The Dominican Republic Taxis

Local taxis are a great way to hit the streets of the Dominican Republic

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Once you arrive in the Dominican Republic, you're all set to begin the real traveling: exploring everything the country has to offer, from incredible natural diversity to intriguing urban life. Taxis are a great way for vacationers to get around the island without missing a second of the scenery.

Taxis in the Dominican Republic are as unique as the country itself. The vehicles may range from newer models complete with air-conditioning to large publicos, a type of bus-taxi hybrid. When selecting a taxi, steer clear of the private cars you may find waiting outside airports, docks, and hotels. Instead, look for a well-marked car and then ask to see the driver's ID card. Do not accept a ride from an unlicensed operator.

Taxi Companies

When you arrive in the Dominican Republic, reference the following list of cab operators. You can put in a call to one of these companies and a cab will usually come to get you within five minutes. These companies want your business and will work to accommodate your needs. If you ask for an English-speaking driver, or an air conditioned vehicle, they will typically do their best to oblige.

Take a look at this next chart if you want to contact a taxi company whenever you are wanting a taxi.

Taxi Services
Name Phone Location
Adonai Taxi (809) 245-7788 Downtown Santo Domingo
Apolo Taxi (809) 537-0000 462 Twenty-seventh of February Avenue - Santo Domingo
Bambino Taxi (809) 602-1679 Santo Domingo
Caribe Tour Taxis Puerto Plata (809) 586-4544 Calle Camino Real - Puerto Plata
Dominican Quest (877) 223-2707 Autopista Las Americas - Boca Chica
Jesus Garcia Taxi (809) 453-9699 Sosua
Jevi Taxi (829) 596-1000 Downtown Santo Domingo
Maxi Taxi (809) 544-0077 Downtown Santo Domingo
Millenium Taxi (809) 532-0303 Downtown Santo Domingo
Oper Taxi (809) 599-5555 Downtown Santo Domingo
Pantoja Taxi (809) 333-1333 Downtown Santo Domingo
Rafael Guzman Taxi (809) 986-2387 Sosua
Roka Taxi (809) 583-5555 3 No 11, Espaillat - Santiago De Los Caballeros
Rosario Taxi Rental (809) 399-0427 Sosua
Rueda Taxi (809) 568-2021 Av J Majluta 1 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo Taxi (809) 544-4444 Downtown Santo Domingo
Son Taxi (809) 372-7878 Av I Aguiar 136 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Supremo Taxi (809) 590-5555 Av Restauracion - Downtown Santo Domingo
Taxi Aero Taxi (809) 221-7330 R Cochia 38 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Taxi Anacaona (809) 530-4800 Av 27 de Febrero 509 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Taxi Conde (809) 687-9000 Conde 517 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Taxi Monumental (809) 581-0002 Av R Vidal 8 - Santiago De Los Caballeros
Taxi Tropical (809) 262-3332 J O y Gasset 4 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Taxi Xprexx (809) 573-3627 L Carreras 49C - La Vega
Taxi-Sosua (809) 571-3097 Sosua
Verano Taxi (829) 575-2929 12 Jacagua Street - Santiago De Los Caballeros

Rates, Fares, and Fees

Perhaps the most challenging part of taking a cab will be determining your fare. For starters, all cabs in the Dominican Republic are unmetered, which makes speaking with your driver and negotiate a fare before you actually get in very important. Many popular destinations will be covered by a rate table that can be found in airports or some larger hotels. If your trip is not included on these tables, you will need to make arrangements with your driver.

Make a point of agreeing upon a currency, as well, since both U.S. dollars and Dominican pesos are accepted. Bear in mind that drivers are not always able to provide change, especially for foreign currency.

One local taxi company provides the following guidelines for figuring out a fare:

  • Prepare to spend RD$45 just for sitting down, and anticipate a rate of RD$5 for every kilometer. (This equals about RD$8 per mile.) Remember, however, that since there are no meters in the taxis, your driver will be the one to determine how far you have traveled at the end of your trip.

  • If you would rather have an absolute standard, offer your driver a rate of RD$100 per hour. This may require a bit of negotiation, but most operators will be happy to establish an hourly rate, which can make it easier to estimate your fare.

  • Tours of the area are available for $15(USD) an hour, with a two hour minimum.

Wanting to know what you'll pay to use a cab? Look at this info.

Typical Fares Around the Dominican Republic
Typical Cost (USD) Location A Location B
$ 165.00 Punta Cana Juan Dolio
$ 200.00 Punta Cana Sabana De La Mar
$ 113.00 - $ 130.25 Downtown Puerto Plata Monte Cristi
$ 92.85 - $ 106.75 Downtown Puerto Plata San Francisco De Macoris
$ 165.00 - $ 180.00 Downtown Santo Domingo Samana
$ 160.00 Punta Cana Miches
$ 90.00 - $ 95.00 Downtown Santo Domingo La Vega
$ 40.00 - $ 45.00 Downtown Santo Domingo Juan Dolio Beach
$ 35.00 - $ 40.00 Downtown Santo Domingo Boca Chica
$ 15.00 - $ 16.00 Arecibo Hatillo
$ 169.00 - $ 194.75 Downtown Puerto Plata Samana
$ 45.00 - $ 52.00 Downtown Puerto Plata Santiago De Los Caballeros
$ 60.00 Punta Cana La Otra Banda
$ 38.50 - $ 44.50 Downtown Puerto Plata Luperon
$ 70.00 Punta Cana Higuey
$ 120.00 Punta Cana El Seibo
$ 19.00 Isla Verde Fortaleza San Felipe
$ 300.00 Punta Cana Santiago De Los Caballeros
$ 150.00 Punta Cana San Pedro De Macoris
$ 120.00 Punta Cana Bayahibe
$ 200.00 Punta Cana Downtown Santo Domingo
$ 450.00 Punta Cana San Juan De La Maguana
$ 150.00 Punta Cana Hato Mayor
$ 220.00 Punta Cana San Cristobal
$ 175.00 Punta Cana Boca Chica
$ 450.00 Punta Cana Samana
$ 120.00 Punta Cana La Romana
$ 175.00 Punta Cana Las Américas International Airport
$ 118.85 - $ 136.75 Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao Monte Cristi
$ 138.25 - $ 159.00 Punta Cana International Airport Sabana De La Mar
$ 52.10 - $ 60.00 Punta Cana International Airport La Romana
$ 231.20 - $ 265.88 Punta Cana International Airport Sanchez
$ 120.00 - $ 150.00 La Romana Port Downtown Santo Domingo
$ 15.00 - $ 19.00 La Romana Port La Romana
$ 20.00 - $ 25.00 La Romana Port La Romana International Airport
$ 118.50 - $ 138.50 Sans Souci Terminal La Romana
$ 7.15 - $ 8.50 Sans Souci Terminal Zona Colonial
$ 5.25 - $ 6.25 Sans Souci Terminal El Faro A Colón
$ 27.25 - $ 32.00 Sans Souci Terminal Las Américas International Airport
$ 6.00 - $ 7.15 Sans Souci Terminal National Aquarium
$ 5.50 - $ 6.50 Sans Souci Terminal Fortaleza Ozama
$ 7.50 - $ 9.00 Sans Souci Terminal Palacio Nacional
$ 33.25 - $ 39.00 Sans Souci Terminal Boca Chica
$ 6.75 - $ 7.95 Sans Souci Terminal Hard Rock Cafe Zona Colonial
$ 100.00 - $ 115.00 Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao Downtown Santo Domingo
$ 35.00 - $ 40.25 Las Américas International Airport Santo Domingo
$ 10.00 San Juan Cruise Port Fortaleza San Felipe
$ 154.10 - $ 177.25 Punta Cana International Airport Downtown Santo Domingo
$ 98.60 - $ 113.50 Punta Cana International Airport Hato Mayor
$ 94.00 - $ 108.25 Punta Cana International Airport San Pedro De Macoris
$ 20.00 - $ 25.00 Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao Moca
$ 120.00 - $ 150.00 La Romana Port Punta Cana
$ 15.00 - $ 19.00 La Romana Port Casa De Campo
$ 100.00 - $ 125.00 La Romana Port Las Américas International Airport
$ 20.00 - $ 25.00 La Romana Port Altos De Chavon
$ 67.75 - $ 78.00 Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao San Francisco De Macoris
$ 45.00 - $ 56.00 La Romana Port Dominicus Beach
$ 20.00 - $ 25.00 La Romana Port Casa De Campo Marina
$ 48.75 - $ 56.10 Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao Puerto Plata

The U.S. dollar and the Dominican peso have no fixed exchange rate, so check the rates immediately before departing for your trip. Generally, $1(USD) will be worth between RD$30 and RD$40.

Other Notes

It is also important to note that is legal for children to ride on their parents lap rather than in a car seat or booster seat in a taxi. If you don't feel comfortable with this, remember to bring your own safety seat from home.  Another important fact to be aware of is a recent string of crimes against tourists getting into cabs.  Local criminals have a habit of reaching in open windows and snatching purses and bags then taking.  As you should be in any unfamiliar situation, keep your guard up so the chances of this happening to you is slim.

Caro publicos are another option for travelers. These cars resemble regular taxis, but have specified posted routes like buses. Each car will fill to capacity and will pick up and drop off passengers at any point. You may tell the driver your stop when you get in, or simply point it out and give a yell when you near your destination. Publicos are generally less expensive than traditional taxis, averaging around RD$10 per passenger. Drivers require exact change, so be sure to have a variety of cash denominations on hand.

Taxis are very appealing to travelers who would rather enjoy the view than struggle with maps and unfamiliar driving procedures. Although taxis can be somewhat pricey, the opportunity to sit back and take in the beauty of the Dominican Republic is one that many vacationers find priceless.

Additional Information

This large nation has roads that reach every city, town, and village, making a taxi a prime way to get around. However, keep in mind that the information you read above is just general. To learn about the specific policies and options avaliable in the different cities, you will need to read our local taxi guides. Some of our most popular for the Dominican Republic can be found below.

Taxi Services in Specific Areas
Guide to Cabarete Taxis
Guide to Casa de Campo Taxis
Guide to La Romana Taxis
Guide to Las Terrenas Taxis
Guide to Monte Cristi Taxis
Guide to Puerto Plata Taxis
Guide to Punta Cana Taxis
Guide to San Pedro de Macoris Taxis
Guide to Santiago De Los Caballeros Taxis
Guide to Santo Domingo Taxis
Guide to Sosua Taxis
 

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