Getting to Puerto Rico
There are two international airports in Puerto Rico that offer flights to and from major cities in the United States, international destinations, and other Caribbean islands. The largest one is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, commonly known as the San Juan airport (SJU), and it is in Isla Verde, near the Carolina district. More than 20 airlines, including American, United, Southwest, Spirit, and Frontier, regularly fly in and out of this hub.
In Aguadilla, there's the Rafael Hernández Airport, a smaller international airport featuring three commercial airlines (JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines) and private charters. Jet Blue also arrives at La Mercedita, a smaller airport in the southern city of Ponce.
- Puerto Rico has daily nonstop flights to major cities throughout the United States.
- There are nonstop flights available to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Hartford, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Newark, New York (JFK), Boston, Chicago (ORD), Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Raleigh-Durham, Pittsburgh, Austin, Buffalo, and St. Louis.
- Airlines that fly between Puerto Rico and the USA are American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, Frontier, Spirit, and Allegiant.
- San Juan is the leading gateway to the Eastern Caribbean. Several airlines operate over 100 daily flights to over 20 destinations in the Caribbean. Airlines that fly to and from San Juan to the Caribbean include Seaborn, Air Sunshine, Silver Airways, LIAT, JetBlue, Air Century, Tradewind Aviation, Cape Air, Air Antilles, InterCaribbean Airways, Vieques Airlink, and Air Flamenco.
- There are weekly non-stop flights from international destinations such as Montreal, Toronto, Frankfurt, Madrid, Bogotá, Panamá City, and San José.
More about Puerto Rico's airports
Arriving by Cruise
Millions of passengers arrive in Puerto Rico at the San Juan Cruise Port each year. Different cruise lines make stops in San Juan for a few hours or a few days, depending on the itinerary. You’ll find various restaurants, shops, art galleries, historical monuments, parks, and more in the immediate area. Just walking through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan is an experience all its own.
If you are flying into San Juan to depart on a cruise from the terminal in Old San Juan, it is a short trip from the airport to the port. You’ll find taxis on the ground level, and the ride is about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
Cruise options in Puerto Rico are expanding as well, and new service is being introduced in Ponce and other ports. If you love cruises and haven’t been to Puerto Rico yet, you’re missing out.
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Getting Around Puerto Rico
Once you’ve arrived in Puerto Rico, there are many options to explore the Island.
If you’re looking to travel the Island in your own vehicle or venture beyond the immediate area of San Juan, there are more than 14 car rental companies that can accommodate your specific needs. This arrangement can be made before your visit or upon arrival (although booking in advance is recommended during busy travel times).
For those planning on driving to various parts Puerto Rico outside of San Juan, the Island is about 100 miles across, so it’s not difficult to extend your itinerary to experience other regions. However, be advised that the mountain roads through the center of the Island can be winding and may take longer to drive than the distance may suggest at a glance.
If driving is not for you and you’re planning on staying in closer proximity to San Juan, taxis are easy to find at the airport (if you’re arriving) as well as throughout metro areas like Condado, Santurce, Isla Verde, Miramar, Ocean Park, and other nearby districts.
Various towns have trolleys offering transportation to key locations and landmarks in the municipalities. Public buses or guaguas are part of the Metropolitan Bus Authority and offer various routes in the metro area.
Ridesharing in Puerto Rico is only common in the districts near San Juan. Uber is currently the only major rideshare company offering its services on the island. Learn more about the current regulations for drivers and passengers here.