Transportation Options for Condado

Making transportation plans is easy for Condado's visitors

You might say that Condado attracts a high end clientele from the San Juan area with all of its high-end shops, sophisticated dining establishments, and busy nightlife. Often with larger travel budgets, tourists here have greater options when it comes to their transportation to Condado as well as which options they'll choose to get them around.

Getting There

Not far from San Juan, travelers to Condado will be staying near the transportation hub of the island. This means flying, sailing, and cruising are not only feasible options, but easy to accomplish.

Getting Around

Condado benefits from the excellent public transportation system in nearby San Juan, meaning that taxis, buses, publicos, and even trains are available for use, and renting a car is a possibility as well.

Air Travel

As you'll quickly discover, Condado and San Juan are very closely tied when it comes to transportation, and air travel is no different. The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is the island's main international airport, and tourists who will be staying in Condado will almost always land here, then take a cab, bus, or rental car to their final destination. The airport services more than eight million passengers each year, opening up dozens of flights daily aboard major airlines, making it easier to get a flight here than many other airports in the region. Learn more about booking your flight by clicking here.

Sailing

You can most certainly sail yourself to your getaway in Condado thanks to its location so near the official port of entry in San Juan.  Upon arrival you'll have to clear customs, then you'll have a few different spots for docking and anchoring to choose from.  Get all the details here

Cruising

Puerto Rico's cruise terminal is located in San Juan, which means a quick taxi ride over to Condado for some shopping is absolutely a possibility – and is actually a very popular way for cruisers to spend a day. Most cruise ships will begin their journey through the Caribbean in Florida and stop in Puerto Rico along the way, but some actually originate in San Juan.

Rental Cars

The great thing about renting a car in Condado is that the conditions are very similar to those in the United States. Traffic moves on the right side of the road, most laws are the same, and speed signs are posted in miles per hour. There are a few differences that knowing about will help you to get around with ease, such as the fact that distances are posted in kilometers and gasoline is sold by the liter. It can be difficult to find parking, so if you're going to be spending the day in a busy part of time, the smart thing to do is to find a spot, leave the vehicle there for the day, and walk around. Our guide to Condado Rental Cars will walk you through the rental process and also give you more tips on driving there.

Taxis

Taxis are a highly recommended form of transportation in Condado for a number of reasons, including the cost, the ease of finding a ride, and the fact that traffic is so bad in the area that tourists are warned against driving themselves around.  Although traffic is a little less hectic than at the center of San Juan, you'll probably still do better if you hire a local to drive you around.  For rates and more information about taxis, click here

Buses

Buses are available in Condado mainly to transport tourists back and forth from town and major attractions in the San Juan area. Most tourists find this to be perfectly acceptable because this is mainly what they use the bus for anyway. The main bus terminal, operated by the Metropolitan Bus Authority, is located near the Treasury Building and the docks in San Juan, and most routes cost about $0.75(USD). Buses run from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.

Publicos

Puerto Rico is home to one final transportation service that tourists should be aware of called publicos. This service can be described as a hybrid between taxis and buses, and are in short, a public taxi. Rather than hailing a cab that will take you and only you to your destination, you'll get into this vehicle (typically a can or minibus), and as you make your way to your destination, the driver will stop and pick up other passengers who are also in need of a ride until the vehicle is full. Publicos may be hard to pick out in a crowd, so be on the lookout for the yellow license plates with "P" or "PD" at the beginning of the tag number. Prices for these are no standardized, but you can expect to spend about $1.50(USD).

Planning for your getaway in Condado is made easier when you know your options before you go. Now that you've read a bit about each choice, you probably have an idea of which route you want to take and are ready to begin making final arrangements.

 

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