Santo Domingo has two bus options for tourists to consider. One is local and known for being uncomfortable, while the other will take you to other towns on the island so you can truly make the most of your getaway in the Dominican Republic.
Known as guagas by locals, buses in Santo Domingo are a unique experience that most would not recommend. Although they are very inexpensive, the buses in this town of often overcrowded and without air conditioning, making it almost unbearable on hot days.
It costs about $0.25(USD) per person for a ride, and this can get passengers from one side of town to the next. Stops are marked by signs that read "Parada," and buses tend to stick to major roads as their routes.
Travel between Santo Domingo and other cities in the Dominican Republic aboard buses is not so bleak. There are several different companies that operate buses, some of which are luxury buses that are comfortable and air conditioned, all of which are cheap – they cost about one-tenth the price of any other form of transportation between cities.
|Route||Beginning||Stops Along the Route||End|
|Bavaro Expreso||Bavaro Expreso Terminal||Bavaro Expreso Enriquillo Stop, Bavaro Expreso Punta Cana Airport Stop, Expreso Bavaro Vernon Bus Stop||Bavaro Expreso Punta Cana Terminal|
|Las Americas Westbound||Santo Domingo East Junction||Plazoleta la Tirnitaria Bus Stop, Palacio Nacional Bus Stop, Plaza del Conservatorio Bus Stop, Plaza del Cultura Bus Stop, University Bus Stop||Colonial District Bus Stop|
|Caribe Tours||Santo Domingo Northbound Terminal||La Vega Bus Terminal, Santiago de los Caballeros Bus Terminal, Bonao Bus Terminal||Puerto Plata Bus Terminal|
|Caribe Tours/Metro||Santo Domingo Northbound Terminal||San Francisco de Macoris Bus Terminal, Nagua Bus Terminal, Sanchez Bus Terminal||Samana Bus Terminal|
|Las Americas Eastbound||Santo Domingo East Junction||Santo Domingo Eastern Boundary Junction, Argentina Park Bus Stop, Lighthouse Monument Park Bus Stop||Hipodromo Bus Stop|
As you can see, there are options when it comes to getting around Santo Domingo and the Dominican Republic. All you have to to do is decide if the conditions work for you, because the price is certainly right, and from there you'll be able to continue on with your vacation planning.
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