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Guadalajara, Mexico – Airport Guide: Everything you Should Know

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Hello everyone, welcome to Guadalajara, an incredible destination (and my beloved hometown) with numerous attractions to discover and enjoy.

Today, I will talk about the Guadalajara airport, which receives many tourists every year.

Along with business travelers and other visitors, it is estimated that this Mexican airport served nearly 13,000,000 passengers in 2021.

How do I get from Guadalajara airport to the city Centre?

Guadalajara Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (official name) is 15 km from the city center.

You can easily get there by taxi, bus, or car rental.

This airport is the third busiest in the country after Mexico City and Cancun and the second busiest in air cargo.

How many terminals does Guadalajara Airport have?

The Guadalajara airport (code GDL) has two runways and two terminals, with flights from 16 airlines serving 57 destinations to and from Mexican cities, Central America, and the United States.

Terminal 1 concentrates the flow of passengers so you can’t get lost; it is divided into two halls, A and C, very close to each other.

How many airlines fly to and from Guadalajara?

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Source: José Antonio Pompa y Padilla / flickr.com

16 commercial airlines operate out of Guadalajara Airport:

  • Aeromexico
  • Aeromexico Connect
  • Interjet
  • Magnicharters
  • TAR
  • VivaAerobus
  • Volaris
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle
  • Copa Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Interjet
  • United Airlines
  • United Express
  • Calafia Airlines
  • Aeromar

There are also 14 cargo airlines covering domestic, European, Asian, North American, Central American, South American, and Middle Eastern destinations.

Destinations

31 National

Acapulco, Cancun, Chetumal, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Obregon, Culiacan, Durango, Hermosillo, La Paz, Loreto, Los Cabos, Los Mochis, Merida, Mexicali, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Puebla, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta, Queretaro, Reynosa, Tampico, Tapachula, Tijuana, Toluca, Torreon, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Veracruz and Villahermosa.

26 International

Includes 24 U.S. cities; Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, San Francisco, Oakland, Ontario in California; Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Texas; Denver, Colorado; New York; Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; Chicago, Illinois.

Havana, Cuba, and Panama City, Panama.

Where do I get information about my flight?

To make your time at the airport easier, you can check up-to-date information about your flight at this link.

What services does the Guadalajara airport offer?

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Source: Filma Jalisco / flickr.com

Among the airport services, the most outstanding is the free WIFI access, the ee GAP FREE network is available and is very useful.

Likewise, you will find duty-free shops in Terminal 1, with stores of recognized national and international brands, jewelry, and bookstores, among others.

If you get hungry, the food court offers various options such as cafeterias, restaurants, fast food, snacks, etc.

Banking services are available at Terminal 1, where you will find trustworthy ATMs from leading Mexican banks, such as Santander, HSBC, Banamex, BBVA, CI Banco, etc.

There are also 24-hour exchange offices and a Tax Back service.

Good ol’ VIP lounges are available in the domestic and international departure areas, offering food and beverage services, children’s rooms, smoking areas, executive services, etc.

There are available facilities adapted for people with special needs.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that parking is available at both terminals, with very affordable prices whether you are going for short periods or if you wish to leave your car for several days.

You may want to read: Guadalajara Jalisco: Top Things to Do, Eat, and See

Regarding comfort in sleeping at the airport, you will not find hotels inside the building.

Still, some are located a few minutes away, such as Hotel Hampton Inn, Hotel City Express Junior Guadalajara Periferico, and Hotel Holiday Inn Express Guadalajara Airport.

The airport infrastructure is excellent. The initiative of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico conducts monthly satisfaction surveys to passengers arriving and departing to evaluate the service provided and detect areas of opportunity promoting continuous improvement.

Can I rent a car at the Guadalajara airport?

Yes. You can rent a car at the Guadalajara airport.

As with most major air terminals around the world, you will find several booths of different car rental companies offering their services.

However, if you want to save time and money, I recommend renting your vehicle before traveling.

Discover Cars offers the best deals and works with the most reputable brands. I highly recommend them!

Tips

Always carry your travel documents on hand.

Your Passport is essential, and if you are traveling with children, it is important to double-check with the airline about additional papers you may need for boarding the plane.

If you have booked the means of transportation to or from the airport, it is necessary to have a contact phone number to communicate in case of delay.

Can I take a COVID test at the Guadalajara airport?

I believe it is no longer necessary to show proof of a negative covid test to enter the U.S.

However, in case you need it, the airport offers lab services where you can get tested with quick results.

Nevertheless, always check with your local government for any new travel information or restrictions before your trip.

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