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Paseo de los Viveros, Ixtapa

Local Taxis Rates

NOTE: These taxis are not the same as the Ground Transportation service at the airport. Currently, local taxis are prohibited from picking up passengers at the airport's terminal or on or near the airport's property.

Taxis are plentiful everywhere, including Barra de Potosí and Troncones, so that getting around shouldn't be a problem wherever you are (except when it's raining). The taxis are usually very clean and well maintained.

Taxis can also be reserved for trips to the airport or simply for sightseeing. They can be reached at (755) 554-3680, (755) 554-8809 and (755) 554-8772 (APAAZ); (755) 554-4583 and (755) 554-3311 (UTAAZ); and (755) 554-4763 (UTZI).

Their rates are fixed and are supposed to be displayed in their cars, but it's good practice to ALWAYS ask how much they charge to take you someplace BEFORE getting in their car. For some reason taxis based at hotels are allowed to charge more than the authorized rates. If you don't want to pay the additional rate, I recommend taking a taxi off the hotel property. Rates for taxis based in other communities such as Barra de Potosí and Troncones may vary from the ones based in Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa.



in town minimum $35

(zona comercial)

in town minimum $50
Playa La Ropa (delfines) $55 Playa La Ropa (delfines) $140
Playa La Ropa (Gaviota) $65 Playa La Ropa (Gaviota) $150
Playa La Madera (downhill) $35 Playa La Madera (downhill) $115
Playa La Madera (uphill) $40 Playa La Madera (uphill) $120
Hotel Irma $40 Hotel Irma $120
Agua de Correa $40 La Puerta $80
Ixtapa (Playa El Palmar) $85 Zihuatanejo $85
Ixtapa (Marina) $95 Playa Linda (Qualton, muelle) $105
Ixtapa (Playa Linda) $180 Playa Linda (trailer park) $140
Coacoyul $90 Agua de Correa $90
Playa Larga $110 Playa Larga $195
El Almacén/Puerto Mío $55 El Almacén/Puerto Mío $140
Cerro del Vigía $90 Cerro del Vigía $140
Aeropuerto $200 Aeropuerto $300
†Troncones $440? †Troncones $350?
†La Barra de Potosí $380? †La Barra de Potosí $460?

*  Add 40% to all rates between 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and 5:00 a.m. Add $5 to all taxis dispatched by phone. Add 40% for air-conditioning if you request it.
 No official rates established.

Other destinations and fares may be negotiated with the driver.

You'll find that many taxi drivers speak some English. They are often very helpful and will provide you with much useful information about our area. Some are very good guides and will give you an interesting and informative tour. These you should try to get a personal phone number from if you'd like them to be your personal guides while here.


Local Buses

There are many buses and micros (pronounced MEE-kros) for getting around our area. The smaller buses are the "micros" and "urvans" which run continuously between Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa, including the beaches, and other nearby communities. They are the most common mode of public transportation. The price is usually $12.00 to $14.00 (pesos) between Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa, $12.00 between Zihuatanejo and Playa La Ropa, and $15.00 between Zihuatanejo and Playa Linda. $9.00 is the minimum fare they charge.

There are also several buslines with hourly runs to Petatlán, notable for its colonial turn-of-the-century architecture, its church, and its open-air gold market in front of the church. Their rate is currently $42.00.


Car Rentals

Cars can be rented either at the airport, through your hotel, or at their various offices in both Zihuatanejo & Ixtapa. Currently we have AcaRent, Adapza, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Green Motion, Hertz (airport tel. (755) 554-2952 - WARNING: There have been numerous reports of unauthorized charges to credit cards used at the local Hertz offices, especially at the airport, and until Hertz takes action on this matter I cannot recommend using their service), Jonny Ca$h and Payless.

Be advised that the rates are expensive. Since you can walk or take a bus or taxi easily to almost anywhere I suggest considering renting a car only for serious sightseeing trips outside of our two towns or if you need to frequently get back and forth between Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa and outlying areas such as Playa Larga, Playa Blanca, Barra de Potosi, Troncones, La Saladita, La Barrita, or Bahías de Papanoa.

If you do decide to rent a car please be sure to see the sections on Road Assistance and Driving Tips.


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