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Flying to Oaxaca

Oaxaca is one of the most well-preserved cities in Mexico. From the winding cobblestone streets to the beautiful colonial buildings, the city offers a new vista at every turn. With, you can use the travel planner tools to book cheap flights to Oaxaca and find budget-friendly hotels.

Transportation from the Oaxaca Airport

The Xoxocotlan International Airport serves Oaxaca. It is located about 7 miles south of the city's center on the Carretera Federal 175. The easiest and most comfortable way to get into the city is by taxi. Most taxis in Oaxaca are not metered, so you will need to arrange a price with the driver in advance. The typical taxi rate can vary dramatically based on fuel prices and transportation strikes; ask at the airport information desk for the approximate current rate into the city. The drive into downtown Oaxaca takes about 15 minutes. If you are staying at a hotel in Oaxaca, check with the front desk before your flight to find out about free hotel transportation.

Highlights of Oaxaca

Oaxaca is located in the center of one of Mexico's major artistic centers. If you are interested in shopping, Oaxaca is home to some of the best artisan craft stores in the country. Check out the Mercado de Abastos for the widest selection of crafts, and visit the Gallery Walk for the city's best art. The city is also known for its colonial architecture, and you can spend many hours exploring the buildings around El Zócalo. If you're interested in local culture, check out the Guelaguetza, which features traditional dancing from around the Oaxaca region. The weather in Oaxaca is warm and pleasant year-round, and most days average 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest month is April, when temperatures can reach above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. No matter what time you are visiting, bring sunscreen and warm-weather clothing to deal with the heat.

Experience Oaxaca

Whether you are visiting Oaxaca for a weekend or a week, you'll find no shortage of activities to keep you busy. can help you manage all of the trip details, from booking cheap flights to Oaxaca to finding local hotels.

Oaxaca When to Go

Oaxaca doesn’t have traditional high, shoulder, and low seasons like many other Mexican vacation destinations. For one thing, it’s not a resort area. But the main reason is because it sits in a valley at 5,000 feet elevation, which brings mild weather almost all year, with days comfortably warm and evenings so pleasantly cool that all you might need is a light sweater or jacket.

That said, peak season runs from October through March, when those from more northerly climes flee their cold winters for warm sun. Average temps linger in the high 70s. April and May are the hottest and driest months, while July, August, and September are considered the rainy months. But even during this rainy period, you won't find long, gloomy days: Mornings are typically sunny, followed by afternoon clouds and showers, with some rain at night and occasional thunderstorms.

Oaxaca’s many festivals reflect deep-rooted traditions that often blend indigenous and Roman Catholic practices. The annual Guelaguetza folk dance festival, which falls on two Mondays in late July, draws delegations of Indian tribes to Oaxaca. They perform traditional dances in native costumes at venues spread throughout the city. Expect hotels to fill quickly during this time.

Another peak visitor period is during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which draws thousands for one of Mexico’s most colorful religious holidays. Beginning on October 31, residents decorate home altars for deceased family members and later visit local cemeteries with flowers, candles, food, and drink.

The Christmas season starts December 16, the first of nine nights of neighborhood processions called posadas. Locals walk from house to house, singing hymns and re-creating the journey of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. On Christmas Eve, they carry big baskets of flowers from church to church to honor the Virgin Mary.

Frequently asked questions

Am I currently able to fly to Oaxaca?
Our Covid-19 Travel Advisor has the updates you need about current quarantine policies, travel advice and other essential information for your flight to Oaxaca.
If I am not able to travel because of COVID-19, can I change or cancel?
You’ll find all the important information regarding COVID-19, flight changes and cancellations on our Customer Service Portal. Before you book your seats, have a quick scan through your preferred carrier’s terms and conditions. This should answer any additional questions you may have.
Which airlines fly to Oaxaca?
With airlines to select from, finding a suitable flight that fits your travel plans and budget will be a breeze. Xoxocotlan Intl. Airport (OAX) is the main gateway to Oaxaca and where you’re likely to be touching down. These top international carriers are ready to take you there:

  • American Airlines - 16 flights to Oaxaca per month
  • United Airlines - 5 flights to Oaxaca per month
  • TAG Airlines - 3 flights to Oaxaca per month

What is the best airport to fly to in Oaxaca?
Xoxocotlan Intl. Airport (OAX). It’s the city’s main airport and is situated around 4 miles south of the downtown area. You’ll be dropping off your bags and exploring the best of Oaxaca shortly after touching down.
How much is a flight to Oaxaca?
If you’re hunting down a return flight, airfares fluctuated between and this last week. The lowest price for one-way was , from ().
How to book the cheapest flight to Oaxaca?
With some of the most affordable flight deals around, you’re guaranteed value for money with Orbitz. The following suggestions will help you snap up cheap flights to Oaxaca — and leave you with more money in your pocket:

  • Depending on where you’re taking off from, select the ‘Nearby airports’ function (located under the departure and arrival options). In some instances, alternative departure points offer more value for money.
  • If you’re flexible with your plans, click on the ‘Show flexible dates’ link. It’ll bring up flight deals for the days either side of your selected departure. Airfares often vary depending on what day it is.
  • To fine tune your results, hit ‘Show options.’ You can search based on airlines, seating class, nonstop flights and refundable flights. You can also choose your preferred departure and arrival times under ‘Sort & Filter’ to the left.
  • Book as soon as you’ve worked out your travel dates. While it does happen on occasion, airline tickets rarely drop in price as your departure date gets closer.
  • Make big savings on your adventure by combining your hotel, flights and car rentals into one handy package. Your bank account will thank you.
  • Don’t fly during peak seasons if you can. By avoiding summer, school vacations and other popular dates, you can make amazing savings on your airfares.

How long is a flight to Oaxaca?
The length of time you spend in the air will depend on several factors, including the location you take off from. We’ve put together a list of flight times for three of the most sought-after domestic routes to Oaxaca:

  • Mexico City, Distrito Federal (MEX-Mexico City Intl.) to Xoxocotlan Intl. Airport (OAX) - 1 hour and 13 minutes
  • Tijuana, Baja California Norte (TIJ-General Abelardo L. Rodriguez Intl.) to Xoxocotlan Intl. Airport (OAX) - 3 hours and 50 minutes
  • Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN-Cancun Intl.) to Xoxocotlan Intl. Airport (OAX) - 1 hour and 57 minutes

What is the best time to book a flight to Oaxaca?
On average, the cheapest time to book your journey is in January. This is closely followed by February then August. When seeking a cheap flight to Oaxaca, make sure you’re ready to book. Cheap deals emerge quickly and don’t hang around!
What day of the week is the cheapest to book a flight to Oaxaca?
When it comes to cheap airfares to Oaxaca, the best days to make a booking are generally Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. A rewarding flight deal is just a few clicks away with Orbitz.
What is the cheapest day of the week to fly to Oaxaca?
You can score cheap flights to Oaxaca by flying out on a Monday, according to Orbitz data from 2020. Tuesday is the next most affordable day, while Saturday has the most expensive airfares. Whether you prefer to save money or fly whenever is convenient, you’ll always find a terrific deal with Orbitz.
What is the cheapest month to fly to Oaxaca?
If you have some wiggle room with your travel dates, consider leaving in August. Orbitz data shows that this is generally the best month to take off if you’re after cheap flights to Oaxaca. As you might imagine, airfares increase in June and flights book out quickly.
Which airlines allow free cancellation?
Orbitz makes it a snap to find carriers that offer flexibility. Simply choose “Filter by flexible change policies” when searching for your Oaxaca flights and bingo! You’ll see options that include free cancellation, no change fees and of course, the very best price.
What do I need for the flight to Oaxaca?
From onboard entertainment to travel essentials like a pillow, there are several things a seasoned flyer won’t leave home without. To make sure you’re prepared for your flight, check out this handy list:

  • You’ll need to take all relevant travel documents and identification. How much depends on your place of departure. At the time of booking, always use the correct name, gender and birth date as stated on your current ID.
  • Stock your carry-on bag with snacks and things to keep you busy and watch time whiz by on your medium-haul flight. If you can, get on the airport’s Wi-Fi and save your favorite playlist or podcast to your phone or tablet before take off.
  • Aeroplane cabins are often quite cool. If you decide to fly during the height of the Oaxaca summer, be sure to take some warm clothes with you.

How many direct flights are there to Oaxaca?
You can book a seat on one of 36 flights that travel direct to Oaxaca each month. Aeromexico, Volaris and VivaAerobus are some of the carriers that will take you there comfortably in one stretch. American Airlines, United Airlines and TAG are a few other carriers that fly nonstop.
How do I get cheap first-class/business deals to Oaxaca?
There are ways of booking first or business-class fares to Oaxaca that won’t burn a hole through your savings. Bag a seat in the pointy end of the plane for less with these useful tips:

  • Being flexible isn’t just useful in the gym. Leave some room to move around your travel dates so you can snap up cheaper airfares when they pop up.
  • Search for a budget carrier that has seats in business class. They usually come with extra legroom and a glass of Champagne — but at a more affordable price.
  • Bid for an upgrade in online auctions or upgrade your ticket with your frequent flyer points.

How to get into Oaxaca from the airport?
Step off the plane and then jump in the driver’s seat of a Xoxocotlan Intl. Airport (OAX) car rental at Xoxocotlan Intl. Airport (OAX). On-site outlet Economy has a nice variety of vehicles to select from, so finding the ideal set of wheels will be a breeze. Set your GPS and then head around 4 miles north of OAX to reach the bustling center of Oaxaca. You could also take a taxi or use public transportation into town after you land and rent a car from central Oaxaca with one of our Oaxaca car rentals instead.
What is the best time to go to Oaxaca?
Anytime is an awesome time to visit Oaxaca, though are the liveliest months. Like most places in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer season kicks off June 20. If you’d prefer to hang out in a light T-shirt than a winter jacket, this time of year would be ideal for you. Expect average daily highs of 75undefined and nightly lows around 55undefined.
Travel tips for Oaxaca

  • Slip on your comfy kicks and explore this busy city on foot. There are some awesome attractions you can’t miss, such as Zocalo Square and Oaxaca Cathedral.
  • If you’re up for an easy day trip, there are more sights to mark off a short commute from the center. Discover why Mitla and Mercado Tlacolula are on the bucket lists of many Oaxaca travelers.
  • When you’re ready to discover more of Mexico, organize a car rental and cruise to Salina Cruz. Santa María Tonameca is another main city with no shortage of things to see and do.

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