Punta Cana International Airport

Hut-like terminal entrance to a much larger Punta Cana International Airport; (c) Soul Of America

Punta Cana Transportation


Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is the leading airport in the Dominican Republican. Offering direct flights from over 26 countries, 64 cities, and 90 airports around the world, the Punta Cana region has been accessible to more than 2.5 million travelers per year. Airlines include, but are not limited to:

Air Canada
Air Caribs
Air Europa
Air France
Air Transat
British Airways
Sun Country
West Jet

To enter the Dominican Republic, a valid passport with two blank pages is required. The Dominican Republic tourist entry fees are incorporated into airfare. PUJ Airport has many creature comforts and amenities, including ice cream parlors, champagne bars, sushi bars and grab & go shops.

Ground Transport

Taxis are plentiful at PUJ Airport and $30-$40 for most Punta Cana beach resorts. Fares go significantly higher for longer distances on the island. Taxi Service is 24/7 and can be reached at +1 809-552-0617 or +1 809-221-2741. Car Rental
Before you get on the road, obtain a Dominica driver’s license which cost US$12.

Car Rentals require that drivers are between 25 and 65 years old, with two years’ driving experience to qualify for a Dominican Republic driver’s permit. Rental Car brands include:


Drive on the left side of the road. Most of the roads are well maintained, but its a good idea to include navigation if you plan to drive far or get easily lost.

Public Buses: consist primarily of private minibus operators. Bus stops can be found at designated points in Punta Cana, but double check their destination before boarding. Public buses are unsuitable for night travel.


Large Cruise Lines anchor near Cap Cana Marina and tender passengers ashore. Some cruise lines having a Punta Cana port-of-call are Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Oceania, and Celebrity. There are a number of chapter fishing boats for rental at Cap Cana Marina.

Party Boat cruises are available from a small port in Punta Cana. Its intended for adults who want to snack and sip tropical drinks from an open bar. Some provide guided snorkeling tour at a beautiful coral reef as well. Or swim in the warm turquoise waters and view tropical fish at their best. The devil is in the details, so ask many questions. One commonality of the better tour operators, is they pick you up from your Punta Cana hotel and take to a private dock to board a catamaran. Some include a banging DJ to get the party started. Reputable tour operators are Wannaboats, Viator, and Gangwaze along with the cruise line excursions.

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