Mazatlán has an excellent local transportation system comprised of buses, taxis and “pulmonias” that will move you around the city for a reasonable price.
Buses are the cheapest form of transportation in Mazatlán, so fares should not be more than about US$.50, depending upon your destination. The city’s main buses are white, so they are easy to identify. There are bus stops on almost every corner and buses also can be flagged down. Hours of operation generally are from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., but some buses run later.
Taxis are plentiful in Mazatlán but be sure to take a licensed taxi. They are identified by a red or green stripe down the car’s side. Taxis are not metered and fares are negotiated between passenger and taxi driver in Mazatlán. Be sure to agree upon a price before heading off to your destination.
Mazatlán also has a unique form of public transportation called the “Pulmonia,” which means pneumonia in Spanish! They are hybrid golf carts with a canopy on top to provide shade. They are ubiquitous so finding one is quite easy, especially in tourist areas. Another open-air option unique to Mazatlán is the Aurigas, which is a pickup truck with shaded benches in the back.