Getting around town in Puerto Vallarta by taxi is super easy. Taxis are EVERYWHERE (but they are rarely radio dispatched). To hail a cab in the tourist areas all that you need to do is look down the street and raise you arm at the next vacant cab, but you usually don’t even need to do that – plenty of cab drivers will hail you to ask if you need a taxi!
Taxis in Puerto Vallarta do not have meters; instead, your fare is based upon how many taxi districts you pass through to get to your destination. Because of this, it’s important for you to tell your driver where you are going, and then ask him how much the fare will be.
Whether it’s just you or a group of people the rates are the same. Taxi fares range from 160 Pesos (about a $1.50 USD) to around 700 Pesos (about $6.50 USD) depending upon the destination zone.
Again, it’s important that you ask the cost of the fare BEFORE getting into the cab. Dave’s “Been There” Tip: You may want to note the company name, the car number, and your driver’s name, so that if you leave any of your belongings in the cab, you can track it down later!
The Taxis companies that serve the airport (there are three of them) are charged a premium by the city and therefore the fares from the airport are about double what the typical rates run. If you use the airport taxis, expect your return trip to be about half.
The local city busses are very inexpensive and they are a great way to experience a little bit of the local culture. Busses run from the early morning to 11:30pm. Fares within the city cost $6.50 peso (around .50 cents USD).
Sometimes you may be exposed to some local entertainment on the bus. Often a singer or another type of entertainer will perform for the bus riders. The performance will be followed by entertainer walking the aisle asking for donations. If you enjoyed the show, tip accordingly, if not, feel free to ignore (although sometimes that can be a bit awkward).