How to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport in 6 ways

Uber is not allowed in Puerto Vallarta airport so you’ll end up paying a lot of money for an authorized taxi service. In this post, I will share with you 6 ways to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport for a lower price.

📮  Hi Trisha! After reading your posts about Sayulita, I finally decided to come to spend my winter there this year! I was battling between Puerto Escondido and Sayulita but based on your stories, Sayulita won my heart! I am currently planning my travels. Do you still have a local taxi driver that can take me to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta airport? I’d love to support locals so let me know how I can avail. Thanks again and I hope to meet you!

Cherry Ann, United States
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Hola, Cherry Ann!

Glad you decided to go to Sayulita! Yes, I still have that local taxi driver and I will definitely connect you with him. I don’t live in Sayulita anymore, but I spent 2 years there.

I’ve written a lot of super local Sayulita travel guides so if you need anything during your stay, just let me know! I hope you have a wonderful stay and please, don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s anything I can do for you.

All my friends still live there so if you’re traveling by yourself to Sayulita, I’d love to introduce you to them! Good luck!


🛣️ How far is Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport?

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Sayulita is about an hour’s drive from Puerto Vallarta airport. From downtown Puerto Vallarta (say, the Malecon), it can take about 1.5 hours.

Through the years, we’ve seen how the traffic situations changed in Sayulita. In 2018, we used to do it for only 40 minutes but as Sayulita gets popular with tourists, traffic gets heavier and heavier.

For departures from Sayulita, I recommend leaving at least 4 hours before your flight. Meaning, you should aim to be at the airport at least 3 hours before take off.

What airport do you fly into for Sayulita?

The airport that serves Sayulita (and most areas in Nayarit and Jalisco) is Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR). This airport has direct flights from the USA and Canada.

📍 Puerto Vallarta Airport Transportation quick info


I know you are only looking for transportation from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita but just in case you come back, know that Puerto Vallarta Airport is a gateway to all destinations in Nayarit and Jalisco.

Puerto Vallarta Airport transportation and transfers are based on zones. Below is the information with the zones and prices:

Zone 1 covers Marina Vallarta and serves the following hotels and resorts:

  • Bay View Grand Vamar
  • Marriott Velas Vallarta
  • Mayan Palace Vallarta Villa Vera
  • Melia Vallarta Westin Regina

Zone 2 covers Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) and serves the following hotels and resorts:

BuenaventuraLas Palmas
Canto del SolLos Tules
Crown ParadiseNH Krystal Vallarta
Fiesta AmericanaPeninsula
Grand VenetianPlaza Pelicanos
Hacienda BuenaventuraSecrets
Hilton IkonSheraton Villa Premier
Villa del Palmar

Zone 3 covers Zona Romantica (Romantic Zone) and serves the following hotels and resorts:

AlmarPlaya Los Arcos
Blue ChairsPorto Alegro
Casa SusanaPorto Novo
Hotel RositaRivera del Rio
Hyatt ZivaSan Marino Plaza
Loma LindaTorre Malibu
Molino de AguaTropicana

Zone 4 covers Southern Vallarta (Mismaloya, Conchas Chinas, etc) and serves the following hotels and resorts:

Costa SurPalmares
Garza BlancaPark Royal
Hilton RivieraVilla Mia

Zone 5 covers Nuevo Vallarta and serves the following hotels and resorts:

Del CantoParadise Village
Dreams Villa MagnaPlaya Royale
EstanciaRiu Nuevo Vallarta
FlamingosRoyal de Cameron
Grand KrystalSamba
Grand VelasSea Garden
Hard RockVidanta
Marival ResidencesVilla Varadero
Villa del Palmar Nuevo Vallarta

Zone 6 covers Bucerias.

Zone 7 covers La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Zone 8 covers Punta Mita.

Zone 9 covers Sayulita.

Zone 9 covers Sayulita.

Additionally, you can also book transfers from Puerto Vallarta Airport to other parts of Nayarit like San Blas, Chacala, Lo de Marcos, and even up to Mazatlan. Just get in touch and our office will send a quote!

🥳 Use the code PSIMONMYWAY10 for a 10% discount upon checkout on all Puerto Vallarta Airport transportation services.


🚖 Taxi to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport ($69)

💲 from $69 USD | ➡️ Book it here

I bought my car in Mexico so I barely use taxi services between Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita but when I do, I always call my trusted local drivers.

We’ve known each other for a long time and they’ve taken care of me while I was living in Mexico! I am really amazed at how speaking Spanish can easily connect you with people!

I met Juan and Michelle 2 years ago through Uber. I’d usually be freaked about taxi drivers who are very chatty but Juan has a different vibe.

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!

Through the years, Juan and I remained friends. We go to dinners and he even helped me move to different houses while I was living in Sayulita!

I am also a proud godmother to one of Juan’s many children. I love supporting Juan so I hope you’ll help me support him, too!

Right now, the family of locals that this blog is supporting is growing so if Juan or Michelle are not available, our office will send another trusted driver for you.

Many of you ask if the local drivers can take you to other routes (for example, surf trips or other things to do in Sayulita) and the answer is YES! 

Just feel free to contact me and I will arrange it for you no matter what the route is.

🛎️ Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta airport via luxury service ($150)

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If you don’t know yet, Ubers and taxis without permits are not allowed to enter Puerto Vallarta Airport. That’s just the rules and politics of the airport.

You can definitely go for any company that will charge you $200 USD for it if you don’t want to complicate your pick-up.

If you are traveling to Sayulita with a big group (more than 3 people), you need to get a Sayulita airport van service. This van can hold up to 7 people and is also a VIP service.

They will have a sign with your name on it and they will be waiting for you at the arrivals gate. These drivers have a permit to operate inside Puerto Vallarta International Airport so don’t worry about its legitimacy.

I unfortunately don’t have any VIP booking service to recommend right now since I’ve had bad experiences and they are quite expensive!

🚗 Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport via Uber

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The Uber app does not work in all Mexican cities (for example, Puerto Escondido) but it does in Puerto Vallarta. However, Uber is 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. All you have to do is cross the bridge that’s outside the PV airport and your driver will be at the other end waiting for you.

If you are traveling light, this is ideal but if you have heavy luggage, this bridge is a little bit long and high. There is a ramp at the footbridge for your luggage so don’t worry.

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 Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport, Uber normally charges between $25 – $40 USD, depending on the time of the day.

I find nighttime taxi fees more expensive but 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.

How much is Uber from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita?

If you’re coming from downtown Puerto Vallarta, you can simply take an Uber that will charge you around $45 USD – $100 USD. Uber is commonly used in Puerto Vallarta so if you have the app, you’re good to go!

White taxis charge more but you can find them easily around town. Some Uber drivers may not want to travel to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta.

It’s difficult to haggle with white taxis if you don’t speak Spanish so better use Uber if you’re coming from PV downtown! You can also pre-book your Uber (3 hours before) to ensure your ride.

Better yet, book a taxi driver to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta downtown (from $69 USD, flat rate).

🚌 Bus to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport

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This is what the bus to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta airport looks like. You won’t miss it!

You can find regular busses from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita. These busses have the big letters ‘Compostela’ on them and usually have a written sign on the windshield that says SAYULITA.

Like Uber, you have to cross the footbridge outside PV airport to get to the bus stop.

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.

They also don’t stop all the time at the bus stop in Puerto Vallarta airport so make sure to raise your hand when you see the sign! They are not very frequent – sometimes the wait time can take up to 20 minutes.

🚙 Rent a car from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita ($45)

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Renting a car in Puerto Vallarta airport is also one of the ways on how to get to Sayulita. However, this is a very tedious task as you have to drive yourself, pay for the security deposit (about $350 USD), pay for the daily rates ($45 USD), etc.

This is more ideal if you are going to use your car in Sayulita but bear in mind that parking in Sayulita is a horror story! As this is a walking town, the streets are very narrow and are often one-way.

Sayulita is a walking town so heavy traffic in the center is very normal.

The best thing to do is to rent a car while you are already in Sayulita. This will allow you to discover day trips from Sayulita such as Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Los Ayala, and many more.

If you’d like me to arrange a rental car for you while you are in Sayulita, feel free to get in touch!

👍 Hitchhiking to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta

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First hitchhiking experience in Sayulita to Puerto Vallarta / May 2019

I want to add this to the list of ways to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport because the question is from a backpacker and solo traveler.

I’ve hitchhiked a lot within the Nayarit area and I 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! There is only one highway to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta airport so you’ll have higher chances to get a ride!

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  1. Good to know in advance that Uber is not allowed at the Puerto Vallarta Airport so that you can make alternate plans. We often travel with so much luggage rolling our bags out of the airport to get our Uber might not be an option. But even better to get input on ways that will save money.

  2. Wow many different ways to get to Sayulita from the airport. Even though I like the idea of hitchhiking, I am still hesitant as I usually travel solo. I have never traveled to Sayulita and I would like to someday. I will surely keep in mind that the Uber taxis are not allowed at the airport. But I may go with a public transport or a taxi service.

  3. Good to know that there is public transport after all! I had this experience quite often – buses and private taxis are not allowed inside the airport area, but you only have walk a few meters further and there is plenty of transport available. Best thing is to ask locals on the plane and do not believe the taxi touts inside the airport. You can always come back and take the more expensive transport.

  4. Okay, so hitchiking wouldn’t be my choice, should I land there. But the idea of light luggage and crossing the bridge seems doable. I am also planning to learn Spanish, so that should make it easy. It looks like a cool place to be in. a lot like India actually.

  5. Such a detailed post to get to Sayulita. I didn’t know that the taxi from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita is so expensive. I would definitely love to use local drivers, or book a VIP transport service if traveling in a big group. Using public buses is a good way to get from the airport too.

  6. Great information about travelling around Mexico. I find the airport taxis can often be extortionate, so it’s worth checking this information before you arrive in any country.

  7. Very nice guide on how to save while reaching Sayulta. Every dollar or euro saved is like earning that many more to spend on something worthwhile. Thank you so much as it would be very useful information when we manage to travel there sometime in future.

  8. After reading this post, it’s good to know that the authority didn’t make all the transportation forms from the highway illegal. Also the local driver because I am sure the VIP drivers know by now if someone hired the local driver. Prices comparison is crazy. I will sure cross the bridge to get an Uber or a bus to go to Sayulita.

  9. Hi trisha thanks for the post! I just ordered a taxi and did not receive a confirmation e-mail. Will Juan be there when I land? I land in two weeks but I wanted to book in advance. Thanks for all your free blogs! They are really helpful.

  10. Hi we are coming on Sunday. Is it too late to book now or we still have time? Please confirm so I can book

  11. My boyfriend and I rode with Juan last month and he’s such an amazing person! I am so happy to be supporting local businesses like this so thank you for all your efforst, Trish! I will recommend this to my friends 100%. Many thanks for the discount code as well!

  12. Juan is amazing! My family and I went with him and Michelle. They were so kind to wait for us while we do some quick shopping at the Mega. To everyone reading this post, there are no supermarkets in Sayulita so when you get picked up at the airport, swing by Mega, Costco or Walmart in Puerto Vallarta if you want to have some supplies in your accommodations in Sayulita. I am sure Trisha already shared that tip but thanks to Juan for waiting for us at Mega! Good driver and highly recommended

  13. I usually won;t leave comments like this but Trisha asked me to – LOL. But kidding aside, when you look at the Internet, all the taxi services in Puerto Vallarta are ridiculously expensive! I am a budget traveler and I will never pay $150 for taxi. It is just insane. Thanks to Trisha we find locals like Juan who charge fairly. I love helping the community so thanks again Trisha for allowing me to do so. Until next trip Sayulita!

  14. Juan was great – he picked my friend and me up from the airport and we used him again to drop us back off at the end of our stay in Sayulita. He picked us up on time and got us to the airport with plenty of time to spare. I would definitely use him again when I head back to Sayulita next time.

  15. I had a good experience with Juan. I had arranged him to come for an airport pickup. He had a little trouble finding my place, but we still made it to the airport in good time, and with plenty of time to check-in. I’ll use him again on my next visit to Sayulita.

  16. Juan drove my family to and from the airport when we stayed in Sayulita. He was super friendly and chatty. He answered all my questions, chatted with my kids, offered to wait while we nipped into the supermarket and was always punctual. Highly recommended.

  17. Fantastic guide Trisha! I just booked the local taxi driver but I did not get a confirmation about my pick up time? I already received the payment confirmation but nothing else. Is there something that I am missing? Should I call Juan? Thanks for all you do!

  18. We just booked Juan and very excited for our Sayulita trip! Should I send a message when we land or when we are on the way to the meeting point? How do we know who is Juan?

      1. Hi Trisha, Looking for a ride to Sayulita on fed25/2022 for two. Text me back on rate and type of vehicle. Would like to stop at the market after the airport pick up Thanks Pete

  19. Hi Trisha

    I just booked the taxi from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita through your website. How do I get in touch with Juan please to discuss pick-up date and time? Can’t wait to explore Sayulita!

  20. Hi Trisha – so excited about going to Sayulita! I have just booked the taxi through your website. How do I get in touch with Juan for details please?

  21. Hola! I wanted to say thanks to PS I’m On My Way to connecting me with Juan! At first I thought who books through Pinterest for a ride from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita.. Is it Legit?…. IT IS! I was so happy to connect with Juan who wasn’t available to pick me up on my arrival date but he schedule Michelle in his place and she was wonderful. I don’t speak a lot of Spanish and she doesn’t speak a lot of English, however together we were able to have a conversation and I arrived at my hostel safe and sound. She gladly offered to do my return trip or additional trips in the area. I highly recommend this affordable transfer to Sayulita!

  22. Absolutely wonderful experience with Juan. Although I don’t speak Spanish, my partner does and he had a good time conversing with Juan. We were very thankful that he waited for us to shop around the supermarket as well as giving us recommendations for places to eat/things to do in Sayulita. So glad we booked him!

  23. I am currently visiting Mexico for the first time and have visited only 5 cities. I am so happy to have connected with your information and reviews from other travelers. This information is so needed and so well done. Your information is invaluable. I feel apart of a community reviewing all of it and hope to visit both PV and Sayulita on next trip as well as support your work. How can one contact Juan for a ride/services and give support to your work ? Perhaps I missed the information. Thank you.

  24. Juan is such a lovely and professional driver. He was fantastic at communicating with us throughout the whole process via WhatsApp and easy to find at the airport. He was on time and the vehicle was clean and he was a safe driver.
    Highly recommend hiring Juan as your driver.

  25. We had a great experience using Juan’s transportation service from Puerto Vallarta airport to Sayulita and our return trip a few days later. From PVR to Sayulita, Juan arranged our pick-up with another driver named Valeria. She was very friendly and we had an easy pick-up process. Juan drove us back to PVR from Sayulita a few days later at the end of our trip. Juan was very friendly and professional. He responded quickly to Whatsapp messages. I highly recommend Juan’s services and would use him again!

  26. Juan picked us up and drove us from PVR to Sayulita and it was great! Very easy to find him with WhatsApp and he took us to a great grocery store on the way. Highly recommend!

  27. Hi there, Trisha! Thank you for the guides and tips! Could you please give
    me Juan’s number (driver)?

    Thank you so much

  28. HI Trisha,

    Thank you so much for your recommendations around Sayulita, you included such great information. My family and I will be traveling next week to Sayulita and I was wondering about Juan for traveling from PV to Sayulita. We have two adults, two small children (with inflatable booster seats) and a baby in a car seat. I see that Juan’s car is for 4 only, just wondering if we could get all of us in his vehicle. Thank you kindly for your response!

  29. Hi Trisha! Wow, I love your blog! So many great tips! Reading your blog has motivated me to book my first solo trip to Sayulita! I was hoping you could connect me with you recommended taxi driver, to get me from the puerto Vallarta airport to Sayulita! I would love to support local. And if you could also recommend any surf instructors, I’d truly appreciate.



  30. Hi Trish! Great site and info. I am 66 years young and have travelled from PV to Sayulita with a rental car and on another trip a taxi to Punta Mita. In 2019 the taxi from Zona Romantica to the Westin in Punta Mita was $60USD but the cab driver took care of us and even took us to the Mega store. Unfortunately from the Westin, a cab almost anywhere else seemed astronomical. We felt like we were held hostage by the Westin (which is not a bad place to be by the way.) Upon our departure from the Westin a cab back to PV cost us over $150USD. This time I’m planning on taking the bus in both directions to save money.

  31. Thanks Trisha.

    Excellent job on the details!

    I’d love to support some of the local trusted drivers like Juan and Michelle so please send me their contact info.

    Also what are your recommendations on getting to and from San Pacho?

    I’m going there (solo) right when I arrive (7/21) and then staying in Sayulita from 7/24-7/28 and then back up to PVR.

    Thanks so much!

  32. Hi, We have a party of 2 that will need a ride to Sayulita on the 14th of October. Can you set us up with a driver? Thanks, Chris

  33. Hello,
    My husband and I, two Canadian seniors in our 70’s will be arriving at the PV airport, Feb. 8 on Westjet #2152, at 3:30pm.
    We will each have a large suitcase and aren’t sure if we could manoeuvre over the bridge to take an Uber to Sayulita.
    What mode of transportation do you recommend for us that would be a reasonable rate?

  34. Thank you so much for the information! I will be returning to Sayulita for a visit this summer (last visited in 2018 and absolutely LOVED it!) The last time we went we rented a car and found it to be expensive for how little we used it once we actually got to Sayulita.

    I would love any recommendations or further information you could pass along about hiring a local driver. Thank you!

    1. For sure, Marie! You can look at the quick links at the top of this post which has links to different destinations in Riviera Nayarit. If you only want the taxi service in Sayulita, you can book that here. Enjoy Sayulita!

  35. Hi there,

    do you happen to know how how long in the evening the public buses run to Sayulita? We only arrive at 7pm and till we are out of the airport might take an hour.


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