Mazatlan Travel Guide

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Getting Around Mazatlan

The best way to get around Mazatlán is by car or bus. While you can navigate Old Mazatlán and its neighboring attractions on foot with relative ease, getting to other attractions (such as Playa Brujas) will require wheels.

Luckily, you won't need to rent a vehicle of your own. The city has ample eco-taxis (which are regular sedans) to take you to where you need to go. Fares vary depending on where you need to go, but fares cost around 100 pesos (about $4) for a single ride. Alternatively, you can take one of the iconic pulmonias. These open-air golf carts provide a unique way to get to your destination, but are generally more expensive than a regular taxi as there are more upkeep costs for drivers.

Alternatively, you can take the bus. Mazatlán's bus system covers many of the top sights in the city, including the Golden Zone and El Faro. Fares are much less expensive at around 8 pesos (about $0.33). Know that the buses aren't as tourist-friendly as other transportation options, so you're better off knowing some Spanish to navigate your way around. Before you set off, check with your hotel for an updated bus map.   

Mazatlán International Airport (MZT) is serviced not only by Aeromexico but also carriers like American and Alaska. The airport is around 14 miles west of the city's historic center. You can rent a car from the airport or hop in a taxi to get to your hotel. Visit the airport's website for more information.

Mexico does not require U.S. citizens to obtain a visa if visiting Mexico for less than 180 days. However, citizens must carry a valid passport book if arriving by air; travelers with only a passport card may be denied entry to Mexico if arriving by air. Visit Mexico's National Institute of Migration website for more information.

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