Transport in the Dominican Republic represented by buses. Minibusses. As well as the metro in the capital of the island. The city of Santo Domingo. To understand the transport system of the island. And how much the journey costs you will know below.
Buses in the Dominican Republic
The bus is one of the most comfortable. And reliable modes of transport. For traveling in the Dominican Republic. There are two main intercity buses. Operators in the country: Metro Bus and Caribe Tours.
The most popular intercity routes and one-way fares are:
- 1-Intercity route Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Port-au-Prince, Haiti – $40
- 2-Santo Domingo – Santiago – $8
- 3-Santo Domingo – Puerto Plata – $9
- 4-Santo Domingo – Sosua – $9
- 5-Santo Domingo – Juan Dolio – $5
- 6-Casa de Campo – Santo Domingo – $10
- 7-Sosua – Santiago – $4.7
The departure times for these routes are available on the Metro Bus website. On average, buses run between cities from 06:00 – 07:00 to 15:00 – 16:00. As you can see, most of the routes depart from Santo Domingo. Finding a direct route between resort cities is not realistic. And you have to travel with a transfer through the capital. Bus stops in the resort towns of the island not marked at all. So ask the locals where and on which side of the road you should get up. while waiting for the bus.
The bus station in Santo Domingo. Astrapu Bus Stop is located on Calle Jose Marti. You can buy tickets for intercity buses direct at the bus station.
Minibusses in the Dominican Republic
Minibusses in the Dominican Republic. Owned by private companies. And carry out transport within the cities of the island. And on intercity routes. Minibusses can stop anywhere with a simple wave of the hand. This type of transport is popular in the capital of the island. The city of Santo Domingo. As well as in other large cities.
The average cost of travel between cities is up to 100 pesos ($2.1). Within cities, up to 30 pesos ($0.6).
The minibusses packed with heaps of people. So the ride on them can hardly be called comfortable. It comes to the point that the number of people transported in the minibus. Exceeds its capacity as much as two times.
Water transport in the Dominican Republic
The resort town of La Romana on the eastern side of the island. It has a port for cruises to the Caribbean islands. It is convenient and fast to book a Costa cruise. Departing from La Romana on the large cruise aggregator website. From various companies. All-inclusive cruise prices start at $531 per person per week.
There are no ferries to Cuba. But you can fly there. A flight from Santo Domingo to Havana will cost you from $305 round trip. Travel time: 2.5 hours.
Metro in Santo Domingo
The metro in the capital of the Dominican Republic. Santo Domingo. It is the first major passenger transport system in the country. And the second in the Caribbean. (After the metro in the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan). The metro has been operating since 2009 and represented by 2 lines. The main goal of the metro. To reduce vehicle emissions on the island’s capital. It is noteworthy that the metro stations named after. The heroes and important figures of the Dominican Republic.
- The first metro line (blue) – 16 stations (6 ground, 10 underground), total length – 14.5 km. Line route: Mamá Tingó – Centro de los Héroes. The branch runs from north to south of the city.
- The second metro line (red) – 14 stations, length – 12.85 km, the transfer station to the blue line is Juan Pablo Duarte station. Branch route: María Montez – Eduardo Brito. The branch runs from west to east of the city.
To travel on the Santo Domingo metro. You will need the Boleto Viajero electronic travel card. It can refill. The pass can purchase at any metro station in Santo Domingo. For 60 Dominican pesos ($1.3). In addition to this amount. You will need to deposit at least 5 rides for 100 pesos ($2.1). 20 pesos ($0.4) for 1 trip. Single-trip tickets offered at a cost of 15 Dominican pesos ($0.3). It cannot replenish and are disposable. You can ride the metro with a company with one pass. But for this, you need to attach it to the reader. As many times as the person is traveling.
Car rental in the Dominican Republic
You can rent a car in the Dominican Republic if you are 25 years old. And you are not afraid of it. The aggressive driving style of local taxi drivers.
The country has five main highways – DR1, DR2, DR3, DR4, DR5. Some roads on the island are toll roads. (the most popular is between Santo Domingo and Samana). In large cities like the island’s capital, Santo Domingo. There are heavy traffic and traffic jams. In many places, traffic lights do not work. And it is not clear where to go. There are a lot of speed bumps in cities, so it is better to rent a jeep. If you are afraid to drive locally. Not always paved roads on your own. Then hire a driver with a car for a few days. This service is popular here.
Taxi in the Dominican Republic
Official taxi ranks on the island. Located close to major hotels and attractions. Taxis equipped with roof signs or a sticker on the windshield. When traveling by taxi, stock up on small bills. Typical local taxis are old Toyota Corolla cars. A trip to such cars within the city limits should not cost you more than 100-150 pesos ($ 2-3). Local taxis are often not conditioned. Old and worn out.