Dominican Republic

From Santo Domingo to Punta Cana on a budget

Getting to Punta Cana from Santo Domingo isn’t very hard, there are a couple ways to do it and it won’t take you very long. If you have some money to spend, you can always take a flight, Punta Cana has an airport. Or, you can take a taxi. Both options will cost you, taxis in Dominican Republic aren’t super cheap, but it is comfortable and if you’re lucky, you might even have access to Wi-Fi in the car. Yup, let’s hear that again, Wi-Fi in the car!

But, if you have a tighter budget, there is another option. Take the bus. It will take you 3-4 hours, is a direct bus from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana and also has Wi-Fi (not working perfectly but it’s better than nothing).

The bus line I used is Expreso Bávaro, the buses were big and comfortable and had good air-conditioning (it actually got a bit cold so a sweater is recommended). Not only was it a comfortable travel, it only cost me under US$10 (RD$400).

Getting to the station

The bus leaves from two places in Santo Domingo, Juan Sánchez Ramírez street and the other just a few minutes away in front of el Parque Enriquillo. If you take a taxi to the either station the driver will most likely know it, I got on Juan Sánchez Ramírez street, which is the first stop. Inside you can get your ticket and wait for the bus, and it even has a bathroom (so does the bus). I would recommend Ramíres street to get a good seat and also to be at the station at least half an hour before departure as it’s a popular line. Buses leave at 7am, 9am and 11am, as well as 1pm, 3pm and 4pm.

What to expect

  • The buses are big and comfortable with a toilet you can use during the travel.
  • It will cost you about RD$400 (about US$10) one way.
  • It might get cold with the air-condition so bring a sweater.
  • Save the ticket you get by the cashier, it’s just bus ticket and it will be collected on the bus.
  • You can leave your luggage in the compartment underneath, you will get a ticket with you luggage number to avoid confusion.
  • The seats recline more than they should so it’s a good idea to take a seat on the front row to avoid having your leg space reduced by the person in front of you.
  • Once in Punta Cana there are multiple stops, the driver will take request if your hotel is not a scheduled stop but on the route. If you’re not sure where to get off, just ask the driver or other passengers and they will help you.

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