There are many ways to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport and transportation options around the magical Riviera Nayarit. In this post, we will explain that to you in detail, so start browsing your transportation options.
I lived in Sayulita for 2 years, and this is the most common question I receive from friends and family: how do I get to Sayulita from the airport? It does seem complicated, but in this post, I will share with you everything you need to know about Sayulita airport transfers.
There will also be tips here on where to get a taxi when you are already in Sayulita. Spoiler alert: Uber does not work in Sayulita, which is also discussed in detail in this post.
You can also check our guide on getting around Sayulita, which will explain the Sayulita layout and transportation options like buses, white taxis, and golf carts.
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🙋 How to get to Sayulita from the airport?
Like most airports in Mexico, Ubers are not allowed to enter Puerto Vallarta International Airport. You can get an Uber but you have to go out of the airport and wait for them at the footbridge.
The footbridge is about a 3-minute walk from the departure gate. Once you are at the footbridge, you can order the Uber there and it costs about $20 – $40 USD depending on what time you’re calling it.
If you have a lot of things and don’t want to walk far, below are some alternatives on how to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport.
🚗💨 Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport via local taxi driver
Mexico Insider’s Support Local project helps locals in the Riviera Nayarit area promote their businesses. Right now, we have about 3-4 drivers in the area who can get you at the airport for a lower price.
Their English is not perfect but this is a good chance for you to practice your Spanish! These taxi drivers can also take you from Puerto Vallarta downtown to Sayulita, San Pancho, or Punta de Mita.
🛎️ Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport via VIP service
Most airport vans and taxis parked by the arrivals gate are companies with permits to operate inside the airport. This permit is not cheap so not everyone has it.
And those who do, charge standard pricing of $125 USD and up to go to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport. These taxi drivers will wait for you at the arrivals gate holding a sign with your name.
🚌 How to get to Sayulita by bus ($4 USD)
A bus ride to Sayulita costs US$4 and it will take you all the way to the Sayulita bus station. This ride can take up to 1.5 hours since the bus stops a lot in different small towns on the way to Sayulita.
Note that the way to Sayulita is on the other side of the airport so you have to cross the footbridge. At the bottom of this footbridge, you will find busses with ‘Sayulita’ signs. They come every 30-45 minutes and you can even take them to San Pancho.
🚗 Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita car rental
I don’t really recommend bringing a car to Sayulita because parking is horrible in town but if you have an Airbnb in Sayulita that has a parking space, then you better rent a car.
It will allow you to move around Sayulita and visit nearby towns. This is also advisable for those who are going on surf trips in Sayulita.
There are no rental car companies in Sayulita so you can only do this at Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The smarter choice is to book it in advance instead of getting it upon arrival as this airport is really busy.
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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.