Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Puerto Vallarta Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
A little hint, if you pick up a few of those nice Mexican blankets on the beach, take them in your carry on luggage and lay them on the floor. – Marlene
PVR Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Puerto Vallarta International Airport.
What to expect
Puerto Vallarta Airport (code: PVR) consists of a small terminal with almost two dozen eateries and shops located on both the airside and landside. WiFi is available to help pass the time. For added comfort, economy class passengers can pay to use the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below.
Where to Sleep
Reviewers report that sleeping options in this airport are limited due to a lack of adequate seating. There are reportedly few seats located near the gates and security staff are known for preventing people from sitting too long in the few seats in the arrivals area. In previous years reviewers cautioned against sleeping in this airport due to safety concerns. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Good to Know
Reviewers have reported that security at this airport can be brusk and intensive, and that tour guides and taxi drivers aggressively pursue business from arriving passengers.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Puerto Vallarta Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- One Puerto Vallarta Aeropuerto (2 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Holiday Inn Resort Puerto Vallarta (2 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Comfort Inn Puerto Vallarta (2 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Puerto Vallarta Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
Passes VIP Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Passes VIP Lounge Puerto Vallarta Arrivals – Location: Landside, Arrivals, 1st Level. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at Puerto Vallarta Airport for 15 minutes.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24 hours a day. Machines are operated by BBVA (Bancomer), Banorte, HSBC and Scotiabank. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: in the Domestic Arrivals area.
Currency Exchange – Globo Cambio currency exchange service Hours: 7:00AM – 10:30PM. Three locations: Landside, Airside and Domestic Arrivals.
Duty Free & Shopping – Dufry offers Duty Free shopping at 2 locations. Hours: 8:00AM – 11:00PM. In addition, a small variety of shops (10) are available both airside and landside, with most operating from 7:00AM – 10:00PM.
Food & Drinks – There are 10 restaurants/cafes available at the airport. Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with some open as early as 6:00AM. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options.
Information Desk – Not available.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Showers ($) are available in the VIP Lounge Puerto Vallarta International Lounge. See Airport Lounges above.
Tax Refund – Yvesam. Location: Terminal 1, Landside, Mezzanine area. Hours: 9:00AM – 9:00PM.
Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Puerto Vallarta and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a couple of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Apple Vacations (8:00AM – 10:00PM) and Miller Travel Service (10:00AM – 6:00PM) are both located in Terminal 1, International Departures.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Puerto Vallarta airport is served by the following airlines: Aerocalafia • Aeroméxico • Aeroméxico Connect • Air Canada • Air Transat • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Canjet Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Frontier Airlines • Interjet • Jazz Airlines • Magnicharters • Miami Air International • Sky King • Sun Country Airlines • Sunwing • TUI Fly • USA 3000 • United Airlines • Virgin America • Volaris • Westjet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Travel like the locals do! If your load is light and you’re on a tight budget, you can take a city bus from the airport for just a few pesos. There is a bus stop outside and to the left of the airport terminal, located underneath the pedestrian overpass. Take any of the buses marked “Zona Romantica” or “Centro”. If you need a bus to the main bus station, walk across the pedestrian overpass to reach the bus stop located on the opposite side.
These car rental agencies offer service onsite: International Arrivals – Avis • Budget • Dollar • Fox • National • Thrifty. Domestic Arrivals – Alamo • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • U-Save.
Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.
Prepaid taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. After clearing customs, ignore all of the timeshare touts and stop at the official taxi booth in the main atrium to pay for your ride. You will receive a ticket to give to your taxi driver before boarding the taxi.
Last updated: 2019-07-23
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.