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!
KIMBERLY DAHLBERG, SWEDEN
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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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!