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How to get to Punta Cana

Punta Cana is located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic.

The most convenient route to Punta Cana is by air to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), located on the eastern tip of the island, around 44km (27 miles) east of Higuey.

Punta Cana International Airport – the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic – is a privately owned airport that services the Puntacana Resort and Club, as well as the many other resorts in the area.

The airport is a 15-minute drive from the Punta Cana and Cap Cana resort areas.

The Dominican Republic 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.

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

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.

As well as Punta Cana, the major resorts of Puerto Planta and La Romana as well as the capital city of Santo Domingo, each boast an international airport.


Flight times to Punta Cana

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), Punta Cana.

From the United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Punta Cana.

Atlanta to Punta Cana is 3 hrs 25 min, direct flight
Boston to Punta Cana is 4 hrs 2 min, direct flight
Charlotte to Punta Cana is 3 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Chicago to Punta Cana is 4 hrs 18 min, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Punta Cana is 4 hrs 21 min, direct flight
Houston to Punta Cana is 4 hrs 20 min, direct flight
New York to Punta Cana is 3 hrs 49 min, direct flight
Miami to Punta Cana is 2 hrs 21 min, direct flight

Los Angeles to Punta Cana is 8 hrs 29 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Punta Cana is 9 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Seattle to Punta Cana is 9 hrs 39 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Punta Cana.

Toronto to Punta Cana is 6 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Punta Cana is 6 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Punta Cana is 10 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Punta Cana.

Adelaide to Punta Cana is 26 hrs 14 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Punta Cana is 22 hrs 27 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Punta Cana is 23 hrs 24 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Punta Cana is 24 hrs 59 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Punta Cana is 28 hrs 17 min, connecting flightˆ


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

Auckland to Punta Cana is 21 hrs 48 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Punta Cana.

Singapore to Punta Cana is 24 hrs, connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: British Airways, Iberia and Air Europa offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Punta Cana.

London to Punta Cana is 12 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Aer Lingus, Air France and British Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Punta Cana.

Dublin to Punta Cana is 12 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France and Iberia offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Punta Cana.

Paris to Punta Cana is 12 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Condor Flugdienst, Lufthansa, Air France and Eurowings offer the most convenient flights to Punta Cana.

Dusseldorf to Punta Cana is 10 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to Punta Cana is 10 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Munich to Punta Cana is 10 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Berlin to Punta Cana is 12 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Punta Cana is 12 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is located on the eastern tip of the island, 44km (27 miles) east of Higuey.

The airport is a 15-minute drive from the Punta Cana and Cap Cana resort areas, a 30-minute drive from Bávaro, El Cortecito and Arena Gorda, a 45-minute drive from the Macao and Uvero Alto areas and less than 2 hrs from the capital, Santo Domingo.


Public transport

Transfers: There are shuttle services available between terminals, although Terminals A and B are within walking distance to each other.

Taxi: Taxis are readily available outside Arrivals and prices are usually fixed.

Shuttle: Most resorts in the area offer shuttle connections with the airport by prior arrangement. You can also book transfers through Dominican Airport Transfers (www.dominicanairporttransfers.com).

Bus: The Bavaro Express Company (tel: +1 809 552 0617; www.expresobavaro.com) offer modern buses with air conditioning that serve numerous destinations on the island.


Car rental

Car hire at Punta Cana International Airport is available from Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, National, Sixt, Payless, Thrifty and Hertz – courtesy shuttles operate from the airport terminal.


Terminal facilities

Money: ATMs, currency exchange facilities and other banking services are available in Terminal A and B.

Food: There is a good choice of cafés, bars and restaurants at Punta Cana International Airport offering both local and international cuisine.

Shopping: There is a large duty-free shopping complex selling liquors, tobacco, fragrances, watches and gifts. There is also a pharmacy and a post office.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi access is provided.

Other: Other facilities at Punta Cana International Airport include a first aid area, children’s play area and a baby changing room. A VIP lounge is located in Terminal A, complete with a luxurious swimming pool.


Disabled facilities

Facilities for disabled passengers include dedicated queues for wheel chair users at arrival and departure, and access to ramps and toilets.

Priority is given when checking in to passengers with disabilities, who are elderly and those travelling with babies.


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 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 4 February, 2020


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