How to Get from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana on a Budget


Map of the Santo Domingo-Punta Cana Road

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Some means of transportation, such as taxis, can be quite expensive for traveling across the Dominican Republic. Luckily there are other options available for those traveling on a budget or have to go on long trips around the country on a regular basis. If you are in Santo Domingo and need to get to Punta Cana and can’t afford (or are not willing to pay) 140+ USD we recommend traveling by bus and make the trip, comfortably, for less than $10.

Expreso Bávaro Bus Line

Expreso Bávaro (Bavaro Express) is the bus line that travels to Bávaro, Punta Cana. Their buses are big, comfortable and get you to Punta Cana in approximately three hours (depending on your stop). Best of all is the price, which under US$10 (RD$400) is just right.

Getting to the bus station

Expreso Bávaro has two different stations in Santo Domingo: one on Juan Sánchez Ramírez street (map) and the other just a few minutes away in front of el Parque Enriquillo (map).

Google maps screenshots of the bus stations location

Both stations are well known and almost any taxi driver will know where to drop you off, you can also use public transportation to get there using the maps provided above. We recommend you board the bus on the station located on Juan Sánchez Ramírez street since that’s the first departure station (the bus will then stop at the Enriquillo park station for about ten minutes to pick up packages and more people waiting at that station).

We are not sure if both stations ticket systems are linked together to avoid overselling so just be on the safe side and board the bus on the first station. You need to get there at least half an hour before the scheduled departure time (buses leave at 7, 9, 11 AM and at 1, 3, 4 PM) or you risk the bus getting full since it is a very popular line.

What to expect

Bus on the station

– Price is RD$400 (about US$10) ONE WAY

– If you’re getting on the 7:00 AM bus and the station is closed when you arrive don’t worry, just wait there until they open and quickly get in the line to buy your ticket.

SAVE THE TICKET given to you by the cashier. An usher will ask you for it on the bus, if you don’t have it you will have to pay the fare again or get off the bus.

– There is room for luggage on the compartment underneath. You will be given a ticket that matches the number on your luggage to avoid confusions.

– It gets cold on the bus so bring a sweater

– The bus can leave the station 5 minutes ahead of schedule so be there early

– The bus will stop for about 10 minutes on the second station before heading for Punta Cana

– You may want to peek through the window but depending on the time of day you travel and where your seat is located, the sun may bother other passengers on the bus who may ask you to please shut the curtains.

Bus interior
Inside the Bus

– Seats recline more than they should so a good idea is to take a seat on the front row to avoid having your leg space reduced by the person in front of you. You should also check with the person behind you to see if you are not inconveniencing them.

– There are multiple preset stops (including several hotels) but once in Punta Cana the driver will take requests and make extra stops to accommodate passengers (as long as it’s on the route). If you are not sure where you should stay you can ask the driver or other passengers for advice on where would be the best place to stay so that you’re closer to your final destination.

Hotel stops

  • Barceló complex
  • Barceló Dominican Beach
  • Ifa Villas Bávaro
  • Carabela
  • Meliá Caribe Tropical
  • Grand Palladium
  • Paradisus Palma Real
  • Now Larimar
  • RIU & Iberostar complex

Other stops

  • Punta Cana Airport
  • Bolera
  • Plaza San Juan
  • Plaza Bávaro
  • Sitrabapu Verón
  • Cruce de Verón
  • Cruce de Friusa (Terminal)

UBER

Uber is currently only operating in and departing from Santo Domingo. As you know Uber charges a per mile or minute fare but they have set flat rates from Santo Domingo to different popular destinations:

Great Santo Domingo – Las Americas airport | RD$1,300
Great Santo Domingo – Boca Chica | RD$1,500
Great Santo Domingo – Santiago | RD$4,000
Great Santo Domingo – San Francisco de Macorís | RD$4,500
Great Santo Domingo – La Romana | RD$4,500
Great Santo Domingo – Punta Cana | RD$7,000

Bottom Line

The Expreso Bávaro buses are not the most comfortable but they are big, clean, air conditioned and even put on current american movies on board (in spanish with english subtitles). The service is on time and reliable and the price is just right. We recommend this company as a very convenient way to get from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana without spending a small fortune on a private taxi.

*Related: transportation in the Dominican Republic

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