There are 6 ways to get from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta by plane, bus or car

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Fly from San Diego  •  5 h 6 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) SAN - PVR

$163 - $854

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Bus  •  34 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana Bus Terminal to Puerto Vallarta

$100 - $170

4 alternative options

Fly from Tijuana  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) TIJ - PVR

$114 - $299

Bus via San Luis Río Colorado  •  33 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to San Luis Río Colorado
  2. Take the bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Puerto Vallarta

$114 - $154

Bus Tufesa Mexico  •  38 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Tepic Tijuana - Tepic
  2. Take the bus from Tepic to Puerto Vallarta

$108 - $124

Drive  •  25 h 11 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta 1472.9 miles

$190 - $290

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Autotransportes Medina via Tijuana Bus Terminal and Palmas. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 34 h 30 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Puerto Vallarta is 1119 miles. The road distance is 1472.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta without a car is to bus which takes 33 h 28 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 6 min to get from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta, including transfers.

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San Diego to Puerto Vallarta bus services, operated by TAP, depart from Tijuana Bus Terminal station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta is to fly which takes 5 h 6 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 33 h 28 min.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Puerto Vallarta Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 40 min.

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San Diego to Puerto Vallarta bus services, operated by TAP, arrive at Puerto Vallarta station.

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Puerto Vallarta is 2 h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 9:44 AM in San Diego and 11:44 AM in Puerto Vallarta.

Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Puerto Vallarta is 1473 miles. It takes approximately 25 h 11 min to drive from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta.

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  • Distance: 1119 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 6 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?

Alaska Airlines, Inc., Southwest Airlines and two other airlines fly from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta via San Ysidro/Intl Border, Tijuana, San Luis Río Colorado, Puerto Vallarta, and Palmas in around 33 h 28 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,800
Flights from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,800
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
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$400 - $1,800
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,700
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Tijuana to Puerto Vallarta via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $440
Bus operators
Aguacaliente
Phone
6646212955
Email
atencionaclientes@autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
Website
autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
Bus from Tijuana to San Luis Río Colorado
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21
Schedules at
autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
TAP
Website
tap.com.mx
Bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
28 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$90 - $130
Bus from Tijuana Bus Terminal to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
31 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $150
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$100 - $150
Bus from Tepic to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$14 - $20
Tufesa Mexico
Phone
(604) 952 0138
Website
tufesa.com.mx
Bus from Tijuana to Tepic
Ave. Duration
30 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$87
Schedules at
tufesa.com.mx

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Puerto Vallarta Airport.

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There are 731+ hotels available in Puerto Vallarta. Prices start at $41 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs .

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