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How to get from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) to San José del Cabo

San José del Cabo is a beautiful resort town located on the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. This city is filled with picturesque plazas, art museums, quaint restaurants and wide stretches of beach. San Jose del Cabo is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy the Mexican culture.

When it comes to transfers, there are two ways to get from Cabo airport to San José del Cabo; taxi or bus. Taking a private Los Cabos airport taxi is the most comfortable and fastest way to get to your hotel as it takes just 15 minutes and costs around €70 ($1,600 MXN). A cheaper transfer option is to take the public Ruta del Desierto bus, which costs €3.50 ($80 MXN) one-way and takes 50 minutes to reach San José del Cabo.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Welcome Pickups €56 15min 24/7
Taxi €70 15min
Bus €7 50min 04:30–23:00

How to get from Cabo airport to San José del Cabo by taxi

Taking a Los Cabos airport taxi or private car from Cabo airport to San José del Cabo is the quickest and most convenient transfer option. Taxis run 24/7 from the airport and take just 15 minutes to reach the hotels.

Cost of a taxi from SJD to San José del Cabo

The cost of a taxi from SJD to San José del Cabo will depend on the number of passengers and the exact location you’re heading to in the city. However, the average cost is around €70 ($1,600 MXN). You must pre-pay your taxi slip inside the airport at the designated kiosk and then present it to your driver.

Cost

€70 ($1,600 MXN)

Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Los Cabos airport.

Where do I get a San José del Cabo shuttle from the airport?

There are taxi ranks outside of Terminal 1 and 2 at Los Cabos International airport. Simply look for the long line of taxi cabs.

Convenience

Taking a private taxi is the most convenient airport transfer to San José del Cabo. You will make it to the door of your hotel in just 15 minutes and won’t need to wait in the hot sun or drag your heavy luggage through the local bus stations or along the highway to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

Taking a taxi is the only way to get to the door of your hotel, the bus will drop you off on the highway which is inconvenient and uncomfortable in the heat.

Useful Tips

You must purchase your ticket in the airport before walking to the taxi rank.
Only three passengers can travel in a Los Cabos airport taxi.
Not all taxi drivers speak English, so be sure to write down your hotel's address to avoid any miscommunication.

How to get from Cabo airport to San José del Cabo by bus

There’s a bus company called Ruta del Desierto that provide a public San José del Cabo shuttle from the airport. They run daily but do make a lot of stops at each hotel along the way, so it can take at least 50 minutes to reach the city.

How much is the bus from SJD to San José del Cabo?

The cost of a one-way ticket for the Ruta del Desierto bus is €3.50 ($80 MXN). You can purchase your tickets from the Ecobajatours kiosk in the airport or from your driver.

Cost

€3.50 ($80 MXN)

Trip Duration

50 Min.

*Theres a waiting time of up to 10 minutes for the Ruta del Desierto bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Ruta del Desierto bus runs daily from 04:30 to 23:00.

Where do I find the bus from Cabo San José airport?

The Ruta del Desierto bus only leaves from Terminal 1. If you land in Terminal 2, you will need to make the 10-minute walk to Terminal 1 to catch the bus to San José del Cabo.

Convenience

Although the bus is a great option for those trying to travel on a budget, it’s not the most convenient way to get from Cabo airport to San José del Cabo. It makes a lot of stops along the way, making it very slow, and it will drop you off on the highway, so you will need to walk from there to your hotel reception, which can be a long and hot walk.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling with young children and a lot of luggage, making the walk from the highway to your hotel will be a challenge. In this instance, I suggest booking a much more convenient and safe taxi transfer.

Useful Tips

The buses only leave from Terminal 1, you will need to walk there from Terminal 2 if that's where you land.
Buses fill quickly, so be sure to arrive at least 5 minutes before it departs.
Theres very little storage space on the bus.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Cabo san lucas. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€50.0
NIGHTTIME
€60.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Frequently asked questions

Which airport is near San José del Cabo, Mexico?

The nearest airport to San José del Cabo is Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), which is located just 12 km from the town. You can take either a Los Cabos airport taxi or the public Ruta del Desierto bus from the airport to the city.

How do you get from Cabo airport to San José del Cabo?

There are two different Cabo San José airport transfers; taxi or bus. Los Cabos airport taxi is the quickest and easiest option as it takes just 15 minutes to reach San José del Cabo, but costs around €70 ($1,600 MXN). The Ruta del Desierto bus is much cheaper at €3.50 ($80 MXN) one-way, but it takes a lot longer to reach the city.

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