Puerto Vallarta is the best of Mexico wrapped into one exotic destination. Whether you're looking for jungle adventure, picturesque mountain views, or lazy days by the sea, you will find them here.
The city welcomes over three million visitors each year, but Puerto Vallarta remains true to its roots and retains its carefree atmosphere and attitude. But what really makes this city such a fabulous holiday destination is the immense variety of landscapes and activities you can find here. Tourists arriving on Puerto Vallarta flights have a great deal to choose from, finding it difficult to pick between whale watching, golfing, taking a canopy tour over the treetops, kiteboarding, turtle watching, and so much more. From the serene beauty of Bahia de Banderas bay, to the slopes of the Sierra Madre Mountains, it is hard to believe that you can find all of this in just one city. No matter how many days you spend here, they won't be enough to experience all that the city has to offer and, before you know it, you'll be booking return flights to Puerto Vallarta.
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All flights to Puerto Vallarta go to Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Airlines that serve this airport include Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta, United, Continental, and Northwest. There are also carriers which have seasonal flights and charter services to the city such as CanJet, Sun Country, and Sunwing. Canadian travellers can get cheap Puerto Vallarta flights on WestJet which flies direct from cities such as Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
Winter is when cheap tickets on flights to Puerto Vallarta are snapped up quickly by snowbirds from Canada, the US, and Europe. There is little or no rain from November to late-May and the temperatures average 20-25°C, making this the most popular time to escape to the sunny beaches from colder climes. From June to end-September is when Puerto Vallarta experiences most of its rainfall and high humidity levels. Airline tickets on international flights are cheaper during this time, but the city could still be crowded with local Mexicans making the most of the long school holiday break. Book your tickets for May or from September to October to enjoy Puerto Vallarta's great weather along with lower airfare and hotel rates.
Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) is a small airport with a single terminal. Passengers arriving on Puerto Vallarta flights can easily walk to any of the ground transportation pick-up zones or stops located close to the terminal exits.
Public Transit: The bus system is as laid back as the holiday atmosphere in Puerto Vallarta. Simply walk out of the airport to the main highway and make your way to the area under the pedestrian overpass. Buses to El Centro will pass by here and can be flagged down by waving. A one-way fare to the city centre costs less than $1 USD but remember that luggage space is limited so if you're travelling with more than one bag, this is not the best travel option for you.
Hotel Shuttle: Check with your hotel or resort if they provide a courtesy pick-up service from the airport and if they do, make your way to the pick-up zone located just outside the airport terminal exit.
Taxi: Taxis can be found outside the terminal building and for future reference, keep in mind that because of local laws trips from the airport are more expensive than return trips to the airport. Fares are based on travel zones and one-way trips to downtown Puerto Vallarta (Zone1) will be about $20-$30 USD. Prices may differ based on the company you choose to travel with and fares must be paid in advance (in US Dollars or Pesos) at the official Taxi Booths located outside the arrival gates. For passengers travelling in large groups, vans can be hired from the same booths and these will cost approximately double the price of a single cab fare.
Car Rental: There are a number of rental companies which operate from PVR including U Save, Alamo, and Thrifty. Each one has different operating hours so make sure that the company you have booked a car with has an airport counter operating at the time when your Puerto Vallarta flight arrives. Off-site companies like Gecko may offer discounts for online bookings and also arrange for a pick-up from the airport to take you to the rental car lot.