Flying in and out, Cabo San Lucas
Many airlines serve the Los Cabos International Airport from locations in Mexico, Canada and the United States. Airport to town: You can rent a car, take a cab, or hop in a van. The van ticket booth is located just as you leave the airport. For the van, they charge you about $11 US dollars (approximately $80 pesos) each and take you right to your hotel. You can ask the van driver to stop at a liquor store for drinks because it is a long dusty ride into town (45 minutes with no stops and no traffic). It makes the ride more fun for everyone. Taxis have jumped to $60.00 into Cabo San Lucas.
If you're looking to save some money and have extra time to spare, you can walk to the bus stop about 3/4 mile from the airport and take the local bus into San Jose or Cabo San Lucas. Go right out of the airport and cross the road (small cantina, stop for liquid refreshment), then down the hwy on the left side of the bridge you will see the covered bus stop. It was 10 pesos to San Jose a little more than that to Cabo. We were heading to Todos Santos so we took the Aquila bus from San Jose (see Todos Santo page).
One of the least expensive providers to use to fly from LAX to Cabo San Lucas is Aero California.
However, there are a couple little things that could save you some additional money.
-AeroCalifornia does not provide E-Tickets, Therefore they must be mailed to you.
-If you book through an Agent like Expedia there is a delivery charge of $20 for the tickets
-If you use the AeroCalifornia website you'll find that it is quite ghetto and not that easy to use.
-You will also see that they charge a $30 Service Fee for each transaction done through the internet
-The best bet is to call them and book directly over the phone.
-They offer the same rates and DO NOT CHARGE A SERVICE FEE OR DELIVERY FEE FOR THE TICKETS!!!
SAVES YOU SOME CASH TO SPEND ON TACOS AND TEQUILA!!!
Generally speaking Alaska Airlines is the cheapest way to get down to Los Cabos Airport.
Especially if you live in the North West US.
Cheapest way to get into town is the shuttle bus. It runs $13 US per person, the ride takes 45 minutes but you will often have to wait at the airport for up to 30 minutes for the bus to actually leave. If you have 4 or more people it may be about the same price to take a taxi van into town and will be considerably quicker.
The terminal at the airport is small so finding the taxis or shuttles is easy...
NOTE: There is only 1 place to take a return shuttle bus from in Cabo San Lucas to the Airport.
Unfortunatly I cannot remember the name of the hotel, but it is located along the marina toward the south end. It has a deccent size parking lot in front with a guard shack with a manual gate arm to make people stop and pay for parking before entering. It is hard to miss. Go inside the front doors and there will be a someone just inside on the left that can sell you the passes. Most of the people at the tourist info booths will know where it is if you can't find it.
It costs $14 and usually runs 3-4 times a day anywhere from noon to 6pm.
Flights are easy to get from the Southwest US (Phoenix, LA, Dallas). Alaska, America West and American seem to be the major carriers. You can also get a direct early-morning flight from Chicago from November to (I think) April. You will most likely have to take a connecting flight from most cities.
It is very easy to fly in Cabo via Cabo San Lucas International Airport. Countries like: Mexico, USA and Canada having lots of straight flights to here.
We where flying with Aero Mexico from Guadalajara to Cabo. We had to drive from San Luis Potosi to here, because there were almost no flight, and if there were, it was too expensive...
Several airlines travel to Cabo now; I've taken Mexicana and Aeromexico - good as any. It is possible to drive from the US to Cabo, however, it's a long 1,000 mile and a long way between gas stations.
Airline that fly into the Los Cabos International Airport:
Phone: (From U.S.)
Mexicana (800) 531-7921
American Airlines (800) 433-7300
Aero California (800) 237-6225
Aeromexico (800) 237-6639
Alaska Airlines (800) 426-0333
America West Airlines (800) 235-9292
Continental Airlines (800) 537-9222
The airport is about 15 miles north of San Jose del Cabo and can be reached by toll road if you're in a hurry.
Alaska Airlines has the best deals. Some folks arrive by boat (Love Boat), and then you could always drive...
Community transit busses are common, but their fares change with each ride. Renting a car worked well. Make sure you have some kind of arrangements for transportation to/from the airport, or you're gonna get hounded for timeshare tours, right there in the terminal.
The "NEW" Cabo San Lucas International Terminal #2 open in early November and like most US airports has an upper departure drive and a lower arrival drive. It is possible in private vehicles to drop off departing passengers without any problem. However, due to the strangle hold that the Mexican Transportation Union has, they are only allowing busses, taxi, vans and courtesy vans into the road to the Arrival area and private vehicles, even with handicapped cards, are prohibited entry and have to park, walk to meet the passengers and then hike back to parking with the luggage. This is unreasonable because many people live here and are picked up so as not to be robbed by the high costs of the transportation union.
The airport is located some distance from town. I booked transportation online to and from the airport with Transcabo. It cost approximately $45 per person roundtrip and they dropped us off right at our hotel. The vans were clean and the drivers were very friendly and prompt. We did have to stop at a few other hotels to drop off other passengers but since it was our first time to Cabo San Lucas, it was nice to see some of the surrounding area. I would definately book transportation with transcabo again. One warning, make sure you exit the airport to the transcabo representative and don't take a ride from the timeshare hawkers inside the airport.