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Guadalajara International Airport

Whether you are driving or flying into Mexico, you will need:

  • Proof of citizenship
    • As of January 23, 2007 ALL PERSONS traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.
  • With proof of citizen, you will be able to obtain a turista or transmigrante (in plain English, a Tourist Visa or FMT).
    • If you are flying, you will receive a form (tourist pass) to fill out from the flight attendant just before you land which you will show when you pass through customs (aduanas) at the airport, along with your proof of citizenship. They will stamp it and give it back to you.
    • If you are driving, you will get the FMT at the immigration check-point after your cross the border.

Tourist Permit FMT Fee

  • Mexico charges a fee to all tourists and business visitors arriving in the country. The fee is approximately $22 U.S., and the money collected is handed to the Tourism Ministry to promote Mexican tourism.
  • Airlines normally collect the permit fee on behalf of the Mexican government and include the cost within the total airfare (under 'taxes and surcharges') so in the majority of cases, there will be no need for you to pay the fee separately.

The Airport code letters are GDL.

The airport is south of Guadalajara and only 30 minutes from the Lakeside area. It makes traveling easy for your or friends and family visiting. Around three years ago, the airport started an expansion project that doubled its operating capacity. This renovation included a new Terminal 1 concourse and four additional taxiways. The new Terminal 2 was recently inaugurated. They’ve also added a new three-level parking complex with new multi-lane exits that eases traffic congestion in the area.

The airline transportation that operates in Mexico is very good. You will find Mexicana, Aero México, American, Delta, Continental and United.

Guadalajara Internationl Airport just 30 minutes from Lake Chapala.Full Airport Name
(Guadalajara) Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport

Municipio Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, 45659 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Airport Code


Country Code

(033) 3688 6399


Number of Terminals

Time Zone
Central Standard Time (Daylight Saving Time from first Sunday in April to last Sunday in October)

The airport is situated 30km (about a half hour) southeast of Guadalajara.

Airport News
The airport has undergone considerable recent renovation, including expansion of the Terminal 1 facilities.

Transfer Between Terminals
The domestic and international terminals are located in the same complex, a short distance apart.

Driving Directions
To reach the airport from Guadalajara, take Hwy-23 in the direction of Chapala; the highway leads directly to the airport, which is signposted. The airport is 30km (about a half hour) from Chapala.

Car Parking
Car parking is available outside the terminal building and adjacent to the airport hotel. It also has a newly built 3-level parking garage.

Car Hire
Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Optima, Eurocar, Alamo, Thrifty, Sixt, and Avis are among car hire operators represented at the airport. To check comparison rates go to Expedia: You will be amazed at the prices.

Public Transport
Bus: The airport minibus (Servicio Colectivo) meets all flights outside the terminal building and takes passengers to the city center every hour (journey time - 35 minutes). Tickets are available for purchase at the booth outside Arrivals.
Taxi: Authorized taxis are available; they can be paid for and reserved at a counter in the terminal.

Information and Help Desks
A telephone information service (tel: (033) 3688 5120) is available. For airport information once at the terminal building, passengers should go to the help desk of the airline with which they are flying. There is a tourist information desk, which offers a hotel booking service.

Airport Facilities
Money and communications: There are three banks and ATMs. There is also a post office and a bureau de change. Fax and Internet facilities are available.
Eating and drinking: There are restaurants and bars at the airport; the restaurant is open 24 hours a day. There is a restaurant near the National Terminal; and a Starbucks and Burger King are located at the exit to the International Terminal.
Shopping: There are several shops at the airport, including duty-free (past the security check-in point).
Luggage: There is no left-luggage facility at the airport. There are sky-caps available.

Conference and Business Facilities
There is a small lounge that can be used for meetings. Mexicana airlines has a lounge equipped with fax facilities and has a lounge on the upper level, with wireless Internet, fax, photocopy and long-distance telephone facilities; meeting rooms are also available. Passengers using other airlines should contact the airline for details on the facilities they provide. The adjacent Hotel Casa Grande (tel: (033) 3678 9000; connected to the airport by a covered walkway, has a business centre, with computers, Internet access, fax and photocopying facilities, as well as a bilingual secretarial service and eight rooms for meetings and conferences, accommodating from 10 to 600 people. Audiovisual equipment is available for hire and catering can be arranged.

Facilities for Disabled Travelers
Facilities for disabled passengers are limited. There are disabled toilets and an electric wheelchair lift that enables passengers to access both levels of the terminal. Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should contact their airline prior to travel.

The Hotel Casa Grande (tel: (033) 3678 9000; adjacent to the airport and is connected to the terminal by a covered walkway and also provides a courtesy shuttle service. Other hotels are located in the city centre about 25 minutes away – many of these operate shuttle connections. A hotel reservation service is available at the tourist information desk.


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