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By Plane 

Phone numbers for major airlines with nonstop or direct service to Acapulco are Aeroméxico (tel. 800/237-6639 in the U.S. and Canada, 01-800/021-4000 in Mexico, or 744/485-1600), American (tel. 800/433-7300 in the U.S. and Canada, 01-800/904-6000 in Mexico, or 744/466-9232), Continental (tel. 800/523-3273 in the U.S. and Canada, 01-800/900-5000 in Mexico, or 744/466-9063), and Delta (tel. 800/241-4141 in the U.S. and Canada, or 01-800/123-4710 in Mexico).

Aeroméxico flies from Guadalajara, Mexico City, Tijuana, and Monterrey; InterJet (tel. 01-800/011-2345) is a low-cost carrier that flies from Toluca, about an hour from Mexico City; Volaris (tel. 01-800/786-5274) flies from Toluca and Tijuana. Check with a travel agent about charter flights.

The airport (airport code: ACA) is 22km (14 miles) southeast of town, over the hills east of the bay. Private taxis are the fastest way to get downtown; they cost 300 to 550 pesos. The major car-rental agencies all have booths at the airport. Milenio and Movilaca have desks at the airport where you can buy tickets for minivan colectivo transportation into town (about 100 pesos). You can reserve return service to the airport through your hotel.

By Car

From Mexico City, take either the curvy toll-free Hwy. 95D south (6 hr.) or the scenic Hwy. 95, the four- to six-lane toll highway (3 1/2 hr.), which costs around 550 pesos one-way. The free (libre) road from Taxco is in good condition; you'll save around 400 pesos in tolls from there through Chilpancingo to Acapulco. From points north or south along the coast, the only choice is Hwy. 200, where you should always try (as on all Mexican highways) to travel by day.

By Bus

Estrella de Oro has two terminals, one in downtown at Av. Cuauhtémoc 14920, and one near the airport in Acapulco Diamante at Blvd. de las Naciones 34. The Estrella Blanca terminal (also called Central de Autobuses) is at Av. Cuauhtémoc 1604. Turistar, Estrella de Oro, and Estrella Blanca have almost hourly service for the 5- to 7-hour trip to Mexico City (380-600 pesos), and daily service to Zihuatanejo (220 pesos). Buses also serve other points in Mexico, including Chilpancingo, Cuernavaca, Iguala, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, and Taxco.

Car & Bus Travel Warning Eases -- Car robberies and bus hijackings on Hwy. 200, south of Acapulco on the way to Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, used to be common, and you may have heard warnings about the road. The trouble has all but disappeared, thanks to military patrols and greater police protection. However, as in most of Mexico, it's advisable to travel the highways during daylight only. In addition to the still-present risk of unsavory activities, the roads are unlit and animals can wander onto them. Before heading that way, ask locals and the tourism office about the status of the route.

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.