We arrive i at Puerto Valerta airport. How do we get bus transportation to Mazatlan? How long trip? Is it safe?
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Hi Judi. How far is bus station from airport and can we buy tickets last min with no reservations?
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I've done this trip a few times (save hundreds of dollars on flights coming in to PV usually and besides, a stop in PV is kind of nice).
It's very simple. Get off the plane, go out the main exit at the airport, look for the overhead walkway to cross the street and catch a cab to the bus station. You'll save about 50% on the cab fare this way, although if you are at all afraid of local taxis, you can catch one of the official 'safe' cabs from the airport. Ask the cab driver for "central" or "central camionera". It's about 2 miles or so, but will still cost about $5-10. Alternately, if you travel light and are cheap, you can walk to the nearest bus station across the street and for about 10 pesos catch a bus. I've walked it before but don't recommend unless it's very early in the morning or at night - quite hot.
At the bus station, look for the TAP counter and ask for a bus to Mazatlan. You will need to speak at least a few words of Spanish because there's only one guy there who speaks a bit of English and he's not always available. It's about 700 pesos per person and the buses have AC, movies and are quite nice. There's a brief stop in Tepic on the way, but only about 10 minutes. It's about a 7 hour ride if I recall correctly. Buses run about 5 times a day I think. You can check the schedule on their web site, but you can't book online with an out of the country credit card.
"How far is bus station from airport and can we buy tickets last min with no reservations?"
It's a couple of miles. You can buy tickets last minute but availability is dependent on the date. I've bought tickets and gotten on the next bus (an hour or so later) and I've had to wait until the next day, so YMMV. I think you can also use the Pacifico bus to go to Tepic then catch another Pacifico (or related bus company) to Maz. I've used the Hotel Terminal just down the street for an overnight stay in a pinch (about $35?). There's good food at two of the restaurants across Avenida Las Palmas (La Capilla de Lupe for breakfasts and Cazuela de Dona Chelo for dinners).
There are usually taxi's at the bus station,all day, but late evening, maybe not, but you can call a cab and get one right away. Also Uber operates in Mazatlán.