Punta Cana airport information
The international Punta Cana Airport (PUJ) opened in 1984, starting as a small operation with
only a few thousand passengers landing the first year. Today, well over a million passengers per
year land at the Punta Cana airport.
The airport itself looks very exotic, with a thatched
roof over the terminal. Parts of the terminal are even of an “open air” concept with no walls
sheltering them. Don’t be fooled though, this is a modern airport with very adequate facilities
– a cut above most Caribbean airports.
Services you’ll find at the Punta Cana airport
There is a cafeteria, but this is airport food – not on par with what you’ll get at most
Punta Cana restaurants. The airport also has a banking center with a currency exchange
service. Depending on the time of day and how many international flights are arriving, there
may be quite a run on this service.
Right outside the airport you’ll notice taxi stands – remember that the tan colored tourist
taxis, while more reliable, are double the price of the older Japanese “city taxis”. There
is a car rental service as well, but remember that renting a car is an expensive and risky
proposition in Punta Cana.
Punta Cana airport porters
When you deplane, there are always a group of somewhat aggressive porters offering to carry
your bags for you. If you’re able to carry your stuff, it is a very short walk to the taxi
and bus stand. Keep a firm hold on your bags and say NO THANK YOU. If your stuff is really
heavy, let them carry it and give them a buck or two per bag. Do not let them make you feel
guilty or that you gave them too little – you set the price.
Punta Cana airlines
Currently, there are 70 airlines and charters that fly direct into the Punta Cana
International Airport. This is now the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic, so more
airlines are adding direct flights every day. Research your flight carefully, there are many
ways to fly to Punta Cana, find the cheapest flight available.
If you find a cheap flight into Santo Domingo – it’s a 3 hour cab ride to Punta Cana which
will cost you around $100 each way. You could also hop on a bus to Punta Cana for less than
$10. The 3 hour cab ride seems daunting, but my advice is stay in Santo Domingo for a day.
This is the oldest city in the new world! Go out for supper, visit the colonial district –
then move on to Punta Cana the next day.
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