Guadalajara’s international airport is officially called the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport, a leader in the Mexican War of Independence. Opened in 1966, it’s located 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of the Guadalajara city center. This is the third busiest airport in Mexico (after the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City and the Cancun International Airport), handling just under 15 million passengers annually. This airport is a hub for Volaris and Aeroméxico airlines, and a focus city for both Interjet and VivaAerobus. It’s clean, modern, and relatively easy to navigate.
Guadalajara Airport Code, Location, and Flight Information
- Airport Code: GDL
- Location: Km 17.5 Carretera Guadalajara, Chapala Av. Guadalajara, Jalisco, 45659
- Website: https://www.airport-guadalajara.com/
- Flight Tracker: GDL departures and arrivals from Flight Aware
- Map: Guadalajara Airport Map
- Phone number: +52 33 3688 5248
Know Before You Go
Guadalajara Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport airport has two terminals. The main terminal, Terminal 1, is divided into two sections. Domestic flights arrive and depart from area 1A, and international flights arrive and depart from 1C. The vast majority of airlines operate out of Terminal 1 while Terminal 2 serves only VivaAerobus airline and Aeroméxico Connect flights. The terminals are a short walk away from each other so inter-terminal transfers are fairly easy.
This airport has had occasional issues with protestors due to an ongoing dispute between the government and community landowners over the territory adjacent to the airport known as El Zapote. The land was expropriated by the government in 1975 for the expansion of the airport but the community never felt like it was properly compensated for this land. Protestors have blocked access to the car park and airport entrances on some occasions. The protests have been peaceful and they’re unlikely to disrupt your travel plans, so there’s no need to be alarmed if you see them.
Guadalajara Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport Parking
The airport has a parking complex called Eport. It offers services by the day or the hour. For the hourly option, parking is very close to the airport terminals. The daily option is for longer stays and is located near Terminal 1. Eport has a system that is used to identify available parking spaces quickly. Parking fees must be paid in Mexican pesos.
To reach the airport from Guadalajara, take Highway 23 in the direction of Chapala. In good road and traffic conditions, the airport is about a 20-minute drive from the city center of Guadalajara, which is located 10 miles from the airport, but you should leave some extra time just in case you encounter traffic.
Public Transportation and Taxis
There are a few different transportation options for getting to your hotel from the airport. These are the main options:
- Authorized Taxi: Purchase a voucher at the kiosk inside the arrivals area (in either terminal) that says “Taxis Autorizados” then take it to the taxis area and present the voucher to your driver. Fares are fixed on a zonal system. These authorized taxis are the only ones that are officially admitted in the airport transit system.
- Uber: The rideshare service is now available in Guadalajara, although it seems that drivers are not officially allowed to pick up passengers at the airport. Generally, Uber drivers use the Oxxo convenience store across the road from the national arrivals area as a meeting spot.
- Shuttle: A minibus shuttle offering transportation to Guadalajara’s historic center departs every hour or so during the day. This is called “Servicio Colectivo” and you can purchase a ticket at a kiosk. If you’re headed to the Lake Chapala area, you can use the Chapala Plus bus service.
- Bus: If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to travel as cheaply as possible, you can take the public city bus. There’s a bus stop near the Oxxo store across from the national arrivals area. The app Rutas GDL has information about Guadalajara’s public transportation routes.
- Car Rental: There are several car rental companies operating from the Guadalajara airport, Including Hertz, Avis, Europcar, and Thrifty. Most have information desks in Terminal 1.
Where to Eat and Drink
There are more than a dozen dining spots at the Guadalajara airport, including cafes, bars, fast-food places, and restaurants with table service. There’s a food court in Terminal 1, and the majority of these services can be found there.
Where to Shop
Opportunities for shopping in the Guadalajara airport range from newsstands to designer fashion stores to local craft shops. There’s also a duty-free store, Dufry, available in both the International arrivals and departures areas. Some of the well-known brands that you’ll find include Sunglass Hut, Converse, and Lacoste. Spanish fashion designer Adolfo Dominguez has a store in Terminal 1, and there’s also a Pineda Covalin (Mexican designer) shop. Most shops are open from 6 a.m to 9 p.m.
How to Spend Your Layover
If you have a layover in Guadalajara, keep in mind that the taxi ride to the center of the city takes about half an hour. If you have several hours, it could be worth making your way into the city for some sightseeing, or a self-guided walking tour of Guadalajara.
If you have an early morning departure, you may choose to spend the night at a hotel near the airport. Here are some options:
- Hotel Casa Grande is connected to the passenger terminal complex by a covered walkway. Hotel Casagrande is a five-star hotel located in the airport and has several standard rooms and suites. The hotel has conference rooms, spa amenities, elegant dining area, and a full-service concierge.
- Hampton Inn by Hilton is located on Highway 44, just north of the airport, and offers a courtesy shuttle bus to the airport.
- Holiday Inn Express Guadalajara Aeropuerto also offers transportation to the airport as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet.
There are a few airport lounges that have air-conditioning and offer comfortable seating, snacks, and beverages as well as reading material, telephones, and Wi-Fi. Access is available to Priority Pass, Lounge Club, and Diners Club members, or you can purchase passes online or pay a fee at the door.
- VIP Lounge (East). Zone D, close to Gate D31. Open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- VIP Lounge (West): Before Gate B13. Open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Salon Beyond CitiBanamex. Upper level. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Non-smoking.
- Aeromexico Salon Premier. Airside, upper level. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
There is free Wi-Fi service available at the Guadalajara airport. To log in, connect to the network "GAP FREE”. If you have any issues with that, you can also get free Wi-Fi at Starbucks or Wings restaurant with a purchase.