The three main options for getting to Guadalajara include by plane, bus, or car.

            Most visitors to Guadalajara traveling by air will choose to land at the Don Miguel Hidalgo International Airport , which is located twelve miles southeast of the city center.  This airport welcomes daily flights from domestic and international locations.  The airlines flying there include Aero Mexico , Alaska Airlines , American Airlines , Delta , Mexicana, and more.  After arriving, there is a minibus service that runs loops between the city and the airport.  Tickets can be purchased outside of the Arrivals Terminal.  There are also busses than run 30 minutes after each flight arrival to the (new)central bus station. Fare is $40 pesos ($4 US).  The bus station connects with all buses running throughout the city and long distance travel to other cities and states in Mexico.  There are also many rental car agencies around the airport area.  Many tourists flying to Guadalajara choose to rent a car as it allows much flexibility and freedom.  A small list of the available companies are:

  • Alamo
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
*Compare prices of these three here

Another option to get by the airport to your hotel is prebooking transportation. Some companies offer this service and wait in the airport till you get out to take you safely and comfortably to your destination. If you consider this option, you may check with the following companies:

            Long distance bus trips into Guadalajara are offered by a few companies including ETN.  These busses will arrive at the Central Camionera station, which is around 20 to 30 minutes from Guadalajara ’s city center.  To get from there into el centro you have a few options depending on how many bags you have. You can take a taxi, a local bus or a coach called the cardinal.

            Driving to Guadalajara is a good way to see the country on your own terms.  However, before deciding on this option, check out the Driving in Mexico page for some important information.