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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 July 3, 2013 .
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 I 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 (recommended companies listed below):
***You can catch a standard Yellow cab for a lower rate (possibly saving 100 pesos) 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 July 3, 2013.
ZONE 1A MARINA VALLARTA
Cab: (1-3 people) $180.00 Van: $345.00 Pesos
HOTEL ZONE / DOWNTOWN
Cab: (1-3 people) $195.00 Van: $390.00 Pesos
OLD TOWN / ROMANTIC ZONE
Cab: (1-3 people) $260.00 Van: $520.00 Pesos
SOUTHERN NUEVO VALLARTA See above Zone 2 rates
NORTHERN NUEVO VALLARTA
Cab (1-3 people) $310.00 Van: $610.00 Pesos
(please see above for Zone 3 Fares)
ZONE 4 PUNTA MITA (not sure if these are current)
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).
Taxi (1-3 passengers): 800-900 pesos for a cab. Van. ? .