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How to get to Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata, officially known as San Felipe de Puerto Plata, is the capital of the province of Puerto Plata, and is located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

The region is home to the popular beachside resorts of Playa Dorada and Costa Dorada, located just east of the city proper.

The most convenient and quickest route to Puerto Plata is by air to Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP), located 20km (12mi) from Puerto Plata, and close to the neighbouring tourist destinations of Cofresí, Playa Dorada, Sosúa and Cabarete.

The airport is also convenient to Playa Grande and Río San Juan, just an hours-drive away.

The Dominican Republic is located in the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles region of the Caribbean. It lies to the east of Cuba and Jamaica and to the west of Puerto Rico.

It is the second-largest Caribbean nation by area (after Cuba) at 48,671 sq km (18,792 sq mi) and occupies the eastern five-eighths of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti.

As the most visited destination in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic boasts eight international airports, receiving daily non-stop flights from North America, Europe and neighbouring Caribbean countries.


Flight times to Puerto Plata

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP), Puerto Plata, Domincan Republic.

From United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Puerto Plata, Domincan Republic.

Boston to Puerto Plata is 3 hrs 51 min, direct flight
Charlotte to Puerto Plata is 3 hrs 26 min, direct flight
Chicago to Puerto Plata is 6 hrs 31 min, direct flight
Fort Lauderdale to Puerto Plata is 1 hrs 59 min, direct flight
New York to Puerto Plata is 3 hrs 48 min, direct flight
Miami to Puerto Plata is 2 hrs 4 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Puerto Plata is 4 hrs 48 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Puerto Plata is 6 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Houston to Puerto Plata is 6 hrs 14 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Puerto Plata is 10 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Puerto Plata is 9 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Seattle to Puerto Plata is 9 hrs 33 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines and WestJet offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Puerto Plata, Domincan Republic.

Toronto to Puerto Plata is 4 hrs, direct flight
Montreal to Puerto Plata is 4 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Vancouver to Puerto Plata is 9 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Virgin Australia and JetBlue Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Puerto Plata, Domincan Republic.

Adelaide to Puerto Plata is 32 hrs 21 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Puerto Plata is 28 hrs 2 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Puerto Plata is 28 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Puerto Plata is 28 hrs 52 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Puerto Plata is 34 hrs 56 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, American Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Puerto Plata.

Auckland to Puerto Plata is 27 hrs 52 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Puerto Plata.

Singapore to Puerto Plata is 24 hrs 54 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways, Air Canada, Air Transat and Eurowings offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Puerto Plata, Domincan Republic.

London to Puerto Plata is 13 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Puerto Plata is 12 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Aer Lingus, Eurowings and WestJet offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Puerto Plata.

Dublin to Puerto Plata is 12 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat and Eurowings offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Puerto Plata, Domincan Republic.

Paris to Puerto Plata is 13 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Condor Flugdienst, Lufthansa and Eurowings offer the most convenient flights to Puerto Plata.

Dusseldorf to Puerto Plata is 10 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to Puerto Plata is 10 hrs 25 min, direct flight

Berlin to Puerto Plata is 12 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Puerto Plata is 12 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Puerto Plata is 12 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) is located 20km (12mi) from Puerto Plata, a short 20-minute drive from the town itself and neighbouring resorts of Cofresí, Playa Dorada, Sosúa and Cabarete.


Public transport

Taxi: Taxi services to any destination on the island are available from outside the main terminal building.

Shuttle: Shuttles and minibuses run frequently between the airport and the city.

Online pre-bookable shuttle services are available. Some passengers may have resort transfers included in their tour package. Journey times vary according to the number of stops made.


Car rental

Car hire companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz.


Terminal facilities

Money: A bank, a bureau de change and ATMs are available in the terminal.

Food: There are several fast-food outlets, bars and restaurants.

Shopping: Retail outlets include a souvenir shop, a newsagent and duty-free shops.

Wi-Fi: A post office and public telephones are located in the terminal building.

Other: There is a first-aid room and a children's play area, as well as VIP lounges.


Disabled facilities

Accessibility is relatively good, and assistance is offered to travellers with disabilities.


Entry requirements

Visitors must have a passport valid for at least six months after entry. All visitors must hold return/onward tickets and proof of sufficient funds. In lieu of visas, a Tourist Card is issued on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days.


Getting around

Hire car and shuttle flights offer the best ways of exploring the Dominican Republic. Taxis are also available in the cities and towns, but be wary of unmarked street cabs.


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Latest update: How to get to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: 4 February, 2020


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