Getting to and around Acapulco is a breeze.
Getting to Acapulco from the U.S. is easy. There are non-stop flights from major cities and numerous options for flights connecting to Acapulco through Mexico City.
Acapulco’s main airport is Juan N. Alvarez International Airport (ACA), which lies 15 miles southeast of the city; about a 35-minute drive. The ride from the airport is scenic, with a brilliant finish overlooking Acapulco Bay and the cosmopolitan skyline below.
Many visitors will arrive by cruise ship, at the cruise terminal Jose Azueta in Acapulco’s Traditional Zone. This will put you in easy proximity to many of the historical and cultural attractions, as well as the beaches of the Golden Zone. The Diamond Zone will take a little more effort to reach, but will be well worth it if high end shopping is top of your list.
It’s also convenient to travel from Mexico City to Acapulco via bus, with frequent departures throughout the day. The trip takes about 5 hours via bus from Taxqueña Central (quicker via car) along the express highway Autopista del Sol. Bus travel in Mexico is popular and the buses put their counterparts in the U.S. to shame, with passengers enjoying on-board video, snacks, comfortable seats and restrooms.
You can rent a car when visiting Acapulco, but it may be more trouble than it’s worth. Parking can be difficult and street signs confusing. If renting a car is an essential part of your trip, the easiest option is inquiring at one of the car rental desks at Juan N. Alvarez International Airport.
When getting around, most visitors opt for hailing one of the numerous taxis plying the streets. Cabs charge by zone, with charges starting at $2. It’s advisable to agree on a price with the driver before setting off. It’s not required to tip the cab driver but if he or she has been especially helpful, a small tip is in order.
Buses are another option for getting around the city, especially if you’re just zipping up and down the main beachside road in the Golden Zone, Costera Miguel Aleman. If you’re on a budget, you’ll definitely save a few pesos taking the bus.
Visitors may find themselves intrigued by colectivos. These are shared cabs – usually vans – that make a number of stops along a set itinerary. At $1 a ride they’re a better buy than taxis. You’ll be crammed in, so whether you like it or not, it will be a great opportunity to meet the locals.