Car Rentals in Santo Domingo

Drive at your own risk in Santo Domingo

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Thanks to heavy traffic and a lack of parking spots, locals and seasoned tourists would recommend that visitors planning to stay in Santo Domingo throughout their whole trip should avoid renting a car. Those with plans to do a lot of exploring outside of the city, however, should rent in order to get to some of the more obscure attractions in the country.

Renting a Car

Tourists arriving in Santo Domingo via the Las Américas International Airport will be right where they need to be to rent a car. Most of the city's major rental agencies have outlets at the airport, allowing visitors to pick up a vehicle as soon as they arrive. In order to rent a vehicle at any agency in the country you need to be at least 21 years old, and in most cases 25. Additionally, you'll need a valid passport, a driver's license from your country of origin, and have a credit card with a high enough limit to cover the cost of the rental as well as he deposit.

The cost of renting a car here will depend on the size of the vehicle, as well as if you add insurance. For example, a manual compact car without insurance will cost about $55 a day, while sports utility vehicle with insurance could cost about $125(USD) a day. It is highly recommended that you not only purchase the insurance, but that you rent the highest quality and most durable model that you can afford because of the unpredictable road conditions. If you're looking to score a deal on a rental, try purchasing it as part of a package with your accommodations and air fare, or contact locally owned agencies and see if they have any deals for a first time visitor. It is also less expensive to book your rental in advance, rather than waiting until the day you arrive.

Take a look at this table for many of the rental agencies located in this area.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Adrian Rent Car (829) 433-0518 Ruta 66 No 3 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Advantage Renta Car (809) 685-4000 Downtown Santo Domingo
Avis Galerias 360 (809) 544-1573 Galeria 360 - 3.1 mi. (5.0 km) West-Northwest of Santo Domingo
Avis Novocentro Mall (809) 540-5550 Novo Centro - 2.6 mi. (4.1 km) West of Santo Domingo
Avis Santo Domingo Downtown (809) 535-7191 517 George Washington Avenue - Downtown Santo Domingo
Budget Car Rental (809) 566-6666 Expresso John F. Kennedy - 3.5 mi. (5.6 km) West of Santo Domingo
Canaan Auto Import (809) 239-5525 Av Los Restauradores 250 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Carcano Rent Car (809) 273-1879 Ruta 66 No 34, Caleta - Downtown Santo Domingo
D Y P Rent Car (809) 549-1546 Ruta 66 No 3, Caleta - Downtown Santo Domingo
Darling Rent A Car (809) 549-0828 Ruta 66 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Dollar Rent A Car -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Edgar Rent A Car (809) 549-2212 Av Las Americas 1 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Europcar Santo Domingo (809) 549-0454 Downtown Santo Domingo
Hertz Santo Domingo (809) 221-5333 Jose Maria Heredia 1 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Highway Rent A Car (809) 273-2020 Av Ruta 66 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Hope Rent A Car (809) 549-1371 Aut Las Americas - Downtown Santo Domingo
Mc Auto -- Aut L AmA(c)ricas - Downtown Santo Domingo
Minier Castillo Auto Import (809) 596-1345 Bonaire 25 - Downtown Santo Domingo
National Car Rental (809) 221-0805 Downtown Santo Domingo
Nelly Rent a Car (809) 687-7997 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) South West of Santo Domingo
Ozavi Rent A Car, C X A (809) 598-2000 Ave. Las Americas #66 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Payless Car Rental (809) 688-6518 G Washington 151 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Raysa Rent A Car (809) 273-1192 66 No 34, La Caleta - Downtown Santo Domingo
Renault Dominicana (809) 566-7197 4.7 mi. (7.6 km) West of Santo Domingo
Stop Rent A Car (809) 333-5043 Espaillat 3, Santo Domingo - Downtown Santo Domingo
Thrifty Avenida George Washington (809) 688-6518 51 Avenida George Washington - Santo Domingo
Thrifty Jardines del Este (809) 333-4000 Avenida Jardines del Este - Santo Domingo
Thrifty Lope de Vega (809) 333-4000 Avenida Lope de Vega - Downtown Santo Domingo
Tomas Auto Aire (809) 937-4103 Av Los Beisbolistas 118 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Very Well Rent Car (809) 549-8273 Ruta 66 No 21, La Caleta - Downtown Santo Domingo

If you're thinking of finding your way to your accommodations with local transportation, then renting a car for just a day or two, most agencies will deliver the vehicle right to your hotel so long as you've made arrangements in advance.

Those traveling with children should bring the appropriate child safety seats with them. Although some agencies will rent them out to you, they are rarely available and often mistakenly given out even when someone else has reserved them.

Various firms will sometimes charge very different rates so it can pay to get prices from several places. The lowest rates in each table are only available from the least costly local firms during the slow season. The high rates are what you should anticipate during the busiest time of year.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 25.00 $ 35.00
Mid Size Car $ 28.00 $ 40.00
Full Size Car $ 35.00 $ 80.00
Standard SUV $ 71.00 $ 100.00
Heavy SUV $ 105.00 $ 260.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 140.00 $ 210.00
Mid Size Car $ 145.00 $ 225.00
Full Size Car $ 210.00 $ 475.00
Standard SUV $ 425.00 $ 605.00
Heavy SUV $ 540.00 $ 1350.00

Driving Around

The rules of the road in the Dominican Republic are similar to those in the United States, even if they are not necessarily very well enforced. Driving is done on the right side of the road, it is illegal to talk on your cell phone while you drive, and buckling up is mandatory. One major difference to note is that speed limits and distances are posted in kilometers rather than miles, so you'll find that the speed limit in the city is usually around 60 kilometers per hour, while out on the highway you could see limits reach up to 100 kilometers per hour.

...keep an eye out for livestock...


Driving within Santo Domingo can be hazardous. Traffic is horrendous and local drivers are not known for their skilled use of the road. It is common for local drivers to honk their horn repeatedly, so don't let this jar you, it is just the way of the road here. Make sure to keep an eye out for livestock and pedestrians on the road, especially in rural areas. When you're driving at night, be warned that some vehicles do not have headlights.

One of the things to recommend driving in the Dominican Republic, however, is the collection of highways that branch out from Santo Domingo and connect with most of the major towns and cities. If you plan on doing a lot of exploring, it can be helpful to know how long it will take you to get from place to place. Take a look at the chart below for driving times.

As far as road conditions are concerned, you'll find most roads in big cities and highways that connect the city are paved and smooth, but when you're driving in a more rural area, you can expect to encounter pot holes, cracks, and even roads that aren't paved at all. No matter what kind of exploring you plan for, remember that driving across the border to Haiti in a rental car is strictly prohibited.

DestinationTravel Time
Puerto Plata 3 1/2 hours
Santiago De Los Caballeros 1 1/2 hours
Jarabacoa 1 1/2 hours
Constanza 2 hours
Boca Chica 1/2 hour
Juan Dolio 40 minutes
Bayahibe 2 hours
La Romana 1 1/2 hours
La Romana 3 1/2 hours
Samana 2 to 4 hours
Barahona 3 hours

Gas Stations

Make sure to fill up your gas tank before you hit the road, because although gas stations are plentiful in cities, rural areas do not have as many.

Gasoline stations in the area are quite abundant. Check out the table just below to see locations. the listing

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Estación De Gas Credigas (809) 596-5188 5.5 mi. (8.8 km) East of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gas Onegas (809) 684-6450 2.7 mi. (4.3 km) Northwest of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina Esso -- 4.6 mi. (7.4 km) West of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina Esso -- 2.6 mi. (4.1 km) West-Southwest of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina Esso -- 6.4 mi. (10.3 km) West of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina Esso -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina Texaco -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Isla Gas Station -- Bajos De Haina
Shell Gas Station Santo Domingo -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Shell Gas Station Santo Domingo II (809) 567-2870 2.7 mi. (4.4 km) West-Northwest of Santo Domingo
Texaco Cuesta Hermosa -- 4.6 mi. (7.4 km) Northwest of Santo Domingo

Renting a car is not necessary for every traveler staying in Santo Domingo, but those who do need to rent should arrive prepared, having reserved their vehicle in advance, learned about driving conditions in the area, and taken the time to study a few rules of the road.


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