Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

 

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo - Routes to our resort, Roadways condition, Times, etc.

All travel times are approximate

Time will depend on your way of driving, condition of your vehicle, weather and traffic on the route

Information on toll fares, approx. travel times, signaling, help, etc. at bottom of this page

Highways to Town

Roadways condition and warnings based on the latest information we have
Important and helpful information at bottom of this page

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-Some routes may have more than one condition listed. For example, part of the road may be good and part regular so both  are pointed.
-Most conditions listed are according to reports received from motorists and some of our own experience.
 
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From MEXICO CITY

By ACAPULCO CITY (Autopista del Sol Toll-way)
By MORELIA CITY AREA (Autopista Siglo XXI Toll-way)
By ACAPULCO CITY (Free Road)
By CD. ALTAMIRANO CITY (Free Road) Not Recommended

If you need to pass through Mexico City or surrounding areas, be advised that there is a "Vehicular Driving Restriction" (Day without a car) enforced from Mondays through Saturdays. We recommend to see bottom of this page for detailed and very important information.

With the new extension of toll-way MEX-14D, the fastest way from Mexico City is thru Morelia City area (MEX-15D, MEX-14D, MEX-37D), 95% of the route are toll-ways. It is also recommended if coming from the areas of Guadalajara, Salamanca, Leon, Queretaro, etc. Since the opening of "Paso Express de Cuernavaca" (Cuernavaca's Express Pass) in Autopista del Sol (MEX-95D) in April 2017, the total time has been reduced from 4h10m to 3h15m up to Acapulco.

» OPTION: TOLL-WAY BY ACAPULCO CITY, Guerrero

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Toll-way AUTOPISTA DEL SOL (MEX-95D) Mexico City-Acapulco
Toll-way, 4 lanes, 370 Km / 230 Miles, 4h10m. If you take the "Paso Express" (Express Pass) in the City of Cuernavaca, the total time is reduced to 3h15m.
For toll-way fares see bottom of this page.
Then take LIBRAMIENTO (Cut-Off) to get to the road to Zihuatanejo (MEX-200) or continue ahead and go through Acapulco's coastline road if you want to take a rest or a meal stop (it will take a long longer)
For info on portion Acapulco to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, see below [From Acapulco]
WARNINGS:
--(None reported)
If you will be using the "Libramiento" (cut-off), after reaching the last Toll Booth near Acapulco you must head north on Highway MEX-95 (free road) for approx. 18 kms (11 miles) to be able to take it. It is clearly marked. Cutoff will save you a lot of time because it evades Acapulco but use it during daylight hours only.

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» OPTION: TOLL-WAY BY MORELIA CITY AREA, Michoacan

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Highway MEX-15D Mexico City-Toluca
Toll-way, 4 lanes / 6 lanes, 68 Km / 43 Miles, 1h00m.
For toll-way fares see bottom of this page.
Then, get on highway MEX-55 Toluca-Atlacomulco and take exit to "Guadalajara" (MEX-15D)
Free, 2 lanes. 79 Km / 49 Miles, 1h10m.
After, continue on MEX-15D Atlacomulco-Guadalajara up to exit to "Patzcuaro-Cuitzeo" (This exit is after the Morelia City exit)
Toll-way, 4 lanes, 225 Km / 137 Miles, 2h30m.
Take highway MEX-14D to Patzcuaro/Uruapan up to exit to MEX-37D (Autopista Siglo XXI) to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo
Toll-way, 2 lanes, 112 Km / 16 Miles, 1h20m.
For info from connection with MEX-37D to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, see below [From Morelia/Uruapan]
WARNINGS:
--(None reported)
You can avoid passing through the downtown area of the city of Toluca by taking the cut-off route (Toll required).

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Once you pass the city of Atlacomulco take exit to MEX-15 to "Guadalajara". Watch for sign,

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» OPTION: FREE ROAD BY ACAPULCO CITY, Guerrero

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Highway MEX-95 Mexico City-Acapulco
Free road, 2 lanes, 450 Km / 280 Miles, 6h15m.
For info on portion Acapulco to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, see below [From Acapulco]

WARNINGS:
--(None reported)
Use it only if you do not want to pay tolls.
 
» OPTION: FREE ROAD BY CD. ALTAMIRANO CITY, Guerrero

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Highway MEX-15 Mexico City-Toluca
Free road, 2 lanes, 67 Km / 42 Miles, 1h10m.
Then, connect with highway MEX-134 Toluca-Ciudad Altamirano-Ixt/Zih
Free road, 2 lanes, 405 Km / 252 Miles.
==> NOT RECOMMENDED (See strong warning below)
After, take highway MEX-200 to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Free road, 2 lanes, 10 Km / 6 Miles, 0h10m.
Highway MEX-134 between Ciudad Altamirano and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo it's very narrow and with many dangerous curves. It lacks Highway Patrol surveillance, road help assistance and there are not gas stations. NOT RECOMMENDED!!! It is listed for information purposes only but NOT SUGGESTED as an option.

MAPS
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If "Google Maps" or "Bing Maps" suggest to use roadway MEX-134 to our resort, DO NOT, see warning above this frame. Select other route.

From ACAPULCO, Guerrero

By Free Road
 
» OPTION: FREE ROAD FROM ACAPULCO CITY (Only option)

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Highway MEX-200 Acapulco-Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Free road, 2 lanes, 256 Km / 156 Miles, 3h30m.
WARNINGS:
--Some areas with road works due to expansion of highway to make it wider. Slow down and drive carefully on those zones. In areas already widened there are 2 lanes plus road shoulders. In effect until further notice
Just before you get to the town of Tecpan de Galeana you will have the option to use the Toll Cut-Off to avoid entering the city. Depending on time of day, using it may save you from 10 to 30 min. drive. The cut-off is only 4 Kms (2.5 miles) long and toll fee is $29.00 pesos.

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Drive with precautions, there are approx. 20 Speed Ramps or Bumps on the route, mainly at the entrance and exit of towns. Some do not have preventive signaling (yellow sign). Be alert!

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On this roadway you may have to pass check-points. There are general inspection points set by the Mexican Armed Forces or Federal Police with random locations, days and hours of operation. Check-points help in the security of our roadways. Inspections apply for all types of vehicles and you should not have major inconveniences.

From MORELIA / URUAPAN, Michoacan

By Toll-Way (Autopista Siglo XXI)
By Free Road
 
» OPTION: TOLL-WAY FROM MORELIA / URUAPAN / MEX-15D

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FROM MORELIA: MEX-14 (Toll MEX-14D) Morelia-Connection with SIGLO XXI
First 47 Km / 30 Miles free road, 4 lanes, exit to toll-way from left lane.
Then toll-way, 2 lanes (plus road shoulders), 102 Km / 63 Miles, 1h15m.
FROM URUAPAN: Toll-way MEX-14D Uruapan-Connection with SIGLO XXI
Free (no toll on this part of hwy), 2 lanes, 10 Km / 6 Miles, 0h15m.
FROM MEX-15D Toll-way Mexico-Guadalajara): MEX-14D up to exit to toll-way MEX-37D (Lazaro Cardenas / Zihuatanejo).
Then, take toll-way AUTOPISTA SIGLO XXI (MEX-37D)-Connection with MEX-200 (Up to Feliciano Tollbooth)
Toll-way, 2 lanes (plus road shoulder), 190 Km / 118 Miles, 2h10m.
For info on portion MEX-200 from Feliciano Toll Booth to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, see below [From Feliciano Tollbooth]
WARNINGS:
--(None reported)
When coming from Morelia or Uruapan areas on toll-way MEX-14D, to connect with Toll-Way Siglo XXI (MEX-37D) you must take exit "Lazaro Cardenas / Zihuatanejo"

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If you are coming from Guadalajara area (Guadalajara-Mexico Toll-way) and want to save on tolls, consider using the route "Purepero-Uruapan" (MEX-37) to connect with "Autopista Siglo XXI". This is a free road with two lanes, mostly in good condition and fairly good road signaling. From "Purepero Exit" to "Uruapan" 113 kms. (71 miles), 1h30m. Towns on the way: Purepero, Carapan, Cheran, Paracho and Capacuaro.
If coming from "Purepero-Capacuaro" on MEX-37 (previous suggestion) when you arrive to the city of Uruapan follow signs to "Morelia/ Zihuatanejo" to connect with MEX-14 and avoid entering the downtown area.

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If you'll drive "Autopista Siglo XXI" around noon during the summer months in a car without air conditioner, it is wise to take along drinking water. It could get very hot, specially around "Infiernillo Dam" area.
 
» OPTION: FREE ROAD FROM MORELIA / URUAPAN CITIES

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Highway MEX-14 Morelia-Uruapan
Free road, 2 lanes, 127 Km / 79 Miles, 2h00m. First 47 Km / 30 Miles, 4 lanes.
Then, take highway MEX-37 Uruapan-Lazaro Cardenas
Free road, 2 lanes, 280 Km / 174 Miles, 4h00m.
For info on portion Lazaro Cardenas to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, see below [From Lazaro Cardenas]
WARNINGS:
--(None reported)
It is heavily used by trailers so traffic could be slow. Recommended only if you do not want to pay tolls.

From LAZARO CARDENAS, Michoacan

By Toll-Way (Autopista Siglo XXI up to Feliciano Toll Booth)
By Free Road
 
» OPTION: TOLL-WAY FROM L. CARDENAS (Up to Feliciano Toll)

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Toll-way AUTOPISTA SIGLO XXI (MEX-37D) to Feliciano Toll Booth.
Toll-way, 2 lanes (plus road shoulders), 38 Km / 24 Miles, 0h20m.
For info on portion Feliciano Toll Booth to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, see below [From Feliciano Tollbooth]
WARNINGS:
--(None reported)
Recommended to save time.
 
» OPTION: FREE ROAD FROM LAZARO CARDENAS

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Highway MEX-200 Lazaro Cardenas-Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Free road, 2 lanes, 95 Km / 59 Miles, 1h20m.
Note: Warning below is only for the portion Lazaro Cardenas-Feliciano Toll Booth. For Feliciano Toll Booth-Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo warnings see further down.
WARNINGS:
--(None reported)

From FELICIANO TOLL BOOTH (Siglo XXI)

By Free Road
 
» OPTION: FREE ROAD FROM FELICIANO BOOTH (Only option)

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Highway MEX-200 from Feliciano Toll Booth to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
Free road, 2 lanes, 63 Km / 39 Miles, 0h40m.
WARNINGS:
--(None reported)
Drive with precautions, there are approx. 10 Speed Ramps or Bumps on the route, mainly at the entrance and exit of towns. Some do not have preventive signaling (yellow sign). Be alert!

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On this roadway you may have to pass check-points. There are general inspection points set by the Mexican Armed Forces or Federal Police with random locations, days and hours of operations. Check-points help in the security of our roadways. Inspections apply for all types of vehicles and you should not have major inconveniences.
 

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Additional information

Roadway numbers are generally the same for free roads and toll roads heading to the same final destination; adding the letter "D" for the last ones. Example: MEX-37 means free road, MEX-37D means toll road. On highway signaling: CUOTA means toll-way; LIBRE means free road.

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Toll-Way Booths and Fares
Buses, trucks, trailers, motor-homes, etc. have a higher fare.

Toll booth fares chart

Roadway Times

Estimated times chart

Speed Ramps and Bumps

Speed ramps & bumps

For "Speed Ramps" reduce speed to 15-20 KPH (10-15 MPH) and for "Speed Bumps" make a full stop to prevent damage to your car. Speed Bumps and Speed Ramps are announced with the same yellow sign.

Roadways & Toll-Ways with shoulders

Roadways with shoulders

Gasoline Types

Gasolines

Verify that pump meter is put in "zero" before attendant begins to pour fuel. If your vehicle requires leaded gasoline, some stations sell additives with lead content to add to the unleaded gasoline. In Mexico all service stations are PEMEX.

Since the middle of 2016 the Federal Government has authorized the opening of gas stations of other operators and brand names so new ones are opening in several parts of the country (Petro-7, Oxxo Gas, La Gas, Hidrosina, Gulf, BP, Chevron-Texaco, Shell, etc.)

Road Signaling (Basic)

Road signaling chart

Speed Limit in Toll-ways with 2 or 4 lanes is 110 KPH (70 MPH), in Federal Highways with 4 lanes is 90 KPH (56 MPH) and in Federal Highways with 2 lanes, usually 80 KPH (50 MPH). Most patrol cars in toll-ways have radars in operation. Watch for speed limit signs and avoid a traffic ticket.

Highways Security

Security check points

Driving Restrictions (Mexico City)

As of July 1st., 2014 new and stronger restrictions apply for HOY NO CIRCULA (Day without a car).

If you have to pass through Mexico City (Distrito Federal) or its surrounding areas, carefully check restrictions below to avoid a stiff fine and loss of time. Approx. cost of fine US$130.00 plus impounding of your car for 24 hours.

Campaign "Hoy No Circula" or "Day Without a Car" for the English equivalency is enforced in Mexico City (D.F.) and State of Mexico in the municipalities listed within the chart below and it's based on the LAST DIGIT of your vehicle license plate.

The following restrictions are only for units (vehicles) with license plates from states that do not require a mandatory emission control verification (without sticker) and for all units with foreign license plates (from other countries).

Day without a car chart

For vehicles that have emission control sticker "00" (double zero), "0" (zero), "1" (one) and "2" (two), check in internet "Hoy No Circula" for permissions and restrictions to drive according to sticker's number. Emission control stickers from other countries are not valid in Mexico.

To avoid "Hoy No Circula" (Day without a car) your vehicle must pass a verification test and get sticker "0" (zero) or 00 (double zero). The test has a charge and the sticker is valid for 6 months. All vehicles with domestic plates from states that do not require emissions control or with license plates from other countries, may apply for a voluntary verification in any authorized center.

Sticker

If you don't want to get the sticker, you may apply for a "Tourist Pass" to avoid "Hoy No Circula" (Day without a car). To find out about requirements, benefits, limitations and how to get it via internet click here (Only in Spanish, new window will open)

Help and suggestions

In toll-ways and in many roadways you may request free assistance to CAPUFE  (from the Communication & Transportation Bureau) at phone 074, 24 hours a day. Report breakdowns, accidents, ambulance, etc. In case of accident the response is immediate and for car problems usually from 30 to 60 minutes (tow truck service). Toll includes basic liability insurance (damage to others, medical expenses, etc.)

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The "Angeles Verdes" (Green Angels from the Federal Tourist Bureau) offer only free motorist assistance in case of breakdowns in highways from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. every day. Call 078 for service. Response time is usually from 45 to 60 minutes.

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All toll fare tickets have the "Emergency Phone Number" printed in it. Check it and keep the ticket handy.

It's recommended that federal roadways (excluding toll-ways) be driven during the daylight hours only because there may be no road help services at night (depending on roadway used), some gas stations on the route might be closed and/or for possible loose livestock that may be hard to see.

As with all Mexican roads and specially if you are not accustom to them, drive carefully and defensively. If an oncoming car flashes its headlights very fast, it tries to warm you of a possible hazardous situation ahead of you... slow down and be alert.

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Don't drink

If you drink...
DON'T DRIVE !!!
Neither if you are tired

Think about your family !!!

 
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