5 Ways to Get From Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido (2022) Transportation Guide

An overview shot of Playa Carrazalillo, one of several Puerto Escondido beaches. Golden sand, turquoise waters, tall palms, and a rocky cliff face make up the breathtaking scene.

Wondering how to get from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido? Well, you are in the right place. I live in Oaxaca City and love to escape to the beaches of Puerto Escondido when I need some ocean life!

There are multiple ways to travel from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido. The type of transportation that is best for you will depend on the amount of time you have as well as your budget.

The options include taking a flight (direct from the Oaxaca City airport or via Mexico City), hiring a private driver, renting a car, traveling by overnight bus, and taking a shared minivan.

Each option is detailed below (roughly from most to least expensive) so that you can decide which transport is best for you.

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Quick Look – Best Ways to Get From Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido

Prices and times are estimated and subject to change.

1. Take a Flight From Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido

Most flights from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido have a layover in Mexico City.

Depending on the layover length, this transport option may take as long as the overnight bus. And in fact, I don’t recommend a layover of less than 1 hour since Mexico City is a very busy airport.

One benefit of taking a flight through Mexico City is the lower price (if you book in advance). 

With a 2-4 week notice, you can book a round trip flight from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido for about half the price of a direct flight from Oaxaca (see next). 

In addition, the mid-range ticket option gives you a larger baggage allowance (10 kg/22 lbs carry-on and 15 kg/33 lbs checked).

After you travel from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido, enjoy the golden sand and turquoise water that sweep along the bay at Playa Carrizalillo, the most beautiful beach in Puerto Escondido. People lounge in the sand in front of the palapa shaded restaurants while others swim in the ocean.

Direct Flights Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido

You can book a direct flight from the Oaxaca airport to Puerto Escondido via Aerotucán.

This small airline has a daily flight from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido (and one daily return) for roughly 3300 pesos (about $150 USD) each way. The price does not seem to fluctuate much, though the flights are subject to selling out, especially in the high season.

Keep in mind on this flight, your baggage is limited to 15 kg (33 lbs) of hand luggage without incurring extra fees. While this is the fastest way to get from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido, it is the most expensive.

How to book a direct flight from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido with Aerotucan

  • Book a direct flight via their website
  • Walk into the Oaxaca City office to book (see map)
  • Reserve at the ticket counter in the Oaxaca airport
  • Call to book a direct flight over the phone

The other option is to book a Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido flight with Juan Vega who owns and operates Aerovega. Similarly, he also offers just one flight per day. He speaks Spanish and English. You can contact him at +52 951-516-4982.

2. Hire a Private Car From Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido

Another way to travel is to hire a private driver from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido. This luxury option is great for a group since you can share the cost. Plus, road trip!

When you book this private car from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido, you can request your preferred pickup/dropoff location and time. The driver also takes the recommended route through the mountains via highway 175.

The price for up to three people in a private car from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido is about $350 USD. If you are a larger group (up to 8) or require more luggage space, the cost is about $500 to travel in a van.

The private car is equipped with air conditioner and Spotify (get your road trip playlist ready!) This transportation option also gives you more flexibility to choose your bathroom/food break along the way.

3. Drive From Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido

If you prefer to rent a car, you can drive Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido yourself. The drive takes about 7 hours along a windy mountain road.

There are beautiful views and glimpses of daily life through Oaxaca’s Sierra Sur mountains. And this transport option gives you the ultimate freedom to stop where you want along the way.

Although, driving from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido is not recommended for people prone to motion sickness. In fact, here is a quick note about the route.

There are two highways from Oaxaca City to the coast. The most direct route from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido is via Highway 131. However, it’s notoriously difficult with lots of potholes, vomit-inducing turns, and sometimes landslides.

This sunset mountain view among the clouds in San Jose del Pacifico is a tranquil way to break up the trip from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido.

Instead, I recommend taking Highway 175. It traverses through the mountains and San Jose del Pacifico (which you should absolutely visit for a night or two if you have the time). 

While this highway is also known for its sharp turns, it is a more manageable drive. It’s not as direct as the drive from Oaxaca to Huatulco but definitely worth taking this detour.

Once you arrive in Pochutla, turn onto highway 200 to drive about an hour more along the coast to Puerto Escondido.

4. Take an Overnight Bus From Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido

The ADO bus, Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido takes the least curvy highway, 190 through Salina Cruz and Huatulco.

This overnight bus takes about 10 hours to travel from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido. So if you are able to sleep on buses, this may be the best transport option for you.

The cost is about 700 pesos, although discounted tickets may be available to purchase 10 days or more in advance.

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5. Take a Minivan From Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido

A shared minivan is the most economical transportation from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido. These minivans have a capacity of about 15 people with a space for baggage in the rear. 

Similar to driving yourself, there are two main highways. I recommend taking the less curvy 175 to Pochutla. It will add about an hour and a half to the trip (vs taking highway 135) and require a transfer in Pochutla. But in my opinion, it’s well worth it.

KEEP IN MIND – This transportation option does not have bathrooms like the overnight ADO bus from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido. However, there is one bathroom stop about halfway into the journey.

The travel time from Oaxaca to Pochutla is about 7 hours with a brief stop in San Jose del Pacifico. You can purchase colectivo tickets to Pochutla from Líneas Unidas (map)

Or if you’re brave enough to take the other highway, you can purchase a ticket along the more direct route from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido from either Villa del Pacífico (map) or Villa Escondida (map). The cost is 250-300 pesos for the roughly 7-hour ride.

FAQ About Transportation From Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido

How do I get from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido?

To get from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido, you can take a colectivo, flight, bus, rent a car, or hire a driver. Which one is best for you will depend on how much time you have as well as your budget. The colectivo is the budget transportation option. Taking a flight or hiring a private driver is the most expensive.

Are there direct flights from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido?

Yes, Aerotucán has direct flights from Oaxaca City to Puerto Escondido daily for 3300 pesos (about $150 USD) each way. There is one flight per day, leaving in the morning. Keep in mind, that these are small propeller planes. The price includes one bag up to 15 kg (33 pounds).

How long is bus from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido?

The ADO bus from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido takes about 10 hours. It is an overnight bus, so if you are able to sleep on transportation, this could be a good option for you. Always remember to keep your valuables with you. Ideally, keep them in your lap and definitely not overhead or on the floor.

How much is a bus from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido?

The ADO bus from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido is about 700 pesos. You may be able to find cheaper tickets if you book 10 days or more in advance. These discounted seats are limited and are subject to selling out.

What airport serves Puerto Escondido?

The Puerto Escondido International Airport is the closest airport to the town of Puerto Escondido. It is a small airport with flights from Oaxaca, Mexico City, and other destinations within Mexico. It takes about 10 minutes to drive from the airport to the center of Puerto Escondido.

How do I get from Puerto Escondido to the airport?

The best way to get from Puerto Escondido to the airport is to take a taxi. The drive from the center of town takes about 10 minutes.

How do I get from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido?

The easiest way to get from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido is to fly via a direct flight. If your schedule is flexible, you may be able to find an incredible deal on flights from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido.

Is Puerto Escondido worth visiting?

If you enjoy the beach, Puerto Escondido is definitely worth visiting. And even if you are not a big beach person, there are other outdoor activities in the mountains nearby.

How many days do you need in Puerto Escondido?

You should spend at least a few days in Puerto Escondido. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy in addition to day trips and tours you can take. Plus, there are enough beaches that you could see a new one every day of the week.