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How To Get to Mazatlan

by Brent May

From the U.S. and Canada, you can take a direct flight to Mazatlan year-round from several U.S. and Canadian cities. Some flights are seasonal and take a break in summer months. The Mazatlan International Airport (or General Rafael Buelna Aeropuerto Internacional) is 24 kilometers or 15 miles from the Centro or Golden Zone areas.

Otherwise, convenient connecting flights run mainly through Mexico City (MEX) and Monterrey (MTY) to Mazatlan (MZT). By flying into Mexico City, you can take one of several daily flights to Mazatlan. Some of the flights listed below do not show up through flight search engines like Expedia. It is most efficient to check directly with the airlines. Also, if you need to make any changes to your tickets once purchased, it is easier to deal directly with the airline than an OTA (Online Travel Agency like Orbitz, Expedia or Kayak.)


Direct Flights from Canada

From Canada, you can fly directly to Mazatlan via:

  • WestJet flies from Calgary and Montreal daily and from Vancouver on Fridays
  • Sunwing Airlines flies from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver
  • Swoop flies from Edmonton.

You can fly with connecting flights on major airlines including Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Aeromexico.


Direct Flights from the U.S

From the U.S., fly directly to Mazatlan on:

  • Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles Thursday through Monday and from Dallas on Wednesdays and Friday through Sunday
  • American Airlines from Dallas and Phoenix every day and from L.A. on Saturdays
  • United from Houston Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Fly from SoCal via San Diego and the CBX Express to Tijuana on both Volaris and VivaAerobus.

Three major American carriers (American Airlines, Delta and United) have daily flights to the Mexico City airport (MEX), from major US cities like but not only New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, LA, San Francisco etc.


Domestic Flights

Within Mexico, you can easily get to Mazatlan.

  • Aero Calafia from Baja (Cabo San Lucas and La Paz) and Hermosillo
  • Aeromexico has direct flights from Mexico City
  • TAR flies from Queretaro, Ciudad Juarez and La Paz
  • VivaAerobus flies from Tijuana, Monterrey, Mexico City and Chihuahua. Direct flights from the States to Mexico City from Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio and San Diego via CBX (Cross Border Express.)
  • Volaris flies from Tijuana and Mexico City. Volaris provides connections to several U.S. cities from Mexico City. From Mexico City, Volaris serves Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland and San Diego via CBX.
  • Magnicharter has seasonal direct flights from Monterrey and San José del Cabo.


Getting to Town

Rental Cars

Major rental car companies can be found at the Mazatlan airport.  Cars rentals can be arranged from Alamo, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Europcar, National, and Thrifty.

By Taxi

Mazatlan airport taxis can be taken into town. These yellow taxis are the only taxis allowed to operate at the airport. You buy your ticket in the terminal for the taxi.

By Bus

Mazatlan airport buses leave when flights come in or when there are a lot of passengers. Buy your ticket in the terminal near baggage claim. Buses have drop offs at various locations in town.


Driving Directions

From the Centro and Golden Zone, get on Mexico Highway 15 and drive south toward Tepic. Exit onto Highway 17 when you see the Airport sign. From the exit, you are about 2 miles from the airport.

We hope these flights inspire you to discover something new in Mazatlan and to enjoy the moments you have with your partner, children and family. Exciting times are happening in this cosmopolitan beach city! Let us know how we can help you schedule your next visit to Mazatlan: https://mexicoliving.org/contact-us/

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