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.
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.
The following table shows how to contact local taxi companies.
|(809) 245-7788||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 686-1212||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 239-2525||Libertador 10 - Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 545-3737||Santo Domingo|
|(829) 687-9999||15 A Fleming - Santo Domingo|
|(809) 597-5555||37 PJ Lama Avenue - Santo Domingo|
|Antena Taxi||(809) 686-8686||37 Mexico Avenue - 2.2 mi. (3.5 km) West of Santo Domingo|
|Apolo Taxi||(809) 537-0000||462 Twenty-seventh of February Avenue - Santo Domingo|
|(809) 586-6610||Puerto Plata|
|Bambino Taxi||(809) 780-9635||Santo Domingo|
|(809) 579-2246||Monte Cristi|
|(809) 586-4544||Puerto Plata|
|(809) 221-4422||Boca Chica|
|(809) 233-8245||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao - 7.7 mi. (12.4 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 583-1100||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 567-1897||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|Dominican Quest||(877) 223-2707||Autopista Las Americas - Boca Chica|
|(809) 682-5959||M A Piantini 63 - Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 580-1777||Calle 6 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 541-7575||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(829) 596-1000||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 221-5020||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 585-5418||15 D Goris - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 544-0077||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|(809) 566-7126||Boca Chica|
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$100 per hour. This may require a bit of negotiation, but most operators will be happy to establish an hourly rate, which can make it easier to estimate your fare.
The following table provides typical taxi rates for the area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 165.00 - $ 180.00||Downtown Santo Domingo||Samana|
|$ 160.00||Punta Cana||Miches|
|$ 19.00||Isla Verde||Fortaleza San Felipe|
|$ 220.00||Punta Cana||San Cristobal|
|$ 38.50 - $ 44.50||Downtown Puerto Plata||Luperon|
|$ 92.85 - $ 106.75||Downtown Puerto Plata||San Francisco De Macoris|
|$ 45.00 - $ 52.00||Downtown Puerto Plata||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|$ 169.00 - $ 194.75||Downtown Puerto Plata||Samana|
|$ 70.00||Punta Cana||Higuey|
|$ 15.00 - $ 16.00||Arecibo||Hatillo|
|$ 113.00 - $ 130.25||Downtown Puerto Plata||Monte Cristi|
|$ 300.00||Punta Cana||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|$ 120.00||Punta Cana||El Seibo|
|$ 165.00||Punta Cana||Juan Dolio|
|$ 150.00||Punta Cana||San Pedro De Macoris|
|$ 60.00||Punta Cana||La Otra Banda|
|$ 120.00||Punta Cana||La Romana|
|$ 175.00||Punta Cana||Boca Chica|
|$ 120.00||Punta Cana||Bayahibe|
|$ 200.00||Punta Cana||Sabana De La Mar|
|$ 200.00||Punta Cana||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|$ 150.00||Punta Cana||Hato Mayor|
|$ 450.00||Punta Cana||Samana|
|$ 450.00||Punta Cana||San Juan De La Maguana|
|$ 175.00||Punta Cana||Las Américas International Airport|
|$ 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|
|$ 94.00 - $ 108.25||Punta Cana International Airport||San Pedro De Macoris|
|$ 154.10 - $ 177.25||Punta Cana International Airport||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|$ 120.00 - $ 150.00||La Romana Port||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|$ 15.00 - $ 19.00||La Romana Port||La Romana|
|$ 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|
|$ 138.25 - $ 159.00||Punta Cana International Airport||Sabana De La Mar|
|$ 20.00 - $ 25.00||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||Moca|
|$ 67.75 - $ 78.00||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||San Francisco De Macoris|
|$ 118.85 - $ 136.75||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||Monte Cristi|
|$ 20.00 - $ 25.00||La Romana Port||La Romana International Airport|
|$ 7.15 - $ 8.50||Sans Souci Terminal||Zona Colonial|
|$ 118.50 - $ 138.50||Sans Souci Terminal||La Romana|
|$ 5.50 - $ 6.50||Sans Souci Terminal||Fortaleza Ozama|
|$ 6.00 - $ 7.15||Sans Souci Terminal||National Aquarium|
|$ 100.00 - $ 115.00||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|$ 48.75 - $ 56.10||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||Puerto Plata|
|$ 27.25 - $ 32.00||Sans Souci Terminal||Las Américas International Airport|
|$ 6.75 - $ 7.95||Sans Souci Terminal||Hard Rock Cafe Zona Colonial|
|$ 33.25 - $ 39.00||Sans Souci Terminal||Boca Chica|
|$ 7.50 - $ 9.00||Sans Souci Terminal||Palacio Nacional|
|$ 20.00 - $ 25.00||La Romana Port||Altos De Chavon|
|$ 98.60 - $ 113.50||Punta Cana International Airport||Hato Mayor|
|$ 10.00||San Juan Cruise Port||Fortaleza San Felipe|
|$ 5.25 - $ 6.25||Sans Souci Terminal||El Faro A Colón|
|$ 35.00 - $ 40.25||Las Américas International Airport||Santo Domingo|
|$ 20.00 - $ 25.00||La Romana Port||Casa De Campo Marina|
|$ 231.20 - $ 265.88||Punta Cana International Airport||Sanchez|
|$ 45.00 - $ 56.00||La Romana Port||Dominicus Beach|
|$ 52.10 - $ 60.00||Punta Cana International Airport||La Romana|
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.
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.
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.
|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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