Transportation Options for Punta Cana

Tourists should have no trouble making transportation arrangements in Punta Cana

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Without question, Punta Cana is the most popular tourist destination in the Dominican Republic. There are 20 miles of white-sand beaches backed by sprawling resort complexes, shopping centers designed with tourists in mind, and top-notch restaurants. The interesting thing about Punta Cana is that everything caters to tourists, including the transportation options that are available.

Getting There

Whether you've got a mind to sail yourself, stop by during your day ashore during a Caribbean cruise, or fly to Punta Cana, each of these options is easily managed when you're planning how you'll get to this popular town.

Getting Around

Unless you plan on renting a car in Punta Cana, not much forethought is needed with regards to transportation within Punta Cana. This is because the town tries to streamline as much as possible for tourists, making it easy for them to get from place to place. Still, it is a good idea to learn what is available and find out a bit about each so you know how much to set aside for transportation in your budget among other things.

Air Travel

Somewhere between 4.5 and five million people travel through the Punta Cana International Airport each year, making it without a doubt the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic. Whether you're flying from Europe, Canada, the United States, or elsewhere in the Caribbean, booking a flight to this airport won't be a problem in the slightest. Read our guide to Punta Cana Air Travel to learn exactly how to plan the flight from your home town.


...sail around the island...


As an official port of entry, Punta Cana is an ideal location for tourists who are considering beginning their getaway with a sail through the Caribbean. Located at the Punta Cana Resort & Club is the town's full service marina. It has two docks with moorings for boats that can measure up to 70 feet long. As you sail in, have your yellow "Q" flag flying and make sure to have proof of the boat's ownership, a list of the ship's stores, and passports and a secondary form of identification for each passenger aboard readily available. Customs officials will review all of this before granting you clearance, allowing you to sail around the island for a period of time that will be specified the day you arrive.


Despite being such a popular destination, Punta Cana does not yet have a cruise terminal. There are six located elsewhere on the island, the closest of which being in La Romana. If you're planning a cruise of the Caribbean and want to make sure you get a chance to see Punta Cana, be sure to book a cruise with a stop at La Romana on the itinerary. From there, you can rent a car, or take a cab or the bus to town.

Rental Cars

Renting a car is not a necessity in Punta Cana, but it is the most affordable option for tourists who are on a mission to see as many local sites as possible. The cost is between $30 and $125(USD) a day, and you'll also need to have enough of an available balance on your credit card to pay a deposit for your rental. Once you get out exploring, you'll find the road conditions to range from very good to pretty terrible, and many areas off the highway have dirt paths instead of paved roads. Everything you need to know about renting a car and driving in Punta Cana can be learned here.


If you are in need of a cab in Punta Cana, the front desk of your hotel can call one for you, or you can do so yourself. Not only is it difficult to hail a cab on the streets because of the lack of markings on the vehicle to set them apart from other cars, but it can be dangerous. When you call ahead, the operator will describe the car and tell you the driver's identification number all in an effort to keep you safe from unlicensed drivers looking to rip naïve tourists off. Everything you need to know about taxis in Punta Cana, including average prices, can be found by clicking here.


For most tourists, motoconchos will be a form of transportation they've never experienced before. Motoconchos are motorcycle taxis. Easily spotted on the streets, a ride should be short and is best for a solo traveler or a couple. The cost is about $0.50(USD) per person, and helmets are not provided.


A visit to Punta Cana means access to some of the safest and most reliable buses in the country.  Tourists will find that not only can they take an inexpensive bus to get where they need to go in town, but also to many of the larger cities and towns throughout the Punta Cana.  Take a look at the routes and learn more about how the buses get around here

Carro Publico

Carro Publicos are yet another form of transportation available inPunta Cana. Essentially they are public taxis. Five passenger vans travel along a set route, picking up and dropping off passengers as needed, which means you'll likely end up traveling with people you've never met before. This form of transport is cheaper than taking a taxi, but a little more expensive than the bus, and will usually cost just under $1(USD) per person.

After learning what is available to you with regards to transportation in Punta Cana, you're now better prepared to begin making arrangements. Keep your budget, the convenience of each mode of travel, and your own personal preferences in mind as you make your final decisions and you're unlike to regret them when you arrive.


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