In the Dominican Republic buses are known as Guaguas. They are fairly cheap alternative for getting around Punta Cana and the rest of the Dominican Republic. Local buses cost RD$35 per ride and travel throughout Punta Cana with all ultimate destinations ending in Higuey. The bus system is reasonably safe and efficient.
Most likely if you stay at the resort the staff there will discourage you from taking local buses. However riding around Punta Cana on local buses is quite safe and of course a lot cheaper than taking a hotel taxi. Each short trip will cost something like RD$35. If you decide to go to Higuey you will spend around RD$100.
It is not completely simple to figure out the system but PuntaCanaBavaro site PuntaCanaBavaro.com has a very good bus guide.
Long Distance Buses (Expresos)
There are also number of long distance buses travelling around the Dominican Republic.
There are two types of buses
- So called “Calientes” (hot buses) are normal buses without air conditioning and without assigned seats. They do not have predetermined stops and so the travel time is somewhat unpredictable
- Buses known as “Expresos” are buses with A/C and with assigned seats. They only stop at predetermined stops and they travel time is quite predictable. Of course they cost a bit more than “Calientes”
The trip between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo is best do with company called Expreso Bavaro. The price for the trip is $375RD pesos (or roughly $10 USD).
As of August 2012 the first bus leaves at 7am and then every two hours till 2pm in both directions. Expreso Bavaro operates 7 days a week.
From Punta Cana to Santo Domingo
Buses leave from towns of Friusa (on the Avenida Estados Unidos) or Veron (on Carretera Luperon-Punta Cana).
- Tel.: 809.682.9670
From Santo Domingo to Punta Cana
Buses leave Santo Domingo from Avenida Maximo Gomez on Juan Sanchez Ramirez #31 or on the edge of the city at El Parque Enriquillo on Avenida Duarte.
- Tel: 809.552.1678