Santiago De Los Caballeros is the second largest metropolitan areas in the Dominican Republic. This can take you one of two ways. You'll either want to rent a car because there is so much area to cover that you feel renting and driving yourself will be a money saver, or, you can use local ground transportation to get you around; namely, taxis. This will allow a local driver who knows the rules of the road, plus the layout of the city, to get you around safely and without the stress of always wondering if you're headed in the right direction.
Taxis in Santiago De Los Caballeros (Santiago) usually take the form of five passenger mini vans that blend in with other cars on the street due to the lack of markings on the exterior. This can make it difficult to hail a cab on the streets, so it is recommended that you save yourself the trouble and simply call a local company to have a driver pick you up. You can even call and make arrangements for several different pickups throughout the day and always have a driver waiting for you when you finish at each destination. Be sure that you check the drivers identification number each time you get in a cab so you are sure you're getting into a licensed cab and not a random car on the street where the driver may overcharge or even assault you. Taxi companies in the area take this threat very seriously and many organizations such as do background checks on all of their drivers to ensure your safety.
Note that children are legally allowed to ride on an adult's lap in a taxi. If this is not something you feel comfortable with, be sure to bring a safety seat along with you. Taxis are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Check out the listing below for information on local cab companies.
|(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) 580-1777||Calle 6 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 585-5418||15 D Goris - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 583-5555||3 No 11, Espaillat - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 576-2000||Av 27 de Febrero 10 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 736-3000||18-A Gurabo - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 581-0002||Av R Vidal 8 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 570-0000||1 27 de Febrero - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 570-1112||1 Tamboril Avenue - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 581-1000||M Tingo 140 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(829) 575-2929||12 Jacagua Street - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
At minimum, you'll pay $4(USD) for a ride, but beyond that, it can be hard to say how much you'll spend on a taxi ride within Santiago. This is because there are no meters or set rates. When you get into the cab, you'll ask the driver how much he or she charges to get to your desired destination, and if this seems steep to you, counter with a rate you feel more comfortable with. You'll do a little negotiating, and before you take off you'll have settled on a fare you can both agree on. In addition to his, be prepared to offer a tip of 15 percent of your total bill, plus one or two dollars extra if the driver has handled your luggage.
If you'd like a private tour of Santiago, many local taxi drivers are able to provide this for you on an hourly basis. You can call around and set this up with one of the local companies, or arrange it in person when your driver arrives.
Not every driver will be willing to take you on a long trip out of town, and those that do know how to get their monies worth. What you'll see on the chart below is a list of the typical fares for taxi rides to places like Punta Cana and Puerto Plata.
Curious how much a taxi ride will set you back? Check out the following set of examples.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 45.00 - $ 52.00||Downtown Puerto Plata||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|$ 300.00||Punta Cana||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|$ 67.75 - $ 78.00||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||San Francisco De Macoris|
|$ 20.00 - $ 25.00||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||Moca|
|$ 48.75 - $ 56.10||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||Puerto Plata|
|$ 100.00 - $ 115.00||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|$ 118.85 - $ 136.75||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao||Monte Cristi|
The best way to describe a motoconcho is as a motorcycle taxi. They can be found all around the island, as locals who own motorbikes looking to make a few extra bucks. The motoconchos in Santiago are just slightly more organized than elsewhere in the Dominican Republic. Here, they are licensed and have their permits fixed to their windshields. Up to four people can ride, though it is recommended that you don't ride with more than two, and it will typically cost about $1(USD) per person.
There are plenty of transportation options to take advantage of in Santiago, but taxis are an optimal choice for those who don't want to drive themselves but still want quick, straightforward trips in a private vehicle.
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