Transportation to San Pancho Mexico including busses, taxis and car rentals:
San Pancho sits on the Mexico Pacific coast along Highway MEX200, 33miles (53kms) north of Puerto Vallarta airport in the state of Nayarit.
Buses to San Pancho: San Pancho can be reached by bus but this can require quite some effort and is NOT always recommended.
Exit the airport building and take the pedestrian bridge over the main highway and
Watch for a green “COMPOSTELA” line bus with a sign in the front window saying “San Pancho”. There is about 1 bus every hour; and the passage is $35 pesos. Alternatively, one can catch a bus to the neighboring village of Sayulita (2 buses every hour; cost $20 pesos) and take a taxi from there to San Pancho. Note: Not all Compostela buses go to San Pancho or to Sayulita. Make sure to ask or look at the sign. Pacifico buses also make this trip. They are a little more expensive, but they are air-conditioned and better equipped.
THE OTHER OPTION for a bus to San Pancho is to go to the central bus station, approximately 1 mile north of the airport. Flag down a taxi at the airport and have it take you to the Central Camionera. (Buses passing here go past the bus station but do not exactly stop there; therefore a taxi is recommended). At the bus station you need to buy a ticket ($45 pesos) and take a “PACIFICO” line bus heading in the direction of Tepic. Buses leave approx. every half an hour.
Whether you catch a Compostela or Pacifico bus make sure you tell the driver that you wish to get off at San Pancho. The bus will drop you on the side of the main highway at the San Francisco (San Pancho) turn-off. From here it is advisable to take a taxi to your accommodation otherwise you are faced with a walk of a minimum of 1.6 miles / 1km.
From San Pancho to Puerto Vallarta or towns in between, Pacifico and Compostela buses may be flagged down on the main highway 200. Times are approximately 20 and 50 minutes past the hour.
Major airlines flying into Puerto Vallarta include: Aeromar, Aeroton, Aeromexico, Alaska, America West, American, Canada 3000, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Mexicana, Mexicana Aviacion, United, Sun Trips and WestJet.
Our “Links Section” of the SanPanchoLife website lists phone numbers for all major airline carriers that fly to the Puerto Vallarta airport.
Aeromexico – 322-224-2777 / 221-4030
America West – 322-221-1333
Air Canada – 01-800-719-2827
Alaska – 322-221-1350
American – 322-221-1799
Aeroton – 322-221-1921
Aeromar – 322-221-0815
Aviacsa – 322-225-8744/46 / 01-800-006-2200
Continental –322- 221-1025
Delta – 322-221-1032
Frontier – 322-221-1426/35
Mexicana – 322-225-8744/46
United –322- 221-3262/64
Taxis to San Pancho can be taken directly from the airport. Haggling will sometimes get you up to a 40% discount. Taxis from the Puerto Vallarta airport to San Pancho cost around $800 pesos or about $550 pesos if you walk across the pedestrian bridge to the other side of the highway.
Please Note – When traveling between Puerto Vallarta (Central Standard Time) and San Pancho (Mountain Standard Time) clocks go back 1 hour when crossing into Nayarit. E.g. If it is 5 p.m. in Puerto Vallarta it is 4 p. m. in San Pancho.
CAR RENTALS IN SAN PANCHO
All major car rental agencies are represented at Puerto Vallarta’s airport and reservations may be made prior to arrival (recommended) through your travel agent or when booking online (usually the best deal) and vehicles may of course be rented on arrival, providing availability.