Getting Around Puerto Vallarta
The best way to get around Puerto Vallarta is on a bus — there are plenty of stops and the fare is cheap. If you're looking for a less bumpy ride (though not by much) you can also take a taxi. The bus is also the best means of getting from PV's Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) to the hotel zones. Renting a car is also an option, but you'll pay hefty fees for the privilege.
|Car||Rental cars offer easy access to all of the main attractions throughout Puerto Vallarta, but rates can be expensive and driving through the city's steep bumpy streets can be terrifying. If you're going to rent a car, book online before your arrival. And remember to always lock your valuables in the trunk out of plain sight.|
|Taxi||Taxis are an excellent, inexpensive way to get around the city — you just need some street smarts. Fare is charged by zone, not meter, so ask the driver for a rate sheet to keep track. The minimum fare is usually around 40 pesos, but rides from the airport to most hotels will cost around $10 USD. Purchase a map and consult it yourself, so that you can ensure you're getting where you need to go quickly (and cheaply). And keep in mind that tipping isn't necessary unless the driver helps with your bags.|
|Bus||If you're not in the mood to argue over fare with a cabbie, this makes for a great alternative. PV buses service the downtown area, as well as the Hotel Zone and Marina Vallarta, and they're pretty cheap. Hold on tight to your ticket, literally. An inspector might come by at any time to check, not to mention that drivers tend to zip and race through the streets. Take the green buses around town, and look for a gray bus if you're interested in road trips to the small beach town of Bucerías or going even farther out (to places like Mexico City, Guadalajara and Mazatlán). There are no transfers with tickets, so if you plan on taking two buses to reach your destination, be sure to buy two tickets. For more information, check out the Visit Vallarta website.|
Entry & Exit Requirements
Citizens of the United States need a passport to visit Mexico. Travelers must also carry a Mexican Tourist Permit, which is usually issued free of charge upon arrival. Any additional fees for the tourist permit are usually absorbed in the cost of your plane ticket. Be sure to hold onto this card throughout your trip, as you will need to present it upon departure. For more information on entry and exit requirements, visit the U.S. State Department's website.