There are 8 ways to get from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta by plane, train, bus, night bus or car

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Fly from Los Angeles  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) LAX - PVR

$137 - $1,109

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Bus via Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx  •  37 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx 9483 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Tijuana Bus Terminal to Puerto Vallarta

$117 - $198

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Train to Tijuana, fly  •  8 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
  2. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) TIJ - PVR

$137 - $358

Train to Santa Ana, fly  •  7 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) SNA - PVR

$166 - $1,046

Train, bus  •  35 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Yuma Amtrak
  2. Take the bus from 3rd Street @ Gila Street to 2nd Ave and B Street 95
  3. Take the bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Puerto Vallarta

$145 - $260

Bus TAP Royal International  •  39 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Huntington Park to Tepic
  2. Take the bus from Tepic to Puerto Vallarta

$232 - $240

Night bus, bus  •  41 h 31 min

  1. Take the night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
  2. Take the bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
  3. Take the bus from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta

$139 - $185

Drive  •  26 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta 1550.6 miles

$200 - $300

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta is to bus which costs $110 - $200 and takes 37 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta is to fly which costs $130 - $1,200 and takes 5 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta. However, there are services departing from Los Angeles, Ca and arriving at Autotransportes Medina via Tijuana Bus Terminal and Palmas. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37 h 20 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles and Puerto Vallarta is 1229 miles. The road distance is 1550.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta without a car is to train and bus which takes 35 h 50 min and costs $140 - $260.

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It takes approximately 5 h 47 min to get from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, including transfers.

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Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Los Angeles, Ca station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta is to fly which takes 5 h 47 min and costs $130 - $1,200. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $110 - $200 and takes 37 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Puerto Vallarta Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h.

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Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta bus services, operated by TAP, arrive at Puerto Vallarta station.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta.
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  • Distance: 1229.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 47 min

What companies run services between Los Angeles, CA, USA and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and five other airlines fly from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta via Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx, Tijuana Bus Terminal, Puerto Vallarta, and Palmas in around 37 h 20 min.

Airlines
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $2,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $2,200
Flights from Santa Ana to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $6,500
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $2,100
Flights from Tijuana to Puerto Vallarta via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $440
Flights from Tijuana to Puerto Vallarta via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $440
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta via Oakland
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$240 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $2,200
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $2,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $2,600
Flights from Santa Ana to Puerto Vallarta via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
6 h 28 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,800
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $2,600
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $2,100
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Tijuana to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Flights from Tijuana to Puerto Vallarta via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $410
Viva Aerobus
Website
vivaaerobus.com
Flights from Tijuana to Puerto Vallarta via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Tijuana to Puerto Vallarta via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $3,600
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Yuma Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $120
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$85 - $120
Room
$220 - $310
Bus operators
YCAT
Phone
+1 928-783-2235
Website
ycipta.org
Bus from 3rd Street @ Gila Street to 2nd Ave and B Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
ycipta.org
TAP
Website
tap.com.mx
Bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
28 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$95 - $140
Bus from Tijuana Bus Terminal to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
31 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$100 - $150
Bus from Tepic to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $21
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$15 - $21
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $35
Flexible
$35 - $50
TAP Royal International
Phone
USA: (602) 273 3544 MÉXICO: 01800 0011 827
Email
contact@taproyal.com
Website
taproyal.com
Bus from Huntington Park to Tepic
Ave. Duration
33 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$214
Schedules at
taproyal.com
Autobuses Elite
Phone
01 800 507 5500, 57290807
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
30 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $110
Schedules at
estrellablanca.com.mx
Primera
$99
Primera Select
$106
Vallarta Plus
Website
vallartaplus.com
Bus from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $27
Schedules at
vallartaplus.com

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Puerto Vallarta is 2 h ahead of Los Angeles. It is currently 7:49 PM in Los Angeles and 9:49 PM in Puerto Vallarta.

Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta is 1551 miles. It takes approximately 26 h 27 min to drive from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta.

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United Airlines, Delta, Interjet and four other airlines offer flights from Los Angeles Airport to Puerto Vallarta Airport.

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There are 737+ hotels available in Puerto Vallarta. Prices start at $43 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to train which takes 30 min and costs $6 - $8.

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