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Transfers vs. Other Ways to Get from Punta Cana International Airport
Punta Cana International Airport is one of the most unusual in the world. It is built in a traditional Caribbean style, with a roof covered with palm leaves and wooden props. During high tourist season, people are greeted with live music, and one of the owners of this private airport is the famous singer Julio Iglesias, the father of Enrique Iglesias. The airport of Punta Cana is the busiest in the country. From here, tourists go to other Dominican resorts: Bavaro, La Romana, and Boca Chica.
How to Get From Punta Cana Airport to Punta Cana City Center or the other way round
The airport is 4 km from the city center. You can get to Punta Cana by:
- bus. It runs from 06:00 till 00:00, and a trip takes 40 minutes;
- taxi. You can select a car in the parking lot, call by phone or through a mobile application;
- transfer. You should book in on the site in advance.
In the Dominican Republic, moto taxi is also popular, which is called a motoconcho, but it is not recommended to use. Motoconcho is not even a rickshaw, it's an ordinary motorcycle. At the same time, the driver often transports two or three passengers instead of the prescribed one and does not give helmets.
Transfer vs. Taxi from Punta Cana Airport (taken on the spot or ordered via the app)
Advantages of a private transfer
One price to any hotel. The rates of a taxi in Punta Cana depend on the distance from the airport to a hotel and can reach 70 dollars. Transfer from Punta Cana Airport to any hotel will cost 35 dollars.
It is profitable to travel with a group of people. A minibus with a maximum capacity of 19 passengers will cost 80 dollars. For the same number of people, you will need five taxi cars and about 200 dollars.
You can order private transfers from the airport in English. The only Dominican online application for calling taxi service, Nekso, supports only Spanish.
You can order a child seat. You will not find a taxi with holding devices in the Dominican Republic, as children are allowed to be carried on knees.
You will not go with unfamiliar fellow travelers. If you do not want to go in a taxi with other passengers, inform the driver in advance. In transfer, it is prohibited.
Transfer from Punta Cana Airport vs. Bus
Advantages of a private transfer
You will depart at the appointed time. The schedule of buses is ignored, and you can wait more than an hour for public transport. The time of transfer is set by you.
You travel with comfort. Since buses do not run regularly, they are usually crowded. Traveling with a crowded public transport in a hot and humid country is not for everyone.
You will be taken to the address. Using ground transportation in the Dominican Republic, you should know exactly where to get off, and loudly warn the driver about it in advance. When ordering a transfer, you specify the address of the final point in online application - you do not need to explain anything on the spot.
You will not have to look for a bus stop. In the Dominican Republic, the stops are not marked, you just need to know their location. With the transfer, you do not have to look for parking. The driver will meet you in the arrivals area and take to the car.
Disadvantage of a private transfer
It’s much more expensive. The bus fare is not more than one dollar.