An airplane departs Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina.

Planning & Logistics

The only way to make a trip to paradise better is to make the travel arrangements as easy as possible.

With Puerto Rico’s steadily growing airlift (including daily direct service from major cities throughout the U.S. and international destinations) and record-setting levels of cruise ship arrivals, getting to the island has never been easier — whether you prefer arriving by air or sea. And with numerous options for ground transportation, it can be equally simple to move groups of all sizes around the island, as well.

Learn more about transportation and travel planning in this section. For more assistance, including recommendations on service providers, DMCs, accommodations, and dining, contact the Group Sales Team at Discover Puerto Rico.

A colorful sky is visible behind the modern designed terminal building of the Luis Munoz International Airport near San Juan

Terminal A at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Isla Verde near San Juan.  

Arrivals

Airports

There are two international airports — San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) and Aguadilla’s Rafael Hernández Airport. Over 100 flights from more than two dozen major airlines arrive in and depart from Puerto Rico every day, so there are plenty of options. The majority of the island’s air service is offered via SJU, but Aguadilla’s airport may be more convenient for itineraries focused on the west side of the island.

Cruises

The island offers several ports of call, including two in San Juan as well as growing service in the southern city of Ponce. Passengers disembarking for a stop in San Juan tend to arrive to the cruise terminal located adjacent to Old San Juan, where they can enjoy the district’s historic ambiance, shopping, restaurants, and more. Passengers departing on a cruise from San Juan will typically board across the bay, adjacent to the city’s Convention District, which includes several hotels, restaurants, and a casino. 

Customs

Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, American citizens don’t need a passport to travel here, and can skip customs and the currency exchange (Puerto Rico uses the dollar, too). International visitors will need passports, but will hopefully find that the island’s famous hospitality extends to its customs officers and other front-line service staff too.

Getting Around

As soon as you step out and start soaking up the Puerto Rican sun, you’ll want to start exploring. If you plan on staying in the San Juan metro area, you can get around by taxi, Uber, bus, and Tren Urbano (light rail). A rental car could be extremely advantageous if you are exploring other parts of the island, and for those traveling with families or large groups. All your transportation options will be waiting for you right outside the baggage claim area.

Major rental car companies are waiting for you right across the arrivals terminal. If out of airport, they will usually have shuttles to and from their establishments and the airport, readily available at the arrivals terminal. (Quick note to drivers: using your phone while driving in any way other than following a map is not allowed. Bring your hands-free device along.)

Once outside, you’ll immediately see a line of taxis waiting for you. Helpful staff will let you know the taxi rate to your destination in advance and will usher you to your cab.

If on a schedule, be aware of traffic variances and plan ahead. Over two million cars in such a small island are sure to cause some heavy traffic in the mornings, around lunchtime, and in the evening.

Flavors of San Juan walking tour admiring informational sign.

Tour group admiring an informational sign.

Find Tour Operators 

There are a variety of established and trustworthy tour operators and DMCs who are ready to assist you with travel arrangements for your group.

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