Old San Juan Ferries

Both an international and local ferry are accessible from the docks in Old San Juan

Photo credit: © Harry the bodysnatcher

A popular tourist attraction and a nearby nation are both accessible by ferry in Old San Juan. One allows you a quick trip across the bay to the industrial community of Cataño, while the other provides overnight transportation to the Dominican Republic. If you're interested in expanding your horizons during your stay in Puerto Rico's most historic of cities, either ferry will do the trick.

Cataño Ferry

Old San Juan is connected to the small industrial and residential community of Catano from the terminal in San Juan. Approximately every half hour between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. the ferry takes off from Pier Number Two on the San Juan side, and takes six minutes to cross the San Juan Bay. The fare is $1(USD) per person each way. Catano Ferries is typically used by locals to commute from their homes to work, so it is highly recommended that tourists avoid use during rush hour. If things get too hectic, the ferry operator will deploy a second boat, but this is never guaranteed.

The ferries that make the crossing are catamarans with indoor seating that hold 100 passengers at a time and more than one million passengers use the service each year. Do be aware that there is no air conditioning, though you can open the windows to let fresh air in to the seating area.

Familiarize yourself with the choices for water transportation below.

Ferry Docks
Name Location
Catano Ferry Dock Catano
Hato Rey Ferry Dock Hato Rey
San Juan Ferry Port Old San Juan
Ferry Routes, Old San Juan
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
San Juan San Juan Ferry Port Catano Ferry Dock AcuaExpreso many times per day
San Juan San Juan Ferry Port Hato Rey Ferry Dock AcuaExpreso many times per day
Santo Domingo San Juan Ferry Port Caribbean Fantasy Santo Domingo Dock America Cruise Ferries 1 to 2 days per week

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