BUS ROUTES AND BUS FARES
Puerto Vallarta finally has made an attempt at a unified bus system. They still do not provide a printed "tourist friendly" version, so here is a summary with the new route map. Please note, this map is only for "in town" buses. Buses going to or coming from outlining areas like Nuevo Vallarta or Boca de Tomatlan remain unchanged. Scroll down for info on those routes.
Vallarta Tribune reports the following on the new bus routes:
In order to alleviate increasing traffic problems in Puerto Vallarta’s downtown area, the city implemented a pilot program last weekend to decrease bus numbers in town by up to 50 percent. Puerto Vallarta is served by almost 30 different bus routes.
Given Puerto Vallarta’s layout, most if not all routes converge in the city’s downtown area. However, whereas buses usually begin their routes full of passengers, by the time they reach downtown, many are traveling back to back, with only a handful of passengers each, even when up to 9,000 people take the public bus downtown on a daily basis.
In the past, locals have been reluctant to consider downtown as a pedestrian-only area, and they have been equally disinclined to consider having to take more than one bus to reach their destination. As part of the new pilot route program, some of the routes covering the northern outskirts of the city would only travel as far as the stadium (across from the Sheraton hotel) at which point, passengers would have to take a free transfer to another bus that would only circulate through the downtown area. In doing so, the number of buses going through downtown Puerto Vallarta would decrease.
The pilot program will continue, moving forward with additional transfer spots considered at Parque Hidalgo and Parque Lazaro Cardenas, until the new transfers are fine-tuned and made official.
A FEW TIPS TO REMEMBER:
Each bus fare is one-time use only.
There are no round-trips available.
Before the bus arrives have the correct change ready for the driver.
The two seats directly behind the driver (sometimes marked in yellow) are reserved for pregnant women, the elderly, and the physically challenged.
ROUTE: FROM NUEVO VALLARTA TO DOWNTOWN PUERTO VALLARTA (CENTRO/MALECON)
Take an ATM bus to Puerto Vallarta. Bus fare is $15 pesos.
ATM buses arrive at bus stops in Nuevo Vallarta every 20-30 minutes.
Get off the ATM bus in Puerto Vallarta once you reach the Maritime Terminal across the street from Walmart and Sam’s Club.
On that same side of the street (opposite Walmart) wait close to the intersection for the bus you need - utilize the new bus route map above. Bus fare from the Maritime Terminal to downtown Puerto Vallarta is now $10 pesos up from $7.5 pesos.
ROUTE: FROM DOWNTOWN PUERTO VALLARTA (ROMANTIC ZONE) TO MISMALOYA, VALLARTA ZOO & BOCA DE TOMATLAN
Bus fare is $8 pesos
Take an ORANGE & WHITE bus at the corner of Basilio Badillo & Constitution (by the OXXO convenience store)
These orange & white buses only go as far as Boca de Tomatlan, do not get on the Orange bus if you are going to the Botanical Garden.
These buses stop at Conchas Chinas, Dreams Resort, Presidente Intercontinental, Mismaloya, Boca de Tomatlan
(Photo) Orange and white bus from downtown PV (Romantic Zone) to Mismaloya, Vallarta Zoo, and Boca de Tomatlan.
ROUTE: FROM DOWNTOWN PUERTO VALLARTA (ROMANTIC ZONE) TO THE BOTANICAL GARDENS AND EL TUITO
Bus fare is $20 pesos
Take a BLUE bus at the corner of V. Carranza & Aguacate.
The windshield of the bus should state: El Tuito / Botanical Gardens
Buses come by every 20-30 minutes
It will take approximately 50 minutes to get to El Tuito.
(Photo)Blue bus from downtown Puerto Vallarta (Romantic Zone) to the Botanical Gardens and El Tuito.
ROUTE: FROM PUERTO VALLARTA TO NUEVO VALLARTA
This route originates at the Walmart. You’ll notice two bus waiting areas. Facing Walmart and Sam’s Club, walk to the larger bus waiting area on the left. There is usually a man with a clipboard stationed there to direct passengers to the correct bus for their desired destination.
Board an ATM bus that says Nuevo Vallarta (for southern NV) OR Riu for locations in Flamingos (northern NV). The Flamingos section of NV includes Villa Estancia on the northern end down to the Peninsula condo complex at the southern end of the neighbourhood. For a good visual refer to the map of Nuevo Vallarta.
If you’re heading to the Flamingos area, it’s important to know that the bus indicating “Nuevo Vallarta” does NOT service the “Flamingos” section of the neighbourhood. To get to resorts and condos in Flamingos you MUST take a bus indicating “Riu” on its front windshield.
The bus fare is $15 pesos. The last buses available to Nuevo Vallarta / Flamingos leave by 9 p.m.
ROUTE: FROM PUERTO VALLARTA TO BUCERIAS
This route also originates at Walmart. You’ll notice two bus waiting areas. Facing Walmart and Sam’s Club, walk to the larger waiting area on the left. There is usually a man with a clipboard stationed there to direct passengers to the correct bus for their desired destination.
You can board an ATM bus that says Punta Mita (this bus will stop in Bucerias on its way to Punta Mita), the cost is $15 pesos. Or you can choose to take a green-and-white Compostela bus to Bucerias for $14 pesos.
ROUTE: FROM PUERTO VALLARTA TO SAYULITA
This bus route originates at Walmart and Sam’s Club, walk to the larger bus waiting area on the left. There is usually a man with a clipboard stationed there to direct passengers to the correct bus for their desired destination.
Board a green-and-white Compostela bus with the word Sayulita written on the windshield. The bus fare is $35 pesos.
HELPFUL SPANISH WORDS – BUS TRAVEL