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Cabo airport transportation: 5 Best and cheapest transfers

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You’ve booked your hotel for a beach break in Cabo. Now you want to know about your Cabo airport transportation options.

Specifically, what’s the best way to get from the Cabo airport to your hotel or resort?

You’ve come to the right place. We travel often to Cabo and have used many different Los Cabos airport transportation services.

Contents: Cabo airport shuttle options and reviews

Cabo airport transportation – Semi-private vs. private transfers

Reviews of the 5 best Los Cabos airport shuttle companies

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

Los Cabos Express – Why you don’t want to take it

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

Uber in Cabo San Lucas – Can you use Uber?

Los Cabos map and location of the airport

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

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

Taxis, the airport shuttle bus and semi-private or private Los Cabos airport shuttles are your main Cabo airport transfer options (apart from renting a car).

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

Best Cabo airport transportation?

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.

Your transfer company driver will be waiting for you outside the airport terminal, with a welcome sign with your name on it. (Note that you must pass by all the timeshare vendors inside the airport first.)

Semi-private transfers:

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

Private transfers:

Private Los Cabos airport transportation is usually in a Suburban or other large SUV or van.

Recommended reading: See our complete Los Cabos travel guide! Find tips on best restaurants, local buses, fun activities and more…

Reviews of Los Cabos airport shuttles

Los Cabos airport shuttle reviews

These five are reputable transfer companies, which we review below (noting prices for each):

1) Cabo Transfers

2) TransCabo

3) Cielito Lindo

4) Blue Dreams

5) Cabo Airport Shuttle

We have personally used and been happy with the first four companies above.

We haven’t yet tried Cabo Airport Shuttle (we plan to next time we go to Cabo). But they get great reviews on TripAdvisor, so we’re including them here in our round-up of best Cabo San Lucas airport transportation companies.

1) Cabo Transfers

Cabo Transfers offers a professional, quality transfer service within Los Cabos – on our many visits to this desert-meets-the-sea resort destination, we’ve used Cabo Transfers several times.

Cabo Transfers are one of the best Cabo airport transportation companies

Cabo Transfers’ website is easy to use.

Simply plug in your transfer choice (e.g., private 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 a private shuttle for the shared shuttle price!

Vehicles for the private transfers are a Suburban or Expedition (up to six 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 cost:

  • $21 p.p. for a one-way shared airport transfer – or $85 for a private transfer (for a group of up to six passengers) – to Medano Beach hotels in Cabo San Lucas
  • $25 for a one-way shared airport transfer – or $90 for a private transfer (for a group of up to six passengers) – to the Pacific-side resorts

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.)

Cabo Transfers: Bottom line?

Cabo Transfers offers the cheapest semi-private (shared shuttle) transfer service.

See their website here

2) TransCabo

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

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

Los Cabos airport shuttle reviews
Drivers are professional, helping you with your luggage and offering you bottled water.

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

For the shared Los Cabos airport shuttle, no more than 10 people per van are booked, with no more than 3 stops. And you could luck out and end up having the vehicle to yourself (in effect a private transfer for the shared shuttle cost)!

TransCabo cost:

  • $24 p.p. for a one-way shared airport transfer to Medano Beach hotels
  • $126 for a private transfer (up to seven passengers) to Medano Beach hotels

Transcabo can provide infant car seats or baby car seats (they need to be reserved in advance). Ask for the cost of this service.

TransCabo: Bottom line?

TransCabo are trusted and reliable (receiving a 2020 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor).

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 like stocking your villa with groceries before you arrive and private sightseeing tours to Todos Santos and La Paz.

Los Cabos airport transportation

Cielito Lindo cost:

  • $79.50 for a private transfer for one or two persons to Cabo San Lucas
  • $85.00 for a private transfer for three or four people to Cabo San Lucas

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) Blue Dreams

Los Cabos airport shuttles - Blue Dreams

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

Blue Dreams now also operates 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 cost:

  • $120 for two people for a private transfer to Cabo San Lucas hotels

Blue Dreams: Bottom line?

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

See their website here

5) Cabo Airport Shuttle

Cabo Airport Shuttle is another good low-cost transportation company (like Cabo Transfers, #1 above) – offering 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.

Cabo Airport Shuttle services

Drivers are courteous, and the Cabo Airport Shuttle 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, 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 waiting for you in a cooler.

Cabo Airport Shuttle cost:

  • $22 p.p. for a shared shuttle to Cabo San Lucas hotels
  • $75 for a private shuttle to Cabo San Lucas hotels (for up to 6 people)

Cabo Airport Shuttle: Bottom line?

Cabo Airport Shuttle offers the cheapest private transfer service for a family or small 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.

Taxi from airport to Cabo San Lucas

Los Cabos airport transportation - taxi
You could take a taxi, but they’re expensive!

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

A taxi from the airport to Cabo San Lucas will cost you a minimum of $85+ USD. If you’re traveling as a couple, that will be about double the price of a shared airport shuttle.

Los Cabos Express

Shuttle buses are operated by Los Cabos Express, which sells seats on large buses ($16 p.p.). You often have to wait for the bus to fill up, which stops at many resorts along the way.

The good news is that if you’ve forgotten to pre-book a transfer, and you don’t want to fork out for a taxi, you can buy tickets for the shuttle bus inside the airport when you arrive.

The first time we visited Cabo, this is how we got to our resort.

We don’t recommend this option, however, because it takes much longer than one of the pre-booked (shared) Cabo San Lucas airport shuttles in a smaller vehicle – which only cost a little more per person.

Is this a good enough reason for why we love Cabo?

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 back to the airport?

The short answer is “Yes.”

We’ve ridden the 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

Ruta Del Desierto bus

The Ruta del Desierto bus is the inexpensive public Cabo airport bus.

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

The bus makes several stops.

Depending on traffic, it takes from about an hour to 75 minutes to reach Cabo town from the airport.

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
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 bus stop right outside.

Bus to Cabo airport:

If you’re returning home from Cabo and going back to the 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 80 pesos (a little more than $4 USD). 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.

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 Cabo airport transfers by public bus.

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.

Approximately 1,500 drivers have registered.

We’ll have to wait and see if Uber will be allowed to continue, however.

The taxi union is very strong in Los Cabos; they are unhappy about this development and will likely do all they can to prevent Uber from gaining a foothold in Los Cabos.

Note: There’s no Uber at the Cabo airport

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

Map and Cabo airport location

Where’s your hotel or resort located?

Los Cabos is made up of three main areas:

  • Cabo San Lucas
  • San Jose del Cabo
  • Corridor – the 20-mile stretch of coastline connecting the above two resort towns

Have a look at the map below.

You’ll see that Cabo San Lucas is the furthest away from the airport.

This explains why the transportation or shuttle from the Cabo airport to your hotel is more expensive than, say, to a Corridor or San Jose del Cabo hotel.

Where to stay? Read our reviews on the best hotels in Los Cabos (from boutique places to popular all-inclusives)

Cabo airport transportation to your hotel
You don’t want to spend lots of time getting from the Cabo airport to your hotel; you want to be there instead!

Where’s the airport?

There are two airports serving Los Cabos.

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

The Cabo 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.

Hey, where are good places to eat? We think these are the best Italian restaurants in Cabo

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 them – 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!

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

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.

What cool things will you do in Cabo? See our epic list of things to do Cabo San Lucas!

Ready to book your trip to Cabo?

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Note: We don’t make a commission if you book any of the Cabo airport transfer companies reviewed here.

Experience more of Los Cabos!

Read our posts on:

Where to play | Non-cheesy sunset cruises? Water taxi rides? Check out these 8 top water activities in Cabo!

Day trips | From browsing the art galleries at Todos Santos to soaking in natural hot springs in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, these are the 9 best day trips from Cabo San Lucas.

Where to eat | In Cabo, do yourself a favor and eat at the beautiful farm-to-table Flora Farms restaurant.


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Photo credits: 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 12, 13 Ruta del Desierto | Cabo airport shuttle photos courtesy the respective shuttle companies


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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 things to do in Cabo! Did you see our posts on?

~ Snorkeling at Santa Maria Beach – you can take the bus there and snorkel for free ~ 5 Best Beaches in Cabo San Lucas – the beaches are free :-) ~ 8 Fun Water Activities in Cabo San Lucas for Beach Lovers – the water taxi rides to the Arch and Lover's Beach are about $10 to $12 USD p.p. (round trip) ~ Art and Wine at Art Walk – it's free on Thursday evenings in winter

Have a great Cabo holiday!

Kevin

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Recently with the COVID situation we been looking for private transportation in Los cabos. We found Cabo Shuttle has very good rates in addition to being quite careful with their units and we as their clients.

Robert Allen

Sunday 26th of January 2020

Wonderful post. Thank you Janice and George. Good tips, great info and hyperlinks to boot. Our first trip to Cabo is coming up in a couple of weeks in Feb 2020. Bumping into your webpage will prove useful!

Brandon

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

I think the best deal to get to your destination from Cabo airport to Cabo San Lucas is offered by a company named Cape Transfers, Google them, the shuttle is $18 and the private for up to 4 is only $65, it was the best deal we found on the internet, you can thank me later ;)

Janice and George

Sunday 26th of January 2020

Thanks for letting us know you find our Cabo airport tips useful. It's always nice to hear from readers, especially kind words :-).

Be sure to also check out our complete Los Cabos Travel Guide -- packed with links to where to stay, best beaches, bargaining tips and more...

Leanne

Thursday 24th of October 2019

Hi, Do you know if I can catch that same bus from Cabo San Lucas back to the airport? And if so, are there bus stops to do that from?

Janice and George

Thursday 24th of October 2019

Yes, that Ruta del Desierto bus goes both ways between Cabo San Lucas and the airport, via San Jose del Cabo. In Cabo, the bus stop is in front of the Puerto Paraiso mall. So you can take the bus from there to the airport :-). It seems like quite a few folk are interested in taking the public bus, so we'll expand this section and add additional information so hopefully it's clearer - thanks for writing in...

Dwight Zahringer

Saturday 7th of September 2019

Great tips. There are so many providers at the airport and when you get through immigration it's a madhouse. Why not give your readers the option to book with the airport taxi services?

Janice and George

Tuesday 10th of September 2019

We do actually discuss taking a taxi - under the heading of "Other Los Cabos Airport Transportation Options." We just think that a taxi is unnecessarily expensive and that there are better alternatives. That's why we wrote this post :-).

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