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Transportation in Mazatlan

While you are planning your trip to Mazatlan you will want to give some consideration as to how you are going to get around while you are down there. If you are planning on renting a car, you may want to check out the traffic down there before you rent your car and see if you are up to driving around in it.

This is because, it is a little crazy and if you aren’t up to driving in it, don’t worry, because you are not alone. You can rent a car at the airport or you can rent one downtown, also some car rental agencies will deliver a car to your hotel if you wish. The daily rates will also vary depending on the type of car that you rent and the mileage that you rack up.

Take a Taxi or a Pulmonia

Mazaltan's Famous Pulmonia

However; many people who wouldn’t think of visiting other vacation resort areas without a rented car find it quite easy and convenient to do without a car in Mazatlan. This is because, taxis are cheap and prevalent there and open air pulmonia’s are also cheap and enjoyable to ride in along the beach.

You have to “make sure” that you have an agreed on price before you jump in a taxi or a pulmonia or you are at  mercy of the driver when you arrive at your destination. One trick that they will often use is to act like they are unsure of your destination when you are talking to them and will say” jump in and we’ll find it” and skip over the price negotiation process.

The average rate in 2008 has been $5-$6 per ride but with gas prices on the rise that average is expected to rise a buck or so this upcoming 2009 winter season. If the cab or pulmonia driver is insisting on an unreasonably high rate when negotiating, which they will often do with tourists, simply wave him away with your hand and look down the street for the next one. $6 plus a $1 tip is damn good money for five or ten minutes of work in Mazatlan.

Mazatlan Public Transit is Cheap and Convenient

The buses in Mazatlan are cheap, clean and convenient and even if you don’t consider yourself a “public bus person”, you will enjoy a bus ride in Mazatlan. You sit up high in a bus, so you can take in a lot more sightseeing and they only cost 5 pesos (50 cents) per ride.

The big green newer buses with “Sabalo Centro” displayed on the front of them are the only buses you have to concern yourself with. They loop continually through the Gold Zone, up the beach along the malicon and on to downtown Centro. It will let you off right in front of the main market and to get back on to go back where you came from, simply walk to the other side of the market and board one there heading back the other way.

The Sabalo Centro buses are air conditioned, clean and well maintained with fresh seat covers and are a great place to meet other tourists on the go to chat with. If you want to go to Wal Mart or the mall you will need to hop on one of the smaller buses that have “Lay del Mar” painted on their front window and it will drop you off at a transfer stop at the mall across the street from Wal Mart.

To get back again, catch the “centro” bus across the street from the mall, take it back to the downtown market where you can jump back on a Sabalo Centro. The buses run constantly in big circles all over the greater Mazatlan area and once you understand the route information that is painted on their windshields, getting around the entire city is cheap and easy.

Related Links

  • Carnaval – More information on taking taxis and buses in Mazatlan.

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