Ins and outs
Aeropuerto Las Américas, east of Santo Domingo, is the main international airport for the capital, receiving flights from North and South America and Europe. Aeropuerto Internacional Dr Joaquín Balaguer, at El Higuero/La Isabela opened in 2005. If you are arriving in the capital by bus, you will come in to that company’s bus terminal. There is no central bus station. Taxis wait outside to take you to your hotel or other destination.
Air Europa, Av Winston Churchill 459, T8096838020. Air France, Av Máximo Gómez 15, Santo Domingo, T8096868432, Las Américas International Airport, T8095490309, Punta Cana Airport, T8099593002. Air Jamaica, F P Ramírez 159, Santo Domingo, T8098720080. Air Santo Domingo, Av 27 de Febrero 272 esq Seminario, Santo Domingo, T8096838006, information and reservations, T8096838020, at Las Américas, T8095491110, at La Romana airport, T8098139144, at Puerto Plata airport, T8095860391, at Punta Cana, T8092211170, at Puerto Plata, T8095860385, at El Portillo, Samaná, T8092406571. American Airlines, Edif IN TEMPO, Av W Churchill, Santo Domingo, T8095425151, La Romana airport, T8095565786, Punta Cana airport, T8099597002. American Eagle, Las Américas, Santo Domingo, T8095492339, Puerto Plata airport, T5860325. Caribair, Av Luperón, Santo Domingo, T8095426688, La Romana, T8092218076, Puerto Plata, T8096829855, Punta Cana, T8096885542, firstname.lastname@example.org. Condor, Av George Washington 353, T8096853125. Continental, Av Winston Churchill, Santo Domingo, T8095626688. Copa, 27 de Febrero, Santo Domingo, T8094722233. Coturisca, Av Luperón 49, Santo Domingo, T8096833435. Cubana, Av Tiradentes, Santo Domingo, T8092272040, email@example.com. Iberia, Lope de Vega 63, Santo Domingo, T8095080188. Lufthansa, Av George Washington 353, Santo Domingo, T8096899625. Martinair, M Gómez y Juan S Ramírez, Santo Domingo, T8096886661. Mexicana de Aviación, Av G M Ricart 54, Santo Domingo, T8095411016. Sky King, Puerto Plata international airport, T8095860342. United Air Lines, G M Ricart 54, Santo Domingo, T8095418072. US Airways, G M Ricart 54, Santo Domingo, T8095400505.
OMSA buses run along the main corridors (corredores), Avs 27 de Febrero, Luperón, Bolívar, Independencia, John F Kennedy, Máximo Gómez and the west of the city, US$0.30.
There are many places at the airport, on the road to the airport and on the Malecón. MC Auto Rent-A-Car (Av George Washington No 105, T8096886518, F6864529, http://www.mccarrental.com), branches also at Las Américas Airport (T8095498911) and Boca Chica (T8095234414); Nelly (Av Independencia 654, T8096877979, http://www.nellyrac.com, from US$45 a day); Dollar (Av Independencia 366, T8092217368, http://www.dollar.com.do, from US$47 a day); Europcar (Av Independencia 354,T8096882121, http://www.europcar.com.do); Payless (Gustavo Mejía Ricart 826, T8095634686).
Carros públicos, or conchos, are shared taxis normally operating on fixed routes, 24 hrs a day, basic fare US$0.30. Públicos can be hired by one person, if they are empty, and are then called carreras. They can be expensive (US$3-4, more on longer routes); settle price before getting in. Fares are higher at Christmas time. Públicos/conchos also run on long-distance routes; ask around to find the cheapest. You can get to just about anywhere by bus or público from Parque Independencia, but you have to ask where to stand. Conchos running on a shared basis are becoming scarcer, being replaced by carreras.
Radio taxis charge between US$3-5 on local journeys around Santo Domingo (US$10 per hr) and are safer than street taxis, call about 20-30 mins in advance: Taxi Anacaona, T8095304800; Apolo Taxi, T8095370000; Taxi Express, T8095377777; Taxi Oriental, T8095495555; Alex Taxi, T8095403311; Taxi Hogar, T8095682825; Tecni Taxi, T8095672010; Maxi Taxi, T8095440077; Taxi Raffi, T8096877858.
Motorcycle taxi service, motoconchos, US$0.20, sometimes illegally take up to 3 passengers on pillion. Drivers are supposed to wear a helmet, but none of the regulations are respected. Take care.