Wondering how to get to Sayulita? In this blog post, I’m going to go through all of the different options for getting to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, and anywhere else you might be traveling from.
P.S. If you are looking for a Sayulita guide, click here. And if you need somewhere to stay, read this.
Where is Sayulita
Before we get stuck into how to get to Sayulita, it’s important to know where it is right? Sayulita is located on the west coast of Mexico in the state of Nayarit. Sayulita is the jewel in the Riviera Nayarit’s crown and by far the most popular tourist destination in the state with both foreign and Mexican tourists.
What makes Sayulita so Popular?
The big thing that pulls the crowds into Sayulita is the surf. Sayulita is a small surf town with a laid back young fun vibe. It’s also a Pueblo Magico (one of three Pueblo Magicos in Nayarit) so it’s super cute and popular with Instagrammers! It’s also a popular wellness destination where you can find everything from Yoga to Kambo to Aztec Temazcals!
So now you know WHY to visit Sayulita, let’s dig in to how to get to Sayulita (and how to get away from Sayulita).
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What Airport Do You Fly Into For Sayulita Mexico?
As most people will want to fly to Sayulita either from somewhere else in Mexico or from another country, the first thing you are going to need to know is what airport do you fly into for Sayulita Mexico.
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Sayulita Mexico Airport
There is no Sayulita Airport. The airport near Sayulita Mexico is Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta airport is around 40 minutes to an hour by car or bus to Sayulita. The other airport in the area is Guadalajara, but that is much farther away. It’s around 4-5 hours by car, longer by bus.
When looking for Sayulita Mexico flights you need to check first to see if you can fly to Puerto Vallarta from wherever you are. Failing that you can fly into Guadalajara, check out the city for a few days, and then travel from Guadalajara to Sayulita (see below for a full Guadalajara to Sayulita breakdown). Personally, I always look for my Sayulita Mexico flights on Skyscanner, it never lets me down!
Getting to Sayulita From Puerto Vallarta
Sayulita is 38KM from Puerto Vallarta airport. To drive from the airport to Sayulita takes around 50 minutes. The bus takes a little longer.
How to get from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita
Here are the top ways to getting from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita from cheapest to most expensive:
- Take the bus
- Use an Uber
- Take a taxi from outside the airport
- Take an airport Taxi
- Rent a car and drive yourself to Sayulita
- Hire a private driver
- Book an airport transfer
I’m now going to break each of these options for getting to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta airport in more detail including some booking options. Just click the links to book your Sayulita transport.
Take the bus from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita
If you are on a budget, or solo traveling in Mexico, this is by far the best (cheapest) option. The bus from Puerto Vallarta airport to Sayulita doesn’t come directly inside the airport, but it’s close.
To catch the bus to Sayulita from the airport you will need to exit the airport by crossing over the highway via the pedestrian bridge. When you exit the airport turn left and you will see it. Once you cross over the bridge you really can’t miss it.
The bus from Puerto Vallarta airport to Sayulita costs around $50 pesos ($2.50) and takes around 1-1.5 hours. It really depends on traffic and how much the bus stops (it often stops a lot as it’s a local bus). In general there are busses every 20 minutes and they run from 6am until 10pm. The bus line that travels to Sayulita is Compostela, it will have the name written in big letters on the front in green. Not all of the Compostela busses at that stop go to Sayulita, so be sure to look out for the sign saying Sayulita in the front window. If in doubt ask.
How To Take The Bus from Sayulita to Puerto Vallarta Airport
If you want to take the bus from sayulita to Puerto Vallarta airport it’s very easy. Just head to Sayulita bus station (click on the map below) and look for a Compostela bus heading to the airport. Buses run between 6am and 10pm and leave every 20 minutes.
Uber from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita
Does Uber work in Puerto Vallarta airport? Yes and no. Uber and Mexico don’t have a great relationship and in many states such as Quintanaroo, it is banned. Uber is available in both Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco) and Sayulita (Nayarit) and is far cheaper than taking a taxi.
You will easily be able to book an Uber from Puerto Vallarta Airport to take you to Sayulita. But the Uber driver will not be able to pick you up inside the airport. Instead, you will need to exit the airport and wait for the driver there. Personally, I would exit the airport, turn left and walk across the pedestrian bridger, so you are on the correct side of the highway. You can then be picked up by your Uber driver close to the bus stop.
Uber from Sayulita to The Airport
So technically speaking it is possible that you can book an Uber to take you from sayulita to Puerto Vallarta airport. But I REALLY would not rely on this option. There are lots of Uber drivers in Puerto Vallarta, but very few in Nayarit. This makes finding an Uber very difficult in Sayulita. If you find one, you got lucky!
Taking a Taxi from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita
If you decide to just take a taxi from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita then you actually have two options:
- Take a airport taxi (and pay anything from $1000 pesos or $50 USD and up)
- Exit the airport, cross the highway and flag a taxi down (the price should be around $700 pesos… but this may depend on your Spanish skills, or lack thereof!
The airport taxi drivers are most likely going to speak some English, the drivers you get on the street are unlikely to, but you might get lucky. Either way make sure you have the address written down so you can pass it to the driver if you don’t speak Spanish.
Renting a Car in Puerto Vallarta Airport
If you are planning to just stay in Sayulita, then this probably isn’t the best option for you as you really don’t need a car in Sayulita, it’s a very walkable town. If however, you plan on doing some exploring in Nayarit (and you really should) then I strongly recommend renting a car and driving yourself to Sayulita. Car rentals start from around $17 USD a day (including insurance) so if there is a group of you this could be a great option.
It’s a very easy drive to Sayulita from the airport. Just exit the airport, drive under the bridge to get onto the other side of the highway. Then take the highway up past Buscarias (about 20 minutes). If you want to buy groceries there are many supermarkets on the way. There are no supermarkets in Sayulita! So you will need to stop if you don’t want to have to come back. Options are Mega, La Comer, Walmart, and Chedraui.
I personally turn off at the turning for La Cruz and drive that way to sayulita as the road is safer and it;s a nicer drive. But you can also just follow the signs for Sayulita. It’s a very easy drive.
Hiring a Private Driver
If you don’t want to get the bus or drive yourself, this is the best option. Hiring a local driver to pick you up from Puerto Vallarta airport and deliver you to Sayulita is not only a safe and secure way of traveling, but you are also directly helping out a Sayulita local.
You have two options for this.
Option 1 is cheaper as the driver doesn’t;t have an airport permit, so he can’t pick you up inside the airport. You just need to take a short walk to the left, as you exit the airport. When you get to the end of the airport building turn left again and you will see a bus stop under the pedestrian bridge. This is the pickup point.
Option 2 is the VIP option, it’s more than double the cost, BUT you can get picked up right outside the airport as this car has the airport permit.
Book An Airport Transfer from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita
Another option is to book a return airport transfer with an official company. You can book online by clicking here. They will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your sayulita accommodation. This is probably the best option if you have a group larger than 4 people. You can also book your return journey from Sayulita to Puerto Vallarta at the same time if you need it.
Getting from Downtown Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita
Wondering how to get to Sayulita from Downtown? Not everyone traveling to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta is going to be arriving through the airport. You may have taken a bus to Puerto Vallarta, or be living there and want to know how to get to Sayulita for the day.
The options are pretty much the same for getting from downtown Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita as they are from the airport:
Taking the bus to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta is the cheapest option. It’s also the slowest option.
To take the bus to Sayulita you are first going to need to get yourself to Walmart, yes there other places you can take the bus, but this is by far the easiest place. The bus to Sayulita runs every 20 minutes from 6am until 10pm.
The second best option is Uber which is far cheaper than taking a taxi to Sayulita. The only issue is that you will be very unlikely to get an uber back unless one happens to be in the area dropping off. In this case, I would plan to take the bus back to PV from Sayulita.
Renting a car is a great option if there is a group of you. Click here to check prices.
And finally, you can also always book a private driver to pick you up. I recommend Sayulita local Juan and you can book him through Sayulita Insider by clicking this link.
Getting to Sayulita From Guadalajara
I know that some people, especially backpackers may be wondering how to get to Sayulita from Guadalajara. Or maybe to want to visit Guadalajara next and therefore need to know how to get from Sayulita to Guadalajara.
Here are your best options for traveling between Sayulita and Guadalajara:
The bus is probably going to be your cheapest and less stressful option. Renting a car will potentially be the fastest and most comfortable way. While flying could suite you better, it will be more expensive and you will still need to travel to PV to fly.
Taking the Bus from Guadalajara to Sayulita (and taking the bus from Sayulita to Guadalajara)
The bus company running the Sayulita to Guadalajara route is Vallarta Plus they generally run twice a day departing Guadalajara at around 7am and 9am arriving into Sayulita at around 11am and 1pm. I would strongly recommend booking your ticket online with them.
If you want a bit more flexibility with timings then nearby Buscatrias has buses arriving and departing much more frequently as it’s on the main route from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara.
If you choose this option just take the Compostela bus from Sayulita to Bucerias bus station and then hop on the next bus passing through to Guadalajara. Same if you are traveling from Guadalajara to Sayulita. When you get to the main bus terminal in Guadalajara take the next bus to Puerto Vallarta and book a ticket to Bucerias. Once you arrive at Bucerias then you will need to hop on the Compostela to Sayulita.
Personally I would do this option if you want to have more flexibility and don’t mind the change of bus.
The bus from Sayulita to Guadalajara costs around $600 pesos and takes 6 hours (minimum). The two bus companies operating the rout from Bucerias to Guadalajara are Vallarta Plus and PaciFico. Both bus companies have large comfortable buses and the prices are about the same. I think generally PaciFico is a little cheaper than Vallarta Plus.
If you decide to rent a car and drive from sayulita to Guadalajara, the drive is actually really easy and I’d highly recommend stopping in Jala (one of Nayarites 3 pueblo Magicos) and Tequila on the way.
Another option that you might consider is using BlaBla car. I have not used this myself, but I know people that have used it. If you don’t already know BlaBla car is actually a ride-sharing app where you can pay for a lift in the car of someone already driving that route. Kinda like a more organized way of hitchhiking. Click here to check BlaBla car.
And that’s it! How to get to Sayulita, and how to get away. I really hope this post has been useful and you have a great time in Sayulita however you choose to get there.
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.