Ixtapa travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ixtapa

With a population of 5,207, Ixtapa is a must-see destination in Guerrero, Mexico. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

When to visit Ixtapa

Ixtapa in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ixtapa in August
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Ixtapa


When flying to Ixtapa, you’ll arrive at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Intl (ZIH), which is located 15 km from the city centre.


You can travel by bus to Ixtapa using PrimeraPlus or Bus. From Morelia, the bus ride to Ixtapa takes 579 km and will cost you around $157. From Santiago de Querétaro, the ticket costs about $233 for a journey of 629 km. Ixtapa’s bus station is located 1.7 km from the city centre.

Airports near Ixtapa

Airlines serving Ixtapa

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Air France
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United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Alaska Airlines
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Japan Airlines
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LATAM Airlines
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American Airlines
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Sun Country Air
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Where to stay in Ixtapa

From 5-star hotels such as the Azul Ixtapa Grand Suites & Spa to great affordable options like the Posada Real Ixtapa, Ixtapa offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $350 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $483 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ixtapa

Most booked hotels in Ixtapa

Embarc Zihuatanejo
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
Thompson Zihuatanejo, a Beach Resort
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
Hotel Villa Mexicana
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
Las Brisas Ixtapa
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Hotel Irma
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)

Hiring a car in Ixtapa

Expect to pay $2.39 per litre in Ixtapa (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $28.58 and $38.10. The most frequently booked car type in Ixtapa is Standard (Class Standard SUV or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Volkswagen Gol or similar) is, on average, 56% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.