Santo Domingo to Punta Cana by Bus

Date: Aug 15, 2012 | Author: Ken Harrington

The new Coral Highway is open, decreasing the driving time between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo by an hour. Expreso Bavaro, the only express bus transportation between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, has taken full advantage of this by purchasing new buses, adding more buses to their schedule, and streamlining their route to include both Bavaro and Punta Cana on every trip.

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
07:00 am
09:00 am
11:00 am
13:00 pm
15:00 pm
16:00 pm
Santo Domingo to Punta Cana
07:00 am
09:00 am
11:00 am
13:00 pm
15:00 pm
16:00 pm

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)
Calle Ravelo
In front of Parque Enriquillo

La Plaza Veron Colonial
Across from Banco Reserva

Friusa (Bavaro)
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.

Posted by Darek

November 22, 2014

is your service to drive me from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo is all year around for $10 one way/person?


Posted by Ken

November 24, 2014

Hi Darek, remember, this is not “our service”. We just run a website. Expreso Bavaro runs everyday, 365 days a year. They charge $10 (more or less) for one way service between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana and visa versa. You can use them anytime to get from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana or the other way around.


Posted by cynthia

December 2, 2014

where are the pick up and drop off points?


Posted by Ken

December 3, 2014

Hi Cynthia. The pickup and drop off points are posted on this website. They are Friusa, Maximo Gomez in Santo Domingo, and Parque Enriquillo in Santo Domingo. Those are the only “scheduled” stops. However, the bus will stop at many hotels when they get to Punta Cana. They will stop where you want if you tell them. It depends on the crowd in the bus. If no one is going to Barcelo, the bus will not stop. If someone wants to get off there, tell the driver and he will be happy to stop.

Same when going to Santo Domingo. Sometimes people want to go to Samana, and they stop at the Autopista to Samana. Sometime people want to go to SDQ airport, and the driver will stop there. But key is, tell the driver. He will be more than happy to stop for you.


Posted by David

November 25, 2014

Hi…Looking to get from Punta Cana terminal or closest point to Lifestyle vacations in Bavaro.
Can you advise best option and cost please – 3 adults
Many thanks


Posted by Ken

December 3, 2014

Hi David, If you are in Santo Domingo and going to Punta Cana, you are in luck. Expreso Bavaro Bus will pass directly in front of Lifestyle resort in Bavaro. Just tell the driver you want to get off at Lifestyles. You will have to walk about 200 feet to the lobby.


Posted by Cynthia

December 2, 2014

I am traveling to DR alone. I will be in Bavaro. I would like to venture out to various places, will I be safe to journey alone? I speak fluent Spanish. I read all your info regarding the buses, the map, however, is missing. Any chance I could get it? I would like to visit various places.
Thank you in advance for your time.


Posted by Ken

December 3, 2014

Hi Cynthia,

I have no map. However, if you look on Google Maps, you will see there is only one road (autopista Coral) between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. But, a map is a VERY GOOD idea. When I have free time (hahaha) I will make one and post it. Sorry I dont have one now.


Posted by Cynthia

December 3, 2014

haha no one ever has that very much needed “free time!” I thought there was a reference on the home page that says “refer to map below.” So, as long as I follow the route alone autopista Coral and the advice you have already given above, I should be ok? Thank you very much Ken!


Posted by Sabrina

December 4, 2014

Hello, I’m flying to SDQ but I am staying the first 4 nights in Punta Cana. What would be the easiest way for me to go to my hotel? The pick up points are close to the airport?



Posted by Ken

December 4, 2014

Hi Sabrina, The only way to leave SDQ is with private transportation. No buses come to the airport I am sorry to say. The only way to get to Expreso Bavaro is to take a taxi from the airport to Expreso Bavaro on Maximo Gomez in Santo Domingo. From there, you catch the bus, and get to Punta Cana in about 3 hours (depending on your hotel).


Posted by Desiree

March 10, 2015

Sabrina, we are flying into SDQ and traveling to Bavaro the first week of April. Can you pass along any transportation tips (or other tips) from your recent trip?

Many thanks!



Posted by Ken

March 18, 2015

Hi Desiree,
I’m pretty ghetto and know my way around the DR pretty well. When I fly into SDQ, I either exit the airport and walk to my right where I find a bunch of guys in motorcycles sitting under a tree. I pay one of them 50-100 pesos to take me to the main road (the autopista) about 3 km away. If I have a lot a luggage, I pay a taxi about $10 to take me to the same place.

Once I am sitting at the side of the road, there are buses (guagua’s) that pass by every 10 minutes or less. I grab the first bus to Higuey. These buses can be very crowded and you may end up standing the entire trip. Once in Higuey, I get on another bus that takes me to Bavaro. It’s very easy to do.

The only way to leave the SDQ airport is via private transportation. If quickest and easiest way to get to your hotel in Punta Cana is to order private transportation in advance. I recommend these guys. They are easy to book, and very reliable. Oh, they also speak English.


Posted by Patti Living

May 11, 2015

BOOM! Ken your post on March 18th is Stellar! I will be leaving for DR on May 20th and am sitting here trying to figure out how to get to Barcelo Bavaro Beach from SDQ. Most of the bus websites I’ve seen has the last bus at 4pm and I don’t arrive to SDQ until 3:49pm. Not enough time to get to Expreso before the last bus leaves. So how late do the “bus every 10 minutes from main road” run? This is a three hour ride at what cost?


Posted by Ken

May 11, 2015

Hi Patti. First get to Higuey then get to Bavaro where your hotel is. Remember your hotel is in Bavaro, it IS NOT in Punta Cana no matter what your travel agent told you.

The buses will run after dark. I’m not sure the actual time. I would guess they will run till around 8 or 9 pm.

Total cost will be $10 more or less. They might take USD from $1,$5,$10,$20 dollar bills. I always pay in pesos so I am not sure. Exchange rate is about 44.80 today. Your price may very. Good luck!


Posted by Gudo

May 2, 2016

Hello Ken,
Great initiative :). I will be arriving at the Punta Cana airport and planning o catching the Bravado express. How do i get to the station from the airport? should i take a private taxi and how much will that cost me to drop me off at the Bravado station. Also can the bus drop me off at the Santo domingo airport, if not, where is the best place to get off if i would like to go to the santo domingo airport? also how much would that trip cost me?

Thank you


Posted by Eric Clinton

May 17, 2016

Hello! I am looking to travel from Santo Domingo Airport to Punta Cana airport. Where is the pick up from Santo Domingo Airport? Thanks


Posted by Ken

May 18, 2016

Hi Eric

If you read this article, you will know that this bus, not any other form of public transportation stops at SDQ.

You must take a taxi from SDQ to Santo Domingo, then take the bus from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana.


Posted by Jenny

April 13, 2017

Hello, how much is transportation from SDQ to the bus terminal that takes you to Punta Cana? Thank you in advance


Posted by Gerry

September 26, 2017

I am trying to find an inexpensive shuttle from Bavaro to Punta Cana International. The hotel offers shuttle at US$30. I checked GO Shuttle and they show only one departure at 11 am for $15 pp. My flight is not till 5:00 pm. Can I not take the Bavaro Express for say US$2 pp?


Posted by Ken

September 26, 2017

Hi Gerry. A hotel shuttle for $30 is a great deal here. The transportation in the Bavaro area is run by a mafia. This is why the prices are so high. A taxi ride in Santo Domingo will cost you $3. That exact same ride in Bavaro will cost you $35. There is no way around it, and there is no cheap solution. You cannot take Expreso Bavaro from Bavaro to the Punta Cana Airport. You must take a private shuttle or taxi to get there. Sorry.


Posted by Yuliya

November 16, 2017

Hey Ken, I have read all you answered . thank you . very useful. I am wonderign if weekend bus schedule is the same as mon-fr from Punta cana to SDQ



Posted by Ken

November 27, 2017

The bus schedule is the same 7 days a week


Posted by George

April 26, 2018

HI Ken!
I want to go to Sabana de la mar and eventually make my way to Las terrena. Do you know a bus company or private shuttle that will take me?

Please advice,


Posted by Ken

April 28, 2018

Hi George,

I took a bus there once. And it took me back to Higuey. So I think the bus goes from Higuey to Sabana del Mar. So in my experience, you’ll have to get to Higuey first. The bus made so many stops it was almost not worth it. What I would recommend is find a bus that goes from Bavaro to Macao. Get off the bus on the autopista before the bus goes to Macao. There might be a bus that will take you as far as Uvero Alto, although I’m not aware of one. Then I would hitchhike.

Once you get past the turn off to Uvero Alto every singe car will be going to Miches most likely. You got to get to Miches. If you had a car, it’s an hour drive from Bavaro. Then from Miches you catch another bus to Sabana del Mar. Once you get off the bus in Sabana del Mar, you take a moto taxi to the dock where the boat is. Then it’s pretty easy to ride the boat across to Samana from there.


About Author
Ken Harrington
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

When I'm not traveling or hanging out of the beach, I'm a Consultant for Tour Operators in the Dominican Republic. I also dig Linux and FOSS, loath TV, enjoy cooking, and I'm an adrenaline seeking adventure junkie. I try not to take life too seriously if I can avoid it. Oh yeah, and I’m the guy that sort of keeps this site from falling apart.