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How To Get From Punta Cana Airport to Puerto Plata – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 18th, 2023 at 09:47 am

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How To Get From Punta Cana Airport to Puerto Plata – You can go by bus, taxi, van and private transfer from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata.

What Is The Distance From Punta Cana Airport To Puerto Plata?

The distance from Punta Cana International Airport to Puerto Plata is 392 kilometers. Click here to book online Dominican Republic activities and day trips

The travel time by taxi from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is around 5 hours and 15 minutes. The taxi fare from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata is around $200 USD. Read here how to get from Puerto Plata to Punta Cana airport the reverse way.

What Is The Cheapest Way From Punta Cana Airport To Puerto Plata?

The cheapest way from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is by bus for $20-25 USD. The bus travel time from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata is around 9-10 hours.

What Is The Best Way From Punta Cana To Puerto Plata?

The best way from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is by shared van for $105 USD to your hotel and you can book online. The van travel time from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is around 5 hours and 30 minutes.

You can also rent a car in Punta Cana airport or get a private transfer.

SIM CARD AT PUNTA CANA AIRPORT

I wouldn’t recommend you buy a sim card at Punta Cana airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Punta Cana. Read here best Dominican Republic sim card for tourist and best Dominican Republic eSim

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WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO PLATA

There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option in Puerto Plata. Double-room hostels can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.

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HOW TO GET FROM PUNTA CANA TO PUERTO PLATA

AIRPORT BUS FROM PUNTA CANA AIRPORT TO PUERTO PLATA (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is by bus. First you will have to get a local bus from Punta Cana International airport to the Bus Terminal, to Santo Domingo and to Puerto Plata.

PUNTA CANA AIRPORT TO PUNTA CANA BUS TERMINAL

There are local buses (TRAMABAPU or SITRABAPU) outside the airport terminals running during the day every 30 minutes. You will have to walk outside the airport. The bus will go to Cruce de Verón where you will have to change getting the bus coming from Higuey and going to Bavaro Bus Terminal.

The bus fare from Punta Cana airport to Bavaro is 50 DOP for the bus to Cruce de Verón and 120 DOP Higuey to Bavaro Bus Terminal which is around $3 USD and you can pay by cash to the collector man at the bus. The bus travel time from Punta Cana airport to Bavaro Bus Terminal is around 1 hour.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM PUNTA CANA TO SANTO DOMINGO

The bus schedule from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in Bavaro Bus Terminal (Expreso Bavaro) leaving daily: 7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. Check here Expresso Bavaro schedule and route!

The bus travel time from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo is around 3 hours plus. The Bavaro Expreso bus fare from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo is 400-500 DOP which is around $10 USD.

METRO BUS AND CARIBE TOURS BUS SCHEDULE FROM SANTO DOMINGO TO PUERTO PLATA

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Once you are in Santo Domingo you will get to Juan Sanchez Ramirez if you take the Bavaro Expreso and you will get at Parque Enriquillo if you took Expreso Higuey. You will have to get a 10-15 minutes taxi ride for $2-3 USD to get to Caribe Tours Bus Terminal in Av. 27 de Febrero or Metro Bus at Avenida Luperon.

The bus schedule from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata with Metro Bus and Caribe Tours is leaving from 6 am to 7 pm every hour. You can check here schedule and prices!

The bus from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata travel time is 3 hours and 45 minutes getting to Puerto Plata. The bus fare from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata is 400-500 DOP which is $8-10 USD perfect for travelers on a budget.

The total bus travel time from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is around 9-10 hours including the waiting time. The total bus fare from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is around $20-25 USD.

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SHARED VAN FROM PUNTA CANA AIRPORT TO PUERTO PLATA (BEST WAY)

The best way from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is by shared van direct to your hotel. The van travel time from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is 5 hours and 30 minutes.

The van fare from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is $105 USD and you can book online.

BY TAXI FROM PUNTA CANA AIRPORT TO PUERTO PLATA

If you go from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is around 5 hours and 15 minutes.

The taxi fare from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata is around $200 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic/distance and your final destination.

UBER FROM PUNTA CANA AIRPORT TO PUERTO PLATA

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If you are ordering Uber in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic you should know that prices are similar and taxis can be a little bit cheaper for short distances. You can pre-book with Uber app from your phone and go to the pickup point at the airport. Expect to pay around $200 USD depending on your destination and time of the day from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata.

CAR RENTAL AT PUNTA CANA AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car at Punta Cana’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Puerto Plata. It will take you 5 hours and 15 minutes to get from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata in a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis available in the airport. Prices are around $40 USD per day.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM PUNTA CANA AIRPORT TO PUERTO PLATA

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey or can be affordable depending of the hotel. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and are only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Punta Cana. Prices are around $205 USD and you will be able to fit up to 6 people. It could be $35 USD per person.

BEST WAY FROM PUNTA CANA AIRPORT TO PUERTO PLATA (PUNTA CANA TO PUERTO PLATA)

PUBLIC BUS VS SHARED VAN

The best way from Punta Cana airport to Puerto Plata is by shared van or airport shuttle for $105 USD you can book online and you will get to your accommodation in 5 hours and 30 minutes.

The best way from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata if you are traveling on a budget is by bus for $20-25 USD. You have to walk outside the airport in Punta Cana International airport and get the local buses going to Bavaro Bus Terminal.

It will take around 9-10 hours total travel time to reach Puerto Plata riding local buses with the transferring and waiting time included.

If you prefer more comfort if you are traveling with more people or with too much luggage to get to your accommodation in 5 hours and 30 minutes for around $200 USD get a taxi or a private transfer to your hotel.

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WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO PLATA

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There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option. AirBnb is also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night. Double-room hostels can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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You can find local meals in Dominican Republic for around $3-4 USD per person. At lunch you might want a chicken sandwich for $5 USD salad, burger and pizza with a fresh fruit drink for $7-10 USD. You can have a budget of $15-20 USD a day and it can already get you more than enough decent meals in the Dominican Republic.

BEST TIME TO VISIT DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

In the Dominican Republic their summer (December to April), there are fewer rains than normal. In their winter (May to November), the rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit the Dominican Republic is from December to April because of easier transport. 

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CASH AND ATMS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The currency of Dominican Republic is called Dominican Peso and as of now, $1 USD is worth 57 DOP Dominican Pesos. Do not exchange your currency at the airport because you’ll get less than what you’ll get with the city’s exchange. Anyway if you are bringing USD you can use them while traveling around Dominican Republic no need to exchange them.

Bank or debit cards in an ATM are the recommended way to access your funds while traveling in Dominican RepublicKnow real-time currency exchange here!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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