I schedule many taxi trips in Punta Cana as an Airbnb host and how much you pay for a taxi varies greatly depending on the distance of your trip.
A taxi in Punta Cana can cost you anywhere from USD 10 to a whopping USD 80. The cost depends on the driving distance between your departure and arrival points. There are fixed price fares for airport to hotel rides but in general, taxis are quite expensive in Punta Cana unlike in the rest of DR.
Here I’ll share specific taxi fares from and to Popular destinations and hotels in Punta Cana as well as a trick or two on how to get the best prices.
Fixed price taxi fares from the Punta Cana airport
Taxis are the most expensive mode of transportation in Punta Cana due to the fact that it’s a popular tourist destination. A taxi ride in Punta Cana can cost you up to 4 times more than a taxi fare in Santo Domingo, the country’s capital city.
However, there are fixed price fares for taxis departing from the Punta Cana airport (PUJ), the price is not based on the time it takes to get to your destination (there is no time meter onboard) but rather it’s calculated by distance.
Here’s a list of common destinations in Punta Cana and their one-way fare from the airport:
|Le Sivory by PortBlue Boutique hotel||USD 80|
|Zoetry Agua Hotel||USD 80|
|Excellence Hotel||USD 70|
|Grand Sirenis Resort Casino & Aquagames||USD 70|
|Dreams Punta Cana Resort||USD 70|
|Hard Rock Hotel & Casino||USD 50|
|Occidental Caribe||USD 40|
|Amhsa The Club At Grand Paradise Bavaro hotel||USD 40|
|Grand Bahia Principe hotels||USD 40|
|Iberostar hotels||USD 40|
|RIU hotels||USD 40|
|VIK Arena Blanca||USD 40|
|Ocean Blue & Sand Beach Resort||USD 40|
|Punta Cana Princess All Suites & Spa||USD 40|
|Grand Bavaro Princess||USD 35|
|Paradisus Punta Cana Resort||USD 35|
|Caribe Club Princess Beach Resort||USD 35|
|Occidental Punta Cana hotel||USD 35|
|Palladium hotels||USD 35|
|Cayacoa hotel||USD 35|
|Cortecito Inn hotel||USD 35|
|Captain Cook restaurant||USD 35|
|Barcelo Dominican Beach||USD 35|
|Tropical Clubs Bavaro||USD 35|
|Los Sueños resort, condos & villas||USD 35|
|Los Corales Beach Village||USD 35|
|Gran Caribe Resort and Beach Club||USD 35|
|Natural Village hotel||USD 35|
|Secrets Royal Beach hotel||USD 35|
|NOW Larimar hotel||USD 35|
|Melia hotels||USD 30|
|IFA Villas Bavaro||USD 30|
|Barcelo hotels||USD 30|
|Natura Park ECO Beach Resort & Spa||USD 30|
|Be Live hotels||USD 30|
|Dreams Palm Beach hotel||USD 30|
|Catalonia Bavaro hotel||USD 30|
|Friusa Crossing||USD 30|
|Manati Park||USD 30|
|Cap Cana||USD 30|
|Secrets Cap Cana hotel||USD 30|
|Sanctuary Cap Cana hotel||USD 30|
|Coco Loco Crossing||USD 25|
|Hospiten Bavaro hospital||USD 20|
|Club Med Punta Cana hotel||USD 20|
|Los Corales||USD 20|
|Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club||USD 20|
|Four Points by Sheraton||USD 10|
Can I haggle the taxi fare?
As a Dominican, I’m used to haggling the price of almost everything. Recently I tried haggling the price for a taxi ride from Downtown Punta Cana to my home in El Cortecito, the fare was USD 25.
Me being from Santo Domingo, I’m used to paying four times less money for a ride of the same distance so I tried to haggle.
The first driver I approached refused to drive me for anything less. He wasn’t rude but he just wouldn’t budge.
The second driver was not budging either but in the end, he agreed to take me home for USD 20.
To this day, that is the most expensive taxi ride I’ve paid in the DR.
I own a car so I don’t need taxis or public transportation to move around but my car was in the shop at the time; needless to say, I took the bus for the remainder of the time my car was unavailable.
Does Punta Cana have UBER?
Nope! Uber is not in Punta Cana at this moment.
The fact there’s no Uber in Punta Cana is tied with why the taxis are so expensive. Transportation in the region is heavily controlled by syndicates and they have not allowed Uber to operate in Punta Cana.
The syndicates are very jealous of their territory and don’t allow any competition, therefore the prices are high because they have a monopoly on the transportation supply.
In my opinion, this will inevitably come to an end and Uber, along with other companies, will eventually operate in Punta Cana and drive the prices down.
Where can I get a cab in Punta Cana?
for day to day errands, you can call a cab to pick you up and drive you to where you need to go. Here’s the number for Taxi Bavaro Punta Cana: 809-552-0617.
According to Google, the busiest time to call for a cab is from 8 to 11 AM and the least busy times are noon and at night after 7 PM.
Taxis are also stationed outside shopping malls, restaurants, plazas, etc. You just tell the driver where you want to go and he’ll take you there.
Always agree on the price BEFORE getting into the cab to avoid any surprises.
For scheduled pickups, like to go to the airport or to be picked up at the airport, I prefer using a shuttle or transfer service that you can book in advance.
- Click here to see up to date pricing on one-way transfers from the airport
- Check price here for roundtrip transfers from and to the airport.
- And click here for a cheaper option: shared one-way airport transfer.
I have used Servicios Turísticos Universal for airport pickups before and have never had a problem. Here’s their Tripadvisor profile.
How do I pay for a taxi?
You can only pay in cash either in Dominican pesos or US dollars. They don’t have the technology on board to accept credit cards or debit cards.
While not official nor exact fares this site gives a rough estimate for taxi fares in Punta Cana.
What about the moto-taxis?
Here in Punta Cana, almost every local motorcycle rider will offer you a ride for a low fare when you’re walking around in Punta Cana.
A moto-taxi ride can cost you 50 Dominican pesos (USD 1) for short distances and 100 Dominican pesos (2 USD) for longer distances.
To grab a moto-taxi just go out on the street and signal a motorcycle driver, agree on the price and hop-on. I recommend riding with drivers that wear a reflective vest, this means they’re part of the syndicate and guarantees your safety.
Speaking of safety, taxis are very safe in Punta Cana as long as they’re clearly marked as a taxi. Syndicates are very protective of their area and routes so it’s very difficult for someone to impersonate a taxi and go undetected.
Water taxis and taxi boats
On the beach, you’ll see boats marked as “water taxi” or “taxi boat”, these boats basically offer snorkeling tours, they are not taxis in any way.
What other options are there other than taxis?
Other than taxis and moto-taxis you basically have only two options: catch a bus (click here for our bus riding guide) or rent a car.
Taxi fares to go outside Punta Cana
|Otra Banda||USD 60|
|Club Dominicus in Bayahibe||USD 120|
|El Seibo||USD 120|
|Hato Mayor||USD 150|
|La Romana and Bahia Principe hotel||USD 150|
|San Pedro de Macorís||USD 150|
|Juan Dolio||USD 165|
|Boca Chica||USD 175|
|Las Americas International Airport (AILA)||USD 175|
|Sabana de la Mar||USD 200|
|Santo Domingo||USD 200|
|San Cristobal||USD 220|
|Villa Altagracia||USD 225|
|La Vega||USD 260|
|San Francisco de Macoris||USD 275|
|Puerto Plata||USD 375|
|Las Terrenas||USD 400|
|San Juan de la Maguana||USD 450|
|Lago Enriquillo||USD 475|
If you’re coming to Punta Cana, and are not planning on renting a car, taxis can be a convenient and comfortable way of transportation. However, the cost of riding a taxi in Punta Cana can add up really quickly!
I recommend only taking a taxi when absolutely necessary (e.g. you’re carrying many grocery bags or it’s late at night). Otherwise, learn to ride the bus or walk as much as you can.
Moto taxis are also a quick and convenient option but can also be dangerous as a helmet will not be provided to you.
If money is not an obstacle for you, taxis are the most convenient way to move around Punta Cana other than renting a car.