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Dominican Republic Transportation Options

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Just to give you an idea of driving distances and mileage:

From Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo (SDQ) to:
JUAN DOLIO (20km) about 35 min. drive
SANTO DOMINGO CITY (30km) about 35 min. drive
PUNTA CANA (200km) 3 hour drive
PUERTO PLATA (250km) 4 hour drive
SOSUA (240km) 4 hour drive
CABARETE (220km) 3 1/2 hour drive
SAMANA (245km) 4 hour drive
LA ROMANA (110km) 1 1/2 hour drive

Driving distances from Santo Domingo: (times are more or less depending on traffic, road conditions and other obstacles)
to Boca Chica (31km) about 35 minutes
La Romana (110km) about 2 hours
Punta Cana (205km) about 31/2 hours
Samaná (245km) about 31/2 hours
Puerto Plata (215km) about 3.15 hours
Barahona (200km) about 3 hours and a half
Santiago (166km) about 3 hours

For a few more transportation ideas, taxi services and tourist transportations go to our tourist aides page here..
Emergency telephone numbers on Duarte Highway. This is the main highway from Santo Domingo to Santiago. This highway is in good shape but can be very dangerous traveling. There are roads entering and exiting the highway.
from Kilometer 9 to Villa Altagracia
from Villa Altagracia to Piedra Blanca
  from Piedra Blanca to Bonao
809 315-6822
from Bonao to La Vega
809 315-6823
from La Vega to Santiago
809 315-6824
There are people, animals, and people or animals trying to cross when you do not expect. There are people selling on the sides of the road. There are houses along the highway and also in the grassy strip in the center of the highway. Always be aware when traveling this highway. If you do have any problems take these numbers with you to call for fast help.
Air transportation across the island is aprox.$65USD (2006 -These prices are just an average)

*Takeoff Destination Service S.A., Plaza Brisas de Bavaro Local # 08
Offering flights from Punta Cana to and from Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, and Samaná. Offering sightseeing tours, shuttle service, flight school, Air signs and much more.
Bavaro - Punta Cana
Contact: 809-552-1333 Cel: 809-481-0707

*Air Century Flies out of Herrera Airport and La Romana/ Casa de Campo Airport.They have sightseeing tours, charters, and more.   Contact: 809-566-0888 or 809-567-6778

*Air Santo Domingo    Contact:809-683-8020

*Jimmy and Irene Butler of Air Taxi Flies out of Herrera Airport, Núñez de Cáceres 2 and Santo Domingo. They offer charter planes around the island and to some neighboring islands    Contact: 809-227-8333 or 809-567-1555
Caribar Flies out of Herrera Airport, Av. Luperon and Santo Domingo. They offer ambulance service, photography trips and general air service from both helicopters and planes   Contact: 809-542-6688

*SAP Express
They fly from Punta Cana and Puerta Plata
Contact: (Sto Dgo) 809-565-3927, (PP)809-586-0391,(Bavero)809-552-0127

Check Airline Flight status including departures and arrivals plus the weather and travel helps at our Travel Information page. All the information in one place just for you.

Our list of must know Travel words in Spanish on our Language pages here
International Airports in Dominican Republic and the airport codes.

*Maria Montez Intl in Barahona - BRX
*La Romana Intl in La Romana - LRM
*Cibao Intl in Santiago - STI
*Las Americas Intl in Santo Domingo - SDQ
*Punta Cana Intl in Higuey - PUJ
*Gregorio Luperon Intl in Puerto Plata - POP
*Herrera Intl in Santo Domingo - HEX

The Ports of Santo Domingo is a development located on both banks of the mouth of the Ozama River/ Rio Ozama. It is part of a major waterfront redevelopment plan to integrate the ports with Colonial Zone creating a great destination for cruise ships, yachts and high-end tourism.
The Sans Souci terminal is able to handle a large number of passengers and crews and is also able to accommodate some of today's largest ships. It includes duty-free stores, check-in facilities and pier access. The terminal has a ground level for baggage handling and disembarking. On the Mezzanine level there are Duty Free Stores, an Internet Center, information stand, bathrooms and a great view of Sans Soucí's ground level, the river, sea, and the Colonial City. The second has a footbridge that crosses all the building and has the gangway to get on or leave the ships.  There is ample parking for visitors, long term parking and for busses and taxis alike. It is the homeport of the Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas.

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port sans souci in santo domingo
Once the naval base has been relocated to Boca Chica there will be more development with a third, larger terminal. There will also be a yacht club, sports marina, convention center, shopping mall, luxury and boutique hotels, apartment buildings, commercial plaza, office towers, restaurants, an amphitheater for concerts for a few thousand people, and a pedestrian walkway across the Ozama River.This development will go from the floating bridge and incorporate the terminal as well. Target completion date is sometime in 2010.

Location: The Sans Souci port/ Terminal Turística San Souci is on the other side of the river on Avenida Espana and is about a 45 minute walk from Colonial Zone. There are taxis available for fast, easy and safe transportation until the walkway across the Ozama River is complete.
Avenida Espana (in front of the navy base), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Port offices Tel: 809-689-8780/809-481-PORT (7678)
Port of Santo Domingo website

The Don Diego Terminal, located on the same side of the river as the Colonial Zone, has two cruise reception areas. The first has an information booth, Internet and calling center, and a currency exchange booth.  The other wing has duty-free shopping outlets.

Location: The Don Diego port is directly across from the end of Calle el Conde. Cross Calle las Damas, go down the stairs and cross the highway.

Terminal Turística San Souci - Puerto de Santo Domingo
Avenida Espana (in front of the navy base), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Port offices Tel: 809-689-8780/809-481-PORT (7678)
Port of Santo Domingo website

Puerto de Santo Domingo,  the Ferry from Puerto Rico docks at this port. This is also where all the cargo and container ships have to stop. The office of Aduanas (Tax Office) is located here as well. There is a pedestrian bridge where you can cross the busy Malecon - Avenida George Washington safely.  
Location: Avenida George Washington, Avenida del Puerto Edificio Aduanas, Puerto de Santo Domingo, República Dominicana Tel:(809) 685-9337

don diego terminal santo domingo
puerto de santo domingo pedestrian walk way
(top) Port Don Diego Terminal 
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(bottom) The front of the port and the pedestrian walkway over the Malecon

American Cruise Ferries provides ferry service between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (San Juan and Mayaquez). They make three 12 hour (249 miles to San Juan and 182 miles to Mayaquez) trips a week departing from Santo Domingo on Thursdays, Sundays and Tuesdays at 7PM. The ferry arrives in Puerto Rico at 8am. The Cruise liner/ Ferry can carry 1,100 passengers, 165 containers, and 70 vehicles. The seven story ship offers cabins for an extra fee. On board is a casino, nightclub, piano bar, restaurants, duty free store, swimming pool, video games and more. 
Location: Puerto de Santo Domingo Ave. George Washington (Del Puerto) Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Contact: Dominican Republic  (809) 688 - 4400, Puerto Rico (787) 622 - 4800
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Horse and Buggy Rides are a great way to see the Colonial Zone and Malecon area of the capital city, Santo Domingo. The  buggies are painted, each with an original painting by well known Dominican artists. Arrange the price before the ride. The driver can give you a little history during the trip. Most drivers are very informative and nice people. You can ask them to make little stops along the way for refreshments. This is a fun and can also be used as a romantic way to woo your mate. A must try for all visitors.

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horse and buggy tours in cuidad colonial
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The Carretera Juan Pablo II - Toll Highway startin at km 20 of the Autopista Las Américas, crossing plains of Bayaguana and Monte Plata, crossing mountain ranges to the west of los Haitises passing through the basin under Yuna, connecting with the road which goes to Samaná in the Nagua - Sanchez area. Fees for cars and SUVs - 1st tollbooth - RD$53, 2nd tollbooth - RD$174, 3rd tollbooth - RD$204 and 4th tollbooth - RD$507. Totaling RD$1,876.00 (updated 2/2014) Motorbikes travel for free. Minibuses pay RD$106, RD$344, RD$423 and RD$1,032. Buses and trucks with two axles pay RD$133, RD$458, RD$550 and RD$1,345, and with three or more axles RD$199, RD$635, RD$780 and RD$1,901.

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