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How to Travel to Acapulco

Acapulco is an easy city to drive around: most hotels and attractions are on the main avenue, or “Costera”, which follows the shore of the bay from one end to the other.

Through air, sea or road, there are many options to get to Acapulco. Acapulco is connected with Mexico City via 2 different highways. Most major airlines have either direct or connecting flights to Acapulco and all world-class cruise companies include the unique Acapulco experience among their ports of call.

By Land
Driving time from Mexico City on the new toll road takes approximately 3½ hours on the new scenic superhighway, the “Highway of the Sun”. The “old”, scenic route takes about five hours, but you can make pit stops at the lovely colonial cities of Taxco and Cuernavaca. Very comfortable, modern air conditioned buses with accessible prices are available. Built with the most modern technology, Acapulco’s“Maxitunel” was inaugurated in 1996. This is the largest tunnel (2,950 meters long) in Latin America, in itself reducing driving time  by 25 minutes; offering the most sophisticated and up-to-date equipment, telephones, fire extinguishers, a rescue team and a closed TV circuit that monitors all the cars from its entrance to the exit.

By Air
You can certainly get here from wherever you are. Some 700 weekly flights connect Acapulco to principal world cities during the summer season; the number increases sharply during the winter season.

The newly renovated Juan N. Alvarez International Airport (ACA) is located about 20 minutes east of the city. From New York via Dallas, the flying time is 4½ hours; from Chicago, 4¼ hours; from Los Angeles, 3½ hours.

Direct and non-stop flights are available from Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Newark. Connecting flights can be made through Mexico City from New York, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and every major American city. Flights from Europe (Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, London, and Berlin) also make connections through Mexico City. Canada offers mainly winter charters with Air Transat and other airlines. From South America you can catch seasonal direct flights from Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires.

Many major international travel wholesalers make available complete travel packages to travelers around the world, through commercial or charter flights. Please consult your local travel agent.

By Sea
Acapulco is the second largest, port in Mexico after Cozumel, receiving an approximate average of 140 calls a year. The Maritime Terminal is undergoing a millionaire renovation. Several magnificent international liners pull into port yearly.

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