There are various options for getting to and around Puerto Rico. With hundreds of direct flights landing at San Juan’s Airport every day, and more than 10 cruises coming and going weekly, getting to the island is only a matter of choosing your preferred mode of travel. Getting around the island depends mostly on where you’re staying and for how long.
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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 fly in and out of this hub with regularly scheduled service.
- Puerto Rico has daily nonstop flights to major cities throughout the United States, totaling more than 588 flights on a weekly basis.
- 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, and Minneapolis. Airlines that fly between Puerto Rico and the USA are American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, Frontier and Spirit.
- 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 4 weekly flights provided by Air Canada and WestJet that vary through seasons.
- There are 25 flights to Latin America: 14 non-stop flights from Panamá through Copa Airlines; 7 non-stop flights from Bogotá, Colombia through Avianca; and 4 direct flights from San José, Costa Rica through Southwest.
- There is one weekly non-stop flight that arrives from Frankfurt, Germany operated by Condor Airlines and 5 non-stop flights that come in from Madrid through Iberia Airlines.
In Aguadilla there is the Rafael Hernández Airport, a smaller international airport featuring commercial airlines such as Jet Blue, National Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and private charters. Jet Blue also arrives at La Mercedita, a smaller airport in the southern city of Ponce.
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Arriving by Cruise
Millions of passengers arrive in Puerto Rico at the San Juan Cruise Port each year, and a variety of different cruise lines make stops in San Juan for a few hours or a few days, depending on the itinerary. In the immediate area, you’ll find a variety of restaurants, shops, art galleries, historic monuments, parks and more. 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 of the island 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 just 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 as well.
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. Other local apps are available such as Jaime te lleva (Jaime drives you), and Pink Car Service, a local rideshare company designed for women.