Inside Puerto Plata: Taxis & Rental Cars (version 8)







Large modern coach style buses run between the various towns and citys in the Domican Republic. Caribe Tours, Metro, Javilla Tours, Bavaro Express are a few of the more popular companies. Expect to pay between 100 to 400 RD for your trip depending on distance. Air conditioned and some show movies, the coaches are a comfortable and inexpensive way to get around the country. 



Airpot Taxis are definitely one of the most comfortable ways to travel in this country. They tend to be spacious and comfortable, air-conditioned vans and minivans. The drivers seem to be more conscious of safety than the drivers of the other forms of transportation. A few speak English and they can provide recommendations and are good travel guides to many of the surrounding areas. This method of travel is far more expensive than other options, including renting a car, although this is the most carefree and easy way to get around. Airport Taxi Rates are posted outside of every airport in the D.R. on large signs.

 Local Taxis are usually small Toyotas, Hondas or Nissan older model vehilces. They provide dispatch service in the major towns and are much more reasonable than the Airport Taxis. They are not allowed to pick up at the airports or at some resorts as a rule but are useful in getting around town or to return to the airport.

Public Transportation

 There are four types of public transportation - Guaguas, Caro Publicos, Motoconchos and Buses. They are all quite reasonably priced and choosing the right one depends on your specific transportation needs – speed, comfort, length of travel time and destination.


Public transportation within, and between towns and villages, is for the most part conducted in privately owned mini-vans, called Guaguas. They’re easy to recognize because they’ll push their horn as they approach, and the driver’s assistant, the Cobrador (fare collector), is likely to be hanging out of the side door waving you in. This form of transport is quite cheap but the vehicles tend to be in poor condition - broken windows, doors that don’t close properly, etc. These mini-vans normally hold 12 passengers but occasionally they will carry up to 20 people, a chicken or two, and who knows what else! They stop anywhere and everywhere along the main road to drop off passengers and pick more up. Taking this kind of journey is always an adventure. They tend to try to overcharge tourists on the fare so make sure you confirm the rate before you get in and have exact change.

 Try to have the correct amount of Pesos as they (cobradores) are unlikely to have change.

Caro Publico

These are multi-passenger public cars that tend to have signs on the car roof indicating their route (for example, Puerto Plata). They will honk as they approach you and you can let them know you’d like transport by waving them over. They will fill their cars over capacity for example, 4 in the front and 4 in the back, and they charge per person. If you desire to ride more comfortably, you can pay for two persons’ fare and try to get a seat to yourself. Caro Publicos have fixed routes so you check that your destination is on their route before getting in.

If you are going from Cabarete to Puerto Plata, you'll have to change corro publicos in Sosua. From Sosua to Puerto Plata it is RD$50. Try to have the correct amount of Pesos as they are unlikely to have change.


A unique form of transport in the Dominican Republic is the Motoconcho. These are rides on the back of privately owned motor bikes. You’ll have no problem recognizing them because they’re likely to recognize you first. If you’re on the side of the road, they’ll hold up their hand and beep their horn as they approach you to give you a ride. These are quite popular for short trips, especially within Cabarete or within Sosua or Puerto Plata. They will also go long distances but riding on a motor bike can be dangerous and few wears helmets here.

Anywhere on the main road during the day within Cabarete is RD$25 Try to have the correct amount of Pesos as they are unlikely to have change. Prices for public transport – Guaguas, Caro Publicos and particularly Motoconchos, are higher after sunset (starting between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.). 


Rental Cars

Rental cars are available at the Gregorio Luperon International Airport (POP); many companies are located at the airport. There are plenty of comments in the forum about the risks of renting, considering the other transportation options. If you do want the flexibility to go as you please, you can reserve a car via websites ahead of time. If you plan on declining the damage waiver (CDW/LDW) and wish to use your credit card for this,  please note that in the event of an accident you may be required to pay cash on the spot to the injured person or damaged vehicle owner. Third party liability coverage is now mandatory on all rentals, which will cover property damage if you hit a person, other vehicle or damage property.  Third party liability coverage fees are charged by the day on the rental. It is recommended that newbies to the country take out "full" insurance, including Casa De Conductores insurance which allows you to stay in a motel in Santiago or Santo Domingo while an accident dispute is pending, instead of jail.