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 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.
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.
Taxi from airport to Cabo San Lucas
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
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.
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.
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 transportation is usually in a 9-person van; you may have to share with another couple or group.
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
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 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.
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.
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)!
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.
4) All Ways Cabo Transportation
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!
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).
5) 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.
6) Cabo Airport Shuttle
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.
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!
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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.
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.
Photo credits: 3 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 5, 6 Ruta del Desierto | Cabo airport shuttle photos courtesy the respective shuttle companies