The Dominican Republic Buses

Buses are a good way to explore the Dominican Republic

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Buses on the Dominican Republic are comfortable and reliable, which makes them an ideal way for vacationers to tour the island's major cities.

Tourists can makes reservations to catch a ride on one of the island's three privately owned air-conditioned bus lines. These buses regularly travel from the country's capital of Santo Domingo to destinations such as Puerto Plata, Santiago De Los Caballeros, and many others. Most buses only travel to the country's larger cities, so you will need to find another method of transportation if you want to go anywhere else.

Bus Routes

Metro Buses are the higher end of the bus line choices and offer their passengers complimentary cookies and coffee. Caribe is another line of buses that gives their passengers a little something extra during their trip. These buses show bilingual movies and are popular with the locals and those traveling with families.

Bus Routes
Route Beginning Stops Along the Route End
Bavaro Expreso Bavaro Expreso Terminal Bavaro Expreso Enriquillo Stop, Bavaro Expreso Punta Cana Airport Stop, Expreso Bavaro Vernon Bus Stop Bavaro Expreso Punta Cana Terminal
Las Americas Westbound Santo Domingo East Junction Plazoleta la Tirnitaria Bus Stop, Palacio Nacional Bus Stop, Plaza del Conservatorio Bus Stop, Plaza del Cultura Bus Stop, University Bus Stop Colonial District Bus Stop
Caribe Tours Santo Domingo Northbound Terminal La Vega Bus Terminal, Santiago de los Caballeros Bus Terminal, Bonao Bus Terminal Puerto Plata Bus Terminal
Caribe Tours/Metro Santo Domingo Northbound Terminal San Francisco de Macoris Bus Terminal, Nagua Bus Terminal, Sanchez Bus Terminal Samana Bus Terminal
Las Americas Eastbound Santo Domingo East Junction Santo Domingo Eastern Boundary Junction, Argentina Park Bus Stop, Lighthouse Monument Park Bus Stop Hipodromo Bus Stop

The cost to ride one of these private coaches is about $6(USD) for a one way trip between major cities like Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. Here is schedule of bus lines and departure times:

Example Schedule
Bus Line Route Departure Schedule
Metro Buses Santo Domingo - Santiago - Puerto Plata 7:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m
Metro Buses Puerto Plata - Santiago -Santo Domingo 6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
Caribe Santo Domingo - La Vega - Santiago - Puerto Plata - Sosua 6:00 a.m.
7:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. noon
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Caribe Sosua - Puerto Plata - Santiago - La Vega - Santo Domingo 5:15 a.m.
6:20 a.m.
7:20 a.m.
8:20 a.m.
9:20 a.m.
10:20 a.m.
11:20 a.m.
12:20 p.m.
1:20 p.m.
2:20 p.m.
3:20 p.m.
5:20 p.m.

Service from Santo Domingo to La Roma is provided by Express Bus and leaves every hour on the hour from 5:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. Vacationers can not make reservations for these buses, as the bus line has no office or telephone. A ticket-taker will accept your ticket, which costs $3(USD), right before boarding the bus.

Riding the bus is an easy way to visit the cities of the Dominican Republic.


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