Sayulita



San Francisco (San Pancho)



Guayabitos y La Peñita



Short Trips within Nuevo Vallarta



TIP: Get a price BEFORE you enter into the taxi. Drivers often get a kickback for recommendations, so you might not get the best advice for restaurants and bars.

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