Getting from Huatulco Airport to Puerto Escondido (by bus, taxi or shuttle)

If you’re arriving by air from Canada or the US into Huatulco, you’re probably wondering about how to get from Bahias de Huatulco Airport to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Or, from Puerto Escondido to Huatulco on the return.

Fortunately, there are several options to choose from. Each has advantages and disadvantages depending on your preferences on convenience, time, number of travellers, comfort and cost.

The difference in cost between the most expensive at $85 USD to less than $5 USD makes it worth considering options when it comes to getting from Huatulco airport to Puerto Escondido.

Huatulco to Puerto Escondido

Here’s what to consider for Huatulco airport transportation, ranked in order by price from highest to lowest.

Sur Bus in Oaxaca Mexico

Save hundreds of pesos by taking the Sur Bus from Huatulco to Puerto Escondido

Huatulco Airport to Puerto Escondido by Private Shuttle

Cost: $1400-1600 MXN pesos per vehicle (or more)

What You Get: You’ll be picked up at Huatulco airport (HUX) and driven to your destination by a driver from Puerto Escondido who is familiar with the city and Highway 200. Your transportation will most likely be in an air-conditioned, newer model vehicle. You won’t make multiple stops along the way.  There is usually a maximum of four people per vehicle.

Ideal for: This option is ideal for travellers in a hurry, families, the elderly, luxury travellers not concerned about relative cost, travellers arriving at night.

Contact:  Dimar Travel Agency   or +52 954 582 0259


Huatulco Airport to Puerto Escondido by Airport Taxi

Cost: $2200-2400 MXN pesos depending on the size of vehicle

What You Get: You’ll  be driven to your destination by an authorized driver and your transportation will be air-conditioned but could be an older model vehicle. You won’t make multiple stops along the way.  There is usually a maximum of four people per vehicle. Be prepared to provide directions to your driver as he may not be familiar with accommodations beyond the major hotels in Puerto Escondido. Your travel time will be around 2 hours.

Travel Tip: It’s sometimes possible to find a fellow traveller who is willing to share a ride and split the fare.  Ask around when you land or post a request on the Puerto Escondido Travel Essentials Facebook page before you leave home.

Contact: Go to the Authorized Taxi Booth at HUX airport, make your payment and you’ll receive a taxi voucher.


Huatulco Airport (HUX) highway entrance at Huatulco Airport to Puerto Escondido

Huatulco Airport (HUX) highway entrance

Huatulco Airport to Puerto Escondido by Taxi Outside HUX  Airport

Cost: 800 to 1200 MXN pesos

What You Get:  Your transportation may or may not be air-conditioned and  may be an older model vehicle. You won’t make multiple stops along the way.  There is usually a maximum of four people per vehicle. You’ll be driven to your destination by a driver who may be  from Huatulco and not be familiar with Puerto Escondido.

How to Do It: You will need to have Mexican pesos. Walk along the sidewalk, past the security gate and leave the airport completely. It is a 5-7 minute walk and can be hot. Do not cross the highway to where the OXXO store is (unless you want to buy something for the trip). Instead, keep to the right and look for taxis at the side of Highway 200. Your travel time will be 2 hours.

Ideal for: This option is ideal for travellers confident in negotiating in Spanish and people without too much luggage.

Travel Tip: It’s sometimes possible to find a fellow traveller who is willing to share a ride and split the fare.  Ask around when you land or post a request on the Puerto Escondido Travel Essentials Facebook page before you leave home.


Huatulco Airport to Puerto Escondido by  Sur Bus

Cost: 70 pesos or $3 USD (effective January 2018) plus taxi in Puerto Escondido

What You Get: Taking the Sur bus from Huatulco airport to Puerto Escondido is one of the most popular methods of transportation for residents and long-stay visitors. For 60 pesos (effective January 2018) you can ride one-way from Bahias de Huatulco International Airport to Puerto Escondido on Sur, an Intermediate class bus. You’ll get lots of AC, a reclining chair and reliable service. Just don’t expect movies, reserved seating or snacks as on the Executive bus lines.

How to Do It: You will need to have 60 Mexican pesos ( preferably in small denominations) to board the bus so arrange to have pesos when you leave the airport. You’ll then walk along the sidewalk, past the security gate and leave the airport completely. It is a 5-7 minute walk and can be hot. Do not cross the highway to where the OXXO store is.

Instead, keep to the right and wait at the side of Highway 200.  Wait until you see a  Sur Bus (it’s yellow, white and green as shown above) marked “Puerto Escondido” and flag it down. Board and pay the driver. Your travel time will be 2 to 2.5 hours excluding waiting for the bus.

You will be dropped off at the ADO/OCC station in Puerto Escondido on Highway 200. From there you will need to take a local taxi for 30-40 MXN pesos (< $2.50 USD) to your hotel or condo.

Important Travel Tip: This bus will stop in the town of Pochutla, Oaxaca. Do not get off the bus! It will continue on its journey to Puerto Escondido once some passengers disembark and new passengers board.

Got lots of luggage? A variation on this option for the less confident (or those with lots of luggage) is to take an airport taxi to the bus station in La Crucecita (Huatulco) and board the Sur ( or ADO ) bus there.

The cost increases to 400 pesos for the airport taxi to Huatuloco and 78 pesos for the Sur bus from La Crucecita (Huatulco) to Puerto Escondido. Total 478 pesos or $25 USD  and you save the effort of walking to the highway and waiting for the bus in the sun.

Huatulco to Puerto Escondido by  Sur Bus

If you’re in Huatulco and wondering how to get to Puerto Escondido, it’s quite easy and inexpensive to travel by Sur Bus. The cost is 78 MXN pesos and you simply purchase the ticket and board the bus when the driver/attendant announces the departure. Seats are unassigned so just take any available seat.

You’ll be dropped off at the ADO/OCC station in Puerto Escondido on Highway 200. However if you’re going to La Punta, it’s worth requesting an earlier stop at the first major intersection when you hit town.

Puerto Escondido to Huatulco by Sur Bus

For 78 MXN pesos you can ride one-way from downtown Puerto Escondido to downtown Huatulco ( La Crucecita) on Sur, an Intermediate class bus. You’ll get lots of AC, a reclining chair and reliable service just don’t expect movies, reserved seating or snacks as on the Executive bus lines.

The buses depart from the ADO/OCC Bus Terminal and make stops on the highway and in Pochutla but your time on the road should be no more than 2.5 hours. The time schedule is departures every hour on the hour and you can purchase your ticket from the booth or directly from the attendant at the gate.

If you’re staying in La Punta, you can flag the Sur bus down simply by standing by the highway.

You can also use the Pochutla/Huatulco Bus as transportation to Huatulco International Airpor (HUX)t. You will pay slightly less than if you were going into Huatulco Bus Station. Watch for the OXXO store on your right at the 2 hour mark to disembark. Make your way to the front of the bus and  the driver will open the luggage area remotely, you can grab your bag and be on your way.  You’ll need to walk across Highway 200 and along the sidewalk to get to the airport terminal.

Tip: Do not wait for your bus departure to be announced at the OCC/ADO station in Puerto Escondido. Instead, watch for your bus and be prepared to board when you see others moving in that general direction. Hold onto your ticket stub as the bus attendant might request it once you’re under way.

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Disclaimer: Prices can vary without notice. Taking unauthorized taxis is done at your own risk.

Updated: January 15, 2018

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Or, you can do what I often do and that is to stay one night in Huatulco and depart to Puerto Escondido the next day. My top choices to overnight in Huatulco include:

Luxury: Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Mid-range: Holiday Inn Huatulco

Budget: Mision de los Arcos.


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Michele Peterson
Michele Peterson
Dividing her time between Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is an award-winning writer, blogger, editor and publisher who specializes in travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyles.
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