Taxis are the easiest way to get around town. They are quite plentiful. Most have meters, and though some drivers are reluctant to use them, you can insist that they do. There are three rates: for day, night, and suburbia. Typical fares include the following: downtown to the far west side, 70 to 90 pesos; downtown or west side to Tlaquepaque, 70 to 100 pesos; downtown to the new bus station, 90 to 125 pesos; downtown to the airport, 180 to 220 pesos.
Familiarize yourself with the main traffic arteries before you get behind the wheel. Several important freeway-style thoroughfares crisscross the city. Dr. R. Michel leads south from the town center toward Tlaquepaque. Use González Gallo for the return direction. Avenida Vallarta starts out downtown as Juárez, heads west past La Minerva, and eventually feeds onto Hwy. 15, bound for Tequila and Puerto Vallarta.
For the visitor, the handiest route is the TUR 706, which runs from the Centro Histórico southeast to Tlaquepaque (10 pesos), the Central Camionera (the new bus station), and Tonalá. You can catch this bus on Avenida 16 de Septiembre. The same bus runs in the reverse direction back to the downtown area.
The electric bus is handy for travel between downtown and the Minerva area (5 pesos). It bears the sign PAR VIAL and runs east along Hidalgo and west along the next street to the north, Calle Independencia (not Calzada Independencia). Hidalgo passes along the north side of the cathedral. The Par Vial goes as far east as Mercado Libertad and as far west as Minerva Circle. The city also has a light rail system, Tren Ligero, but it doesn't serve areas that are of interest to visitors.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.