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How to get from Guadalajara Airport to City Center

Guadalajara is an exciting city, located in Jalisco in western Mexico. This city is famous world-round for its amazing tequila and fun Mariachi music. Be sure to also check out the historic centre, where you can explore colonial plazas, gothic cathedrals and the neoclassical Teatro Degollado.

When travelling from Guadalajara airport to downtown, you have two transfer options; taxi or bus. Taking a Guadalajara airport taxi will take just 30 minutes and cost €15 (MXN 300). Taking the Chapala bus will take 65 minutes, but it costs just €0.60 (MXN 12) one way.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €15 30min 24/7
Bus €1.20 65min 06:00–21:00

How to get from Guadalajara Airport to the City Centre by Taxi

The only way to get directly from Guadalajara airport to downtown or your hotel is by taking a taxi. The journey time in a Guadalajara airport taxi is just 30 minutes and the cost is a set fare of €15 (MXN 300), making it very affordable.

How much is a taxi from GDL Airport to Downtown?

The cost of a taxi from GDL airport to downtown Guadalajara will be €15 (MXN 300). Taxis at the airport charge set rate fares based on zones. You will need to purchase your pre-paid taxi ticket at the special kiosk inside the airport, and then present it to your taxi driver when getting in the car.

Cost

€15 (MXN 300)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 outside of Guadalajara Airport.

Where do I find a taxi at Guadalajara Airport?

Taxis leave from a stand located right outside of the airport terminal. Simply join the queue and wait for your turn to take a taxi.

Convenience

As there’s no public transport that leaves directly from the airport. Taking a taxi from Guadalajara airport to the city centre is the most comfortable and convenient way to travel. You won’t have to walk with your luggage and you can make it to the door of your hotel in Guadalajara in just 30 minutes.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling in a group, you can split the cost of your taxi from Guadalajara Airport to Downtown and save.

Useful Tips

Be sure to pre-pay your taxi inside the airport.
Fares are based on zones, so prices will vary if you’re staying outside the main city ring.
Tipping your driver isn't obligatory but always appreciated.

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 Guadalajara. 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.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Prices

DAYTIME
€30.0
NIGHTTIME
€36.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Guadalajara Airport to Downtown by Bus

Unfortunately, there’s no public bus that runs directly from Guadalajara airport to the city centre. You will need to walk around 15 to 20 minutes to the Chapala – Guadalajara highway outside of the airport, then take the Chapala line bus from there into Guadalajara. The total journey time is around 65 minutes and the cost is just €0.60 (MXN 12) one-way.

How much is the bus from GDL Airport to Downtown?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the Chapala bus is just €0.60 (MXN 12), making it the cheapest transfer option. You can purchase your ticket from the driver on the bus in exact change.

Cost

€0.60 (MXN 12)

Trip Duration

65 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the Chapala bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Chapala bus runs from 06:00 to 21:00.

Where do I find the bus at Guadalajara Airport?

Unfortunately, no bus leaves Guadalajara airport. You will need to walk around 20 minutes to the highway and then take the bus from there. You can reach the bus stop by following the footpath and pedestrian bridge.

Convenience

To take the bus, you will need to walk with any heavy luggage for around 20 minutes, over bridges and alongside a major highway. So, this isn’t the safest or most convenient transfer option.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling with large luggage items or small children, I strongly advise taking a taxi rather than the bus for your safety and comfort.

Useful Tips

Be sure to only get on the Chapala line bus, as many pass on the highway.
The Chapala buses are white and red in colour.
Be sure to bring exact change to pay the driver in Mexican Pesos.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the cost of a taxi from Guadalajara airport to downtown?

Local taxis charge a set rate for the journey from Guadalajara airport to the city centre; the fares are based on zones. The cost of a Guadalajara airport taxi to downtown will be just €15 (MXN 300), making it very affordable. 

How do I get from Guadalajara airport to downtown?

There are two ways to get from GDL airport to downtown; taxi or public bus. Taking a Guadalajara airport taxi will take just 30 minutes and will cost a fixed fare of €15 (MXN 300). On the other hand, taking the Chapala bus will cost just €0.60 (MXN 12), but will take at least 65 minutes to reach Guadalajara city.

How far is Guadalajara airport from the city centre?

The distance from Guadalajara airport to downtown is 18 km. Taking a Guadalajara airport taxi will take around 30 minutes to complete the journey, while the public bus will get you there in around 65 minutes. 

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