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Getting Where You Want To Go - A Guide to Transportation in Nuevo Vallarta

DESTINATION | Published on 02/01/2019
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When you travel to the sunny coast of Mexico to visit Nuevo Vallarta, you’ll want to explore the beaches and city as much as possible, soaking up the sun and culture. However, figuring out transportation in a foreign country when you don’t have your own car with you can be tricky. This guide to transportation in Nuevo Vallarta will give you all the tips for getting where you want to go. Whether you’re going out to dinner or taking a day trip to one of the magical villages in Riviera Nayarit, using this Nuevo Vallarta travel guide and these tips for getting around Nuevo Vallarta and its surroundings will make your vacation more enjoyable and stress free.

Bus to Sayulita and Punta Mita

The most inexpensive form of public transportation in Mexico is the public busses. While the busses are nothing fancy, the bus routes in Riviera Nayarit can get you to many beautiful places for just a couple dollars. Along the main highway, you can catch busses to two of the most popular destinations north of the city: Sayulita and Punta Mita. As you stand on the sidewalk, white ATM busses headed to Punta Mita and green Compostela busses headed to Sayulita will pass by. Flag down the one with your destination listed on the front and tell the driver where you’re headed, and he’ll give you the price to pay. Once he gives you your ticket, take a seat and enjoy the ride past the lush mountains and seaside vistas.

Bus to Puerto Vallarta

When you visit Nuevo Vallarta, you may be tempted to head into Puerto Vallarta to see the sights and wander along the famous Malecon boardwalk. While you can catch these busses going the opposite way on the main road to Puerto Vallarta, one of the bus routes in Riviera Nayarit will take you straight from the Flamingos residential neighborhood into Puerto Vallarta. The white ATM bus labeled “RIU” will take you into downtown Puerto Vallarta to the bus stop, where you can get off and take another local bus, taxi, or Uber to your final destination. This bus costs less than a dollar, saving you money that you can spend going out to eat or finding one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take home.


If the bus routes in Riviera Nayarit won’t get you where you need to go or if you’re in a hurry, taxis are a quick option of public transportation for getting around Nuevo Vallarta. In Flamingos, the taxis are expected to be well maintained and comfortable with cool air conditioning. Before getting into a taxi, always ask the price to avoid getting overcharged. To know a fair price, you can ask in your hotel or check a Nuevo Vallarta travel guide. For getting from Nuevo Vallarta to downtown Puerto Vallarta, most taxis will charge you between 250-300 pesos. While you can pay in dollars, it’s easier to get a lower rate and exact change in pesos.


Like most major cities in the world, Uber is a quick and affordable way for getting around Nuevo Vallarta. Using the app on your phone, you can order an Uber car directly to your location and pay with pesos or your credit card securely through the app, a great option if you don’t have cash on you. Uber cars are held to high standards and are very comfortable with air conditioning. For security, the app also tracks your trip and has information for contacting your driver or reporting missing items. This makes it one of the most convenient modes of transportation for foreigners who visit Nuevo Vallarta.

Using this guide to transportation in Nuevo Vallarta will help you get to where you need to go and help you avoid overpaying for public transportation. With the knowledge from this Nuevo Vallarta travel guide, you don’t have to feel stuck at the hotel. The door to exploring Mexico will be open to you with this guide to transportation in Nuevo Vallarta.

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