How to Get to Sayulita

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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.

Feel free to use the table below to skip to the section relevant to you.

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. 

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How to Get to Sayulita
How to Get to Sayulita

What makes Sayulita so Popular?

So now you know WHY to visit Sayulita, let’s dig into how to get to Sayulita (and how to get away from Sayulita). 

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!

Did You Get Your Travel Insurance Yet?

If you are planning a trip right now then you NEED to thing seriously about insurance. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you need to be prepared for anything!

Travel insurance has always been high on the list of things to get before you travel but now more than ever it should be at the top of your list! I’m pretty sure we have all had travel plans messed up because of COVID and not all insurers covered this. So you need to find an insurer that covers travel disruption due to COVID-19, World Nomads and Safety Wing are the ones to go for. World Nomads is great for incidents that happen prior to your trip, so if you get sick or are unable to travel due to travel restrictions some of their policies will cover that as cancellation cover. Safety Wing goes the extra mile and covers quarantine outside your home for up to 10 days, they also have a really handy map on their website showing requirements and restrictions for each country.

If you are doing shorter trips or a onger backpacking trip then WorldNomads is the best option. If you are a digital nomad or planning travel of at least 6 months then go for SafetyWing. Alternativly Travel Insurance Master is a great site to do a more general serch for vacation insurance. Just make sure whichever insurance plan you go with will cover you for COVID.

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.

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

How To Get 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:

  1. Take the bus
  2. Use an Uber
  3. Take a taxi from outside the airport
  4. Hire a private driver
  5. Rent a car and drive yourself to Sayulita
  6. Take an airport Taxi

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.

How To Get To Sayulita

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 6 am until 10 pm. 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

Puerto Vallarta airport to Sayulita

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 6 am and 10 pm 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.

EDIT: The last time I tried to book an Uber from PV airport it was a total NIGHTMARE. I was pretty much stranded there for over an hour late at night alone. Never again! If your flight lands during the day it might be worth the risk, but if you are on that last flight from Mexico City, forget it. Book a private driver.

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:

  1. Take a airport taxi (and pay anything from $2000 pesos or $100 USD and up) you book the taxi from insiude the airport and the prices are fixed.
  2. Exit the airport, cross the highway and flag a taxi down (the price should be around $700 -$1000 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. If you flag down a taxi from across the street then you will need to have pesos on you. There are plenty of cash machines in the airport and they are safe to use.

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. 

EDIT: the rainy season has hit the roads here pretty hard and the stretch of road from La Cruz pretty much all the way into Sayulita is full of massive potholes! LIKE MASSIVE. While it’s ok to drive during the day I really would not recommend driving this road after dark unless you know it because it is not well lit. I live here and refuse to drive it at night. Stay safe guys!

Click here to check Car rental prices in Puerto Vallarta.

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.

You have two options for this and I know both drivers well and can personally vouch for them.

Option 1 is cheaper as the driver doesn’t have an airport permit, so he can’t pick you up directly at arrivals in the airport. You just need to take a short walk to the pickup point which is at the OXXO inside the airport. You can’t miss it! I’m working directly with a local driver to facilitate this option for you. He is my go-to guy whenever me or my family need to get somewhere and I trust him completely. Once you book and pay the deposit I will get all of your details from you and pass them to him and then he will be in direct contact with you to organize everything.

The cost of this service is $50 USD or $1000 pesos. You will pay a $20 USD deposit and then the rest will be in cash directly to the driver. But don’t worry Juan or I will send you everything in an email.

Please be aware that we need at least 48 hours’ notice to guarantee a driver. If you need to book short-notice contact me here first before paying a deposit.

This is just for 1-3 people. If you have more than 3 people in your party then you will need the VIP option below!

Option 2 is the VIP option, it’s more triple the cost, BUT you can get picked up right outside the airport arrivals area as this van has the airport permit and he can transport up to 8 people plus bags as it’s a minivan. The driver is Antonio a local tour guide who is actually my neighbor. If he is unavailable he has several other trusted drivers who he can rely on. Be sure to speak to him if you want to do any tours during your vacation!

The cost of this service is $150 USD or $3000 pesos. You will pay a $25 USD deposit and then the rest will be in cash directly to the driver. But don’t worry Antonio or I will send you everything in an email.

Please be aware that we need at least 48 hours’ notice to guarantee a driver. If you need to book short-notice contact me here first before paying a deposit.

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:

  1. Take the bus
  2. Use an Uber
  3. Take a taxi
  4. Rent a car and drive yourself to Sayulita
  5. Hire a private driver

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 are other places you can take the bus, but this is by far the easiest place. The bus to Sayulita runs every 20 minutes from 6 am until 10 pm.

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. Just choose one of the options above to book through me in most cases it will be the same price unless you are staying super far out of town away from Sayulita. If you are unsure then you can contact me and I’ll get you a quote!

Getting to Sayulita From Guadalajara

Guadalajara to sayulita

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:

  1. Take the bus
  2. Make your way to Puerto Vallarta airport and fly
  3. Rent a car and drive
  4. Use BlaBla Car

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 suit 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)

Sayulita to Guadelajara

The bus company running the Sayulita to Guadalajara route is Vallarta Plus they generally run twice a day departing Guadalajara at around 7 am and 9 am arriving in Sayulita at around 11 am and 1 pm. 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 Nayarit’s 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.