How to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport for less than $50 USD

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Editor’s Note: Getting to Sayulita to Puerto Vallarta Airport is very simple. We want to disclose that all the transport services we recommended in this post are locals we met while traveling around Nayarit. These are not private companies. At Sayulita Insider, we always aim to support locals so we hope you can help us in this endeavor!

Great blog! I am a Swedish backpacker visiting Mexico for the first time. I heard many good things about Sayulita. I couldn’t find a lot of information about getting to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport. Most of the things I found are very expensive. Do I really have to pay $150 USD as these articles were saying? As a budget traveler, that is very expensive for me. Thank you for the help!

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Getting to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport: what is the airport that serves Sayulita?

If you look at TripAdvisor threads and other resources online, you will only see expensive public airport transport from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita. This is because these are taxi companies and luxury transportation. The Nayarit area is an American and Canadian vacationer’s favorite and usually, their travel style is a grand vacation (ex: all-inclusive stays).

Related: Sayulita Travel Budget Guide
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PV is a pretty straight-forward airport. You won’t get lost! It’s not that big!

As backpackers ourselves, we understand why you won’t be willing to pay for a $150 USD taxi (come on, we won’t do that, too! It’s a bit too much) so in this post, we will share to you the cheapest ways to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport.

Travel time to Sayulita is just 40 minutes from PV airport. We want you to know this so you’ll have an idea about taxi pricing.

#1: Is Uber available in Puerto Vallarta?

The Uber app does not work in all Mexican cities (for example, Puerto Escondido) but it does in Puerto Vallarta. However, Ubers are not allowed to enter PV airport. If you booked an Uber through the app, you will have to go out of the airport to meet your driver.

Uber in Mexico is really cheap, especially in big cities like Mexico City and Guadalajara. All trips are just less than $5 USD! In the case of Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita, Uber normally charges between $20 USD – $40 USD, depending on the time of the day. We find night time taxi fees more expensive. This all depends on Uber’s algorithm, not the drivers.

See also: Is Sayulita open? Here’s what you need to know
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Puerto Vallarta is one of the most visited cities in Jalisco.

There’s a lot of taxi politics in PV airport against Uber but if you’re willing to bring all your luggage and go out of the airport to meet your Uber driver, then this option is for you.

#2: Hitchhiking

We want to add this to the list of ways to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport just because the question is from a backpacker. We do have experience in hitchhiking all over Nayarit and we can assure you that it is really safe! Mexicans are super friendly to foreigners and you will surely get a ride in this area easily.

To hitchhike, all you have to do is cross the bridge from PV airport to the other side. Nayarit is the other way so you have to go to the other side of the road. Put your big smile on and thumbs up!

#3: Take public transport (bus)

If you are willing to take public transport despite COVID, you can find regular busses from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita. These busses have the big letters ‘Compostela’ on them and usually have a digital sign in front that says SAYULITA.

You might also like: Things to do in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
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Here’s what the Compostela bus looks like.

This costs $2 USD and will take you directly to the bus station in Sayulita. However, this trip is longer (can take up to 1.5 hours) as these busses stop frequently.

#4: By taxi: support our local drivers!

We stopped taking public transport this year because of COVID. Since we are always traveling in groups with our staff, we always call our trusted local drivers who take us not only within Sayulita/PV but all over Nayarit! At the moment, we only have two drivers and we’d love to introduce you to them!

Meet Juan and Michelle

We met Juan and Michelle 2 years ago through Uber. Juan is a very outgoing person and continued to chat with us despite his broken English. He only speaks Spanish but he’s very willing to learn English. You’ll see how he will be very chatty with you during the ride!

Michelle works with Juan and takes all of his clients whenever he’s not available. As for pricing, they already have a special price for our staff but we do not pay them less than $500 MXN ($25 USD). Through the years, we have developed a relationship with Juan (we’re even Godmothers to his daughter!) so we continue promoting his services.

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One of our rides with Juan. This is the view from PV airport to Sayulita. Get ready for the jungle!

You can mention us to Juan if you contact him but get in touch with us so we can give you a special price! If you choose to contact Juan yourself, please do not pay him less than $25 USD. Juan is a hard worker and we want to continue supporting his livelihood, especially that he has lots of children!

If you are worried about your safety, we assure you that Juan is a good person. We are totally vouching for him!

Click here to book a Sayulita airport taxi service with Juan
What are the other ways to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport? Do you have any suggestions that we forgot to put in this post? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your thoughts in the comment box below!
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18 Comments. Leave new

  • Danik the Explorer
    December 28, 2020 06:04

    I was so close to coming to this area for the first half of 2021 but with the pandemic I am leaving it a bit longer (let the vaccine get rolled out more here in Europe). So I am hoping to be here later in the second part of 2021. I have had my eyes on Sayulita but I havent done my research on how to get about so this post has actually helped me with my research. So I am bookmarking it. 🙂 Thanks.

  • This is a great initiative! I would also love to support the locals whenever I travel. Kimberly’s question is a very common one and I am happy to know that there are cheaper options available. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Linda (LD Holland)
    December 29, 2020 10:46

    It is great to showcase local options for transport. When we have used local drivers, we always learn so much more. I can’t imagine paying $150 for a 40 minute drive if there were better and cheaper options. Good to know Uber is also an option if we wanted to get out of the airport.

  • I didn’t know Uber operated in Mexico at all. Good to know that’s an option but as you say, it’s great to support local taxi drivers as well. I’d love to go back to Mexico one day. Hopefully soon.

  • As a backpacker, I’m always looking for ways to cut down my travel expenses — staying in dorms instead of private rooms, taking local buses instead of taxis, etc. And it often frustrates me when airport transfers make up a huge chunk of my budget because I have no other choice but expensive taxis. This is a good tip and it’s a bonus that we get to support locals at the same time.

  • Subhashish Roy
    January 1, 2021 03:45

    Nice tip to help locals get some earnings. I normally use UBER quite a lot but would prefer local operators now when visiting Sayulita whenever we get there.

  • Such great tips to save money! I prefer public transport. I don’t like hitchhike. I add Sayulita to my bucket list for 2021. It’s a great place for holidays and travel nomads.

  • Yukti Agrawal
    January 1, 2021 15:26

    I always try to lower down my expenses when I travel. Good to know that from airport we can reach to Salyulita in less than 50 USD. Taking taxi and supporting local drivers is great idea. I also loved you supported Juan who is hardworker and earns for his family.

  • This is a very useful blog on how you reach Sayulita by not spending a bomb from PV airport. 150$ is way too much even if I am not backpacking. I loved the 2$ bus idea even if it takes longer, but it’s the most environmentally-friendly among all your options.

  • This is going to help a lot of people. I had no idea that taxis could be that expensive ANYWHERE. That just blows my mind. You’d use up your entire travel budget just getting rides!

  • I would love to visit Mexico soon and explore the whole country! Thank you for your tips, I have never done hitchhiking but it sounds adventurous!

  • Emman Damian
    January 7, 2021 04:07

    Great tips! Hitchhiking is still the fun and cheapest way but public transport like bus is always a good option. I hope I can visit Sayulita soon.

  • We have been to Mexico many times and either use hotel transportation or rent a car. Taxis have been expensive, and then at one point we were dropped off in a small town and literally had to walk a couple miles back to our hotel because we couldn’t find a taxi to take us back when ours didn’t come back. It is good to know some different options.

  • Holy moly, I didn’t realize how expensive it was to taxi around Puerto Vallarta! It’s good to know about these hacks to doing it more cheaply.

  • Hitchhiking in Mexico sounds like a real thrill but I think I would have to brush up on my Spanish first. I remember Ubers being super cheap in the big cities of Brazil, but I did not realise it was the same in Mexico too. Thank you for this post, I took away some good advice.

  • These are some great tips on saving money when traveling here.

  • Mayuri Saxena
    January 8, 2021 00:59

    Hitchhiking looks adventurous and, even though, I have never done it – I am open to the idea. This is such an informative post for travelers. I have never been to Mexico but I am going to save the post so that I can use it later.

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea
    January 8, 2021 08:14

    Those are some great suggestions to keep in mind and I’m all about trying to save some cash. I didn’t know it was that expensive to travel around the place with a taxi, good thing we now know some cheaper alternatives for that.


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