Aeropuerto Alvarez Internacional (ACA) (T744-435 2060, http://www.oma.aero) is 23 km southeast of Acapulco. The airport shuttle, US$6 one-way, takes one hour to town; the ticket office is outside the terminal. Return trips are also available (viaje redondo), so keep your ticket and call 24 hours in advance for a taxi. It is possible to find a microbus for Puerto Marquez, where you can connect with buses for Costera Miguel Alemán. A private taxi from the airport to the centre should cost US$20-25. It’s worth negotiating.
There are several bus stations around town. To get to the Zócalo from the main Estrella Blanca terminal, Central Ejido, Ejido 97, 3 km north of downtown, catch a ‘Centro’ or ‘Caleta’ bus. Estrella Blanca’s other first class terminal is located next to Parque Papagayo, Central Papagayo, Cuauhtémoc 1605; it’s connected to the downtown area by ‘Caleta’ buses or to the Zona Hotelera by ‘Río-Base’ buses. Estrella de Oro, Cuauhtémoc 1490, has its own terminal and is located two blocks east of Parque Papagayo. Taxis can be found outside all terminals, but it is much cheaper to walk half a block down the road and catch one that’s passing.
There are direct connections to many US cities and charter flights from Europe in the summer. Good domestic connections include Mexico City, Ciudad Juárez, Cuernavaca, Culiacán, Guadalajara, León, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Toluca and Tijuana.
Aeromar, Blv de Las Naciones s/n, Plan de Los Amates, T744-446 9394. AeroMéxico, Av Costera Miguel Alemán, No 286, T744-485 2280. American Airlines, airport, T744-446 9232. Aviacsa, Av Costera Miguel Alemán 178, T744-481 3240. Avolar, Blv de las Naciones s/n, Poblado de los Amates, T744-466 9373. Click/Mexicana de Aviacion, La Gran Plaza, Locales 8, 9 & 10, T744-486 7569. Continental, airport, T744- 446 9063. Delta, airport, T800-123 4710. Interjet, Prolongación Farrallón y Av Costera Miguel Alemán, Centro Comercial Plaza Marbella 26, T744-484 5124. US Airways, airport, T800-428 4322.
There are several bus routes, with one running the full length of Costera Miguel Alemán and linking the older part of town to the latest hotels, marked ‘Caleta-Zócalo-Base’, US$0.50. Buses to Pie de la Cuesta, 12 km, US$0,60. From Ejido bus terminal to the Zócalo for the ‘Zócalo-Caleta’ bus.
There are several bus stations. Estrella Blanca has two 1st-class terminals: Terminal Ejido, Ejido 97, for Mexico City, Taxco, Puerto Escondido, Zihuatanejo and other coastal destinations; and Terminal Papagayo, Cuauhtémoc 1605, with buses for Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Guadalajara and Tijuana, among others. Nearby, the 1st-class Estrella de Oro Terminal, Cuauhtémoc 1490, esq Massieu, has services to Chilpancingo, Mexico City, Taxco and Zihuatanejo. The 2nd-class Estrella Blanca Terminal, Cuauhtémoc 97, serves mostly local destinations in Guerrero state.
To Chilpancingo, hourly or better, 2-3 hrs, US$7. To Cuernavaca, 7 daily, 5 hrs, US$22. To Mexico City, 6 hrs, US$30-45. To Oaxaca, no direct bus, so take a buses to Puerto Escondido (7 a day, US$24) or Pochutla (5 a day, US$28); also via Pinotepa Nacional (at 2100) but on a worse road. To Puerto Escondido, 7 a day, 9½ hrs, US$24. To Tapachula, take Impala 1st-class bus to Huatulco, arriving 1930; from there Cristóbal Colón at 2030 to Salina Cruz, arriving about 2400, then take 1st- or 2nd-class bus. To Taxco, 10 daily, 4 hrs, US$16. To Zihuatanejo, 4-5 hrs, hourly, US$12.
Most fares around town cost US$2-5, airport shuttle to the Zona Hotelera costs around US$6 (private taxi US$20-25). Taxis are more expensive from outside bus terminals; catch one on the street for US$3 to the Zócalo. Acapulco’s taxistas are ruthless, so take care and beware scams, rip-offs and overcharging, especially if travelling from the bus station or airport.
Many car hire outlets, especially in the Zona Hotelera. Avis, Av Costera M Alemán 139-C, T744-484 5720; Budget, Av Costera M Alemán 93, Local 2, T744-481 2433; Hertz, Av Costera M Alemán 137-A, corner of Sandoval, T744-485 8947.