Getting from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta

by Cristina on December 5, 2011

by Cristina | December 5th, 2011  

Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco, in Mexico. It is a colonial city and much of the architecture dates from the independence period. It is a lovely city to explore on foot and it has a more relaxed feel than Mexico City.

Puerto Vallarta is a popular resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico , which combines nicely the high end traveling with the activities in nature. Old Town Vallarta is an excellent choice if you are looking for an authentic Mexican town experience.

Quick summary

The cheapest option for traveling between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta is the bus. The fares start at 317* pesos (about US$22.60) and the travel time is 5 ½ h.

Flights from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta

Guadalajara is served by Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) , located about 16 km south of the city. It is Mexico’s third busiest airport and a hub for Aeroméxico Connect, Volaris and VivaAerobus.

Puerto Vallarta is served by Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), connected to the city by public buses. The airport isn’t hub for any airline.

The only airline offering direct flights between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta is Aeromexico Connect. The travel time is about 40 min. Regardless of when you plan to travel, single fares start at US$153.

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Buses from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta

Primera Plus runs buses betwen the two cities. The travel time is 5 ½ h and includes a stopover. There are buses running both during the day and night and they depart every hour from Guadalajara. The faresaver is 317 pesos (about US$22.60) and the standard fare is 352 pesos (about US$25).

>>read more about Bus Travel in Mexico

Driving from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta

There are about 306 km between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta so you can easily rent a car and drive the distance in about 4 hours.


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