Getting Around Acapulco
The best way to get around Acapulco is by bus or taxi, since driving yourself can be a hassle thanks to heavy congestion and poor road conditions. Taxis are prevalent and affordable throughout the city with one major exception—General Juan N. Álvarez International Airport (ACA)—where they aren't allowed. Most travelers use the special airport transit service, Transportes Aeropuerto, to travel the approximately 30 minutes north to the resort area.
Air routes are often limited by season, so you may have to first fly into Mexico City's Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), which is about 200 miles north of Acapulco. In a car, you can reach Acapulco in five to six hours, or there are also many bus lines to take you to your beachfront paradise.
Acapulco has an efficient and extensive city bus system that operates various routes through the Zócalo and along La Costera, and even to Pie de la Cuesta. Destinations are printed on the front windows, and rates are about five to six pesos. Because the system is privatized, bus drivers are allowed to decorate their own vehicles, blast loud music, and pull over to offer rides to walking travelers.
|Car||Be warned: Traffic in Acapulco is horrendous and the roads are in poor shape. Rental cars are available in Acapulco and at Mexico City's airport, but they can be expensive. Also, the roads in between towns can be dangerous, especially at night. The U.S. Department of State does not recommend driving alone.|
Taxis are everywhere in Acapulco. There are three types: blue VW taxis, yellow and white taxis, and tourist taxis. You'll find the blue VW taxis throughout the city, and you can easily hail one from La Costera. Remember to negotiate your fare before hopping in; you should be able to get where you need to go for around 25 MXN (roughly $2 USD), although prices may be higher at night. Alternatively, yellow and white taxis travel back and forth along La Costera and always cost 10 MXN (around $0.80 USD). Finally, Tourist Taxis look similar to the VW taxis in color, but they're often more comfortable (with air conditioning) and they cost more. Rides typically start at 50 MXN (around $4 USD), but drivers have been known to ask twice that if you look vulnerable.
Entry & Exit Requirements
A passport is required for entry into Mexico. Travelers must also carry a Mexican Tourist Permit, which is usually issued free of charge upon arrival (If there is a fee, it is usually absorbed in your ticket cost). Be sure to hold on to the tourist card throughout the trip, as you will need to present it upon departing the country. For more information on entry and exit requirements, visit the U.S. State Department's website.