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.
- Airport transfer in Punta Cana with a pre-booked transfer
- Private transfer from Punta Cana Airport to your resort
- Shared transfer from Punta Cana Airport to your resort
- Luxury transfer from Punta Cana Airport to your resort
- Airport transfer in Punta Cana with Uber
- Airport transfer in Punta Cana with a taxi
- Renting a car at Punta Cana Airport
- Airport transfer in Punta Cana by public transport
- Punta Cana Airport Transfers to other destinations
- Punta Cana Airport Transfers to Bayahibe
- Punta Cana Airport Transfers to Santo Domingo
- Punta Cana Airport Transfers to Miches
- Airport transfers to other destinations in the Dominican Republic
- Other information about 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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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 & Tropical 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.
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.
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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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.
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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.
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.
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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Hey, I am Chris, a born and raised German, travel-addictive and Caribbean Soul. Since 2011 I have been living in the Caribbean, among them 5 years in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is my home-base here in the country and I’d love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track and give you all the advice you want to know for your vacation in Punta Cana.
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