Transportation Options in Puerto Rico
The Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses (AMA) operates buses that run through San Juan. Buses in San Juan have use of exclusive lanes on major roads. Bus Stops are marked with signs that say Parada. Destinations are indicated above the windshield. Some notable bus routes for tourists include:
- Bus 21 runs down Ashford Avenue in Condado to Old San Juan, Hato Rey and Plaza Las Americas Shopping Mall
- Bus 5 runs to Santurce, Ocean Park and Isla Verde
- Bus 53 run to the Convention Center then Condado and into Isla Verde
Service starts at around 6 am and generally continues until 9 pm. Fares are 75¢ and are paid in exact change upon entering the bus. Most buses are air-conditioned and have wheelchair lifts.
There is a free trolley service that runs in the Old San Juan historic district. Departure points include the Covadonga, La Puntilla, Plaza de Armas, and the two forts, but you can board along the route by flagging the trolley or by waiting at any of the stopping points. The trolley runs 7 am – 7 pm weekdays and 9 am – 7 pm weekends.
By Rental Car
Most hotels have a car rental desk on property for your convenience. Other well-known car rental companies ae also available at the airport.
Helpful Driving Tips
- Distances are often posted in kilometers rather than miles (1 km = 0.62 mile), but speed limits are displayed in miles per hour.
- Gasoline is sold by the liter, not by the gallon (1 liter – 0.62 gallons)
Tren Urbano, a light urban rail system connects Santurce with the Hato Rey financial district, the university and medical center districts, and other suburban locations.
Look for the White Minibuses – those are taxis. There is a flat-rate system for most destinations within San Juan. The island's Puerto Rico Tourism Company establishes flat rates between well-traveled areas within San Juan. From Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to Isla Verde is $10; to Condado, $18; and to Old San Juan, $19. Note, most taxi drivers do not accept credit cards.
There are also set fees from the cruise-ship piers outside of Old San Juan to set destinations, to Isla Verde, $19; to Condado, $12; and to Old San Juan, $7. You will also be charged $1 per bag. Metered fares start off with an initial charge of $1.75, plus $1.90 per mile, and a 10¢ charge for each 25 seconds of waiting time. Tolls are not included in either fare. Gratuity of between 10% and 15% are appreciated.
There are also flat fees from San Juan to other cities on the island. For example, from San Juan: to Fajardo, $80; to Ponce, $125; and to Mayagüez, $160.
Private car service is also available and the fares vary.
San Juan is a very walkable city. The tourist areas of Condado, Ocean Park, Isla Verde and Old San Juan are great areas to explore by foot.
*Please note, prices are approximate and subject to change.