Guadalajara International Airport, Jalisco Mexico. Coloful letter Guadalajara sign. October 2019

Guadalajara Airport

IATA Code: GDL

ICAO Code: MMGL

Passengers: ~ 14.000.000

Guadalajara Airport (GDL), fully named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport, is a Mexican airport serving the capital of the state of Jalisco. It is among the busiest airports in Mexico with around 14 million passengers each year, despite the almost 50% decrease in traffic during COVID-19. The airport has only one terminal and serves as a hub for two national carriers, Volaris and Aeromexico. It offers flights to a good number of destinations within Latin America, as well as the USA. 

If visiting Guadalajara, the following guide will present you with all the necessary information about GDL.

How to get from Guadalajara Airport to Guadalajara

The distance between GDL and the Guadalajara city centre is about 18 km which is a 20-minute ride. Find out all the ways of getting to and from the airport in the text below.

Bus

Bus service from the GDL to Guadalajara city centre is provided by multiple carriers. The bus station is located in front of the terminal, on the main road, about a 2-minute walk from the terminal. Check out the main carriers providing a shuttle service to and from the airport.

  • Autotransportes Guadalajara Chapala takes you to city centre of Guadalajara in about 35 minutes. Buses operate between around 06:00 am and 09:00 pm. 
  • Autobuses Primera Plus heads towards Guadalajara, latest info on the official website
  • Autovias takes you to Guadalajara downtown, latest info on the official website

If continuing your journey outside Guadalajara, ETN Turistar is a bus company that provides bus service from the airport to other destinations in Mexico, including Acapulco, Aguas Calientes, Ciudad Juárez, Cuernavaca and more.

Taxi

Those who prefer a more comfortable ride can consider taking a taxi. At GDL, you will find a taxi rank right in front of the terminal. Taxi counters where you can preorder a taxi are located in the Arrivals Hall. The service is available 24/7, for a ride to Guadalajara expect to pay between 250-300 Mexican pesos (€10-€12), depending on your destination point.

Transfer

Another way to travel from Guadalajara Airport is with a private, door-to-door transfer directly to your accommodation in the city. You can pre-book a transfer for a hassle-free experience, a professional driver will wait for you at the airport and take you to your destination.

Car hire at Guadalajara Airport

For those who prefer to explore the area on their own, the best option would be a car hire directly at the airport. At GDL Airport, you will find major rental agencies such as Sixt, Budget and Europcar. However, you can rent a car online and avoid the potentially long queues at the airport. 

Rent a bus at Guadalajara Airport

Larger groups of passengers should consider renting a bus at the airport. However, it is recommended to book it online, so the bus rental companies have enough time to advise you on the meeting point and all other information.

Guadalajara Airport airlines

A dozen of airlines are operating GDL, the main ones being Aeromexico and the low-cost carrier Volaris. These two along with VivaAerobus provide the majority of flights to and from Guadalajara. All-year-round and seasonal flights connect many destinations and airports within Latin America and the USA such as San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, CUN airport and MEX airport.

Below is the list of the most important airlines offering departures and arrivals from GDL:

  • Aeromar
  • Aeromexico
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Calafia Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Interjet
  • TAR Aerolineas
  • VivaAerobus
  • Volaris

Guadalajara Airport facilities

The airport offers several amenities to the passengers who are on a layover or simply waiting for the flight. Here is the list of some of the services offered by GDL Airport:

  • Duty-free shops
  • Currency exchange
  • ATMs
  • WiFi
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Car hire
  • Pharmacy

Guadalajara Airport accommodation

Guadalajara Airport FAQs

I arrive late at Guadalajara Airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?

Multiple bus services operate to and from the airport till evening hours, however, taxis and transfers are at your disposal 24/7 in case you don’t catch a bus.

Can I exchange money at Guadalajara Airport?

Yes, you will find currency exchange offices and ATMs where you can change or withdraw your money.

Is there a free WiFi service available at Guadalajara Airport?

Yes, the airport provides free WiFi service throughout the terminal.

Can I leave my luggage at Guadalajara Airport?

Unfortunately, the luggage storage service is not available at the moment.

Are there any direct lines from Guadalajara Airport?

Yes, ETN Turistar provides bus service from the airport to other destinations such as Acapulco, Aguas Calientes, Ciudad Juárez, Cuernavaca and more. You can also check out all the desired routes directly on GetByBus

Is there Uber at Guadalajara Airport?

Yes, Uber is available at the airport as well, one-way fares to the city centre start from around €7.  

  4Comments

  1. Marcel   •  

    How do I get an FMM online, as GDL only stamps your passport.?

    • Maja   •     Author

      Hi Marcel,

      unfortunately, we are not familiar with the process of getting the FMM card.
      We suggest you check out the official websites of the airport or the Mexican government or send them an inquiry regarding this.

      Best,
      GBB Team

  2. Daniel   •  

    There’s another bus line that takes you from the city to the airport back and forth every 2 hours

    • Maja   •     Author

      Hi Daniel,

      thank you for your comment, we appreciate it!

      Best,
      GBB Team

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