Getting Here

“Cabo” means “cape” in Spanish; Cabo is the cape of the Baja California Peninsula.

“Cabo” means “cape” in Spanish; Cabo is the cape of the Baja California Peninsula.

Airport Information

Los Cabos is Mexican beach destination located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. It is serviced by the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) which is 8 miles (20 minutes) north of San Jose del Cabo, and 23 miles (40 minutes) from Cabo San Lucas.

Airport Arrival Experience

A valid passport is required to visit Mexico. You will pass through immigration right after getting off the plane, then off to baggage claim for your luggage. You’ll collect your luggage and proceed to customs. Here, you’ll push a button on a kiosk, if the light turns red, your luggage has been randomly selected for further inspection; otherwise proceed to exit the terminal.

Once you leave customs, you exit the terminal through a hall where time-share sales people will enthusiastically try to get your attention. You’ll most likely want to walk past this hallway and out the next set of doors where you will find pre-arranged airport transfers and taxis. If you’ve arranged your airport transfer in advance, follow the instructions given to you. Otherwise you can get a cab, or hire a yellow and white mini shuttle–it’s less expensive than a taxi but you’ll have to wait until the shuttle is full to leave the airport.

Airline Carriers

Aeroméxico • Air Canada • AirTran • AirTransat • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier • Interjet • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • Sunwing • United Airlines • US Airways • Virgin America • VivaAerobus • Volaris • WestJet

Flights from the United States of America

 • Austin
 • Baltimore
 • Charlotte
 • Dallas
 • Denver
 • Detroit
 • Houston
 • Kansas City •
 Los Angeles
 • Minneapolis
 • New York (JFK)
 • Newark • Orange County
 • Phoenix • Portland • St. Louis
 • Salt Lake City • San Diego
 • San Francisco • San Jose • Seattle • Washington D.C.

Flights from Canada

Toronto • Calgary • Vancouver • Edmonton • Regina • Montreal • Winnipeg • Saskatoon • Victoria • Kelowna

Flights from the United Kingdom

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Domestic Flights

Mexico City • Guadalajara • Tijuana • Toluca • Monterrey • Culiacan • Leon / El Bajio • Los Mochis • Mazatlan

Flights from Europe

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Flight time from Los Angeles to Cabo is 2 hours and 30 minutes (nonstop).

Flight time from Los Angeles to Cabo is 2 hours and 30 minutes (nonstop).

Renting a Car

It is a great idea to rent a car if you plan on visiting Todos Santos or La Paz, there are several car rental agencies at the airport. Renting a car will save you cash, just keep in mind that you’ll pay for parking at most hotels. To rent a car, you’ll need a valid drivers license from your country, and you’ll need to be at least 24 years old. Gas prices are similar to the U.S. and your insurance likely won’t cover you in Mexico so expect to pay an additional $20-$25 USD for local insurance.

Alamo (888) 826-6893

Notice +52 624 146 0046

Budget (800) 002-8343

Dollar (800) 849-4922

E-Z Car Rental (800) 216-7700

Fox Rent A Car (800) 225-4369

Hertz (800) 709-5000

National +52 624 142 2424

Payless +52 624 105 8411

Thrifty +52 624 146 5030

Shuttle Transfers

You can book a shared shuttle service in advance, these cost about $30-$50 per person depending on how far you need to go. You’ll ride with other parties and stop at hotels along the way to drop off other passengers.

Cape Travel +52 624 146 5393

Gray Line +52 624 146 9410

Eco Baja Tours +52 624 159 3138,

Cabo Travel Solutions +52 624 130 3644

Nexus Tours +52 624 142 6808

Terramar +52 624 142 9200


This is the priciest of the options, especially if you plan on getting around between San Lucas, San Jose, Todos Santos and La Paz. They charge per person instead of per car. To get between San Lucas and San Jose, you can expect to pay between about $60 and $70. Red and yellow taxi vans operate in San Jose del Cabo; blue and green vans cruise Cabo San Lucas. These vans are available 24 hours a day and are never far.

Public Transportation

There is a public bus that runs between San Lucas and San Jose, and stops at major hotels along the tourist corridor. Mostly locals ride this bus, it costs between $2 and $3 USD (based on the exchange rate) and it takes about an hour in each direction.