Getting to Mazatlan

By Air

Mazatlan is serviced by the international airport General Rafael Buelna (MZT) that is less than 30 minutes away from El Cid Hotel (The venue). There are 13 airlines operating regular flights to and from Mazatlán, and 9 Charter flights.

Aerocalafia CSL,PVR Daily
Aeroméxico MEX,LAP,TIJ Daily
Alaska Airlines SEA,LAX,SFO 3 a week
Continental IAH 5 a week
Delta Airlines SLC,LAX Daily
Mesa Airlines PHX 1 a week
USAirways PHX Daily
Viva Aerobus MTY, MEX 3 a week
Champion Air MSP 2 a week
Magnicharter MTY,MEX,SJD 2 a week
North West MSP 1 a week
Nova Air MEX 1 a week
Republic Air MEX,SJD 1 a week
Ryan International MSP 1 a week
Sky Service YWG,YEG,YYC,YYZ,YXE,YVR 1 a week
Sun Country MSP 1 a week
West Jet YYC,YWG,YVR 1 a week

















Air travel costs vary greatly over time and by seasons but a trip to Mazatlan from San Francisco at that season would start from around $370.00 US dollars roundtrip. There is the possibility to reach agreements with an airline to get special fares for all the attendees to the meeting, probably with Mexicana Airlines which offer daily flights to Mazatlan via Mexico City and Guadalajara.


By Sea

There is a regular Ferry service 4 days a week from La Paz to Mazatlan. The Ferry departs La Paz at 4:00 PM and arrives to Mazatlan at 9:00 AM (16 hours journey). The cost varies but starts at $400.00 Mexican pesos (approximately $40.00 US dollars).


By Bus

Mazatlan is serviced by the major bus companies in Mexico, who offer daily services to the major Mexican cities in first class services. First class buses have on-board bathrooms, two seats on each side of the aisle for a total of 44 seats per coach, each of which is pre-assigned. The buses are also equipped with on-board video systems to show movies en-route. First class service is a step up from Greyhound service in the US and Canada.

For passengers willing to spend a little more for comfort, executive class service is available on very select departures. Executive class buses are the same size as first class buses, but within the coach, there are three wide seats total in each row, compared to the four seats found in first class buses. Each of these seats is equipped with a leg rest and reclines much more than first class buses, and in fact, more than most first class airplane seats. Executive buses have an on-board restroom and video movie entertainment, and each passenger receives a pillow, a snack and soft drink for the trip. Most executive bus departures are scheduled for overnight trips, and passengers can enjoy a full night’s sleep easier and more comfortably than on first class buses.

The main bus companies servicing Mazatlan are Estrella Blanca (, Primera Plus ( and TAP ( All of them offer connections to Greyhound in the US, but be aware that a bus trip from Tucson, the closest US City to Mazatlan could take about 22 hours.

The standard trip times from Mazatlan to other cities in Mexico are: Mazatlan-Culiacán (Capital city of the estate of Sinaloa) 2:30 hours; Mazatlán-Guadalajara: 8 hours; Mazatlan-Mexico City: 14 hours.




Posted July 6, 2013 by fisheriestn