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Public Transportation in Puerto Vallarta

Mastering the public transportation system in Puerto Vallarta is a crucial aspect of adapting to life there. This article provides a detailed overview of the available local transit options.
|-Public Transportation in Puerto Vallarta

Public transportation in Puerto Vallarta is diverse and efficient, making it possible for both locals and expats to navigate the city without the need for a personal vehicle. The city offers a variety of public transportation options including city buses, taxis, Uber, and even water taxis. Each of these systems provides a unique way to explore and experience the vibrant culture and scenic beauty of Puerto Vallarta.

City Buses

The city buses in Puerto Vallarta are a popular and affordable means of transportation. They operate on a wide network of routes that cover almost every part of the city and its surrounding areas. The buses are generally safe to use, even at night, and are frequented by both locals and tourists. However, they can get crowded during peak hours. The fare is quite cheap, costing only about 10 pesos per ride. The buses are not air-conditioned, but the open windows provide a refreshing breeze. The bus system can be a bit confusing for newcomers as there are no official maps or schedules, but locals are usually more than willing to help out with directions.


Taxis are another common mode of transportation in Puerto Vallarta. They are plentiful and can be hailed from the street or ordered from hotels and restaurants. Taxis in Puerto Vallarta do not use meters, so it’s important to negotiate the fare before getting in. The rates are generally reasonable, but can be higher during the tourist season or late at night. Taxis are considered safe, but it’s always a good idea to use reputable companies or taxis ordered from your hotel.


Uber is a relatively new addition to Puerto Vallarta’s transportation scene, but it has quickly become a popular choice for both locals and expats. Uber offers a convenient and affordable alternative to traditional taxis, with the added benefit of being able to order and pay for your ride through the app. The service is generally safe and reliable, and the drivers are usually friendly and helpful. However, there have been reports of tension between Uber drivers and local taxi drivers, so it’s recommended to be discreet when using the service.

Water Taxis

For a unique and scenic way to get around, water taxis are a great option. These small boats operate from the main pier in downtown Puerto Vallarta and offer service to several remote beaches and small coastal villages that are not accessible by road. The water taxis are safe and reliable, but the ride can be a bit bumpy depending on the weather. The fares vary depending on the distance, but are generally affordable. It’s a great way to see the beautiful coastline and experience some of the more secluded areas of the region.

In conclusion, public transportation in Puerto Vallarta is diverse, efficient, and affordable. Whether you’re a local, an expat, or a tourist, you can comfortably navigate the city and its surrounding areas without the need for a personal vehicle. So, if you’re considering a move to Puerto Vallarta or planning a visit, rest assured that getting around will be a breeze.

Expats talk about Public Transportation in Puerto Vallarta

“I sold my SUV before relocating to Fluvial, PV. I can walk to many stores, banks, parks, malls, pharmacies, Costco and the beach in just a few minutes, but I also use my regular taxi service, as well. I still use my taxi driver or his friend, who I used during my scouting/vacation period before transitioning here. They wait for me while I run errands, etc. They are my private chauffeurs (My driver alerted me to the house available that I now live in). When I need them for 3 or more hours I always schedule them 1-3 days in advance. I have never had problems with other taxis, but you should always agree on the fare before getting into their cars. Uber is also available, but I have never used them. I have used buses, too. The buses have a new fleet now with a/c (10 pesos). Buses can be a little overwhelming on Sundays & rush hours. During the weekdays I’ve taken the bus to the Botanical Gardens, Mismaloya and Bucerias (35 pesos) & (Playa Grande / 10. pesos). Sometimes on Sundays, if you don’t board at the end of the line you might stand up for most of your travel,” commented an expat living in Puerto Vallarta.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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