Punta Cana

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Punta Cana?

Do you need a car in Punta Cana > Should you rent a car in Punta Cana Dominican Republic > Punta Cana ( PUJ )

Do you need a car in Punta Cana? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Punta Cana?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Punta Cana?

Punta Cana Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€155

 #183/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €140

77/300

 

Free parking score

Total 195 - of which 131 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

67%

#59/300

 

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? Why not? Ratings Comments

Punta Cana public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

30%

Overall public transport score

20%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Punta Cana. 

30%

  • 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

Car rental in - Punta Cana Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Punta Cana?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Punta Cana?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Punta Cana?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Punta Cana if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Punta Cana if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Punta Cana if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Punta Cana on the Carornocar scale?

6

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

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

Would you hire a car in Punta Cana?

Have you driven in Punta Cana? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Punta Cana?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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