Everything you need to know about Guanajuato Airport including affordable transfers to your hotel or to San Miguel de Allende.
From visiting Guanajuato a lot, I have flew in Guanajuato Airport many times as I can remember. This airport is the gateway for both Guanajuato City and San Miguel de Allende.
Note that getting from the city from the airport only takes 28 minutes. You can get to your hotel by private transfer, shuttle or by bus but the easiest way is to book a private car.
If your final destination is San Miguel de Allende, this trip will take 1.5 hours (or more, depending on the mode of transport you choose). Still, the private car is more convenient, especially for groups.
In this article, you will find both ways to get to the city and San Miguel de Allende from Guanajuato Airport. If you also need help in booking, get in touch with us or leave a comment below!
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🛬 What airport do you fly into for Guanajuato?
The main airport serving Guanajuato, Mexico, is Del Bajío International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional de Guanajuato), officially known as Aeropuerto Internacional del Bajío “Guanajuato” (BJX).
This airport is not located directly in Guanajuato city; instead, it’s situated in the city of Silao, which is approximately 30 kilometers (around 18 miles) away from Guanajuato.
Del Bajío International Airport also serves the nearby city of León and other cities in the Bajío region like San Miguel de Allende.
✅ Is Leon the same as Guanajuato Airport?
Yes, Del Bajío International Airport (BJX) is sometimes also referred to as León Airport because it’s located closer to León than Guanajuato.
León is one of the major cities in the state of Guanajuato. Despite its proximity to León, the airport is named after the state itself, serving as the main gateway for various cities within the state, including the city of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.
Therefore, you may hear people referring to Del Bajío International Airport as either León Airport or Guanajuato Airport interchangeably.
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🚘 Private Guanajuato Airport Transportation to hotel
The easiest way to get to your hotel from Guanajuato Airport is to book a private transfer. The driver will wait for you holding a sign with your name on it.
The trip usually takes 28 minutes and starts at $54 USD per car. The car can always fit 3-4 people but note that 3 is more comfortable, especially if you have large suitcases.
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🚗 Guanajuato Airport transfer to San Miguel de Allende
Guanajuato Airport also serves the city of San Miguel de Allende and the best way to travel between these two destinations, is again, through a private transfer.
The trip will take about 1.5 hours so having a private car is more convenient and safe. This usually starts at $79 USD for a one-way trip and can accommodate 3-4 passengers (Sedan).
🚌 Shuttle from Guanajuato Airport
If you are looking for shared ride services from Guanajuato Airport, there are shuttle busses that go to San Miguel and into the city.
Note that this mode of transfer will have to fill out the mini-van or bus in order to leave. As to what the waiting time is, it varies.
Guanajuato Airport shuttle to Guanajuato City
The shuttle from Guanajuato Airport to Guanajuato City runs every 30 minutes from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
The shuttle costs 45 pesos ($2.50 USD) per person and takes approximately 45 minutes to reach the city center. Of course, from the shuttle stop, you still need to take a taxi to your hotel as this won’t take you door-to-door.
Additionally, the shuttle will make several stops along the way, so be patient and enjoy the ride.
To catch the shuttle, exit the airport terminal and walk to the shuttle stop, which is located directly across the street. You can pay the driver directly in cash.
Guanajuato Airport shuttle to San Miguel de Allende
The shuttle from Guanajuato Airport to San Miguel de Allende is almost the same price as booking a private transfer so it’s way better to just take a private car.
If you still wish to take the shuttle to San Miguel, you can go to the bus stop (instructions above), look for the vans going to San Miguel de Allende and pay the driver in cash.
Again, this will take longer as it needs to fill up the shuttle before it departs.
🚍 Bus from Guanajuato Airport
For budget travelers, there are many busses from Guanajuato Airport to all parts of the state. Although this is the cheapest way, it will take way longer than most of the transportation options.
Guanajuato Airport bus to the city
There is no direct bus from Guanajuato Airport to Guanajuato City. To get to Guanajuato City by bus, you will need to take a bus to Silao and then transfer to a bus to Guanajuato City.
To get to Silao from the airport, you can take a public bus or a taxi. The public bus is cheaper, but it takes longer. The taxi is more expensive, but it is faster and more convenient.
Once you arrive in Silao, you can take a bus to Guanajuato City from the main bus terminal. The bus ride takes approximately 20 minutes.
Here are the steps on how to get from Guanajuato Airport to Guanajuato City by bus:
- Exit the airport terminal and walk to the bus stop, which is located directly across the street.
- Take a bus to Silao. The bus will take approximately 15 minutes.
- Once you arrive in Silao, go to the main bus terminal.
- Take a bus to Guanajuato City. The bus ride will take approximately 20 minutes.
Bus from Guanajuato Airport to San Miguel de Allende
To take the bus from Guanajuato Airport to San Miguel de Allende, you still need to go to the bus station in Terminal Central de Autobuses de Guanajuato.
This is the main bus station in Guanajuato and is located at Los Alcaldes, Burocrata, 36250 Marfil, GTO, Mexico. It is served by several bus companies, including ETN, Primera Plus, and Omnibus de México.
The bus ride from Guanajuato Airport to San Miguel de Allende takes about 2 hours since you still have to go to the city.
🚙 Renting a car at Guanajuato Airport
I wouldn’t recommend driving to Guanajuato City as the streets are narrow and parking is difficult! However, if Guanajuato City is not your last destination, renting a car is a great option to go around the state.
For example, you can drive to San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro. The roads are super easy to navigate from Guanajuato Airport.
However, bear in mind that there is a drop-off fee if you are renting the car at Guanajuato Airport and dropping it off at San Miguel de Allende or Queretaro (around $150 USD).
If you are returning it to Guanajuato Airport, there will be no drop-off fee. Please note that you need a credit card for the security deposit (around $300 USD) which will be returned if you bring back the car in good condition.
Daily car rental prices at Guanajuato Airport start at $18 USD which is cheap. However, there will be extras like security deposit and drop-off fee.
⁉️ FAQ: Guanajuato Airport transportation
Trisha traveled to Mexico in 2018 and after a year, she found herself obtaining a 4-year residency visa in Mexico. She is the Editor-in-chief for our Living in Mexico Series which has helped over 3,000 Americans move to Mexico with ease. Trisha currently resides in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur.