Getting Around Nuevo Vallarta
Buses Nuevo Vallarta
Taking the bus in Nuevo Vallarta is both easy and entertaining. It can sometimes be likened to an extreme sport. You don't need special gear, but please hang on, you're in for the ride of your life. Taking the bus within town is around $6 pesos.
To get to Puerto Vallarta, the price is $10-$15 pesos and it takes you to within walking distance of the Malecon. Simply look for a bus with CENTRO painted on it. Getting back is a little tricky. Take a bus to WallMart for $5 pesos, then take a bus to Nuevo Vallarta for $10 pesos (there are no transfers).
TIP: You might need to flag a bus down for them to stop and bring exact change if possible.
You may have onboard entertainment. Sometimes an individual will get on to the bus and will sing, play guitar or just try to entertain, which of course is based on tips. If you enjoyed the show, feel free to tip a few pesos.
To take a bus from Nuevo Vallarta:
Taxi Nuevo Vallarta
To take a Nuevo Vallarta taxi to: Within Nuevo Vallarta $35-$90 pesos, Walmart $70 pesos, Mega Comercial $120, Airport $215 pesos, Bucerias $130 pesos, La Cruz $145 pesos, Destiladeras $190, Punta de Mita $360 pesos, Sayulita $310 pesos, San Pancho $360 pesos, Guayabitos / La Penita $540
If you are at the airport, you can take the Airport taxi (Federally licensed). You will see the booth straight ahead once you leave the glass doors where arrivals come out. OR if you cross the highway on the footbridge with your luggage, you can take a City Yellow Taxi (Airport taxis are priced higher, but somewhat more convenient).
Tip: After getting your luggage and heading towards the taxi stand, avoid speaking with the aggressive vendors before crossing the sliding doors (even if they look official - they are Timeshare People (you may not be to keen on actually sharing your vacation time as much as their position indicates). There is an official taxi booth where you can buy tickets once you enter the airport. Again...before you reach the sliding doors, timeshare people may shout out and offer a taxi ride but they are hoping to spend some time with you regarding what they are offering.
TIP: Get a price BEFORE you enter into the taxi. Drivers often get a kickback for recommendations, so you might not get the best advice for restaurants and bars. See our Restaurant guide here.
Taxi at Hotel Marival:
Taxi at Aquaventuras Water Park:
It is best to book your car rental online before your trip. We recommend Gecko Car Rental in Bucerias. They even offer to have your vehicle ready for you at the airport. Multi-National car rental might not disclose all mandatory insurances you need and you might be stunned at your real bill. For the most part, using the Taxi system and bus will probably save you money!