Sleeping in Airports

Puerto Vallarta Airport Guide

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

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

What to expect

Puerto Vallarta International Airport 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 airport 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 airport guide below.

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.

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.

Airport Lounges

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. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

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.

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

Airport Essentials

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.

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, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Tax Refund – Yvesam. Location: Terminal 1, Landside, Mezzanine area. Hours: 9:00AM – 9:00PM.

Food & Drinks

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.

Money

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.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of February 2018, Puerto Vallarta airport is served by the following airlines: Interjet • Aeromexico • Aerocalafia • Magnicharters • Volaris • American Airlines • Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • Miami Air International • Canjet Airlines • Delta • Frontier Airlines • USA 3000 • Jazz Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • Sunwing • Air Transat • US Airways • Virgin America • Westjet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Buses

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.

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite: International Arrivals – Avis • Budget • Dollar • National • Thrifty. Domestic Arrivals – Alamo • Budget • Europcar • Fox • Hertz • U-Save.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport. Contact your hotel of choice for availability and details.

Taxis

Prepaid taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport. 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: 2018-10-23

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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.