Cayey Transportation

Transportation in Cayey is different than the island's coastal towns

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Set in the Central Mountain Range, Cayey's major attractions are the Bosque Estatal De Carite and the Monumento al Jíbaro Puertorriqueño, attracting tourists who are interested in nature, history, and the peace and quiet that accompanies this type of surrounding. Because Cayey is land-locked, you'll find that transportation options here are different that some of the most popularly visited coastal cities.

Getting There

Traveling to Cayey is not difficult, but it will take a few extra steps since there is no direct route to this town. Instead, most people will stop in San Juan before driving to Cayey, whether they initially travel by airplane, sail their own watercraft, or make a stop here as part of a cruise.

Getting Around

Most tourists traveling to Cayey will choose to rent a car to make it easier to visit all of the area's natural attractions, but hiring a taxi is a probable option as well. Buses are not as prevalent in Cayey as other areas of Puerto Rico, but there is another option most aren't aware of called a publico.

Air Travel

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is the major international airport in Puerto Rico, and one that most people visiting Cayey will land at before renting a car or hiring a driver to take them into town. It is located in Isla Verde, so near San Juan that it is often referred to as the San Juan International Airport, so the drive will take under an hour, which is quite doable. Find out more about flying into this very important airport here.


Caguas is located about halfway between San Juan and Ponce, two of Puerto Rico's official ports of entry, giving sailors the choice of which spot they'd like to stop if they first arrive in Puerto Rico. You can contact customs in San Juan at 787-729-6850 or 787-729-6802, or the office in Ponce at 787-841-3130 to let them know when you'll be arriving (they request that you give them 24 hours notice of your pending arrival). Office hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with closings between noon and 1:00 p.m. for lunch.

When you arrive, you'll need to purchase a 12 month cruising permit. This costs $25 for citizens of the United States and $38(USD) for those visiting from around the rest of the world. With this in hand you can find a place to dock, then make your way to inland Cayey.


Although you obviously cannot cruise directly to Cayey because there is no water source to get you there, it is possible to cruise to Puerto Rico and then drive into town to see local attractions. The San Juan Cruise Port is one of the busiest and most popular in the Caribbean, and most major cruise lines will stop here as often as weekly during the height of cruise season. Most cruises will depart from Florida and might also include stops in the Virgin Islands.

Rental Cars

In order to rent a car in Cayey, there are a few rules that tourists need to be aware of, though they are minimal. First, you must have a driver's license from your home country, a valid credit card, and you must be over the age of 21. With these things in place, you should have no trouble finding a rental for between $40 and $70(USD) a day before taxes and fees. Some extra expenses include insurance and a $10 to $25(USD) daily charge for those who are between the ages of 21 and 24. Find out everything you need to know about renting a car in Cayey, including driving conditions, by clicking here.


In Cayey, taxis are marked for convenience, though you may still have to call in advance and have a driver pick you up because these vehicles are not as prevalent here as in the larger cities on the island.  Typically, you'll find drivers willing to pick up five passengers at a time, and since rates set per vehicle rather than by the person, if you have a large party willing to split the costs, you may just be able to make your way around town very inexpensively.  Find out more about this service by clicking here.


Buses are a great source of transportation for those interested in getting a feel for what life on Puerto Rico is really like, plus, it is one of the most inexpensive ways to travel. Unfortunately, buses in Cayey are not reliable and thus not a recommended source of transportation. If you're feeling adventurous, and happen upon a bus, hop on and see where the road takes you!


One source of transportation you can count on is the local publico. These publicos are a collection of minibuses and vans that travel on set routes picking up passengers similar to buses, but will stop and pick you up if you flag them down when you aren't on a bus stop, and drop you off along the route wherever you request. Publicos can be hard to pick out on the street, but the license plate will make it easier. They are yellow with the letters "P" or "PD" at the start of the tag number. You can expect to spend $1.50(USD) per person, per ride.

Whichever transportation options you feel most comfortable utilizing during your stay in Cayey, knowing what is available is helpful in opening up the possibilities and leaving you aware in case you have to change your plans along the way.


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