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How to get from Santo Domingo Airport to Punta Cana

Punta Cana is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Dominican Republic thanks to its plentiful beaches and large resorts. Although Punta Cana has a large airport of its own, flying into Santo Domingo airport can be a much cheaper option for those vacationing in Punta Cana.

When it comes to travelling from Las Americas Airport to Punta Cana, you have two options; taxi or bus. Taking a Santo Domingo airport taxi is the quickest transfer option as it takes just 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach Punta Cana. A more budget-friendly Punta Cana airport transfer is the Expreso Bavaro which costs just €33 ($2,050 DOP) but takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes as it isn’t direct.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €115 110min 24/7
Bus €36 150min 07:00–16:00

How to get from Las Americas airport to Punta Cana by taxi

Taking a taxi from Santo Domingo airport to Punta Cana is by far the quickest and most convenient way to travel. Not only do the Santo Domingo airport taxis run 24/7, but they are the only direct Punta Cana airport transfer option. The total journey time will be around 1 hour and 50 minutes and the fare will be approximately €115 ($130 USD).

Taxi fare from Santo Domingo airport to Punta Cana

The local taxi drivers at Las Americas airport (SDQ) don’t offer a flat rate fare for the journey into Punta Cana. Instead, the individual driver will decide on your fare at the moment. Having said that, the average cost of the journey from SDQ to Punta Cana is €115 ($130 USD).

Cost

€115 ($130 USD)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 50 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Santo Domingo airport.

Where do I find the Punta Cana airport transfers?

As soon as you exit the arrivals terminal at Santo Domingo airport, you will see the long line of taxis waiting at the rank in front of you. Simply walk to the front of the line of cars and speak to the driver.

Convenience

As a taxi is the only direct transfer option to get from Santo Domingo airport to Punta Cana, it’s also the most convenient. You can enjoy a comfortable air-conditioned ride no matter what time you land, and you won’t need to try and drag your luggage through the public bus stations.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a taxi from Las Americas airport to Punta Cana is the most expensive transfer option, if you split the fare between three people, it costs around the same as the public bus.

Useful Tips

Make sure you agree on a price with the driver before entering the taxi.
There's no additional fee for luggage stored in the trunk.
Make sure to write down your hotel's address in Punta Cana to avoid any miscommunication with your Spanish speaking driver.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Santo domingo. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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How to get from Las Americas airport to Punta Cana by bus

Unfortunately, there’s no bus from Santo Domingo airport to Punta Cana. Instead, you will need to take a taxi from the airport to Parque Enriquillo in Santo Domingo city centre and then take the Expreso Bavaro bus from there to Punta Cana. The total journey time is 2 hours 30 minutes and the total cost of the transfer will be around €33 ($2,050 DOP).

How much is the bus from Santo Domingo airport to Punta Cana?

The taxi from Las Americas airport to the bus station in Santo Domingo costs €30 ($33 USD). Then, a one-way ticket on the Expreso Bavaro bus costs €3 ($149 DOP). That makes the total price of the journey €33 ($2,050 DOP).

Cost

€33 ($2,050 DOP)

Trip Duration

2 Hrs 30 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 2 hours for the Expreso Bavaro bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Expreso Bavaro bus runs from 07:00 to 16:00.

Where do I find the Punta Cana airport transfers?

You can find the Expreso Bavaro bus at the main bus station located at Parque Enriquillo in Santo Domingo city centre. The bus is a large coach that is white in colour.

Convenience

Taking the public bus is the least convenient way to get from SDQ airport to Punta Cana. Not only will you have to take a taxi into Santo Domingo city centre, but then you will have to wait up to 2 hours for the bus to arrive. Also, if you land after 15:00, you won’t make the last bus to Punta Cana, so you will have to wait until the next day.

Editor’s Note

Although taking the bus is a good budget option, you will need to take a tax from the airport to Santo Domingo first, which will increase the cost by a lot. If you can spend a little more, it's much more convent to take a taxi directly from SDQ to Punta Cana.

Useful Tips

You can book your bus tickets online or over the phone in advance.
If you don't book your tickets in advance, be sure to arrive at least 45 minutes before the bus leaves as they fill quickly.
There's luggage storage below the bus.

Frequently asked questions

What is the distance from Santo Domingo airport to Punta Cana?

Santo Domingo airport is located around 160 km from Punta Cana. Taking a taxi from Las Americas airport to Punta Cana will take approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes. On the other hand, the Expreso Bavaro bus takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to get from Santo Domingo airport to Punta Cana.

How do you get from Santo Domingo airport to Punta Cana?

There are two different transfer options when it comes to getting from Santo Domingo airport to Punta Cana; taxi or bus. Taking a Santo Domingo airport taxi is the quickest option as it takes just 1 hour 50 minutes and costs around €115 ($130 USD). Taking the Expreso Bavaro bus takes much longer at 2 hours and 30 minutes as there’s no direct bus option, but it costs just €33 ($2,050 DOP) to reach Punta Cana.

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