Public Transport: The Dominican Republic has a variety of informal transportation systems.

motoconchos (motorcycle taxis), are fairly hazardous short distance carriers that you often find hovering at intersections. I don't necessarily recommend them for tourists. Check their badge to see that they are licensed and that you are not climbing on the bike of someone destined to rob you.

guaguas/voladoras (public buses that are known for their generally bad conditions and the driver's reckless driving). In Santo Domingo be VERY careful in the parada (bus station area) which tend to be various chaotic streets filled with buses and peddlers trying to sell biscuits, candies and water to passengers. They are very cheap ways to cross the country but foreigners stand out as targets so take a cab to the parada and have him see you onto the bus. Ask for the "express" or you may be on a bus that stops everywhere on route.

carros publicos/conchos (shared taxis that stop at certain intervals or wherever there are passengers on a street.). These look like beaten up cars filled with people. 4 in the back and 3 in the front is normal. You need to know which streets lead where you want to go and stand there pointing your index finger periodically at the road. A car stops you climb in and hopefully it goes where you want it to.

Other bus services There are also several different bus operators that service different parts of the country and meet in Santo Domingo. The government owned OMSA has a fleet of economical buses that transverse the metro area and are very popular with poor and middle class folks. CARIBE TOURS and METRO run a deluxe air conditioned service the north (Metro is express and quickest). These are relatively safe with propper bus stations complete with security staff.

The Santo Domingo Metro is a 15 km underground and elevated system consisting of six proposed lines. The first line begins elevated at Villa Mella (Santo Domingo Norte), located north of the Isabela River and north of the city center and ends at Centro de los Héroes in the southern coast of Santo Domingo, near the seawall district (Malecon). Some of the stops on the first line are the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre), the main campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and Avenida Lincoln. The first line is already in service.

The second line is proposed to run in an east-west direction beneath Avenida 27 de Febrero, crossing the first line. The third line will also run in an east-west direction, but it will run beneath Avenida John F. Kennedy.[citation needed]

The Charles de Gaulle station will be named after Dominican martyr Florinda Soriano Muñoz (Mamá Tingó).

Las Américas International Airport Santo Domingo is served by two international airports, the main one being Las Américas International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de las Americas Dr. José Francisco Peña Gómez). The airport is currently the busiest in the country, handling over 2.5 million passengers per year and is located in Punta Caucedo, 15 kilometers east of the D.N on DR-3 (Autopista de Las Americas).

Car hire all the major car hire franchises operate in the DR and most are available from the airport. But DO NOT THINK THAT DRIVING IN THE DR IS ANYTHING LIKE DRIVING IN THE USA. Especially in the capital, drivers are crazy and motorcyclists buzz from all directions like misquitos. Many motorists have no insurance and disputes over accidents might be settled with firearms. I drive there, but I keep away from city centers and give way to everyone. Santo Domingo is the terminus for three of the five national highways, each of this three beginning around the Zona Colonial of the city. The city is connected to the Southwest of the republic by the national highway DR-2, to the northwest of the republic by DR-1 serving as a direct link to the city of Santiago de los Caballeros. DR-3 connects Santo Domingo directly to the east of the country including the cities of San Pedro de Macoris, La Romana, and major touristic sites like Punta Cana and Bavaro, and to the Samaná Province(northeast) via the Samana highway.

The Dominican Republic has five major highways, which take travelers to every important town in the country. The three major highways are Autopista Duarte, Autopista del Este, and Autopista del Sur, which go to the north, east, and western side of the country. A 106–kilometer toll road that connects Santo Domingo with the country’s northeastern peninsula.

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