Old San Juan is one of the areas on Puerto Rico where renting a car simply is not necessary. Most attractions, shopping centers, and restaurants are near enough to each other that walking is a possibility, and the public transportation system is very good for those times when you'll be traveling a greater distance.
Taxis are easy to spot on the streets of San Juan. Most are white with the words "Taxi Turistico" scrawled across the front, and others, called Painted Taxis, would stand out in any setting. In an effort to preserve some taxis that were still running perfectly but looked worn on the outside, taxis were given to local artists who were asked to fix them up. These artists put their own spin on the exterior of the vehicle, painting unique designs in a variety of movements. Some taxis will have a very classic design on them, while others will be covered in colorful graffiti. These vehicles are a hit and certainly add to the landscape of the city.
If you're unable to find a cab, or would prefer having one meet you at your location, you can reserve one from the following taxi companies:
|(787) 727-8889||400 Calma - Condado District|
|(787) 725-3990||51 Ashford Avenue - Condado District|
|(787) 725-4393||4 Labra Avenue - 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) East-Southeast of Condado District|
Like in San Juan, taxis are not metered in Old San Juan. Instead, they are part of a zone system in which rates are set based upon which zones you are driving to and from. For example, the is located in Zone One, and in order to get from there to the hotels and piers in Old San Juan, which is in Zone Four, you'll pay $21(USD) for up to five passengers.
|One||Luis Munoz Marin International Airport|
|Two||Hotels in Isla Verde|
|Three||Hotels in Condado and Miramar|
|Four||Hotels and Piers in Old San Juan, Puerto de Tierra, Pan Am Pier, and Miramar|
|Five||Convention Center and the Luis Rivas Dominichi Airport in Isla Grande|
Rates change often, but drivers have a rate chart readily available in their vehicles at all times for you to view before taking off.
This chart provides typical taxi rates for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 12.00||Condado District||Old San Juan|
|$ 76.39 - $ 85.43||Palmas Del Mar||Old San Juan|
|$ 214.00 - $ 220.00||Old San Juan||Boqueron|
|$ 59.06 - $ 65.28||Luquillo||Old San Juan|
|$ 41.00 - $ 42.00||Caguas||Old San Juan|
|$ 21.18||Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport||Old San Juan|
|$ 12.00||San Juan Cruise Port||Condado District|
|$ 19.00||San Juan Cruise Port||Isla Verde|
|$ 12.00||San Juan Cruise Port||Ocean Park|
|$ 10.00||San Juan Cruise Port||Old San Juan|
|$ 10.00||San Juan Cruise Port||Fortaleza San Felipe|
|$ 9.00||San Juan Cruise Port||Puerto Rico Convention Center|
|$ 14.00||San Juan Cruise Port||Plaza Las Americas|
|$ 24.00||San Juan Cruise Port||Plaza Carolina|
Elsewhere in Puerto Rico, cabs often run on meters, or drivers will negotiate the fare with you before you take off. If the meter is running, it will typically cost $1.75 to ride, then $0.10(USD) for every one nineteenth of a mile or more.
Clean and reliable, taxis are a recommended form of transportation in Old San Juan. If you're considering foregoing a rental car and sticking to public transport, this is a great way to get around.
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