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How To Get To Mazatlán This Summer

by Brent May


If you’re traveling from the U.S. or Canada to Mazatlán this summer, you can take a direct flight via the U.S. You can also take a convenient flight to Mexico City and then fly to Mazatlán with one of the many daily national flights. Other connecting flights run through Monterrey (MTY) and Tijuana (TIJ) to Mazatlán (MZT).

The Mazatlán International Airport (or General Rafael Buelna Aeropuerto Internacional) is 24 kilometers or 15 miles from the Centro or Golden Zone areas.

Some of the flights listed below will not show up through flight search engines like Expedia. It is most efficient to check directly with the airlines to find all of your options. 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 to Mazatlán

From the U.S., fly directly to Mazatlán this summer on:

  • Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday  
  • American Airlines from Dallas on Saturdays and from Phoenix every day
  • Fly from SoCal via San Diego and the CBX Express to Tijuana on both Volaris and VivaAerobus daily.

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.

You can fly to Mazatlán from Canada connecting with the same major carriers as above and Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Aeromexico.


National Flights

Within Mexico, you can easily get to Mazatlán. The number of daily flights through Mexico City makes it especially easy to get to Mazatlán. Flights via SoCal through San Diego to Tijuana with CBX also make it easy to connect.

  • Aero Calafia from Baja (Cabo San Lucas and La Paz) and Hermosillo
  • Aeromexico has direct flights from Mexico City
  • TAR flies from Queretaro on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays, Ciudad Juarez, La Paz, Hermosillo, Chihuahua, Tampico, Culiacan, Cd Juarez, Cd del Carmen
  • 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 daily from Tijuana and Sunday to Friday from Mexico City. Volaris provides connections to several U.S. cities from Mexico City like Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland and San Diego via CBX.

Getting to Town

Rental Cars

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

By Taxi

Mazatlán 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

Mazatlán 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.

Please note that these flight schedules can change. Check with the airlines directly for the most up-to-date schedule information.

We hope these flights inspire you to discover Mazatlán this summer 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.com/contact-us/


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