Acapulco Travel Guide


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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, including to and from the General Juan N. Álvarez International Airport (ACA), which is located about 20 to 30 minutes east of the hotel zone.

Nonstop flights from Houston and Dallas are available during the winter season from United and American airlines. During the rest of the year, your best bet is to fly into Mexico City and then take a regional airline, such as Aeroméxico or Interjet, to Acapulco.


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 5 to 6 pesos (around 25 cents). 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. If you do decide to drive, your U.S. driver's license is valid; an international driving permit is not necessary.

Taxis are everywhere in Acapulco. There are three types: blue Volkswagen 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 pesos (roughly $1.30), although prices may be higher at night. Alternatively, yellow and white taxis travel back and forth along La Costera and always cost 10 pesos (around $0.50). 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 pesos (around $2.60), but drivers have been known to ask twice that if you look vulnerable.

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