Perhaps the top reason travelers should rent a vehicle during their time in Puerto Vallarta is that there is no better way to see the beautiful coastline. There are many gorgeous beach spots that dot the coastline near Puerto Vallarta and many of them are a quick drive from town. Some of the options include Playa de los Muertos (7 km or 3.4 miles away) and Playa las Gemelas (16 km or 10 miles away).
Excited to begin your trip in Puerto Vallarta? You can pick up your rental car as soon as you arrive. For travelers with flights to Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, the rental car counters can be found in both the National and International Arrivals Halls.
Francisco Medina Ascencio is the main road in Puerto Vallarta and is often a key part of any itinerary. It is a very large road with four lanes of traffic on each side and can be a bit confusing for first time drivers. For instance, to take a left turn off the road you must exit onto one of the parallel running access roads and from there you can exit onto other streets.
Rush hour in Puerto Vallarta, like in many cities in Mexico, is no joke. In general, the morning rush hour goes from 7:00 a.m. and lasts until 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. As for the afternoon and evening peak, it starts at around 5:00 p.m. and finishes up at around 7:00 p.m. Highway 200, one of the main thoroughfares in Puerto Vallarta, experiences the bulk of the city’s congestion and should be avoided during peak hours.
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FAQs about renting a car in Puerto Vallarta
Some car rental companies in Puerto Vallarta which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Alamo and Budget
On average a hire car in Puerto Vallarta costs C$ 9 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Economy Rent a Car (C$ 35/day), Hertz (C$ 40/day) and Dollar (C$ 52/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Hertz Fco Medina Ascencio #3987 48335 (5 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Puerto Vallarta. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Puerto Vallarta is C$ 5.11 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 61 and C$ 82, depending on the car size.
Standard (Mitsubishi Galant or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Puerto Vallarta.
A Standard car rental in Puerto Vallarta costs C$ 6 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Puerto Vallarta costs C$ 7 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Puerto Vallarta costs C$ 2 per day, on average.
In Puerto Vallarta, cars are most frequently rented at Economy Rent a Car Francisco M. Asencio 3987-10 (5 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Puerto Vallarta costs C$ 60 per week (C$ 9 per day).
On average a rental car in Puerto Vallarta costs C$ 257 per month (C$ 9 per day).
Fortunately for travelers, they will find that all sizes of vehicles are suitable for Puerto Vallarta. So, whether you prefer an SUV or a two-door convertible, you will be comfortable no matter what. However, if you plan on exploring the countryside a bit, it may be worth considering a more fuel-efficient vehicle.
Speed limits in Puerto Vallarta usually are 60 km/h (37 mph) on roads with no posted speed limited, 60 to 80 km/h (37 to 50 mph) on larger roads such as beltways and freeways, and 100 to 110 km/h (62 to 68 mph) on major highways,
Gas prices in Puerto Vallarta are around 17.00 MXN ($0.86) per liter of gas, which is 63.35 MXN ($3.19) per gallon. While this is a bit more expensive than the average prices seen in the United States, it is still quite affordable compared to gas in Europe such as in Frankfurt, where gas is €5.41 ($6.19) per gallon.
For the most part, parallel streetside parking is the most common option available to drivers in Puerto Vallarta. Additionally, drivers can expect most businesses and restaurants to have their own private parking. Aside from those two options, there are some parking lots and garages in the city, but they are not too common since streetside parking is so readily available.