Airport transfers in Punta Cana 2022 – all options you need to know

Arriving in Punta Cana and looking for transport from the airport to your resort or elsewhere? Continue reading, because this is your comprehensive guide about Punta Cana Airport transfers and all options you have to get to and from Punta Cana International Airport – it doesn’t matter if you look for the cheapest way by public transport or want to travel in style with luxurious SUVs. I have arrived and departed from Punta Cana Airport more than a dozen times and have tried all different kinds of transport. In this article, I am giving you all the Punta Cana transportation options available if you’re traveling 2022 post-Covid-19, add my personal experiences and throw in some insider tips on what to take care of when booking an airport transfer from and to Punta Cana Airport.

This post is about transfers from Punta Cana International Airport. If you arrive at Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, please check out this article.
Once you have found the best solution for your airport transfer, you can continue reading here about how to save money during your all-inclusive vacation in Punta Cana.

Completely UPDATED: December 2021

Airport transfer in Punta Cana with a pre-booked transfer

 Some arriving passengers might have a shared airport shuttle included in their holiday package, but in case you have booked flight and hotel separately or are traveling on a dynamic packaging product, chances are that you need a transfer from Punta Cana Airport to your hotel, most likely one of the several all-inclusive resorts. And even if you have a shared airport shuttle from your tour operator included, you might opt to book a private Punta Cana airport transfer separately as this saves you a considerable amount of time (no waiting for other passengers + direct transfer without any other stops to your hotel).

 It does not matter for which of the following options you decide, the procedure when arriving at the airport in Punta Cana is always the same. Once you have passed immigration and customs (don’t forget to fill out your e-ticket immigration form online before you travel to the Dominican Republic), you follow the walkway until the area with the desks of the tour companies OR the area of drivers waiting with signs showing the company and/or your name. The detailed instructions you can usually find on the voucher of the Punta Cana transfer you booked.

The arrival hall of the Punta Cana International Airport

Private transfer from Punta Cana Airport to your resort

 In case you don’t have a transfer included in your package, you can easily book one on the internet. The easiest and most convenient way to get from Punta Cana Airport to your all-inclusive resort is by booking a private airport transfer, as you leave right when you arrive, don’t have to wait for other people and receive a personalized service. By leaving without waiting for other passengers, you also arrive at the resort before others which might result in a smoother and quicker check-in.

 For booking your private Punta Cana airport transfer, make sure you book the right area as prices for transfers to Cap Cana, Bavaro, Macao or Uvero Alto might vary. Just check out one of the following offers to see if it fits your hotel*.

 A typical ongoing rate for a private airport shuttle to most all-inclusive resorts in the area of Bavaro is around 25-35 USD one-way. Airport transfers to Uvero Alto are usually a bit more expensive. Transfers to Cap Cana might be a little bit cheaper, even often the regular Bavaro rate is charged.

In case you are not sure in which area your hotel is located and which Punta Cana airport transfer is the best to book for your corresponding hotel, please have a look at the following table, where all major all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana are mentioned. Once clicking on the “check price” button, you can select between a one-way or a return transfer.

DestinationSelected all-inclusive resortsPrice Range
(one-way)
Private Airport Transfer
(one-way and return)
Cap CanaTRS Cap Cana, Ancora, Margaritaville,
Sanctuary, Secrets Cap Cana, Hyatt, Eden Roc
20-25 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Punta CanaClub Med, Westin, Tortuga Bay20-25 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Cabeza de ToroBe Live, Catalonia, Dreams Palm Beach, Natura Park, Radisson, Serenade25-30 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
BavaroBarceló, Lopesan, Melía, Paradisus, Dreams Royal Beach,
Secrets Royal Beach, Impressive, Vista Sol, Presidential Suites,
Palladium, TRS Turquesa, Occidental Punta Cana, Princess, Ocean Blue, VIK
25-35 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Arena GordaIberostar, RIU, Bahía, Majestic, Occidental Caribe, Hard Rock25-35 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
MacaoDreams Macao35-45 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Uvero AltoOcean El Faro, CHIC, Nickelodeon, Dreams Punta Cana, Live Aqua, Now Onyx,
breathless, Sirenis, Excellence, The Finest, Zoetry
45-60 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog

Shared transfer from Punta Cana Airport to your resort

 Shared transfers are – especially if traveling alone – considerably cheaper than private transfers and one of the most economic ways of airport transporation in Punta Cana. They are already starting from 8 USD per way. You share the van with passengers at a similar flight arrival or departure time to yours. Upon arrival, after reaching the bus, you might have to wait for other passengers to join, depending on the pre-bookings of the tour operator on that certain day. However, usually, this should not be more than 30 minutes. The all-inclusive resort where you and the other passengers are staying might not always be the same so be prepared to stop at 2 or 3 other hotels before reaching yours when booking a Punta Cana airport shuttle. 

 On the other hand, these Punta Cana shuttle services are usually quicker and with fewer stops than the airport transfers included in the holiday packages from the big tour operators as they are operated in small vans compared to big coaches of Apple Vacations, Sunwing Travel & Co. 

 For bookings, please consult one of the following operators. I have made good experiences with those airport shuttles in Punta Cana and was lucky enough to get my private transfer twice because there were no other bookings, even I have only paid for a shared one. 

Luxury transfer from Punta Cana Airport to your resort

 You want to travel in style and prefer a comfortable SUV for your vacation in the Caribbean? Then some of these luxury airport transfers in Punta Cana are the right choice for you. Chevrolet Suburban and Hyundai Tucson are some of the common vehicles in Punta Cana for premium airport transfers and depending on the service, you might even have drinks included.

I have selected a few recommendable luxury airport transfers in Punta Cana for your convenience. You can find them in the following widget.

For a Punta Cana limo transfer, I am also recommending you one of the transfers listed above. As mentioned, with most Punta Cana SUV transfers you are going to be picked up with a Chevrolet Suburban or Hyundai Tucson. Even though not a limousine, they are much cheaper than the very scarce Punta Cana limo airport transfers.

Airport transfer in Punta Cana with Uber

 If you don’t want to prebook a private transfer or an airport shuttle, Uber in Punta Cana is another option for your airport transfer – you might think. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Even Uber is existing in Punta Cana since September 2020, I would absolutely not recommend calling an Uber from Punta Cana Airport. The reason is that there is an ongoing (January 2022) dispute between the taxi association and Uber. Even though there was a recent agreement between both parties, it is not more than a declaration of intent than a real acceptance of Uber.

When calling an Uber at Punta Cana Airport, one of the following three options is most likely to happen:
– the taxi drivers will prevent you from getting into your Uber
– the taxi drivers will prevent the Uber from departing by blocking it
– your requested service with the Uber app at Punta Cana Airport will get accepted by an official Punta Cana airport taxi (the taxi association recently joined the Uber app), which is going to request more money once your board the vehicle

While the first two options mostly happened before the agreement, nowadays the last mentioned option is most likely to happen.

 In case you are wondering why the taxi association is doing this: they are afraid of losing their monopoly they are having for more than 30 years. This monopoly has led to exorbitant fares in the Punta Cana taxi business, as you can see below. Usually, the price of an Uber is 50% or less than the official taxi fares, so it is obvious why tourists are preferring Uber in Punta Cana.

 Therefore, please refrain from ordering an Uber at Punta Cana Airport. It will most likely cause trouble for all parties involved when using this method for your Punta Cana airport transfer.

In case you are wondering if Uber in Punta Cana is legal: yes and no! Of course, Uber says that they have all the necessary documents. The taxi association says that Uber does not have licenses to carry passengers (especially tourists) from A to B. The local road traffic authority says that Uber needs to get regulated (but they don’t say how). Feel free to take sides with whichever party you prefer. Interestingly enough, Uber is operating in Santo Domingo for around 5 years now without a problem.

On the other side, Uber is a perfect option when moving around in Punta Cana when NOT departing from the airport or your all-inclusive resort. Unfortunately, most taxis also claim their monopoly when leaving the resort.

However, if you are leaving from one of Punta Canas beautiful beaches, from a local restaurant or from anywhere else which is not a major tourist attraction (except the bus station), calling an Uber in Punta Cana is no problem. I have used it on my own already dozens of times. Using an Uber from smaller accommodation, guesthouses, villas or Airbnbs is also not a problem.

Airport transfer in Punta Cana with a taxi

 If you would like to stay flexible and do not want to book your Punta Cana airport transfer in advance, you simply can get a taxi on spot as well. The taxi drivers are always waiting in both arrival areas with a taxi sign and will approach you anyway (pretty pushy) if you look like you have not pre-booked anything. There is no problem with those drivers as taxis in Punta Cana (and the Dominican Republic in general) are perfectly safe.

However, I once had a bad experience when I went with a Punta Cana airport taxi. The taxi driver put me together with other people which is unusual for a taxi. I did not have a problem with it but obviously did not pay the full price. The driver went – incomprehensible – furious about it, but I just gave him (half of) the money and walked away.

Furthermore, the dispute between the taxi association and Uber with regard to airport transfers from Punta Cana International Airport shows how unprofessional some of the taxi drivers are. Instead of searching for lawful options or offering at least partly competitive prices, they are acting like the youngest kids in the kindergarten and discredit the image of Punta Cana’s tourism. The only thing that is important to the airport taxis in Punta Cana is their monopoly and the high prices they charge.

Don’t get me wrong, Punta Cana airport taxis are perfectly safe. But don’t expect any kind of exceptional service nor an acceptable price-value ratio. This is why I would highly recommend pre-booking your Punta Cana airport transportation as per the options above.

The Punta Cana International Airport

If you would like to know the Punta Cana airport taxi rates, here is an updated (2021 post-covid) list for all major resorts and places in the Punta Cana area:

  • Punta Cana Airport – Four Points by Sheraton / Punta Cana Village: 10 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Westin Puntacana Resort: 20 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Cap Cana (all resorts and villas): 30 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Club Med: 20 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Plaza San Juan, Downtown, Imagine, Coco Bongo: 25 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Friusa: 30 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Cabeza de Toro (Be Live, Catalonia, Catalonia Royal, Dreams Palm Beach, Natura Park, Radisson, Serenade, etc.): 30 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Barcelo Resort (all hotels): 30 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Lopesan Hotel: 30 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Melía Resorts (all hotels) + Paradisus Palma Real: 30 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Dreams + Secrets Royal Beach: 35 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Los Corales: 35 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Impressive Resort, Vista Sol and Presidential Suites: 35 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – El Cortecito: 35 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Palladium Resort incl. TRS Turquesa Hotel: 35 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Occidental Punta Cana: 35 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Caribe Deluxe Princess & Tropical Deluxe Princess: 35 USD
    Punta Cana Airport – Grand Bavaro Princess & Princess Family Club Bavaro: 35 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Paradisus Punta Cana: 35 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Punta Cana Princess: 40 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Ocean Blue & Sands + VIK Hotel Arena Blanca: 40 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Iberostar Resort (all hotels): 40 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – RIU Resort (all hotels): 40 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Bahia Resort (all hotels): 40 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Majestic Resort (all hotels): 40 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Royalton Resort (all hotels): 40 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Occidental Caribe: 40 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Hard Rock Resort & Casino Punta Cana: 50 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Macao (Dreams Macao): 60 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Uvero Alto (Breathless, Nickelodeon, Now Onyx, Live Aqua, Finest Punta Cana, Excellence, Sirenis, CHIC, Dreams Punta Cana): 70 USD
  • Punta Cana Airport – Uvero Alto (Zoetry): 80 USD

Do you have any questions about these taxi prices from Punta Cana Airport to your resort? Let me know in the comments.

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Renting a car at Punta Cana Airport

 Another option of getting from the airport in Punta Cana to any place in the area or beyond is to rent a car. All well-known rental car companies are present in Punta Cana. Driving in the Dominican Republic – especially from Punta Cana Airport – is easy thanks to the well-maintained highways (compared to similar developing countries), although traffic in the cities can be chaotic. If you have never driven in such an environment, I would not recommend planning a road-trip through the Dominican Republic, but even as a beginner at renting cars in foreign countries you are fine in the area of Punta Cana as the signposting is very good and the highways are easy to navigate.

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 When renting a car in Punta Cana, be aware of Thrifty as I once had a bad experience with them. The local employer at the airport wanted to persuade us to buy additional insurance which was already included in our rent. When declining, he told us he is not going to hand over the car and when we finally agreed to buy the insurance (because we realized there is no other way to get the car) the airport agent of Thrifty just said he doesn’t want to give us the car and he didn’t talk to us anymore. Super weird! We had to get a taxi to our resort (which was a good experience as opposed to the one mentioned above in the taxi section) and pick up the car the next day in the city office (where the station manager apologized for the inconvenience). I simply hope that this guy does not work there anymore so that you can use the car services in Punta Cana from Thrifty again. Other Punta Cana car rental experiences so far were positive even Sixt once didn’t have a car for me although I booked one and for AmeriRent I had to wait half an hour until their counter was staffed.

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 Therefore, when booking a car rental in Punta Cana, make sure you pay attention to trustworthy and recommended rental car agencies with good reviews. I can recommend you to book your car here* as you can see reviews right away and also can compare different packages with insurances, various models and all kinds of services to opt-in or opt-out.

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Airport transfer in Punta Cana by public transport

 You are traveling on a shoestring budget in Punta Cana or are going to backpack the Dominican Republic? Then public transport is your way to go!

 However, please only use it if you are traveling with hand luggage only as there is no space for suitcases, especially in the small guaguas serving the Punta Cana Airport from Verón. If you are traveling TO the airport and are coming from Santo Domingo or Higuey, luggage is not a problem as those busses have a baggage compartment.

 The best option to see how the public transport in Punta Cana is working is to check out the following post where I have described everything you need to know about guaguas and public busses in Punta Cana. Furthermore, you can find a map there with good visualization of how the system is set up and which routes are being served – including the airport. This map is unique and is exclusively created for Punta Cana Travel Blog.

If you are arriving at Punta Cana Airport, two different busses are passing on the main road outside the terminal area – the small local minivans to Verón and the regional guaguas going to the provincial capital of Higuey (which are also stopping in Verón). Effectively, if you want to travel to Bavaro, you can hop on either one of them. Once reaching Cruce de Verón you can change busses and take a Bavaro-bound guagua.

 If you are going TO the airport from Bavaro, you can take – depending on where you are staying – a Verón- or Higuey-bound bus and change at Cruce de Verón for the bus to Cap Cana or Punta Cana Airport. Both are stopping at the airport. Alternatively, if you are coming from Higuey or Santo Domingo, simply take the direct busses to the airport of Punta Cana. Check out further options here on how to get from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana.

 Costs for either of the options are cheap. For the 2 busses between the airport and Bavaro, you pay around 2 USD (2x 50-60 DOP), if coming from Santo Domingo you pay around 8 USD (450 DOP). 

 If you are planning to get to and from the airport in Punta Cana by public transport, here are again the two most important pieces of advice:
– travel lightly, no suitcases or similar big luggage (except for the direct busses FROM Higuey and Santo Domingo to the airport)
read my comprehensive guide about the public transport system in Punta Cana and have a look at the maps to better understand the routes

Punta Cana Airport Transfers to other destinations

 Punta Cana Airport is a major airport with flight connections from many international destinations. While most of the people arriving are indeed looking for transportation from Punta Cana airport to the resorts or hotels, you can also easily connect with other destinations in the Dominican Republic. If you are heading to Bayahibe, Santo Domingo, Miches or other areas in the Dominican Republic, check out the following sections for the best Punta Cana airport transfers to these destinations.

Punta Cana Airport Transfers to Bayahibe

Bayahibe is less than an hour’s drive from Punta Cana away. It is a straight 50-minute journey from Punta Cana Airport, making it easy to connect between both destinations. As you can read in my comprehensive Bayahibe Travel Guide, Bayahibe offers a good combination of apartments, public beaches and selected all-inclusive resorts. You have also Isla Saona next door, making Bayahibe the perfect getaway for this popular excursion.

For the best airport transfer from Punta Cana to Bayahibe, you have different options. You can either book a private transfer from Punta Cana Airport to Bayahibe or opt for the Punta Cana Airport Shuttle option, which also serves the La Romana area with Bayahibe. Both of these transportation options are available for your way back to Punta Cana Airport as well.

 For further airport transportation options between Punta Cana and Bayahibe, check out the transfer section in the full Bayahibe Travel Guide.

Punta Cana Airport Transfers to Santo Domingo

 Usually, when your final destination is Santo Domingo, the most historic capital in the Caribbean with its unique Colonial Zone, your best bet is to fly directly to the Las Américas International Airport of Santo Domingo. However, sometimes flight connections to Punta Cana are better. While there is a separate article about all the different methods of getting from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo, your quickest and easiest way is a private transfer from Punta Cana Airport to Santo Domingo.

 Shared airport shuttles from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo are usually not available. If you’d like to use public transport from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo, that’s absolutely possible, but you have to factor in an additional night in Punta Cana for most of the flights (if arriving after 2 pm) as you otherwise can’t make the last direct bus. This night can be spent in the Punta Cana airport hotel of Four Points by Sheraton or in one of the several budget options in Verón or Bavaro.

 For full information about your options of getting from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo, check out this article.

Punta Cana Airport Transfers to Miches

Miches is the new tourism destination of the Dominican Republic northwest of Punta Cana, which yet has to be developed. However, one all-inclusive resort in Miches is already open (Club Med Miches*) with others yet to open in 2022 and 2023.

The driving time to Costa Esmeralda, the tourism project of Miches, is around 1.5 hours. There are no shuttles or public transport options to this remote area of Punta Cana, hence it is best to prebook your PUJ airport transfer from Punta Cana to Miches. You can find a recommendable option with the button below.

Airport transfers to other destinations in the Dominican Republic

 Even 99% of the Punta Cana airport transfers are heading towards the all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana or Bayahibe, to the city of Santo Domingo or Miches, there are also some further destinations you can go to from Punta Cana Airport.

Samaná is another popular destination in the Dominican Republic, particularly for individual travelers looking for remote beaches (check out the best beaches in Samaná) and affordable villas. Some travelers are also taking airport transportation from Punta Cana Airport to the south coast destinations of Boca Chica and Juan Dolio.

Other destinations from Punta Cana include Puerto Plata, the north of the Dominican Republic, Santiago de los Caballeros or the Southwest, even it is a pretty long ride to all of these areas and other airports might be a better fit. However, the Punta Cana flights are sometimes just unbeatable. Check here how you could reach Puerto Plata from Punta Cana.

 If you are bound to any of these destinations in the Dominican Republic, check out the table below for the best airport transfers from Punta Cana. Usually, there are no airport shuttle options to these areas (exception: shared airport shuttle to Juan Dolio*), so a private transfer from Punta Cana is your best bet if you don’t want to rent a car or take the time-consuming public transport.

DestinationSelected all-inclusive resorts / locationsPrice Range
(one-way)
Private Airport Transfer from Punta Cana
(one-way and return)
MichesClub Med Miches / Costa Esmeralda125 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
BayahibeCatalonia, Hilton, Iberostar, Be Live, Viva Wyndham, Dreams, whala, Miranda90-120 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
La RomanaLa Romana City and Cruise Port100-120 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
San Pedro / La RomanaBahía Principe La Romana & Bougainville120-160 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Juan DolioEmotions, Hemmingway, Guayacanes and surrounding140-180 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Boca ChicaBe Live Hamaca, Bellevue, whala Boca Chica and surrounding140-180 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Santo DomingoSanto Domingo City incl. Zona Colonial150-200 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
SamanáLas Galeras, Las Terrenas, El Portillo, Cayo Levantado, Santa Barbara de Samaná300-400 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
North CoastNagua, Cabrera, Rio San Juan and surrounding villages290-350 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Cabarete & SosuaSabaneta de Yasica, Cabarete, Viva Wyndham Tangerine, Encuentro, Perla Marina, Sosua300-390 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Puerto PlataPlaya Dorada, Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Cofresi, Amber Cove, Maimón, Imbert350-450 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
SantiagoSantiago de los Caballeros and surrounding280-400 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
SouthwestBarahona, Pedernales and surrounding400-550 USDCheck airport transfer prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog

Other information about Punta Cana Airport

Flights to Punta Cana International Airport

 When looking for airport transfers in Punta Cana, you probably already have booked your flights to Punta Cana.

It is important to know that Punta Cana offers the best flight connections in the entire Caribbean. There are non-stop flights from more than 25 cities in the US and over 15 airports in Canada. Furthermore, Punta Cana welcomes direct flights from around 25 countries worldwide.

Excursions and tours recommended by us

Editor’s Choice: the best Experiences

Most unique experience in a small group: Authentic rum tasting* (rating 5.00/5)
Best Rated Punta Cana excursion: Jungle Buggies + Zipline Combo* (rating 4.92/5)
Most booked through Punta Cana Travel Blog: Small-Group Snorkeling* (rating 4.91/5)
Best off-the-beaten-track excursion: Montana Redonda & Costa Esmeralda* (rating 4.91/5)
Best excursion for families: Family Buggy Adventure* (rating 4.63/5)

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Typical airfares from the US to Punta Cana start from 200 USD return incl. taxes, excluding bags and extra services, especially from Miami International Airport. From the New York area, the cheapest flights start at 250 USD return if you are flexible with your travel dates and don’t need bags. From the US west coast, you have to budget at least 350 USD return without any extras. Convenient flight times and bags easily bring you to 500-600 USD and up.

If you are coming from Canada, the lowest prices are usually for Punta Cana flights out of Toronto, starting from 450-500 CAD without bags and extras.

Once you have booked your flight, you can use the information provided above to find the best airport transfer in Punta Cana.

Punta Cana Airport Hotel

Especially for late arrivals or very early departures, an airport hotel comes in very handy. There is no hotel right at Punta Cana International Airport, but the Four Points by Sheraton is some kind of the official Punta Cana Airport Hotel. It is the only proper hotel located at Punta Cana Village, the area right next to the airport with a few shops, restaurants, Airbnbs and businesses. Furthermore, Four Points by Sheraton offers a complimentary airport transfer from 07:00-23:00 (subject to change) and is only a 3-minute drive away from the airport, making it the perfect Punta Cana Airport hotel.

Punta Cana Airport Lounge

Punta Cana Airport features two airport lounges, among them an amazing VIP lounge with an outdoor swimming pool and airfield view. It is easily the most spectacular airport lounge in the Caribbean. You can use it for all departures from Terminal B (among them Air France, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines; subject to change). In case you’d like to properly use the fantastic swimming pool, it might be a good idea to plan your airport transfer to PUJ an hour earlier than usual.

Punta Cana VIP Service

 Punta Cana International Airport also counts with a Punta Cana VIP Service. It is available in different packages. For arrival, you can book fast-track immigration and customs service and optionally add a visit to the arrivals lounge and access to the preferential parking lot, which makes your Punta Cana airport transfer to the resort a few moments quicker.

For the Punta Cana VIP Airport service at departure, there is also a fast-track option for immigration and security including a subsequent airport lounge visit. These services can be booked directly with the airport, however, they come in quite pricey. On the other side, you can feel like a VIP at Punta Cana Airport.

 Do you have any questions on how to get to and from Punta Cana Airport? Which of the options do you prefer? Have you made your own experiences and want to share any advice? I am happy to read about it in the comment section.

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34 thoughts on “Airport transfers in Punta Cana 2022 – all options you need to know”

  1. Hi! Informative article on ground transportation options at PUJ. Apropos the taxi fare list above, please confirm that taxi (for two pax with luggage only) from Punta Cana airport to Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa is $30 USD one way? Do you normally pay in dollars or local (Dominican) currency? Is taxi fare fixed, or on a meter, or do we need to negotiate (before getting in)? Typically, how long is drive from airport to our hotel? What is suggested gratuity? Thanks for considering my enquiry.

    1. Hi BJ,

      thanks for your comment.
      The taxi fares from Punta Cana Airport to the resorts mentioned above are the official fares, so the rate to Secrets Cap Cana would be 30 USD. However, it is still important to agree on a price, so make sure to ask beforehand, as there are no meters. The taxi drivers might try to charge more, in this case politely mention the official taxi fares signposted at the airport, or they even might charge less due to the pandemic. Gratuity is at your discretion and you can easily pay the taxi rate in US-Dollars. The ride from Punta Cana Airport to Secrets Cap Cana won’t take more than 20 minutes.
      If you’d like to prebook your airport transfer to Secrets Cap Cana, you can do so here: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/punta-cana-private-airport-transfer-recommendation/

      Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Chris

  2. Hello! thank you for all the publish information.
    Don’t know if you can help me, We are arriving at Santo Domingo airport on July 12 and are going to la Romana, how much a taxi will cost to brings us to our hotel in the Romana? will we have problem if we do Uber from Santo Domingo airport to la Romana? I thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Nora,

      sure, I can help you. If you are arriving in Santo Domingo, you can check out this article with all information about airport transfers from Las Américas Airport: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/general-information-faq/airport-transfers-in-santo-domingo/

      For a recommendable transfer provider from Santo Domingo to La Romana, have a look at this offer: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/airport-transfer-santo-domingo-la-romana/

      And for a reputable transfer company from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe, check out this one: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/airport-transfer-santo-domingo-bayahibe/

      Ubers are available at Santo Domingo Airport, but they won’t take you for the price quoted by the application. You have to prepare to negotiate and haggle in this case.
      The easiest way is to prebook an airport transfer.

      Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Best regards
      Chris

  3. Great article ! Thank you so much! Btw Uber has been totally okay now to use in the airport I did and had no issues ! I think they finally came to an agreement

    1. Hi Billy,

      great that it worked for you.
      There is still no agreement with the taxi association and the authorities, problems are still reported, even though it has become less frequent recently.
      Of course, going TO the airport with an Uber is absolutely fine (as long as the resort lets the Uber enter to pick you up), but picking up right FROM the airport still can cause problems, according to recent reports from Uber drivers.
      I will keep checking during my next Uber rides.

      Cheers, Chris

  4. Thanks for writing this great article for us. I have gained good stuff from this website. Looking forward to your next article. I am happy to share this post to my friends. Keep it up.

    1. Hi A,

      if you are looking for a return transfer from Punta Cana Airport to Juan Dolio, you can check out this service here: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/airport-transfer-punta-cana-juan-dolio/

      if you are looking for a shared shuttle to Juan Dolio or a one-way transfer from Punta Cana to Juan Dolio, check out this transfer provider: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/airport-transfers-holidaytaxis/

      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  5. Hi Chris! I’m about to use your link provided in the article above to book a round trip, private transfer for 3 travelers from PUJ to Melia Punta Cana Adults Only for Christmas eve. Thank you so much for this information as this is the first time any of us have been to DR! I love all the information in one convenient location. Thank you again!

  6. Hi Chris, lots of helpful information. Cheers for that.
    I have booked an apartement via booking. com and they also offer an airport transfer for €10 to Punta Cana. I payed in advance and someone should show up at theairport for me.
    Ich bin gespannt ob das klappen wird 😉 Do you have experience with that kind of transfer?
    Cheers, Ina

  7. Hello Chris, thank you kindly for all these different options and helpful information. I am travelling to DR for the first time and I need to book my airport transfer. I didn’t see a link/widget for the “SHARED TRANSFER FROM PUNTA CANA AIRPORT TO YOUR RESORT”, can you help?

  8. Hi Chris, great blog! I have read somewhere else that road circulation is very dangerous. I was planning to do a 2 stops one in Punta Cana and one in Bayahibe, therefore a longer transfer – do you think the roads are safe? Many thanks and greetings from Paris

  9. Thank you for this post! I was looking into booking transportation to arrive at Serenade later this month. Let me know if you have further recommendations to arrive to Serenade specifically.

    I also read your comprehensive review of the resort as well. I appreciate your detail and I know what to expect before arriving. I will be looking at your blog for my future Punta Cana travels. Keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Naomi,
      I am glad that this article was helpful for you, including the extensive Serenade Punta Cana review.
      For your airport transfer from Punta Cana International Airport to Serenade Punta Cana, you actually can use most of the transfers mentioned above, for example one of the following ones:
      https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/punta-cana-private-airport-transfer-recommendation/
      https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/airport-transfer-punta-cana-to-cabeza-de-toro/

      If you need any advice about the best excursions while staying in Punta Cana, you can check out this article: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/excursions-tours/best-punta-cana-excursions-and-tours/

      Enjoy your vacation in Punta Cana
      Chris

  10. Thank you for all the amazing info!
    What would be the best transportation to move from one hotel in cap cana to another within cap cana? I know cap cana is hard for companies to get into so i wasn’t sure how to best accomplish this.

    1. Hi Frederick,
      for official Punta Cana transfer companies it isn’t too complicated to enter Cap Cana if they have a previous booking.
      However, in this case, I guess it would be easier to just take a taxi, they shouldn’t charge more than 10 to 15 USD for a transfer within Cap Cana. Depending on your hotel, you might even arrange a free transfer with one of the two resorts if you are lucky.
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  11. Any updates on calling an Uber from the Punta Cana airport? Will taxi drivers still hassle you / will the Ubers still try to negotiate the price or is it all resolved now?

    1. Hi Emily,
      the official agreement was that Uber drivers shouldn’t head to the airport to pick up passengers, hence I am not sure if it will work. I haven’t tried it on my own as I usually use the cheap airport shuttles (or get picked up from friends).
      Cheers, Chris

      1. Valerie Lopez

        Hi Chris!
        What airport shuttle do you use/ recommend? We are going to Punta Cana Princess 🙂

        Thanks
        Valerie

  12. Great Blog. Thank you. On the way to our hotel we would like to stop to get sim cards. Is this possible with an airport transfer service? Which one would be best?

    1. Hi Shawn,
      usually, when taking a Punta Cana airport transfer, quick stops are possible without a surcharge. However, getting SIM cards might take some time as your passport is needed, the SIM cards need to be activated, you might have to wait in a line etc.
      Therefore, I can only recommend to enquire separately with any of the airport transfer providers mentioned to check what is the additional surcharge for this service.
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers, Chris

  13. Thank youuuu for All the tips! This has eased my anxiety so much and I really appreciate you and the time you put into this article. Please keep posting we are reading!!!

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