Taxis in San Juan

Taxis in San Juan operate on a zone system

Because so many tourists choose to forgo renting a car during their stay in San Juan, taxis serve as a great backup for destinations that are simply too far to reach on foot, for rainy days, or if you just aren't up for walking. Taxi services in this town are a little different that in the United States and even in other parts of Puerto Rico, so it is important to learn all you can before you go.


Taxis can almost always be easily found lined up in popular tourist destinations, such as outside of the airport and ferry terminals, by hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers, and even around attractions such as museums and historical sites. If for some reason you don't see a taxi on the street, you can call and have one pick you up.

Check out the table below for information on local cab companies.

Taxi Services
Name Phone Location
Astro Taxi (787) 727-8889 400 Calma - Condado District
Castillo Taxi (787) 449-4394 515 TavA!rez, Santurce 00907 - Condado District
JC Taxi Service (787) 603-2362 Isla Verde
Linea Yaucana (787) 725-4393 4 Labra Avenue - 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) East-Southeast of Condado District
Major Cooperative Taxi Cabs (787) 722-4397 140 Calle Aponte - San Juan
Michael Taxi Service (787) 661-9694 San Juan
Puerto Rico Shuttle Van Services & Tours (787) 549-6058 San Juan
Rochdale Cab Company (787) 721-1900 Ave Las Palmas 956 - Miramar
Royal Star Transportation (787) 253-2355 2022 Calle Celestial - Carolina
San Juan Metro Taxis (787) 725-2870 San Juan
Santana Taxi Service (787) 562-9836 San Juan

...see these unique creations...


There's something unique about a group of taxis in San Juan that you'll want to be on the lookout for. These are the Painted Taxis, which were starting to age and look less than pristine, so local artists were hired to spruce them up by painting them. The paintings range from graffiti-style art to classical, and the entire body of the cab is used as the canvas. Tourists and drivers have almost unanimously agreed that it brightens up the busy landscape of San Juan to see these unique creations zipping down the street.


Taxis in San Juan are unmetered. Instead, the city operates on a government flat rate system based on zones. The zones are listed below.

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

Drivers have a rate chart in their cab, which will allow you to see how much the trip will cost before you take off.

Wondering about local taxi rates? Take a look at the following set of examples.

Typical Fares Around San Juan
Typical Cost (USD) Location A Location B
$ 12.00 Condado District Old San Juan
$ 14.75 - $ 15.25 Condado District Carolina
$ 76.39 - $ 85.43 Palmas Del Mar Old San Juan
$ 225.00 - $ 250.00 Boqueron Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
$ 41.00 - $ 42.00 Caguas Old San Juan
$ 79.28 - $ 87.60 Palmas Del Mar Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
$ 110.00 Isla Verde Parque Las Cavernals Rio Camuy
$ 72.00 Isla Verde Luquillo Beach
$ 18.00 Isla Verde Plaza Las Americas
$ 19.00 Isla Verde Fortaleza San Felipe
$ 214.00 - $ 220.00 Old San Juan Boqueron
$ 59.06 - $ 65.28 Luquillo Old San Juan
$ 63.00 Isla Verde El Yunque National Forest
$ 15.00 Isla Verde Puerto Rico Convention Center
$ 45.52 - $ 50.32 Luquillo Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
$ 48.00 - $ 49.00 Condado District Dorado Del Mar Golf Club
$ 15.00 Condado District Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
$ 176.57 - $ 195.15 Guánica Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
$ 46.90 - $ 48.00 Dorado Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
$ 31.63 - $ 34.95 Luquillo Carolina
$ 44.80 - $ 49.50 Central Fajardo Carolina
$ 26.00 - $ 27.00 Dorado Catano Ferry Dock
$ 21.18 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Old San Juan
$ 195.00 - $ 216.00 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport San German
$ 10.00 San Juan Cruise Port Fortaleza San Felipe
$ 196.60 - $ 217.30 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport La Parguera
$ 80.00 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Fajardo
$ 125.00 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Ponce
$ 160.00 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Mayagüez
$ 65.00 - $ 68.00 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Fajardo Ferry Dock
$ 12.00 San Juan Cruise Port Condado District
$ 12.00 San Juan Cruise Port Ocean Park
$ 19.00 San Juan Cruise Port Isla Verde
$ 10.00 San Juan Cruise Port Old San Juan
$ 24.00 San Juan Cruise Port Plaza Carolina
$ 9.00 San Juan Cruise Port Puerto Rico Convention Center
$ 14.00 San Juan Cruise Port Plaza Las Americas

In other parts of Puerto Rico, taxis often operate on meters, but drivers typically prefer to negotiate the fare rather than turn the meter on. If you do use the meter, it will cost $1(USD) for the ride, plus $0.10(USD) for every one-thirteenth mile traveled.

Taxis are a popular way to get around San Juan, and thanks to the friendly drivers and flat rate system, many more tourists feel comfortable utilizing this service. Now that you know more about how taxis work in this busy town, you'll be able to decide if this is a mode of transportation you'd like to use during your stay.


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