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Dominican Republic

Punta Cana

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Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Punta Cana car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Punta Cana is in car rental price band: 7/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Punta Cana? 

No. Car rental is expensive by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Punta Cana between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 7/10

Non car score:5/10

Balance: 4

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Punta Cana using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Punta Cana ?


Any recommendation on getting a rental car here is very marginal. When compared with nearby Puerto Plata for example, the resorts are a little bit further apart, and there are a few more places to visit inland.

  • To really see the Domican Republic in detail, a hire car is useful.
  • There are few buses running into the interior of the island. Instead, buses tend to run to Puerto Plata or to the capital Santo Domingo.

Why not? Visiting Punta Cana without a car

Why don't you need a car in Punta Cana ?


  • Main resort areas are easy enough to walk around.
  • Major resorts are also close to each other.
  • You can easily get around the area using local buses and taxis.
  • Road safety is a concern in the Dominican Republic. The roads are less safe than other Caribbean nations such as Barbados.
  • For the capital Santo Domingo, we would recommend going by bus, and then using local metro services.

Ratings: How does Punta Cana compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Punta Cana? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Punta Cana, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Punta Cana? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Punta Cana (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Punta Cana? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Punta Cana airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Punta Cana car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 6

2021 - 4

Average score - 5

Notes:

 

Should you rent a car in Punta Cana? On balance, a hire car in Punta Cana is worth considering.

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Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata

Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata

See: Why hire a car in Puerto Plata ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments


Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Puerto Plata car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Puerto Plata is in car rental price band: 7/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Puerto Plata? 

No. Car rental is expensive by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Puerto Plata between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 7/10

Non car score:5/10

Balance: 2

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Puerto Plata using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Puerto Plata ?



Why not? Visiting Puerto Plata without a car

Why don't you need a car in Puerto Plata ?



Ratings: How does Puerto Plata compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Puerto Plata? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Puerto Plata, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Puerto Plata? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Puerto Plata (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Puerto Plata? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Puerto Plata airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Puerto Plata car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 4

2019 - 3

2021 - 2

Average score - 3

Notes:

 


Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Puerto Plata ?

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Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo

Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Santo Domingo

See: Why hire a car in Santo Domingo ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

In stark contrast to many of the resort areas around the northern side of the Dominican Republic, the capital Santo Domingo really isn’t the sort of place where a hire car is either necessary or useful. After the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, Santo Domingo was the second city amongst the islands of the Caribbean to develop an urban mass transit system, and the network now has two lines forming a cross -shaped network.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Santo Domingo car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Santo Domingo is in car rental price band: 7/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Santo Domingo? 

No. Car rental is expensive by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Santo Domingo between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:7/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Santo Domingo using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Santo Domingo ?


  • Generally, for a vacation based in the city of Santo Domingo itself, there isn’t really much point in renting a car. This is very much in contrast with the beach resort destinations elsewhere in the Dominican Republic.
  • A hire car may be useful if you are staying elsewhere – for example if you rent a car at the airport in Santo Domingo, but you are actually staing in Punta Cana or Puerto Plata.
  • Local public transit, including the metro, is more geared up towards serving commuters, and perhaps tourists who are staying right in the centre of the city. It’s not so much use if you are staying in resorts outside the centre.

Why not? Visiting Santo Domingo without a car

Why don't you need a car in Santo Domingo ?


  • The Santo Domingo metro system might generally be a lot more useful for commuters than it is for tourists, but there are still a lot of hotels built alongside some of the city’s major highways which also have good access to this network.
  • Santo Domingo also has a good network of urban buses, and it’s the natural focal point of long distance services covering all major urban areas in the Dominican Republic.
  • Although Santo Domingo is very much a vibrant and business focused city, as opposed to being somewhere that really concentrates on packaged tourism, it’s also still served by a wide range of local, regional and long haul flights, including daily services to and from the Spanish capital Madrid. This means that there is also quite a strong chance that you might be arriving into the airport in Santo Domingo, but still actually planning on heading to tourist resorts which are closer to other holiday airports like Puerto Plata or Punta Cana, or onto other islands in the Caribbean.
  • If this is the case, then, you might still find a hire car is useful, although there might also be resort transfers provided direct from the airport. If you are planning on spending a week in Santo Domingo, then this is also the sort of destination where you might want to look into car hire offers based on renting for a couple of days, rather than for the whole length of your holiday, although your hotel should also be able to put you in touch with private tour operators.
  • Santo Domingo can also serve as a useful transfer point for the independent traveller who wants to get between Europe or major cities in the US and Canada and smaller Caribbean islands which don’t have direct flight links. If you are just in Santo Domingo in transit, and maybe want to stay for a few days to get to see a bit of the interior of the Dominican Republic, you will probably still find that buses and local taxis are adequate for this.

Ratings: How does Santo Domingo compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Santo Domingo? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Santo Domingo, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Santo Domingo? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Santo Domingo (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Santo Domingo? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Santo Domingo airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Santo Domingo car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 2

2019 - 4

2021 - 1

Average score - 2

Notes:

 

Santo Domingo car hire summary – unlike other parts of the Dominican Republic, there’s really no need to get a hire car in Santo Domingo, but it might well be worth looking into a partial rental for some of your stay.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Santo Domingo ?