Getting around in the Dominican Republic is fairly easy as there a multiple ways of transport, here you will find a complete list of all available options to get around in the Dominican Republic.
Getting around in the Dominican Republic by Taxi
Dominican Republic has several private taxi companies and Uber. Uber is available in the touristic zone’s and Santo Domingo district. Uber is often the best option as rates are up to 50% cheaper then taxi’s and Uber cars are relatively newer then taxi’s. Dominican taxis rarely cruise for passengers, instead, they wait at designated taxi stops, which are located at hotels, bus terminals, tourist areas and main public parks. You can also call a taxi service or ask your hotel receptionist to call one for you. Taxis do not have meters, agree on a price beforehand to overcome surprises.
Getting around in the Dominican Republic by Rental Car
Having your own car is the fastest and most comfortable option for getting around in the Dominican Republic. If renting a car isn’t in your budget for the entire trip, consider renting one for a couple of days just to reach sights that are isolated or not well served by public transportation. For travelers from most countries, your home country driver’s license allows you to drive in the Dominican Republic. Note: driving in the Capital might be a challenge for some drivers, as it can get very busy and road rules are not always respected. Tip: when traveling to remote area’s consider renting an SUV or Off Road vehicle. At Explore Dominican Republic we offer you the best car rental deals on the island. Book your rental car here!
Getting around in the Dominican Republic by Limousine service
In all major tourist areas and larger cities, luxury limousine services are being offered. At these co, panies you can either rent a luxury vehicle with driver for a couple of days or just to get from one to another destination within the country. Some options are: https://prestige-limousine-service.com/ or http://jmtransfer.com/
Getting around in the Dominican Republic by Bus
The Dominican Republic is well connected by bus, two major companies called http://www.caribetours.com.do/viajes and www.metroserviciosturisticos.com have major bus routes that can take you all over the country on a daily base. Large cities like Santo Domingo and Santiago have public bus systems that operate as they do in most places around the world. Many of the larger city buses are the kind which you board in the back and pay the person sitting beside the turnstile.
Getting around in the Dominican Republic by Metro
Santo Domingo has a modern and clean metro system that reaches most parts of the city center for only $RD 20 (0,40 USD) per ride. Within the capital, this is the fastest and cheapest way to get around.
Getting around in the Dominican Republic by Carros Públicos
These are banged-up cars, minivans or small pickup trucks that pick up passengers along set routes, usually main streets. Carros Públicos, also called conchos or carros don’t have signs. However the drivers hold their hands out the window to solicit potential fares. They are also identifiable by the crush of people inside them! To flag one down simply hold out your hand the fare is around RD$25 for a ride. If there is no one else in the car, be sure to tell the driver you want servicio público (public service) to avoid paying private taxi rates.
Getting around in the Dominican Republic by Motoconcho
Cheaper and easier to find than taxis, moto conchos, basically motorcycle taxis. These are the best, and sometimes only, way to get around in many smaller sized towns. An average ride should costs you no more than RD$30. Accidents resulting in injuries are not uncommon; ask the driver to slow down (¡Más despacio por favor!) if you think he’s driving dangerously. Avoid two extra passengers on one bike since not only is the price the same as taking separate bikes but the extra weight makes the bikes hard to control. For longer trips, or if you have any sort of bag or luggage, moto conchos are usually impractical and certainly less comfortable than alternatives. By law, drivers are required to wear helmets though it’s generally ignored by most drivers.
Getting around in the Dominican Republic Hitchhiking
Though hitchhiking is never entirely safe anywhere in the world, Dominicans, both men and women, hitch often, especially in rural areas where fewer people have cars and bus services don’t reach. Hitchhiking is also common in resort areas like Bávaro, where a large number of workers commute to towns nearby daily. That said, it is rare to see foreigners hitchhiking.
Getting around in the Dominican Republic by Flights
Getting around in the Dominican Republic by plane is fairly easy as there are lots of airports and domestic flights. Airlines like http://www.aerolineasmas.com/ cover the country with daily domestic flights.