Getting Here and Around

American, Continental, and US Airways have nonstop service to Acapulco's Aeropuerto Internacional Juan N. Alvarez, 20 minutes east of the city. Private taxis aren't permitted to carry passengers from the airport to town, so most people rely on Transportes Aeropuerto, a special airport taxi service.

Bus service from Mexico City to Acapulco is excellent. Grupo Estrella Blanca has first-class buses, which leave every hour on the hour from the Taxqueña station. Estrella de Oro also has deluxe service, called Servicio Diamante, which leaves four times a day.

Within Acapulco, one of the most useful buses runs from Puerto Marqués to Caleta, making stops along the way. Cabs that cruise the streets usually charge by zone, with a minimum charge of $2. A ride from Acapulco Diamante to downtown will run you about $15.

Rent a car only if you plan on being in town for more than a couple of days and/or want to take side trips to Taxco and the coastal villages. Rates average about $30 a day, including insurance and unlimited miles. And did we mention that the jeeps come in bright pink?

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