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Acapulco Travel Guide

Getting Acapulco

Many buses transport from major cities (e.g. Mexico City) to Acapulco. Most buses are secure, fast and comfy and frequently cheap. Some bus lines proffer student discounts. The Estrella de Oro bus line offers non-stop trips from Mexico City with service more like of First Class on an airline including roomy seats, ride attendants, snacks and drinks, and free movies (The Lake House and Superman Returns on a recent trip.) A regular Estrella de Oro (double-decker) one-way ride is 320 pesos (USD$30), while upgraded VIP bus service is 480 pesos (USD$44); VIP service includes a marble lounge inside the regular Acapulco bus terminal with TVs, drinks, and newspapers. Depending on the bus, the ride takes 5 - 5 1/2 hours in comfort. Be warned, they search you and pat you down for weapons before leaving.

There is a modern four lane highway from Mexico City to Acapulco (called Autopista del Sol). It is somewhat expensive, but will take you there in 3 and a half hours, approximately, if you don't stop on the way. The Autopista del Sol is not continuous; there is two break sections where the road is rougher, so the car needs good tires to go without mishaps.

The Juan N. Alvarez International Airport (ACA) (+52 744 466 9446) is well connected domestically and internationally. Flights from Mexico City to Acapulco take approximately 35 minutes and ground transportation from the airport to the major tourist area of La Costera takes more or less the same time. Round trip fares depending on the season and class, range from USD$230.00 to USD$500.00.

You can arrive to Acapulco by Boat just because several cruises include Acapulco as one important destiny or part of its itinerary and a lot of them from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Ft. Lauderdale. To visit Acapulco these are some of the dependable cruise lines: Celebrity, Carnival, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Norwegian, Holland America, Oceania, Princess, Radisson Seven Seas, and Silversea. To make your bookings you must contact the cruise line directly or by a travel agency (some of them have online booking services).

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