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Transportation from Punta Cana Airport

Krystof Hajek updated 26. 12. 2023

If you travel to Punta Cana with a tour operator as part of a full tour, a prearranged transfer to your hotel will be waiting for you at the airport.

After passing through immigration control, you will find your delegate with your tour operator's badge who will take you to the bus directly to your resort.

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Individual travelers are offered several options for transportation to/from the airport.

Taxi, Uber

Taxis are the most common form of transportation. Upon arrival, you will find yourself in a chaotic environment with many taxi drivers and marked "Taxi" counters.

We recommend arranging a taxi at the counters, where you can at least be sure that you are travelling with a licensed taxi driver. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting into a car with someone pretending to be a taxi driver and ending up paying multiples of the normal fare.

Regular taxis can only ever be paid for in cash.

For this reason, it's much safer to use the Uber mobile app, which works reliably in Punta Cana. Average prices from/to the airport are as follows:

  • Playa Bávaro - 1 300 DOP
  • Uvero Alto - DOP 2 ,000
  • Cabeza de Toro - 1 000 DOP
  • Cap Cana - 900 DOP
  • Bayahíbe - 3 800 DOP

Pre-arranged transfer

A very popular option is to arrange a transfer from the airport in advance.

The transport company counters are still in the arrivals hall, so you don't have to go out and expose yourself to offers from taxi drivers.

If you're staying at a large resort, the hotel will often offer its own transfer service.

Alternatively, you can use one of the many companies. Generally the cheapest transport is provided by Diamond Transfers.

Prices are quoted for a full van with a capacity of up to 5 people.

  • Playa Bávaro - 35 usd
  • Uvero Alto - 60 usd
  • Cap Cana - 30 usd
  • Bayahíbe - 90 usd

Car Hire

If you're travelling around the Dominican Republic on your own, your best option is to rent a car.

Prices for a week in high season start at 370 usd. We strongly recommend avoiding Goldcar.

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Public transport

Regular bus services in Punta Cana do not operate like in developed cities in Europe or North America.

Public transport is provided by large vans for about 20 to 35 people called guaguas.

The "guaguas" station is not directly in front of the terminal, but on the main street "Blvd. Turístico del Este" (location on Google Maps).

Guaguas run from the airport to Cruce de Verón, where you can change to other lines towards Playa Bávaro. The journey to Cruce de Verón takes about 25 minutes and then to Playa Bávaro another 35 minutes.

The buses are not marked with the line number, always ask the driver what destination it is going to.

Pay your ticket inside the bus (cash only) to the conductor, who will find you himself. The fare from the airport to Cruce de Verón is 100 dop. Further to Playa Bávaro you pay another 150 dop.

Krystof Hajek

Krystof is the editor-in-chief of Cestee. He is also an avid traveller with 574 flights and 73 countries visited.

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