The easiest and cheapest option is to fly into Los Cabos International Airport (airport code: SJD). This is the largest airport in Baja Sur and offers daily nonstop flights from numerous airports in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Most of the big airport hubs in North America have direct flights to Los Cabos International so it makes it very easy and reasonably priced for finding connections to other cities, or even international flights to Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and just about anywhere else. Some of the major airport hubs with direct flights to Los Cabos are Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Mexico City, and Guadalajara. Check out FlightsFrom.com for the full list of cities with direct flights to Cabo by clicking here.
Once you land you’ll have about a 30-40 minute ride to get from the airport to Cabo San Lucas. There are 4 options for getting from the airport to town.
1- The bus, Ruta del Desierto, is the cheapest and longest journey. It will take you through San Jose, along the corridor where all the resorts are, then to downtown Cabo San Lucas. From there you can either walk or hop into a taxi or Uber. Although not the most comfortable nor the fastest, it is the cheapest and picks up just outside of the airport.
2- Private Transfer – there are tons, and they are all relatively around the same price. This would be the fastest and easiest way to your accommodation. We recommend Eliker Transfers. Their staff are great and they’re super dependable. They meet you outside the arrival terminal and will be holding a sign with your name on it. They will help you with taking your luggage to the truck, etc. A roundtrip booking will run you anywhere from $120-170 USD depending on where you are staying (One way would be half) They use big SUVs and vans so no issue on getting your gear in. You will need to book in advance online or via phone before arriving in Cabo. Personally we use Eliker as it saves a bunch of time and is the easiest and more comfortable option – making it worth the slightly higher price tag. Their drivers also usually have a cooler of cold waters and beers to welcome you to Cabo.
3- Taxi. You can book a taxi right at the airport. There is a desk when you come out of customs (past all the time share people). It will be about the same price as the private transfer or more expensive. The price is set by the location you are going to, which they will ask when you book it at the desk in the airport – so no surprises to worry about. They have Vans and SUV’s so lots of space for gear.
4- Shared shuttle with Grey Line, TransCabo or other shared shuttles. This will run about $20-30 USD one way, although you would need to check with them about luggage space if you have more than the normal 2-3 bags. As they take many people at once, this option can be quick and easy or take a very long time to get to your accommodation as they basically group a bunch of random people into a van as they arrive and make stops at each person’s hotel. So if you end up last on the list it can take a while. One other thing to note is that if you are staying at an AirBnB or a private residence you might need to call or email them to book as their online reservations system tends to focus more on hotels. Not a major headache, but just something to remember for when you are booking.
There are also numerous rental car agencies at the airport if you decide you’d like to rent a car for your time in Cabo. Once in Cabo San Lucas you can get pretty much anywhere by walking, bicycle, or Uber. There are also taxis and public transportation options (buses & collectivos) available throughout the city.