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Transports in the Dominican Republic

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Wondering about means of transport available in the Dominican Republic. Find an overview of the country's transport network in this article.

Once you have settled in the Dominican Republic, getting around will be part of your everyday life. But this should not be a major issue as the country hosts a wide transport network consisting of common and more traditional means of transport. Hence, you just have to choose the most appropriate one, depending on the length and purpose of your trip. In general, you can choose from the subway, buses, taxis, etc. Rates are rather affordable.

Rent a car

You can rent a car if you prefer to travel more comfortably, alone or with your family, provided you have a valid driver's license. However, car rental can be very expensive. You also have to bear in mind that you are not likely to find petrol pumps at night. Therefore, you have to make sure to have sufficient fuel before dusk.

On the other hand, most Dominican roads are dimly lit, so it can be very dangerous to drive at night. But local authorities are currently working on that. Finally, speed is limited at 80 km/h on the highway, 60 km/h around urban areas and at 40 km/h in city centers.

Subway

In Santo Domingo, you can access to the main office buildings, universities or in commercial areas by the subway which is very practical. The capital city hosts 16 subway stations which serve some 14.5 km of railway.

Bus

The country is also served by an extensive coach network which is operated by three coach companies, namely Terra Bus, Metro and Caribe Tours. In general, Dominican coaches are clean and comfortable, and are even air conditioned. However, these do not stop at bus stations and rates are rather high. Hence, they are ideal for long trips, especially from one city to another.

On the other hand, common buses, called guaguas, can be caught at bus stations and bus stops, and anywhere else in the streets. Rates are very affordable.

Taxi

You can find taxis in most Dominican cities. However, rates can be quite high, especially in Santo Domingo. Note, however, that these can be negotiated with the driver before boarding the taxi. The fare will be settled once you have reached your destination. For your own safety, it is best to hire an official taxi.

On the other hand, you can travel aboard a collective taxi or publico whereby the fare will be shared by the different travelers. Therefore, it will be much cheaper. However, publicos are less comfortable that common taxis.

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During peak hours, you can also hire a motor-taxi which is known as the motoconcho. This type of taxi is rapid and convenient, but less secure than the common taxi and publico. But it is ideal if you wish to discover the country in a more traditional way. Note that rates can be negotiated before starting the trip.

Plane

To date, the Dominican Republic hosts seven international airports, namely Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Gregorio Luperon International Airport in Puerto Plata, Punta Cana International Airport in Punta Cana, La Romana International Airport in La Romana, El Catey Samaná Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao in Santiago, and finally Maria Montez International Airport in Barahona. These provide not only international flights but also regional and domestic flights through various private airline companies.

Domestic flights are available at the following airports: La Isabela in Santo Domingo, El Portillo in Las Terrenas and Arroyo Barril in Samana.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Transports in Dominican Republic Forum 
Dominican Republic Tourism Website www.godominicanrepublic.com
Hispaniola www.hispaniola.com
Bureau of Transportation www.ottt.gov.do
Metro Espresso www.metroserviciosturisticos.com
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