A frequently asked question on the Forum is "How much to take a Taxi from the Airport to a particular Hotel?”     Rates for Zones 1, 2 and 3 (see below for hotels included in zones)  current as of August, 2014.

At the Puerto Vallarta airport, taxi fares are federally regulated and non- negotiable.    They are in pesos.   One can pay in either dollars (American) or Mexican currency.     It is usually better to pay in pesos (better value, as they give you 10:1 only)..

Taxi and Van rates are per vehicle, not per person.   A taxi can accommodate 1-3 people plus luggage.  Otherwise you will need a larger vehicle.  But always ask.  Some cabs will provide roof racks, etc.  You may not need a van. 

When you go through Immigration, you will proceed to get your luggage, as in any airport.  Just before the luggage belt, you will see luggage carts.  They are free (no deposit).  Take as many as you need. because there are no porters until later. 

When you get your luggage, you have to proceed through a scanner.  All your luggage (inluding purses, but no coats, belts, shoes, etc) must be put on a belt to be scanned.  After they go through the scanner you put them back on your cart(s) and push a button.  If you get a green light you proceed, if you get a red light you proceed onward with your carts, towards the tables to be checked over.

Please note, still no porters. The porters are no longer just after Customs (as of January 3, 2013).  They are after the Timeshare area.

You then proceed to your left with your luggage and through the Timeshare area (often called the Tank).  There are at least two different rooms separated by sliding doors.  You will see counters on both sides of the rooms staffed by people in what look like uniforms.  Some of them will approach you.

Please note that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STOP!!!    Some enterprising salespeople  will tell you have to, but, pay no attention.  Tell them " No you don´t have to stop here".   Keep walking and exit the final set of  sliding doors.  You will  see a taxi booth on your right, people waiting for passengers, and, as of January 3rd, 2013, porters on your left.   You have to leave your carts there.

If you want an airport taxi, buy a ticket at the booth..  Fares are by Zones.  tell them where you are going,  and get a receipt. It´s a good idea to know in advance in which Zone your hotel/condo is located and what the fare is (see below).   You will keep one copy, and your driver will give one to the clerk as you exit the airport.  This is your assurance against being overcharged. 

You can also pre-book a private transfer from the airport to your destination (some of the available transfer companies listed below):

 

*Find more useful information in Puerto Vallarta: Arriving & Departing .

***You can catch a standard Yellow cab for a lower rate (possibly saving 1/3 off the airport rate) if you exit airport property and take the foot bridge over the main freeway outside the main terminal.  It's a three minute walk.  Ask how much it will cost before you get in.

Below is a list of hotels in each Zone and the fare for each.  If your hotel is not listed, or you are staying at a private condo, check out the great Maps at http://www.vallartainfo.com/.   And by all means, when you return, please edit this page to update the list to include your Hotel or B&B if it isn´t included. 

Rates current as of August 2014

 

ZONE 1A          MARINA VALLARTA                       

 

Cab: (1-3 people) $200.00   Van:  $380.00 Pesos 
 

  • Condos like Bay View Grande, Portofino, etc.
  • Flamingos Vallarta
  • Casa Velas
  • Club Regina
  • Marina del Rey
  • Marina Golf
  • Marriott Casa Magna
  • Mayan Palace
  • Melia
  • Velas Vallarta
  • Villas Pacifico
  • Westin Regina


ZONE 1
HOTEL ZONE / DOWNTOWN             

Cab: (1-3 people) $215.00   Van:  $430.00   Pesos

  • Buenaventura                                                        
  • Buganvilias
  • Canto del Sol
  • Crown Paradise
  • Encino
  • Fiesta Americana
  • Friendly (Hola)
  • Grand Venetian Condos 
  • Peninsula Condos
  • Golden Crown Paradise
  • Holiday Inn
  • Hotel Rosita
  • Los Tules
  • NH Krystal Vallarta
  • Now Amber / Secrets Vallarta Bay 
  • Pescador
  • Plaza Iguana
  • Plaza Pelicanos
  • Villa Premiere
  • Puerto de Luna
  • Royal Holiday Club
  • Rio
  • Sheraton
  • Suites La Siesta
  • Sunset  Plaza
  • Villa del Palmar 


ZONE 2
OLD TOWN / ROMANTIC ZONE        

Cab: (1-3 people) $286.00  Van:  $572.00 Pesos

  • Casa Isabel
  • Casa Andrea
  • Casa Corazon
  • Conchas Chinas                                                          
  • Costa Sur
  • Costa Vida
  • Casa Doña Susana
  • El Dorado Condos
  • Hotel Emperador
  • Hyatt Ziva (formerly Dreams)
  • La Terraza Inn
  • Lindo Mar
  • Los Arcos Suites
  • La Palapa Condos
  • Loma del Mar Condos
  • Mercurio
  • Molino de Agua Condos
  • Playa Los Arcos
  • Pinnacle Condos
  • San Marino
  • Selva Romantica Condos
  • Tropicana
  • Vallarta Sun Hotel/Suites
  • One Beach Street Condos
  • Posada de Roger
  • Torre de Oro (formerly The Abbey)
  • Vallarta Shores
  • Villa Vista
  • Vista del Sol Condos


ZONE 2
SOUTHERN NUEVO VALLARTA                               
See above Zone 2 rates

  • Costa Vallarta
  • Dreams VillaMagna                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Grand Velas
  • Marina Fiesta
  • Marival
  • Mayan Palace
  • Mayan Sea Garden Occidental Grand
  • Hard Rock Hotel
  • Occidental Allegro
  • Paradise Village
  • Solare
  • Sierra Nuevo
  • Villa Varadero


ZONE 3
NORTHERN NUEVO VALLARTA            

Cab (1-3 people)  $341.00   Van:  $671.00  Pesos
                                                                                 

  • Playa del. Sol Grand                            
  • Royal Decameron
  • Riu Jalisco
  • Samba
  • Villa del Palmar Flamingos


ZONE 3
MISMALOYA

(please see above for Zone 3 Fares)

  • Best Western Plus Suites
  • Condo. Las Penas
  • Gemelas
  • Girasol Sur
  • Barcelo La Jolla Mismaloya
  • Playa Esmeralda
  • Playa Fiesta
  • Pto. Vallarta Zoo

ZONE 4   PUNTA MITA  (not sure if these are current - please update if you have new information)

Four Seasons, St. Regis, Porta Fortuna, Hacienda de Mita (plus anything inside the Punta Mita Development ) as well as any condos or hotels in the town outside (El Faro, Punta Vista, El Anclote Condos, Hotel des Artistes).

  • Palladium
  • Casa de Mita

Taxi (1-3 passengers):   800-900 pesos for a cab.  Van.  ?