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Cabo Airport Transfers: 6 Best and Cheapest Shuttles

So you’ve booked your holiday to Los Cabos.

Now you want to know about Cabo airport transfers.

Specifically, what’s the best way to get from the Cabo airport (SJD) to your hotel or resort? What’s the cheapest way?

You’ve come to the right place!

We travel often to the region and have tried many forms of transportation between the airport and our resort (from private luxury shuttles to the bus).

Cabo Airport Transportation

Cabo airport transfers

For most people, taxis and semi-private or private Los Cabos airport shuttles are the main options for transferring to their hotel (apart from renting a car).

If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s also the public bus, Ruta del Desierto.

Contents: Cabo airport transfer options and reviews

Cheapest semi-private or private transfer? – Quick answer

Cost of a taxi – From the airport to Cabo San Lucas

Public bus from the airport to Cabo San Lucas (and from Cabo to the airport) – Ruta del Desierto

Cabo airport transportation – Semi-private vs. private transfers

6 best Los Cabos airport shuttle companies – Reviews

About the Los Cabos airport

Timeshare vendors at the airport – How to avoid getting sucked in by them

Uber in Cabo San Lucas – Can you use Uber?

Note: We use “Cabo” and “Los Cabos” interchangeably here.

Both terms (as we use them) refer to the whole resort area in Baja California Sur. The geographical area of Los Cabos includes:

  • Cabo San Lucas town
  • The town of San Jose del Cabo
  • The resorts located along the 20-mile Los Cabos Corridor between (and around) the two towns

What’s the cheapest Cabo airport transfer?

Below, we compare six of the best shuttle companies offering shared and private transfers – and give a “Bottom line” conclusion.

Some are better for private rides for larger families or groups, while others are better and cheaper for shared transfers.

But if you’re looking for quick answers for a solo traveler or couple, here they are:

Cheapest shared shuttle:

Cabo Airport Transfers (#1 below) offers the cheapest airport transfers for a single person or couple in a shared shuttle – $22 a person or $44 a couple to Cabo San Lucas.

Note: If you book through Cabo San Lucas Tours (a third-party tour operator), you pay only $18 per person. They use TransCabo. For details, see #2 below.

Cheapest private airport transfers:

Cielito Lindo (#3 below) is the cheapest private option for a single person or two people – $79.50 to Cabo San Lucas.

Best Cabo Airport Transfer Services

Taxi from airport to Cabo San Lucas

Los Cabos airport transportation: Taxi

Taxis in Los Cabos are large blue or turquoise (occasionally white) vans that seat 8 to 10 people. But, gulp, Cabo taxi fares are steep.

A taxi from the international or SJD airport to Cabo San Lucas will cost you a minimum of $85+ USD.

If you’re traveling as a couple, that cost is about double the price of a shared airport shuttle.

Cabo airport bus: Ruta del Desierto

The Ruta del Desierto bus runs daily to and from the Cabo airport

Is there a public bus that goes from the airport to Cabo San Lucas?

And does the bus also do the return trip and go from Cabo San Lucas back to the airport?

The short answer is “Yes.”

We’ve ridden the regular public bus in Cabo many times – for example, to go snorkeling at Santa Maria Beach and to travel between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

It’s cheap and perfectly safe.

(We’ve also taken the bus between several colonial Mexican cities – and that service was like flying business class. Really!)

Traveling within Mexico? Check out our post on the excellent long-distance Mexico buses

About the Ruta del Desierto bus:

The Ruta del Desierto bus is the inexpensive public Cabo airport bus. It runs every day to and from the Cabo airport.

You can take this bus from both Terminal 1 (domestic terminal) and Terminal 2 (international terminal) right into Cabo San Lucas.

The bus isn’t fancy. But it’s air-conditioned, reasonably comfortable and very easy on the wallet :-).

The bus makes several stops.

Depending on traffic, the travel time on the bus to get from the airport to the town of Cabo San Lucas is about an hour to 75 minutes.

If you’re going to the airport from Cabo, budget about 90 minutes to be safe.

Bus from Cabo airport:

If coming in on an international flight (arriving in Terminal 2), you need to go up one floor to the Departures Level.

There’s an escalator that goes upstairs (look to the left after passing the timeshare sales vendors).

Up top, exit the doors and go outside, and you’ll see the bus stop by the curb to the right, at the far end of the terminal.

The Ruta del Desierto bus stop at Terminal 1 of the Los Cabos airport

If flying into the domestic terminal (Terminal 1), there’s a Ruta del Desierto bus stop right outside.

Bus to Cabo airport:

When returning home and going back to the Cabo airport, you can catch the bus at the stop in front of the Puerto Paraiso Mall.

Cost of this Cabo airport bus?

The cost is 85 pesos (about $4.20 USD) per person.

If you need Mexican pesos, there’s a Banamex ATM machine on the Arrivals Level of Terminal 2, just after customs.

Cabo airport transportation by public bus

For more information on Ruta del Desierto, check this thread on TripAdvisor.

If you understand Spanish, here’s the bus line’s Facebook page. (Facebook also does a credible job at translating into English.)

We haven’t personally taken the bus to or from the airport. So we’ve relied on reader input and comments, combined with other research, to give you the scoop on taking the bus.

Best way? Cabo airport shuttle transportation

Cabo San Lucas shuttle from airport:

The fastest, most convenient and best-value way to get to your Los Cabos hotel is to book one of the Cabo San Lucas airport shuttle services in advance – a semi-private or private transfer with a reputable company.

And you’ll enjoy the best customer service this way.

Simply exit Terminal 2 at the airport, cross the road and you’ll see two outdoor bars to your left and a row of numbered awnings on the right for the airport shuttles.

Find the number of the awning your transfer company gave you. Go there, and you’ll be taken care of.

Semi-private transfers:

Semi-private transportation is usually in a 9-person van; you may have to share with another couple or group.

Private transfers:

Larger vehicles are usually used for private Los Cabos airport transportation services, something like a Suburban or other large SUV or van.

Los Cabos airport shuttle reviews: 6 good companies

Cabo airport transportation: Cheapest and best ways to get from the Cabo airport to your hotel

Here, then, are are the six best Cabo airport shuttles, in no particular order.

We have personally used and been happy with #1, #2, #3 and #5.

We haven’t yet tried All Ways Cabo Transportation (#4) and Cabo Airport Shuttle (#6). But they both get great reviews on TripAdvisor, so we’re including them here in our round-up of best Los Cabos airport shuttles.

1) Cabo Transfers

Cabo Transfers is one of the best Cabo airport transportation companies.

Cabo Transfers offers a professional, quality transfer service within Los Cabos.

Kick off your travel sandals, sit back and enjoy the ride. On our many visits to this desert-meets-the-sea resort destination, we’ve used Cabo Transfers several times.

Cabo Transfers’ website is easy to use.

Simply plug in your transfer choice (e.g., shared airport shuttle) and your hotel, and you’ll be given a quote.

You’ll be asked for your flight arrival and departure information, and they will email you confirmation of your transfer(s) with pick-up times and details noted.

Los Cabos airport transfers

When traveling as a couple (without other family members or companions), we’ve booked the shared shuttle and we’ve never had to wait very long.

Sometimes we’ve been the only clients and enjoyed private airport transportation for a shared shuttle price!

Vehicles for the private transfers are a Suburban or Expedition (up to 6 passengers), Toyota Hiace (up to 10 passengers) or Ford Transit (up to 16 passengers).

They come with free WiFi and TV screens in the seat backs if you want to watch a video.

All vehicles are air-conditioned and have working seatbelts.

They’re clean, comfortable and stocked with ice-cold bottled water, beer and soft drinks (extra cost, depending on the service). Drivers are courteous and polite (and enjoy practising their English on you).

As well as airport transfers, Cabo Transfers offer other driving services; we used them to transfer from the Grand Velas Los Cabos to another resort.

Cabo Transfers can help you with grocery shopping

Cabo Transfers shuttle services:

Both shared shuttle (i.e., semi-private) and private shuttle services are offered.

Cabo Transfers cost: Examples

  • $18 p.p for a one-way shared shuttle to San Jose del Cabo hotels, e.g., Hyatt Ziva ($58 for a private transfer for up to 6 people)
  • $20 p.p. for a one-way shared transfer to Puerto Los Cabos hotels, e.g., Hotel El Ganzo ($74 for a private transfer for up to 6 people)
  • $22 p.p. for a one-way shared airport transfer to Medano Beach hotels in Cabo San Lucas, e.g., the Pueblo Bonito Rose ($89 for a private transfer for up to 6 passengers)
  • $25 for a one-way shared airport transfer to Pacific-side resorts, e.g., Nobu ($90 for a private transfer for a group of up to 6 passengers)

A grocery stop costs $40 for one hour of shopping at a supermarket close to your resort.

Costco and Walmart are on the way if you’re staying in Cabo San Lucas. (Stock up on your favorite Mexican fruit – limes! – for mixing those all-important tequila drinks.

Cabo Transfers: Bottom line?

Cabo Transfers offers the cheapest and best rates for semi-private (shared shuttle) transfer services.

It’s $22 p.p. ($44 a couple) to get from the airport to a Cabo San Lucas hotel.

See their website here

2) TransCabo

Los Cabos airport transportation

One of the first companies to get into the business of driving guests around in the area, TransCabo offers a premium service for airport transportation in Cabo.

They have a fleet of over 50 recent models in different sizes (all clean and air-conditioned).

TransCabo representatives are easy to spot. When you leave the airport, just look for their bright orange shirts.

The professional drivers help you with your luggage and offer you bottled water.

For the shared Los Cabos airport shuttle, no more than 10 people per van are booked, with no more than three stops.

And you could luck out and end up having the vehicle to yourself (in effect a private transfer for the shared shuttle cost)!

Trans Cabo shuttle services:

Trans Cabo offers both shared shuttle (i.e., semi-private) and private shuttle services.

TransCabo cost: Examples

  • $24 p.p. for a one-way shared airport transfer to Medano Beach hotels
  • $115 for a one-way transfer to Cabo San Lucas in a van (for up to 10 people) or $130 for up to 6 passengers in a Suburban

If you need an infant or baby car seat, it should be reserved in advance. (Ask TransCabo for the cost of this.)

Note: If you book your transfer through Cabo San Lucas Tours – a third-party tour operator which uses TransCabo – you’ll save about 30%. Here’s the Cabo San Lucas Tours’ website for airport shuttles.

TransCabo: Bottom line?

TransCabo are trusted and reliable (receiving a 2021 Traveler’s Choice award from TripAdvisor).

They also offer good prices for private transfers in a van for large groups of 10 people.

See their website here

3) Cielito Lindo

Cielito Lindo is a great option if you’re traveling as a single person or a couple and you want private car services from the airport to Cabo.

As with all agencies here, reservations must be booked in advance (Cielito Lindo requires three days’ notice for individuals and seven days’ notice for groups).

Again, you’ll receive email notification about how to meet the driver, who’ll be waiting for you outside the airport terminal.

Your vehicle will be meticulously clean – and a welcome bottle of cold water will be waiting for you.

As Cielito Lindo is a travel agency, they also offer other services.

They can stock your villa with groceries before you arrive – you need avocadoes to make guac and your other favorite Mexican food dishes!

Cielito Lindo can also take you on private sightseeing trips to Todos Santos and La Paz.

Los Cabos airport transportation

Cielito Lindo shuttle services:

Only private car or van services are offered. (You can’t book a shared airport shuttle.)

Cielito Lindo cost: Examples

  • $79.50 for a private transfer for 1 or 2 persons to Cabo San Lucas
  • $85.00 one-way for a private transfer for 3 or 4 people to Cabo San Lucas ($170 round-trip)
  • $105.00 one-way for a private transfer for 5 or 6 people to Cabo San Lucas ($210 round-trip)

A half-hour grocery shopping stop arranged in advance costs $45 (one hour for $60).

Cielito Lindo: Bottom line?

Cielito Lindo offers the cheapest private Los Cabos airport transfers for a single person or a couple.

See their website here

4) All Ways Cabo Transportation

All Ways Cabo Transportation comes highly recommended on TripAdvisor.

All Ways Cabo Transportation has more than eight years of experience in the business, and they come highly recommended.

They get excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. (All Ways comes up as the #3 company for “transportation in Cabo San Lucas.”)

Their fleet of vehicles includes Suburbans (least expensive – up to 5 passengers), premium Cadillac Escalades (up to 5 passengers), vans (9 passengers), limousines (10 passengers) and Sprinters (16 passengers).

Drivers are on-time and courteous, and you’re welcomed with beer, water and often bubbly too!

A champagne welcome with All Ways Cabo Transportation

All Ways offers other Cabo transportation services too.

Perhaps you want to do a day trip from Cabo San Lucas? Maybe to explore Los Barriles or Todos Santos?

Booking this kind of service means you can have a hassle-free time, without the bother of renting a car (and all of you can have lunch with Mexican margaritas without worrying about a designated driver).

All Ways shuttle services:

You get the whole vehicle for yourself, no matter whether you book for 1 person or 10 people (no shared shuttles).

All Ways Cabo Transportation cost: Examples

  • $90 one-way to Medano Beach and Cabo San Lucas hotels for up to 5 people in a Suburban (cheapest vehicle)
  • $165 round-trip to Medano Beach and Cabo San Lucas hotels for up to 5 people in a Suburban
  • $175 round-trip to Pacific-side hotels like Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach (for up to 5 people)

All Ways Cabo Transportation: Bottom line?

This company offers a break on the cost for round-trip Cabo airport transfers.

And rather than competing on price, All Ways Cabo Transportation aims for the sweet spot – great service at a fair cost.

See their website here

5) Blue Dreams

Los Cabos airport shuttles - Blue Dreams

Blue Dreams is a private transfer company that started in Cancun in 2005.

They now also operate in Los Cabos.

It’s used by select luxury resorts like Grand Velas Los Cabos to transfer their guests.

(The Grand Velas used Blue Dreams to pick us up from the airport for our stay at the all-inclusive resort.)

Expect to be welcomed with a chilled facecloth and cold bottle of water, followed by a very comfortable ride.

Blue Dreams shuttle services:

Only private shuttles services are offered.

The cost is the same, whether you book for one person or for 6 people.

Blue Dreams cost: Examples

  • $70 one-way for 2 people (or 6 people) for a private transfer from the airport to San Jose del Cabo hotels (e.g., Hyatt Ziva)
  • $150 one-way for 2 people (or 6 people) for a private transfer to the Grand Velas Los Cabos or Hilton Los Cabos (located on the Corridor)
  • $120 one-way for 2 people (or 6 people) for private trip transfers to the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica (on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas)

Blue Dreams: Bottom line?

Blue Dreams is a good choice when only the best service will do (and price is no barrier).

See their website here

6) Cabo Airport Shuttle

A Cabo Airport Shuttle van

Cabo Airport Shuttle is another good low-cost transportation company (like Cabo Transfers, #1 above). See TripAdvisor reviews of Cabo Airport Shuttle.

They offer both shared shuttle and private transfers from the Cabo airport.

Book online through their easy-to-use website, over the phone or via email. Satisfied customers say the company is extremely prompt in responding.

Drivers are courteous, and for the most part, its vehicles are clean.

Oh, and the drivers are super helpful too! One customer reports that after he accidentally left his phone in the vehicle, the driver quickly brought it to him at his hotel.

For the shared shuttle, comfortable vans are usually used, but the type of vehicle depends on the number of passengers that will be sharing the vehicle.

For private transfers, you’ll find complimentary chilled beer and water bottles waiting for you in a cooler.

Cabo Airport Shuttle services

Cabo Airport Shuttle services:

You can book a semi-private (or shared) service as well as private airport transfers.

Cabo Airport Shuttle cost: Examples

  • $22 p.p. one-way for a shared shuttle to Cabo San Lucas hotels
  • $75 one-way for a private shuttle to Cabo San Lucas hotels for up to 6 people
  • $135 round-trip for a private shuttle to and from a Cabo San Lucas hotel for up to 6 people

Cabo Airport Shuttle: Bottom line?

Cabo Airport Shuttle offers the cheapest group transportation for a family or small private group.

See their website here

Please bear in mind that the Los Cabos airport transfer companies noted in this post may change their costs at any time.

Cabo airport location

Where’s the airport?

There are two airports serving Los Cabos.

The Los Cabos International Airport is Cabo’s main airport and the airport you’re likely to fly into; the Los Cabos airport code is SJD.

This international airport is about 28 miles from Cabo San Lucas (a 40- to 45-minute drive) and eight miles from San Jose del Cabo (20-minute drive).

There’s also a much smaller airport closer to Cabo San Lucas for very small aircraft; the Cabo San Lucas International Airport code is CSL.

Beware the sales people selling Los Cabos timeshares!

After you’ve collected your baggage at the Los Cabos airport, you must pass by a slew of timeshare vendors before you exit.

Don’t get waylaid by the timeshare vendors – unless you want a free taxi ride (and a tour or other incentive) in exchange for giving up a half-day of your precious vacation time in Cabo to attend a timeshare presentation.

Just outside the terminal doors, you’ll see all the transfer company drivers holding signs for their passengers.

Locate your driver, and soon you’ll be on your way to a sunny Cabo holiday!

Note: The timeshare vendors are clever!

As you glance around, unsure about how exactly to exit the airport, they will approach you and ask if you need help finding your driver. Following them is an invitation to getting ensnared in discussions with them.

If you’re not interested in talking about timeshares, simply say “no thank-you” and continue walking straight through and out of the airport.

Recommended reading: Want to know how to bargain in Mexico the right way?

Uber in Cabo San Lucas

What about Uber in Los Cabos?

Can you get Uber in Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo?

In October, 2018, the company started to operate in the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo – yeah!

Two Uber services are running:  UberX for 1 to 4 people and UberASSIST for people with reduced mobility.

Apparently, about 1,500 drivers have registered.

We’ll have to wait and see if Uber can continue to operate, however.

The taxi union is very strong in Los Cabos. They are unhappy about Uber coming to Cabo and they’re doing all they can to prevent Uber from gaining a foothold in Los Cabos.

So the situation with Uber is complicated.

If you Google, you’ll find sites saying it’s “illegal” and not authorized to operate.

But the fact is it exists in Cabo – and lots of visitors have used Uber.

If using Uber to and from your resort in the Los Cabos area (and your resort is outside of the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo), you may find the resort won’t allow an Uber vehicle to pick you up from the resort entrance. (You may have to meet out on the street instead.)

But you’ll likely be allowed to get dropped off.

Note: There’s no Uber at the Cabo airport

Unfortunately, you can’t currently use Uber from the airport.

But we know of people who’ve successfully taken Uber to get to the airport (at a cost of about $48 USD from resorts on Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas).

Cabo airport transportation to your hotel

That’s it for our post on Cabo San Lucas airport transportation!

Hopefully you’ve found our guide on the airport transfer options helpful!

Have you used any of the shuttles we’ve reviewed? What company do you think offers the best airport transfers?

Let us know! You can share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Read our posts on:

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Photo credits: 3 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 5, 6 Ruta del Desierto | Cabo airport shuttle photos courtesy the respective shuttle companies


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

Find destination guides, global food-and-wine stories, luxury hotel reviews, articles on cultural explorations and soft adventure trips, cruise reviews and information, insanely useful travel tips and more!

Nick Gann

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Saw this on your FB post and thought I'd give it a read. Good details, well written.

Janice and George

Friday 21st of January 2022

Awww, thanks, sweet of you to take the time to comment :-).

Sarah Ali

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Thanks for this blog article, it was really really helpful! This will be our first time in Cabo. We had a mix up with our hotel reservation so needed an affordable shuttle one way and picked Transcabo for my morning flight tomorrow.

Janice and George

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

Hi Sarah, Glad we could help! And have a fabulous time in Cabo :-)

Daryl Laumann

Saturday 31st of July 2021

Great info. Your taxi prices are airport to downtown, however. We are only going about 25 km to Casa del Mar. Should be cheaper, right? We were going to get a rental for $350/week instead. However, maybe taxi to hotel, then Uber from there for downtown and golf courses. Do golf courses provide pickup? Thanks for the info.

Janice and George

Saturday 31st of July 2021

Ahhh... You're staying at a lovely place in Los Cabos! Casa del Mar is on the Tourist Corridor, but closer to San Jose del Cabo, so yes, the taxi will be a little cheaper from the airport than to Cabo San Lucas.

Once at your resort, you be may successful with Uber to go to San Jose or Cabo towns, but it's tricky (you may have to meet the Uber driver out on the street, not at the resort's lobby entrance).

You'd have to check with the golf courses directly to see if they offer pick-up; because of the strong taxi union, we doubt it, but ??

$350 a week for a rental car is a good price in the current circumstances, BTW. You may know there's a serious rental car shortage all over the place as a result of the pandemic. Agencies got rid of their cars, and now they can't buy new ones as car parts are lacking. In Hawaii, for example, you can't get a rental car for love or money! So you might want to get the car, which gives you the freedom to come and go as you wish (especially if you think you'll be out and about a lot), saves you any potential hassles with Uber and is a fixed cost.

But if you're only leaving the resort once or twice during the week, taxis could be cheaper. And of course, you can try Uber, and if that doesn't work well for you, revert to taxis, but know they are expensive.

Hope this helps! And have a wonderful holiday!

Manish Ambaliya

Friday 2nd of April 2021

Amazing! I know nothing about traveling through Mexico, what a wonderful-looking place to explore. Thanks for the information about traveling from the Cabo airport.

Janice and George

Friday 2nd of April 2021

There's lots to love about Mexico -- lots to see and do :-)

Jess

Thursday 18th of June 2020

Thank you so much for the information. I booked cheap transportation thanks to your post. Thank you also for the info about the bus, we will be using that also. ...wish there was a post about affordable things to do there ?

Janice and George

Friday 19th of June 2020

So glad you found the information here helpful!

Yes, Cabo is an upscale holiday destination. But there are actually lots of free and affordable activities in Cabo! For example, check out our posts on the following:

~ Snorkeling at Santa Maria Beach – you can take the bus there and snorkel for free ~ 12 Best Beaches in Cabo San Lucas – the beaches are free :-) ~ Art and Wine at Art Walk – it's free on Thursday evenings in winter

Have a great Cabo holiday!