Santo Domingo to Punta Cana by Bus
With the recent opening of the new Coral Highway, the driving time between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana has been significantly reduced. You can now drive from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) to Casa de Campo, in La Romana, in only 45 minutes. Even though the new Coral Highway bypasses Higuey and goes straight to La Romana, it is not 100% complete. Eventually, you will also be able to bypass La Romana saving even more time.
As a result of the new highway, travel between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo is much more convenient.
Expreso Bavaro provides public transportation between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. What used to be a 4+ hour trip, has now been shortened to about 3 1/2 hours. Expreso Bavaro has purchased a whole new line of buses, complete with onboard bathrooms, and has changed their hours of operation to better accomodate travelers and tourists alike, heading towards their final vacation destination in Punta Cana.
The new hours of operation are as follows:
Expreso Bavaro Schedule as of January 2013
|Punta Cana to Santo Domingo
|Santo Domingo to Punta Cana
There used to be separate schedules for Punta Cana, Bavaro and Veron. With the new bus route and the completion of the new Coral Highway, all buses now pass through Punta Cana, Bavaro and Veron. They also stop at both airports (or at least as close as possible in the case of Las American SDQ). Here is an example of where the bus stops between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana and visa versa.
Santo Domingo to Punta Cana
- Depart Santo Domingo from the Main Terminal in Santo Domingo
- +0:20 – you will stop at Parque Enriquio
- +2:45 – you will stop at Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)
- +3:00 – you will stop in Veron
- +3:35 – your journey ends in Friusa (Bavaro)
Punta Cana to Santo Domingo
- Depart Punta Cana from Friusa (Bavaro)
- +0:30 – you will stop in Veron
- +2:50 – you may stop for Las Americas Airport (SDQ)
- +3:35 – your journey ends in Santo Domingo (Main Terminal)
The price to take Expreso Bavaro between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo
remains the same at $375RD is now $400RD pesos (or roughly $10 USD). You must purchase your ticket at the time of your trip. There is no option to purchase tickets in advance. You must purchase your ticket the day of departure at one of the following locations.
Santo Domingo (Main Terminal)
Calle Juan Sanchez Ramirez #31
Near Avenida Maximo Gomez
Santo Domingo (2nd Terminal)
In front of Parque Enriquillo
La Plaza Veron Colonial
Across from Banco Reserva
Avenida Estados Unidos
1 block South of the Gas Station
The air conditioning on the bus ride between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo can get quite cold. It would be wise to bring a sweater! Also, because of the shorter transportation time between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, and the addition of bathrooms on the buses, there is no longer a stop for food or bathroom break.