How to get from the Los Cabos airport to your hotel (forget taxis!)

In TRAVEL TIPS & MORE by Janice and George6 Comments

Los Cabos airport transportation - the Arch

So, you’ve booked your hotel in Los Cabos. Perhaps the edgy Cape, A Thompson Hotel, or one of the always-popular Pueblo Bonito resorts, or maybe the boutique Hotel El Ganzo – all of which we’ve stayed at (and reviewed on our blog).

Now you want to know about your Los Cabos airport transportation options.

Specifically, what’s the best way to get from the airport to your hotel in Cabo San Lucas (or San Jose del Cabo, the other main town in Los Cabos)?

Los Cabos airport transportation - taxi

You could take a taxi, but they’re expensive!

Los Cabos airport transportation

Taxis, shuttle buses and semi-private or private transport are your main Los Cabos airport transportation options (apart from renting a car).

Where’s the airport located?

Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is about 28 miles from Cabo San Lucas (a 40- to 45-minute drive) and 8 miles from San Jose del Cabo (20-minute drive).

Taxis:

Taxis in Los Cabos are large blue or turquoise (occasionally white) vans that seat 8 to 10 people. But, gulp, a taxi will cost you $85+ USD from the airport to a hotel in Cabo San Lucas (somewhat pricey if you’re traveling alone or as a couple).

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 a pre-booked group shuttle in a smaller vehicle, which only costs a little more per person.

Best way to get from the airport to your Los Cabos hotel?

Your best choice for fast, cheap and convenient Los Cabos airport transportation is to book a semi-private or private transfer in advance 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 9-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.

Good transfer companies:

These are all reputable transfer companies that we have tried and been happy with:

  1.  Cabo Transfers
  2.  TransCabo
  3.  Cielito Lindo
  4.  Blue Dreams

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.

Their 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 transportation

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 6 passengers), Toyota Hiace (up to 10 passengers) or Sprinter (up to 17 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 last month to transfer from the Grand Velas Los Cabos to another resort.

Cost:

$21 for a one-way shared airport transfer or $85 for a private transfer (up to 6 passengers) to Medano Beach hotels in Cabo San Lucas ($25 and $90, respectively, for 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.)

Bottom line?

Cabo Transfers offer the cheapest semi-private transfer service.

Website:  Cabo Transfers


2.  TransCabo

One of the first ground services companies in the area, TransCabo offers a premium Los Cabos airport transportation service. 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.

Los Cabos airport transportation

Drivers are professional, helping you with your luggage and offering you bottled water.

For the shared airport shuttle transfer, no more than 10 people per van are booked, with no more than 3 stops on the way to your destination – and you might luck out and have the vehicle to yourself.

Cost:

$24 for a one-way shared airport transfer or $126 for a private transfer (up to 7 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.

Bottom line?

TransCabo are trusted and reliable (receiving a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor).

Website:  TransCabo


3.  Cielito Lindo

Cielito Lindo is a great option if you’re traveling as a couple or two couples and you want private car services.

As with all agencies here, reservations must be booked in advance (Cielito Lindo requires 3 days’ notice for individuals and 7 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.

Los Cabos airport transportation

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.

Cost:

$68.90 for a private transfer for 1 or 2 persons to Cabo San Lucas ($79.50 for up to 4 people). A half-hour grocery shopping stop arranged in advance costs $30.

Bottom line?

Cielito Lindo offers the cheapest private airport transfers for a single person, couple or small group (up to 4 people).

Website:  Cielito Lindo


4.  Blue Dreams

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

Blue Dreams Los Cabos airport transportation

Blue Dreams now also operates in Los Cabos, and it’s used by select luxury resorts like Grand Velas Los Cabos to transfer their guests (the Grand Velas booked Blue Dreams to pick us up from the airport for our recent stay).

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

Cost:

$90 for 2 people to, for example, the Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas.

Bottom line?

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

Website:  Blue Dreams


Other Los Cabos airport transportation companies


Be aware of the timeshare sales people at the airport!

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

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.

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.

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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Comments

  1. What helpful information! Walking through those timeshare vendors can be daunting! Absolutely good advice to have a transportation arrangement in mind.

    1. Author

      In other cities (e.g., in Europe or Canada), it’s so common to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel. And prices can be reasonable. Repeat visitors to Los Cabos figure out the transportation options pretty quickly!

  2. What’s your opinion on renting a car in Los Cabos? It will just be my fiancé and I on our honeymoon and we’d like to spend some of our trip out sight seeing. Thanks!

    1. Author

      A car will be a big help if you want to go snorkeling, for example, at Santa Maria Beach before the tour boats arrive (See: https://sandinmysuitcase.com/santa-maria-beach-cabo/) or to visit Todos Santos (the artsy town).

      You might even want to drive up to La Paz — maybe to swim with the whale sharks there? https://sandinmysuitcase.com/swim-whale-sharks-la-paz-mexico/

      On a Thursday evening, you can head into San Jose del Cabo for the free ArtWalk — that’s a fun event! https://sandinmysuitcase.com/art-walk-san-jose-del-cabo/

      So, yes, renting a car is a great idea for all of this :-). Enjoy your honeymoon! You’ll have a wonderful time :-).

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