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Car Hire from Puerto Vallarta Airport

Car Hire from Puerto Vallarta Airport

Puerto Vallarta Airport is located on Mexico’s western, Pacific coast. It provides a great starting point for a Mexican coastal adventure. With a hire car from the airport, you can discover beautiful beaches, vibrant towns and luxurious resorts.

Where to hire a car at Puerto Vallarta Airport

There is a good selection of car hire companies based at Puerto Vallarta Airport. Hertz, Alamo, Budget, Avis, Europcar, National, Thrifty, Dollar, Fox Rent A Car and U Save all have desks at the airport.

Petrol Stations near Puerto Vallarta Airport

If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, you’ll find a service station located just two minutes’ drive from the airport terminal. It’s a Pemex garage situated on route 200, just south of the airport.

Driving around Puerto Vallarta Airport

Route 200 is the main road travelling to and from the airport. It heads north to Mezcales and Bucerias, and south to Puerto Vallarta and Boca de Tomatian. Northbound, the 200 also provides a connection to route 544, a road which travels inland towards San Sebastian del Oeste and Mascota.
You can drive in Mexico using your standard UK driving license. Road and driving standards around the country vary wildly. Road surfaces are often poor and you’re likely to come across a pothole or two. Other road users sometimes flout the road rules, changing lanes without indicating and driving through red lights. It’s wise to drive defensively and take your time on Mexican roads.

Getting to your destination

With a hire car from Puerto Vallarta Airport, there are lots of great destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:

Puerto Vallarta

The city of Puerto Vallarta sits on Mexico’s Pacific coast. This popular seaside resort boasts five star hotels, world class shopping and upmarket dining options. A stroll along the bustling boardwalk takes in a variety of street performers and some great bars. In the local area, visitors will also find beautiful beaches, dense jungle and some great outdoor activities.
It takes around 10 minutes to drive from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Puerto Vallarta city, taking route 200 south and then Calle Prisciliano Sanchez into the centre. Traffic can become congested during rush hours. Part of the city is laid out over a diagonal grid system but this isn’t consistent enough to aid navigation. A good map or GPS system would be useful.

Punta Mita

Punta Mita is a pretty beachfront village located at the northern end of Banderas Bay. With a wonderful temperate, tropical climate it’s a popular place for a low key holiday. Visitors can soak up the sun, sea and sand on one of the area’s scenic beaches or discover the archaeological site up at Careyeros Hill.
Punta Mita is around 50 minutes’ drive from Puerto Vallarta Airport, taking route 200 north along the coast. The village is small and set on a peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on three sides, so it’s fairly easy to find your way.


Sayulita is a small beachside town with a laid back atmosphere. It’s a great surfing spot and visitors can also enjoy horse riding, hiking, jungle canopy tours, fishing and snorkelling in the local area. There are some fantastic galleries and restaurants in the town too.
It takes 45 minutes to drive from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita, taking route 200 north. Be aware that route 200 splits at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and you’ll need to take the right hand fork to reach Sayulita. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll find the town is small, easy to navigate and with plenty of parking options.

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