The busy Las Américas International Airport (SDQ), about 15 mi (34 km) east of the city, has many daily flights from the United States. Allow a full two hours to check in for an international flight. La Isabela International Airport (JBQ), also called Higüero for the northern Santo Domingo suburb in which it's located, services mostly charter and domestic flights, with a few international flights.
If you book a package through a travel agent, your airport transfers will almost certainly be included in the price you pay. Look for your company's sign as you exit baggage claim. If you book independently, then you may have to take a taxi (approximately $40 for two people from either airport) or rent a car. Caribe Tours now has a bus that goes from the airport to downtown Santo Domingo for $10, if you're not burdened by much luggage. (Caribe will take you to its bus station, which is not near any of the hotels, and from there you will have to take a taxi to your accommodations. It makes more sense, especially for solo travelers, to ask someone else in the taxi line if they want to share a cab.) Prieto Tours also offers an airport shuttle service ($18 per person to Las Américas, $20 to La Isabela), with a minimum of two people); you must reserve this service in advance by phone or e-mail, and pay in advance with a credit card. A private driver is also an option.
La Isabela International Dr. Joaquin Balaguer (Higuero. 809/826–4003 or 809/826–4019.)
Las Américas International Airport (Santo Domingo. 809/412–5888.)
Caribe Tours (Av. 27 Febrero, esq. Leopoldo Navarro, Santo Domingo, 10122. 809/221–4422. www.caribetours.com.do.)
Prieto Tours (Av. Francia 125, Gazcue, Santo Domingo, 10104. 809/685–0102.)
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