Dominican Republic Transportation

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Dominican Republic Transportation

  • Airport

    Punta Cana Transportation

    Punta Cana International airport is the gateway of this All Inclusive mecca, merely 30 to 40 minutes from most hotels. Regular and charter airlines from North and South America and Europe fly here regularly. This airport is different from the other airports in the country in the design. The roofs are thatched with palma cana leaves (a kind of palm...

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  • By taxi

    Santo Domingo Transportation

    By far the best taxi I have ever gotten in Santo Domingo, DR. If you speak English call this guy. He is fluent in English and is one of the few taxis with a nice clean car. Weather you need a ride form the airport or just a ride to one of the resort towns. He is also a wealth of information as he is born and raised in that city. Reasturants, sites...

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  • Taxis

    Punta Cana Transportation

    After receiving different quotes from different providers we settled on www.prestige-limousine-service.com. The reservation agent [Fanny] was so helpful with all of our requests from a chilled bottle of Champagne to the new 2013 suburban we were picked up in our vacation couldn't have started out better. If we come back to DR we would definitely...

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  • Airports

    Santo Domingo Transportation

    I paid to have VIP Travel Services transport me from SDQ airport to Santo Domingo (Colonial District) but when I arrived no one from VIP was there. I was told it happens often. I had to take a taxi to my hotel. If you use VIP, plan for taxi fare just in case they do not show up.

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  • Resort Shuttles

    Punta Cana Transportation

    As the Grand Paradise Bavaro is such a huge, sprawling resort, they actually need a SHUTTLE to get folks around. Many times we walked, but many times we used the shuttle.There were "stations" spread along the resort and they even had little "stations" or sitting areas, as sometimes you could wait fifteen or twenty minutes for one to come along.

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  • Metro/Caribe Tours (first class buses)

    Santo Domingo Transportation

    One of the best and probably cheapest way to travel on the island is by bus with Caribe tour. The busses are equipped with air-conditionning and television. For a 4 or 5-hour-fare, you'll only pay +/- 100 pesos.

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  • Car Rental

    Punta Cana Transportation

    Very satisfied with www.prestigecarrentals.com for our car rental in Punta Cana. They guarntee that they will beat the major brands and they did it! When they thru in a free gps that sealed the deal. With out the GPS we would not have enjoyed our day trips as much as we did. Also we used www.prestige-limousine-service.com for our airport shuttle...

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  • By bus

    Santo Domingo Transportation

    In Santo Domingo we have 2 kinds of buses: OMSA buses: the government buses with scheduled stops, they come in 3 kinds: the ones without air conditioning and the cheapest ones, the ones with air conditioning and the express ones that make less stops. If you want to get off you simply pull the cord. Union buses: property of the various transport...

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  • Bus or Guagua

    Punta Cana Transportation

    Transport from Santo Domingo is a breeze with the Bavaro Express Company. The busses are new and comfortable providing Latin version of American action movies and detached views of DR countryside. The bus has its original stop somewhere west of the old town but it has another one sort of north-east which might end up closer to your hotel if your...

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  • By share-a-taxi (carro público)

    Santo Domingo Transportation

    Convenient, cheap but less safe than the buses. The share-a-taxis are popular among capitaleños (people from Santo Domingo). You might have seen them: a typical car with the driver, 2 people on the front seat and 4 on the back. They'll travel the same route back and forth and will pick up and drop off passengers wherever (although not in the middle...

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  • Helicopter Tour

    Punta Cana Transportation

    On our last day we took a Helicoptor tour from our resort to the Airport and it was fantastic! What an awesome way to see the Island...usually this is scheduled thru your resort and you have the option of a 15, 30 or 40 minute tour.

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  • By metro

    Santo Domingo Transportation

    A metro line is being constructed in Santo Domingo and it's expected to be fully operational in Feb 2008 but will be formally open to the masses in Apr 2008. The route consists of 16 stations for a length of 14,5km. Edit Apr 2009: alright, so we took the metro. The wagons reminded me of the Madrid metro and it's not so weird considering that they...

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  • By motorcycle (motoconcho or mototaxi)

    Santo Domingo Transportation

    Another alternative when it comes to means of getting around. These are the most expensive and most dangerous. They're not as cheap as the buses or the share-a-taxis and they definitely do NOT have the same long routes. Dominicans also use motoconchos for transporting stuff.

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  • Moto-Concho

    The usual way to get around to near- and medium distance destinations on the Samana Peninsula is the motoconcho, a sort of motorcycle taxi. They fit up to two people on the backseat and off you go. Doesn`t live up to western safety standards but locals assured me that accidents are rare. Some haggling skill is required.

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  • The new highway Santo Domingo-Samaná and...

    Disclaimer: I read about this highway on one of the local papers and since I don't know anyone who can confirm this for me or haven't used it, use it as a guide and be prepared.This highway will reduce the travel time between Santo Domingo and Samaná to 1.5-2 hours, as opposed to 4-5 hours as it is now going via Cotuí or San Francisco de Macorís....

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  • Sites for BUS/guagua information

    I cannot say whether the information is up to date, but these sites seem useful. I used them recently, February, 2011, in planning a trip that I have not yet taken. I have read that the A/C may be turned up high, so have a wrap handy. A hat often helps, too, on chilly buses.There is reportedly excellent bus service from Santo Domingo, and probably...

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  • Caritos Publicos - See "Warnings"

    Please see my detailed tip regarding 'caritos publicos' in the warnings/dangers section. For the right person, these public taxis can provide a cheap and efficient means of traveling around cities in the DR. For the wrong person, riding in caritos publicos may prove an uncomfortable or even frightening experience, with the added risk of being...

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  • Europcars

    This rental car company was the cheapest for me since I'm between the ages of 21 and 25. Other American car companies charge people under 25 large insurance fees. I do have complaints (which will be listed under warnings), however, if I had to do it all over again I would definitely still rent a car from this company.

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  • Santo Domingo-Punta Cana/Bávaro by...

    This tip is for those of you who want to go to Punta Cana or Bávaro by public means and would rather not to spend a lot of money renting a car or calling a cab.Take a minibus to Higüey at Parque Enriquillo, Santo Domingo. These buses are express buses but might stop to drop off or pick up passengers a few times along the road, they're comfortable...

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  • Airports

    For being such a small country, we do have a lot of international airports that connect us with a lot of cities in Europe, North, Central and South America and the Caribbean either by regular flights or charter services.- Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas (SDQ) in Santo Domingo. - Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao (STI) in Santiago.-...

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  • Charters

    Awfully most of the flyghts from Italy to Dominican Republic are charters, it means that you are not free to change the day of departure.Taxis are not that cheap, we moved with local busses and had the best fun, you just stop near other persosns that look like waiting to go somewhere and, when a minibus comes there is always someone standing at the...

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  • In the DR its OK to Drink and Drive!!

    The Dominican Republic is a blast! We had a great time in Santo Domingo. We visited Christopher Columbus' castle and went to a cool bar down in a cave. It was called, "La Cueva". Very cool!!!The traffic is just nuts, but if you can get past that, the DR has much to offer.

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  • "hitchhiking" on mopeds

    The whole time I was in the Dominican Republic I hitchhiked with guys that had mopeds. It's the local way and as a broke, single girl it worked out well for me because the guys that would give me rides would make sure no one else bothered me...at least until they were out of site.

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  • Guagua (bus)

    Caribe Tours and Metro are the biggest bus lines that travel across the country. They both have air conditioned, comfortable buses. They used to serve wafers and coffee before but I don't know if they still do nowadays. Competitive prices.Some routes will make a few stops on the places where most people travel to.There are more "informal" buses,...

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  • Taxi Service to Use

    If you need assistance with a taxi in Santo Domingo (such as arranging one ahead of time to pick you up at the airport, contact Radhames Soto. His typical location is at Parque Colon in Zona Colonia. When he drove us, he used a nice, large van that was in good condition. He is polite and professional and speaks English. He was, by far, the best...

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  • GuaGua

    The Guagua is more or less the local bus system. They are privately run and mostly old, and they squish up to 20 people into a 12-seater, but it's a fast and cheap (and fun) way to get around. Last time I checked it was 5 Pesos for 30 kilometers. That'll take you e.g. from Cabarete to Puerto Plata.

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  • The worst choice: Iberia

    Never ever again with Iberia. Nowhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We flight from Madrid to Santo Domingo. Very uncomfortable seats. It could be ok for a short flight, but for 8 hours! No good food, no good service (rude, unfriendly, helpless, etc.), no tv, no etc... Always late, or cancelled.If from Europe, choose something else, for ex. Air Europa, or a...

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  • Motoconcho on North Shore DR

    My brother and I took our familes (9 total, many children) in 1999. We are riders and had no problems. I think it could be dangerous espeacialy for non rider that get esaily freeked out by agressive driving. My expirence was a good one but I would not want to be responcible for somone taking this risk. We thought it was preety neat to jump a quick...

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  • Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)

    The Travel Slut's Top 10 tips about the Punta Cana International Airport:1. Upon arrival, you will have have to run a gauntlet or get your photo taken with 2 Dominican women in costume. The photo will then be available at a kiosk inside the terminal after clearing security and your photo will be listed by date and flight #. The cost is $7.00 U.S....

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  • Within the DR

    Within villages and small towns, you can walk. Most places are within walking distance. If you're tired or don't feel like walking you can get a local to take you on a motorbike (they usually charge a small fee for that). Other than that, you can take the bus from town to town. In bigger towns and cities, there are busses and vans.

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  • Hold on to your hat.....bag......the...

    Don't expect luxury....our coach didn't have a door, you regulary see motorbikes with 3 people on, you'll always get asked if you want a motorbike instead of a taxi (I wouldn't recommend this one bit!!)....& as for the cars.....Definitely an eye opener!!!

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  • Flights to Dominican Republic

    Most of your major airlines fly into the Dominican Republic, American, Delta & U.S. Airways. The tricky part here is scheduling that flight. If you live anywhere in the U.S. beside's the southern states, plan on taking an extra day of vacation. For some reason most flights out of the States for the Dominican Republic don't leave until very late in...

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  • WOW !!

    This is one amazing place for driving...There must be rules but I don't think they told anybody about them. One of our tour guides say that many people drive while drinking. Being the 24th of Dec. we passed a truck with a barrel in the back and everyone had a beer in hand. I could not drive here. Only the brave.......I did not see a single...

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  • Guaguas & public cars

    There are different types of transportation in the DR.If you want to travel inside a small town, like Sosua, Puerto Plata and Cabarete, you can take a "motoconcho". They are everywhere. It usually costs 10 to 20 pesos. To travel between cities or inside bigger cities like Santiago and santo Domingo, you have the "carros publicos" (public cars),...

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  • to everywhere

    to travel around DR yu have to use organised tours. several options are offered to yu when yu arrive at the resort, and everyday they take yu to visit a town or other points of interest.of course those tours are taken by bus in land or by boat if u choose to go to an island with other tourists. amazing tours and wonderfull sites that u can visit,...

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  • Bus

    Most resorts are far from the airport. And most travel packages already included the transfer from the airport to the resort, usually in a comfortable air-conditioned van or bus.For traveling around during the stay, we also used some kind of buses: one was very touristy and bright coloured (see the photo) and there was merengue playing loudly -...

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  • Sailing

    One of the best ways to access some beaches, do some diving or visit some other spot is by boat. There are several kinds of boat in Dominican Republic, particularly on the organized tours. I made 3 boat trips: all different from each other, varying from an almost artesian boat to a bigger one that transported lots of people on two decks. I got the...

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  • Punta Caña International Airport

    I traveled to Dominican Republic by plane. When we landed (at the Punta Caña International Airport), we walked through the airplanes to the main building. I must say that I was surprised at the sight of the airport - the roof is made of palm trees leaves and there are no walls in some spaces, such as the lounge. Apart from this, we collected our...

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  • Motorcycles

    Motorcycles around Puerto Plata seem to be more common than cars as you can see in this photo of the town of Rio San Juan.

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  • Caribair, S.A.

    national airline, good one by the way, you can go to any airport in the country. They have regular flights from Herrera to Puerto Principe and from Santiago (DR) to Santiago de Cuba. Great service!! specialized on charter flights all around the Caribbean and central america.

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  • yellow brick road

    __________________________________________________being at Punta Cana, going to Isla saona, is the must do activity tip.a tourist bus travels from Bavaro beach, where i was, to Bahyahibe, and there, a small launch boat, takes you to the island.all the way tipical south american scenes to snapshot and really a trip to...

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  • Reserve a rental car at the airport to...

    Have the rental car ready in advance to be ready at the airport. It's the best way to explore the area. Watch though, they drive like maniacs down there...huge potholes, speeding, and driving on whichever side of the road that's in better condition.

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  • CARS

    There are numerous car-rental agencies in Santo Domingo, and traffic proceeds on the right. You must be at least 25 years old to rent a car, and you'll need a valid driver's license from your home country or an international driving permit

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  • AERODOMCA

    one of the best services, has regular flights and you can rent a plane as well. You can arrive in any airport of the country

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  • Motoconchos

    Yeah... dont be surprised if you find FOUR people in one of these... i really dont suggest you traveling around the city in one of these, unless you're with a Dominican person who's also taking the ride with you (in the same motorcicle or in another one, its ok).. it costs around 20 pesos de ride to wherever you want

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