Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) is located in Santa Cruz, Oaxaca. OAX Airport is locate located 8 miles from downtown in the City of Oaxaca. When you step off the plane, the air is thinner because you are 5000 feet above sea level. OAX Airport has one terminal, a VIP lounge and and only three gates. There is a restaurant, gift shop and deli. The airport served 1,200,000 passengers with direct flights from mostly from Mexico City, Tijuana, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, Phoenix, Cancun. Airlines serving PVR Airport include: Aeromexico, Aeromar, American Eagle, Delta, United Express, TAR and Volaris airlines. The airport also serves headquarters of the region’s Mexican Air Force.
The immigration officer will typically only ask you to fill in the number of days that you are allowed to stay in the country, typically 180. The terminal has two levels. The upper level hosts a wide variety of restaurants and gift shops located before the security area. Past the security area are more places to eat, a lounge area and duty-free shops in Hall A, while Hall B hosts newer gates for most international flights. OAX features WiFi, a foreign exchange office and ATM. Review the charges for foreign ATM transactions for each of your cards that you plan to use. Rather than bring pesos to Oaxaca, exchange for pesos at the ATM once you arrive.
Taxi serve is best to/from the airport. Consider this highly rated taxi service:
Airport Taxi and Tourist
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Unmetered taxis are located at the airport. Visitors must negotiate the fare beforehand. Car rentals are an excellent alternative for those seeking more control over their transportation during their stay in the city. Rental cars are available from Hertz, Budget, Avis, Enterprise, SiXT and Europcar. If you booked with Hotwire or Priceline for their discounts, be sure to read their fine print on restrictions in Mexico.
Oaxaca state in Mexico and the City of Oaxaca are safer than most areas of Mexico, but they still require caution outside the tourist areas. Its a good idea to first review the U.S. State Department COVID-19 Mexico Travel Advisory for reopening Oaxaca to international tourism.
Don’t make yourself a target. Wearing fancy jewelry, flashing large cash or being drunk in public gets the attention of the wrong people. The laws concerning recreational use of Cannabis in Mexico are still in flux, but seem headed in the same direction as America.