Arrival to Santo Domingo

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By Plane

Two airports serve the Dominican Republic. For international flights the Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas (SDQ) is the best option with major carriers like Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, LANChile, Lufthansa, and US Airways flying in daily. For domestic flights the Aeropuerto Internacional La Isabela Dr Joaquin Balaguer (JBQ) is the best option.

By Bus

Although Santo Domingo has no central bus terminal it is serviced by two large bus companies which offer comfortable and safe passenger travel. Caribe Tours and Metro bus lines have individual offices located just west of the area where the Santo Domingo Spanish school is located in the Colonial Zone. Most locations are within a four-hour ride from Santo Domingo and it is recommended that passengers confirm the bus schedule via phone and then arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time to ensure your travel.

By Car

Renting a car is easy to do in Santo Domingo with multiple car rental agencies located around the city. At the Las Américas International Airport you can find a small booth just across from the arrivals exit offering many rental car companies and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

By Boat

Students are able to take an international ferry from Puerto Rico through Ferries del Caribe. The ferry ride takes about twelve hours and there are two pricing options depending on the style of seats. For an airplane style seat the ticket cost is approximately $129 one-way or $189 with return. For a private cabin with an exterior window the price is $295 for one-way to $492 with return.

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Transportation in Santo Domingo

By Bus

There is a very convenient and inexpensive bus system in Santo Domingo. Going along the major thoroughfares of the city look for the signs that read "Parada" to know where they stop. You can ride from one end of the city to the other for around $ 0.25.


More common than the buses, you will find transformed minivans and cars that are known as públicos. These drivers offer transportation throughout the city and start at around $ 0.35 for the ride and can be flagged down easily. Be prepared to squeeze in since the drivers try to fit as many riders in as possible.

By Taxi

Taxis are easily accessible in Santo Domingo, but they do not use a meter service so be sure to always agree on a price before departure. It is typical for the fare to run at about $ 3.50 for a ride across the city. Unlike other cities, taxis do not drive around looking for customers, but instead are parked in collective areas.

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