Getting There & Getting About

International Airports

Internal Transport

There are domestic flights between Santiago, Samaná, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, and planes may also be chartered.

Drivers over the age of 25 may hire a car; there are several companies in Santo Domingo. The Dominican Republic has a reasonable network of roads; however, not all are all-weather and 4-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended during wet weather. Driving at night is not recommended due to poor lighting and signage. There are a number of good highways, including the Duarte Highway running north and west from Santo Domingo to Santiago and to Monte Cristi on the northwest coast; the Mella Highway extending eastwards from Santo Domingo to Higuey in the southeast; and the Sanchez Highway running westwards from Santo Domingo to Elias Pina on the Haitian frontier. The speed limit is up to 60 kph (38 mph) in cities and 80-100 kph (50-63 mph) on motorways.

Inexpensive and efficient air-conditioned coach and bus services run from the capital to other major towns. Visitors may also use tourist taxis or radio taxis to travel between cities; however, unmarked taxis should be avoided.

In Santo Domingo, there is a flat-fare minibus and bus services, along with share-taxis known as Carro de Conchos. These share-taxis are also available in Santiago and Puerto Plata.