How Increased Airport Shuttle Fares Impact the Tourist Experience

In recent times, Los Cabos has experienced a notable escalation in taxi fares. This dramatic surge has sparked discussions and concerns, not just among tourists but also within the local community.

UBER Accident in Cabo San Lucas
UBER Accidents in Cabo San Lucas are common. Many do not carry vehicle or occupant insurance leaving tourists vulnerable.

Reasons for the Taxi rate Fare Increase

Several factors contribute to the rapid hike in taxi prices in this tourist hotspot. Foremost among these is the increasing operating costs shouldered by taxi drivers. With the rise in fuel prices and the necessary maintenance of vehicles to ensure smooth operations, the fares have naturally trended upwards. Furthermore, during the bustling tourist seasons, when the demand for taxi or private car services peaks, prices undergo a marked adjustment to align with this heightened demand.

Exorbitant taxi fares can considerably mar a tourist’s holiday experience. What was once a pocket-friendly and convenient ride around the picturesque town now significantly drains the traveler’s budget. As a result, many tourists either curtail their travel plans within the city or are on the lookout for cost-effective travel alternatives.


Visitors planning a trip to Los Cabos are being cautioned by local authorities and the tourism board to be vigilant in their choice of transportation services. It’s recommended to opt for officially registered transportation services in Cabo. There has been a notable rise in the number of unlicensed and informal transport services, such as Uber and those similar to ride-sharing, operating illegally in the region including the Los Cabos Airport which may pose safety risks for travelers. Read More On Uber at Cabo Airport

Exploring Other Avenues of Airport Transportation

Taxis, although popular, aren’t the only game in town. As fares shoot up, tourists are broadening their horizons and considering other transportation avenues. Car rentals have surged in popularity, and public transportation is garnering more interest. There’s also a noticeable tilt towards ride-sharing platforms. Interestingly, some travelers, in their quest to savor the local essence of Los Cabos, are turning to bike rentals or even choosing to traverse the town on foot.

Los Cabos Airport Taxi
Local Perspective and Actions

The local populace hasn’t remained untouched by the soaring taxi prices. Many among them, who heavily rely on taxis for their daily commute, are pushing for reforms or regulatory interventions that might help in achieving a balance in these skyrocketing prices. Now with the introduction of Uber in Cabo, more are experiencing elevated prices known as “surge pricing” during busy times of the day and in bad weather.

Is there Uber at Cabo Airport? 

Uber’s exclusion from the Cabo Airport, like many other airports worldwide, is a result of complex negotiations, regulatory concerns, and resistance from traditional taxi unions. Primarily, traditional taxi operators have held long-standing agreements and concessions with airport authorities. These operators view ride-sharing services like Uber as a threat to a Taxi drivers’ livelihood, given Uber’s often lower prices and technological advantages. Moreover, since Uber operates on a different business model compared to traditional taxis, there are regulatory and Cabo’s licensing gray areas for Uber that further complicate its integration into airport transportation systems.

Local authorities, on the other hand, have been wary of permitting Uber without a comprehensive regulatory framework, to ensure passenger safety and proper vetting of drivers. Another concern stems from the economic implications on the local taxi industry, which could face significant disruptions if Uber were allowed unrestricted access. Balancing modernization with tradition, and innovation with regulation, has made Uber’s presence at Cabo Airport a contentious issue.