Puerto Vallarta Airport Taxi Rates

Puerto Vallarta Airport taxi rates are different. PVR airport taxis have very expensive licenses from the federal government that allow them to work at the PVR airport, but not in any other areas of the city. The fares these airport taxis charge vary from company to company but are typically  non-negotiable. PVR airport taxis are only allowed to pick up passengers at the airport and deliver them to their final destination. They cannot take passengers back to the PVR airport.

Airport taxis are white and have federal license plates that say “Mexico” in the upper center part of the plate, where the name of the state would typically go.

Airport Taxi

Non-airport taxis (regular taxis) are not allowed to pick up passengers at the airport, but are allowed to bring passengers back to the airport. This is good news, as when you return to the airport via a regular taxi the rates will be about half the price.

If you feel adventurous and want to save a few pesos, skip the airport taxi. In stead, as soon as you come out of the airport building, turn left and follow the sidewalk towards the highway for about 300 feet. Make another left towards the pedestrian overpass and cross over to the other side of the highway. From here you can take a city taxi towards Puerto Vallarta or north, towards Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz, Punta Mita, etc.

City taxis and buses from the airport

 So how much money can you save by getting a taxi across the street? Well, it depends. It’s going to be about half price. But it could be more depending on the size of your party. At the airport, a taxi will take up to 3 passengers, where across the street, taxis can take 4 passengers. For example, a taxi for a family of 4 going to a hotel near Los Muertos beach, would be $689 pesos from the airport or $180 from across the street. Below are some general rates for a “regular” taxi, from across the airport, to some common destinations. To get an idea for your specific rate, look for the destination closest to your hotel. These rates are for up to 4 passengers. The rates for 5 to 8 passengers will be twice as much and will require a van.

 city Taxi Rates from airport to (from north to south):

  • Velas Vallarta……………………………………….$80.00 pesos
  • Marriot Puerto Vallarta………………………..$80.00 pesos
  • The Westin Resort………………………………..$80.00 pesos
  • Marina Vallarta……………………………………$80.00 pesos
  • Crown Paradise Club Puerto Vallarta…$125.00 pesos
  • Peninsula Puerto Vallarta………………….$125.00 pesos
  • Villa del Palmar Beach Resort……………$125.00 pesos
  • Sheraton Buganvillas Resort……………..$140.00 pesos
  • Hotel Rosita………………………………………$150.00 pesos
  • Malecón (North end)…………………………$150.00 pesos
  • Church of Guadalupe……………………….$150.00 pesos
  • Molino de Agua Condominiums……….$180.00 pesos
  • Playa Los Arcos Hotel……………………….$180.00 pesos
  • Los Muertos Beach…………………………..$180.00 pesos
  • Blue Chairs……………………………………….$180.00 pesos
  • Garza Blanca Preserve Resort…………..$300.00 pesos
  • Mismaloya Beach……………………………..$350.00 pesos
  • Boca de Tomatlán…………………………….$420.00 pesos

ADVICE FOR TRAVELERS

There are several different airport taxi agencies operating within the airport and they all have different rates. As seen from the picture below, the fees are fairly close but they do vary from agency to agency. Note: The picture below reflects 2018 rates. Please refer to the section below for current rates.

Airport taxi rates

The rates for each taxi company varies and change without notice due to a number of variables including inflation, price of gasoline and the strength of the Mexican peso as compared to the US dollar. The only company to post their prices online is Aeromovil, and for the most part, their site reflects the current prices in US dollars at the airport taxi stand.

Only if a taxi driver assists you with your luggage or proves to be very helpful to you during the drive is it customary to leave a tip. Before hopping into a taxi around town, first ask the driver to show you their rate sheet and verify the fare. If you know that you’ll need the driver to make change for you as you only have large bills or do not have the exact amount of the fare, before entering the taxi make sure to ask the driver if he can make change. Otherwise, if you arrive at your destination and then realize the driver does not have change, you may inadvertently be leaving the driver a very nice tip!

Puerto Vallarta Airport Taxi Rates
An airport taxi booth inside the airport. As new arrrivals exit the “timeshare shark tank” area, this booth is on the right-hand side before entering the passenger greeting area.

Below are the airport taxi rates for 2020 for each of the different zones. As noted above, these rates vary slightly from agency to agency and also can change without notice but this should give you a pretty good idea as to what to expect.

Airport Taxi Rates for 2020 based on the following categories.

  • Taxi Cabs: 1-3 persons
  • Taxi Shuttle Van: Up to 8 persons
  • Collective (Shared van): Per Person

ZONE 1A:  MARINA VALLARTA

Taxi Cab: $335 pesos  / Taxi Shuttle Van: $650 pesos / Colective: $140 pesos per person

Zone 1A includes resort properties such as:  Marriot Casa Magna, Mayan Palace, Westin Regina, Casa Velas, Melia, Velas Vallarta, etc. It also includes a large number of condo complexes located in Marina Vallarta.

ZONE 1:  HOTEL ZONE & EL CENTRO (Also known as: Centro or Downtown)             

Taxi Cab:  $350 pesos / Taxi Shuttle Van:  $720 pesos / Colectivo; $175 pesos per person

Zone 1 consists of the Hotel Zone and the Downtown Zone, which includes a huge number of hotel properties such as: Rosita Hotel, Sheraton Buganvilias, Holiday Inn, Crown Paradise, Golden Crown Paradise, Fiesta Americana, Friendly, Villa del Palmar, Secrets, Now Amber, Krystal Vallarta, and many, many more! In this zone there are also a variety of different condo complexes.

ZONE 2: ROMANTIC ZONE  (Also known as: Old Town, The South Side, Colonia Emiliano Zapata)     

Taxi Cab: $490 pesos  / Taxi Shuttle Van: $960 pesos / Colective: $195 per person

Zone 2, the Romantic Zone, includes many budget hotels, boutique hotels, resort properties and condo complexes. A few of the most recognizable names are: Playa los Arcos, Posada de Roger, Casa Isabel, Lindo Mar, Playa del Sol, Costa Sur, Villa Vista, Los Arcos Hotel, Vallarta Sun Hotel & Suites, Dreams, etc.

ZONE 2:  SOUTHERN NUEVO VALLARTA                               

Taxi Cab: $490 pesos  / Taxi Shuttle Van: $960 pesos / Colective: $195 per person

The northern section of Nuevo Vallarta includes many large resorts and condo complexes such as:  Paradise Village complex, Mayan Palace, Costa Vallarta, Dreams Villa Magna, Occidental, Grand Velas, Marival, Kite Towers condos, Ocean Terrace condos, and many, many more.

ZONE 3: NORTHERN NUEVO VALLARTA / FLAMINGOS            

Taxi Cab: $590 pesos  / Taxi Shuttle Van: $1,150 pesos / Colective: $215 per person

Northern Nuevo Vallarta is known as Flamingos. There are several resorts and condo complexes in this area.  A few of them are:  Peninsula condos, Del Canto condos, Rui Jalisco, Riu Vallarta, Samba, Aria Ocean condos, Maritima, Riu Palace, Bel Air, Villa del Palmar Flamingos, Villa Estancia.  And adjacent to Flamingos, in the southern portion of Bucerias: Royal Decameron.

ZONE 3: MISMALOYA

Taxi Cab: $590 pesos  / Taxi Shuttle Van: $1,150 pesos / Colective: $215 per person

There are several condo complexes and resorts in the Mismaloya zone. Some of these are: Palmares, Playa Fiesta, Playa Gemelas, Garza Blanca, Best Western Suites, Presidente Intercontinental, Barcelo Resort, La Jolla de Mismaloya, etc. The Vallarta Zoo is also located in this zone.

ZONE 4: PUNTA DE MITA  

Taxi Cab:  $900 pesos  / Taxi Shuttle Van: $1,500 pesos

Resorts, hotels and condos in Punta de Mita include: Four Seasons, St. Regis, Porta Fortuna, Hotel La Quinta del Sol, Hacienda de Mita as well as many others. Some of these are located within the gated “Punta Mita” residential complex. As some Punta de Mita hotels have confirmed, unfortunately most taxi drivers from Puerto Vallarta are not very familiar with the Punta de Mita area, so many of the taxi drivers will have a very difficult time trying to locate your specific accommodations. So help make things easy for yourself and them by being prepared with a clearly printed map as well as driving instructions.

Additional information on various modes of transportation can be found on the transportation page of this site.