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Transportation within the Dominican Republic

Options From Airports

Some Tour Operators/accommodation options may include transportation from the airport to your accommodations as part of your holiday package. If not, you can arrange it yourself or ask them to arrange it for you on your behalf (usually for the cost of transportation plus a nominal fee).

Most of the Dominican Republic's international airports have a variety of transportation options available if you will be arranging your own. If you are not going to be renting a vehicle , the most popular form of transport is to take a taxi.

Taxi fares in the Dominican Republic are fixed rates based on destination (as opposed to metered rates) and are considerably higher than rates for public transportation. Taxis offer the convenience of traveling privately and comfortably, and in some cases, providing air-conditioning. Taxi fares to the most popular destinations are generally posted somewhere outside the Arrivals Terminal at every airport. If you cannot find this information, ask a couple of taxi drivers what they will charge before getting into the taxi. Most drivers will charge you the going/fair rate, but do ask around because there may be some who try to overcharge you. To be competitive, some drivers may charge you a lower rate if they have a smaller, older vehicle (possibly without air-conditioning). Before actually getting into the taxi, confirm the rate and whether it's in US dollars, Euros, or Pesos. Having the correct amount of currency to pay this rate will be helpful, as most drivers do not carry change, especially for foreign currency. Destinations of 15 - 25 km from the airport will cost you around US $30 and go up from there according to the distance. A ride from Santo Domingo's airport Las Americas to Cabarete would be around US$175.

If you wish to take a less expensive transportation option, please read about the Public Transportation options below.

Once you're at your destination

There are several forms of transportation you can take to and from your destination in the Dominican Republic. Choosing the best option depends on your budget, the amount of time you have to travel, and what type of travel experience you'd like to have. If you wish to take public transportation, you may have to walk, or take a taxi for a portion of your travels to get to an area where public transportation is available. The following is a list of the transportation options found in the Dominican Republic, where they will take you, and an approximate guide to their costs.

Vehicle Rental


Learn about the the Dominican rules on the road.

Please see our Vehicle Rental section for information on this.

Taxis

Taxis are definitely one of the most comfortable ways to travel in the Dominican Republic. Taxi fares are fixed rates depending on the distance (as opposed to metered rates) and are considerably higher than rates for public transportation . In most cases, taxis are newer vehicles that are spacious, comfortable and have air-conditioning. Because you are their only client(s), drivers tend to be more conscious of your safety (in terms of how they drive) than drivers of other forms of transport.

Many taxi drivers understand or speak a little bit of English, and if so, can usually provide recommendations on places you can visit, or perform a travel guide role to many of your destination's surrounding areas. Taxi fares for most destinations are generally posted at hotels/resorts and at taxi stands. If you cannot find this information, ask a couple of taxi drivers what they will charge you before agreeing on a rate and taking a particular driver. Most drivers will charge you the going rate, but ask around because there may be some who try to overcharge you. Before actually getting into the taxi, confirm the rate and whether it's in US dollars, Euros, or Pesos. Having the correct amount of currency to pay this rate will be helpful, as most drivers do not carry change, especially for foreign currency. To maintain standards in taxi fares, most taxi rates are non-negotiable. If business is particularly slow, you may find a driver who will reduce the fare somewhat, or a driver who may charge you less because they have older vehicles and/or don't have air-conditioning.

Public Transportation

There are generally four types of public transportation available in almost all areas of the Dominican Republic: Buses, Guaguas, Caro Publicos, and Motoconchos. They are all quite reasonably priced and choosing the right one depends on your specific transportation needs - comfort, length of travel time, and destination.

Guaguas

Public transportation within, and between cities, towns and villages, is for the most part conducted in privately owned mini-vans, called Guaguas . Guaguas are easy to recognize because they'll generally honk their horn as they approach you (when you are standing at the side of the road) to see if you want a ride (unless they're full). The driver's assistant, or Cobrador (fare collector), is likely to be hanging out of a window or side door waving at you to see if they should stop to let you in. This form of transport is quite cheap but you should be aware that some of these mini-vans could be in poor condition - broken windows, doors that don't close properly, etc. These mini-vans are generally designed to hold 12 passengers but most will carry up to 20 people, maybe a chicken or two, and who knows what else! There are no official places they stop (like bus stops) or timetables for when they'll arrive, so it can take anywhere from 2-30 minutes before one drives by. They will stop anywhere and everywhere along the main road of their route, dropping off passengers and picking new passengers up. Where one Guaguas' route ends, there are generally other Guaguas to carry on from that point, to the end of their route, and so on. Taking this kind of journey is a true Dominican traveling experience and almost always a bit of an adventure.

In most locations in the Dominican Republic you can travel anywhere from a 1/4 of km/mile to 10 km/miles, for approximately RD $20 (70 cents US) per person. Guagua fare collectors may try to overcharge tourists so it would be wise to ask at your accommodations what the fare will be to your particular destination. Confirm this rate with the Guagua fare collector before getting in. Try to have the correct amount of Pesos for payment, as they can be reluctant to offer you change. Guaguas rarely travel after early evening.

Caro Publicos

Caro Publicos are public taxis (small model cars) that usually have signs (similar to taxi signs) on the roof of the car, indicating their particular route along a main road. Like Guaguas , they drive the main roads between cities, towns and villages, stopping wherever passengers want to get in or out. If you stand at the side of the road they will honk as they drive towards you, and as long as they have room, will stop to pick you up. They will also not hesitate to fill their cars over capacity - for example 4 in the front and 4 in the back. If they are full they will drive right by you. If you wish to take this form of transport, let them know by waving at them as they approach. You can let the driver know where you want to get out by telling them your destination or by simply tapping their shoulder/pointing to indicate where. There are no timetables for these vehicles so depending on the time of day or night, it can take anywhere from 2-30 minutes before you see one. Caro Publicos have fixed routes so check that your destination is on their route before getting in.

In most locations in the Dominican Republic you can travel anywhere from a 1/4 of a km/mile to 10 km/miles, for the amount of approximately RD $25 (80 cents US) per person. You may want to confirm the fare to your particular destination before you get in and try to have the correct amount of Pesos for payment, as they can be unlikely to have change.

Motoconchos

A unique form of transport in the Dominican Republic is the Motoconcho . These are privately owned motorbikes whose drivers will give you a ride on the back of their bikes. You should have no problem which ones do this, as they're more than likely to recognize you first, beep their horn, or pull over to where you are standing on the road to ask if you'd like a ride. These are quite popular for shorter trips, especially within towns/villages/resort areas. They will go longer distances but riding on a motorbike can be dangerous and they do not offer helmets for safety.

Anywhere within a couple of km/miles in a town/village/resort area generally has a fare of around RD $20-30 (0.80-1.00 US$) per passenger on the bike. This fare generally doubles at dusk (once they've got their lights on). Try to have the correct amount of Pesos for payment, as they can be unlikely to have change.

Buses

There are 3 major bus companies in the Dominican Republic and they all drive air-conditioned and comfortable 52-seat buses. Their rates for travel are quite reasonable, even for long distances. Most travel to, and stop in only the larger towns or cities, so you may have to take an alternate form of transport to/from the bus station and your particular destination.

Bus Companies' Schedules & Rates

Caribe Tours (phone: +1 809-221-4422 and website this one is never up to date).

  • From Santo Domingo to Cabarete (NOTICE: The route between Cabarete and Sosua has been suspended until further notice)
    • Cost: RD $250
    • From Santiago to Sosua or Cabarete: RD $100
    • Route: Santo Domingo - La Vega - Santiago - Puerto Plata - Sosua - Cabarete
    • Departure Times Morning (AM) Afternoon (PM)
      For Cabarete and Sosua   7:00   9:00   11:00 12:00   2:00 3:00 4:00      
      For Sosua only 6:00   8:00   10:00     1:00       5:00 6:00 7:00
      Stopover in Santiago 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 1:30pm 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30
      Approximate arrival in Sosua (add 15 minutes for Cabarete) 10:30 11:30 12:30 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30
  • From Cabarete to Santo Domingo (NOTICE: The route between Cabarete and Sosua has been suspended until further notice)
    • Cost: RD $250
    • From Sosua or Cabarete to Santiago: RD $100
    • Route: Cabarete - Sosua - Puerto Plata - Santiago - La Vega - Santo Domingo
    • Departure Times Morning (AM) Afternoon (PM)
      From Cabarete   6:00   8:00   10:00   12:00   2:00   4:00   6:00
      From Sosua 5:15 6:20 7:20 8:20 9:20 10:20 11:20 12:20 1:20 2:20 3:20 4:20 5:20 6:20
      Stopover in Santiago 7:00 8:00 9:00 10:00 11:00 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 7:00 8:00
      Approximate arrival in Santo Domingo 10:00 11:00 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00 6:00 7:00 8:00 9:00 10:00 11:00

Metro Tours (phone: +1 809-566-7126)

  • From Santo Domingo to Cabarete
    • Cost: RD $300
    • Route: Santo Domingo - Santiago - Puerto Plata - Sosua - Cabarete
    • Departure Schedule: 7am, 11am, 4pm.
  • From Cabarete to Santo Domingo
    • Cost: RD $300
    • Route: Cabarete - Sosua - Puerto Plata - Santiago -Santo Domingo
    • Departure Schedule: 8am, 1pm, 5:30pm.

Terra Bus

  • From Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata
    • Cost: ?
    • Route: Santo Domingo - Santiago - Puerto Plata
    • Hours of departure: 6:30 am-10:30 am-12:30 pm-4:30 pm-7:45 pm
  • From Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo
    • Cost: ?
    • Route: Puerto Plata - Santiago - Santo Domingo
    • Hours of departure: 6 am-7:30 am-10:30 am-3:30 pm-7:45 pm

Charter Flights

Info coming soon...

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter tours are usually available from at least a couple of different operators in all of the larger tourism areas in the Dominican Republic. They can offer specific scenic flights or you can choose areas you would like to see from the air. They can also provide transportation between almost every airport in the country (Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, La Romana, Santo Domingo, Samaná and Santiago).

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Exchange Rate to the Dominican Peso on
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USD: 43.65
CAD: 40.13
EUR: 57.34
GBP: 72.46
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