By Plane

Flights are available year-round from U.S. gateways, but they operate less frequently in the summer. Aeroméxico flies daily from Mexico City; InterJet flies daily from neighboring Toluca (about an hour from Mexico City). Here are the local numbers of some carriers: Aeroméxico (tel. 755/554-2018, -2019), Alaska Airlines (tel. 755/554-8457), Continental (tel. 755/554-4219), InterJet (tel. 01-800/011-2345 toll-free in Mexico), and US Airways (tel. 755/554-8634). Ask your travel agent about charter flights and packages.

The Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport (tel. 755/554-2070; airport code: ZIH) is about 11km (6 3/4 miles) and 15 minutes south of Zihuatanejo. Taxi fares to the Ixtapa Hotel Zone are 350 pesos and to Zihuatanejo centro 300 pesos. Transporte Terrestre (tel. 755/554-3298) colectivos (minivans) transport travelers to hotels in Ixtapa for 170 pesos and Zihuatanejo for 120 pesos; tickets can be purchased just outside the baggage-claim area. Rental-car agencies with booths in the airport include Hertz (tel. 800/654-3131 in the U.S., or 755/554-2952) and Budget (tel. 800/527-0700 in the U.S., or 755/553-0397).


By Car

From Mexico City (about 8-9 hr.), you can take Hwy. 15 to Toluca, then Hwy. 130/134 the rest of the way. On the latter road, gas stations are few. Another route is the four-lane Hwy. 95D to Iguala, then Hwy. 51 west to Hwy. 134. A new toll road, Hwy. 37 from Morelia to Ixtapa, cuts an hour off the total trip time.

From Acapulco (4 hr.) or Manzanillo (9 hr.), the only choice is the coastal Hwy. 200. You'll pay a 24 peso cuota (toll) at Tecpan de Galeana, though unlike other toll roads, it's the same old tope-studded highway. The ocean views along the winding, mountain-edged drive from Manzanillo can be spectacular, although there are many speed bumps along the way that make for slow going. Warning: You should not drive this route at night, both because it is dark and curvy and because there are ongoing problems with drug-related crime through the state of Michoacán, where you will encounter numerous military checkpoints.


By Bus

Zihuatanejo has two bus terminals: the Central de Autobuses Estrella Blanca (tel. 755/554-3477), Paseo Zihuatanejo at Paseo la Boquita, opposite the Pemex station and IMSS Hospital, from which most lines operate; and the Estrella de Oro station (tel. 755/554-2175), a block away. At the Central de Autobuses, several companies offer daily service to and from Acapulco, Puerto Escondido, Huatulco, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, and other cities. At the other station, first-class Estrella de Oro buses run daily to Acapulco.

The trip from Mexico City to Zihuatanejo (bypassing Acapulco) takes 9 hours; from Acapulco, it's 4 to 5 hours. From Zihuatanejo, it's 9 or 10 hours to Manzanillo, and it's an additional 6 hours to Puerto Vallarta.


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.