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There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta by plane, subway, bus or car

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Fly from San Francisco

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR)

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Merced
  2. Take the bus from Merced to Tepic
  3. Take the bus from Tepic to Bucerías

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BART to San Jose, fly

  1. Take the BART from Powell Street to Milpitas
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR)

Fly from Oakland

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR)

BART, bus

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Berryessa / North San Jose
  2. Take the bus from San Jose to Tepic
  3. Take the bus from Tepic to Bucerías

BART, bus via Tijuana

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Berryessa / North San Jose
  2. Take the bus from King & Virginia - San Jose to San Ysidro
  3. Take the bus from Tijuana to Tepic
  4. Take the bus from Tepic to Nuevo Vallarta

Drive

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta

San Francisco (SFO) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) flights

The flight time between San Francisco (SFO) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR) is around 6h 43m and covers a distance of around 2505 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 58m. Services are operated by Alaska Airlines, Inc., United Airlines, American Airlines and others. Typically 89 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

89 Weekly Planes
6h 43m Average Duration
$2554 Cheapest Price
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International entry into Mexico from United States

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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Mexico from United States

  • There are no current restrictions
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Rules to follow in Mexico

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Considerations leaving from United States

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Mexico is currently allowed from United States.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Nuevo Vallarta is 911.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Nuevo Vallarta is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Nuevo Vallarta is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 911.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United States from Mexico.

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Last updated: 17 May 2022
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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta is to fly which costs $180 - $290 and takes 6h 19m.

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The fastest way to get from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta is to fly which takes 6h 19m and costs $180 - $290.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta. However, there are services departing from San Francisco and arriving at Nuevo Vallarta via Merced, Tepic and Bucerias. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 0h.

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The distance between San Francisco and Nuevo Vallarta is 2514 km. The road distance is 3069.7 km.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta without a car is to BART and bus which takes 2 days 0h and costs $150 - $260.

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It takes approximately 6h 19m to get from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Francisco station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta is to fly which takes 6h 19m and costs $180 - $290. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $100 - $270 and takes 2 days 0h.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Puerto Vallarta Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 39m.

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San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta bus services, operated by Pacífico, arrive at Bucerías station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta.
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  • Distance: 2514.3 km
  • Duration: 6h 19m

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico?

Alaska Airlines, Inc., United Airlines and four other airlines fly from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta via Merced, Tepic, and Bucerias in around 2 days 0h.

Airlines
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$5500 - $13000
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$5500 - $13000
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$5500 - $13000
Flights from San Jose to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$6000 - $9500
Flights from San Jose to Puerto Vallarta via San Diego
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$6000 - $9500
Flights from San Jose to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$6000 - $9500
Aeroméxico
Website
aeromexico.com
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$3700 - $9000
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$3700 - $11000
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$4200 - $9500
Flights from San Jose to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$4500 - $11000
Flights from Oakland to Puerto Vallarta via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$5000 - $12000
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$2500 - $9000
Flights from San Jose to Puerto Vallarta via Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$3000 - $11000
Flights from San Jose to Puerto Vallarta via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$3000 - $11000
Flights from Oakland to Puerto Vallarta via Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$3100 - $11000
Flights from Oakland to Puerto Vallarta via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$3200 - $11000
Flights from Oakland to Puerto Vallarta via San Diego, Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$3300 - $12000
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$3700 - $9000
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$4200 - $9500
Flights from San Jose to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$4500 - $11000
Flights from Oakland to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$4700 - $12000
Flights from Oakland to Puerto Vallarta via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 59m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$5000 - $12000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$4200 - $18000
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$4200 - $18000
Flights from San Jose to Puerto Vallarta via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$7000 - $10000
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$4500 - $12000
Flights from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$4500 - $12000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Puerto Vallarta via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$2300 - $17000
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Oakland to Puerto Vallarta via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7h 48m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$4400 - $10000
Train operators
BART
Phone
+1-510-464-6000
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Powell Street to Milpitas
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$130 - $180
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Berryessa / North San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$140 - $190
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
Tufesa Mexico
Phone
+52 644 410 2444
Email
atencionaclientes@tufesa.com.mx
Website
tufesa.com.mx
Bus from San Jose to Tepic
Ave. Duration
42h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2500 - $4400
Schedules at
tufesa.com.mx
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 San Francisco to Merced
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$400 - $600
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$400 - $600
Flexible
$750 - $1100
Tufesa
Phone
+1 833 766 3553
Email
centelusa@hotmail.com
Website
tufesainternacional.com
Bus from King & Virginia - San Jose to San Ysidro
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1400 - $2000
Schedules at
tufesabus.com
Book at
tufesabus.com
TAP
Phone
800 001 1827
Email
clientestap@tap.com.mx
Website
tap.com.mx
Bus from Tijuana to Tepic
Ave. Duration
32h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1600 - $2400
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
TAP Plus
$1600 - $2400
Bus from Tepic to Nuevo Vallarta
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$320 - $470
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
TAP Plus
$320 - $470

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Nuevo Vallarta is 2h ahead of San Francisco. It is currently 5:39 PM in San Francisco and 7:39 PM in Nuevo Vallarta.

Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta is 3070 km. It takes approximately 32h 38m to drive from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta.

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Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Puerto Vallarta Airport.

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There are 664+ hotels available in Nuevo Vallarta. Prices start at $2000 MXN per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 27 min and costs $8 - $10.

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