Car rental Punta Cana Airport - compare car hire in Dominican Republic
Car hire is a great way to enhance your stay in Dominican Republic. Although in the somewhat hectic city traffic of Punta Cana itself, a rental car may not be rally necessary, it will surely be a great asset for tourists who would like to explore Dominican Republic beyond the island’s beach resorts.
Kia Picanto - cheap car rental in Punta Cana Airport
Punta Cana Airport, the main gateway to the island for international tourists is perhaps, the most convenient location to pick-up your Dominican Republic hire car; here you will find the greatest choice of car rental companies as well as the most comprehensive selection of rental car classes and models. In order to benefit from the lowest rates, book your Punta Cana hire car in advance, especially if you are travelling to Dominican Republic during the high season which in this part of the Caribbean lasts from December to April. Internet search engine of car hire, Cartrawler, will help you to compare prices from many providers of Punta Cana Airport car rental and carry out an online booking.
Punta Cana Airport – gateway to the Caribbean
Punta Cana International Airport – PUJ is not only the main airport of the Dominican Republic and the second busiest in the Caribbean. It operates flights of over 50 airlines on a variety of destination worldwide, including non-stop services to Europe, Canada and Russia. Toronto-Pearson, Paris-CDG and Atlanta are the busiest international routes at Punta Cana Airport. Domestic and regional flights from PUJ airport cover a variety of destinations in Dominic Republic and the Caribbean.
The airport is situated in the easternmost part of the island, near the popular resort area of Punta Cana and approx. 190 km / 118 miles from the island’s capital, Santo Domingo.
Serving over 5 million passengers per year, Punta Cana Airport is experiencing a rapid growth and undergoing development works to further increase its operational capacity.
The airport features traditional Dominican architecture with open air terminals and characteristic roofs covered in palm tree fronds:
Flights from UK to Punta Cana Airport
Direct flights from the UK to Dominican Republic, Punta Cana are available with British Airways, with departures from London-Gatwick. Charter carriers Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways fly to Punta Cana International Airport from several British cities, amongst them Birmingham, Manchster and East Midlands.
Cheap rental from renowned car hire companies in Punta Cana Airport
In Dominican Republic car hire is provided by a range of international and local car rental companies. Cartrawler search engine displays offers from the major rent-a-car companies operating at Punta Cana Airport, which include well-known brands: Sixt, Alamo, Europcar and Avis Rent A Car.
In the busiest season for tourism in Dominican Republic, between December and April, the cheapest car hire deals in Punta Cana Airport usually start from approx. £150 for a week car hire. For this price, you can rent a small city car, such as Kia Picanto, or similar, which is just enough for 4 people to move around the island, provided their luggage is stored in the hotel. For much more comfort you can opt for renting a larger car in Punta Cana: you will often found out that the difference in price between the cheapest class and car from economy or even compact classes is rather insignificant in Dominican Republic.
Compact car hire in the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana Airport) - Nissan Tiida from Alamo Car Rentals
Driving in Dominican Republic – roads and distances
Most of the Dominican Republic holiday resorts are self-contained to the point that any mean of transportation is required for most of your stay. For occasional longer trips, a taxi can be arranged at the hotel desk or directly in a taxi rank.
However, the visitors who enjoy exploring their holiday destination independently, will find a number of interesting places to travel to in a hire car. The road network in Dominican Republic is constantly improving and moving around the islands is easy, provided that you avoid larger city and town centres. Driving in Punta Cana or Santo Domingo may be nerve wrecking for less experienced motorists due to the heavy, little organized traffic, a large number of mopeds and pedestrians crossing the road in less expected places. Outside of urban areas, however, driving in Dominican Republic is a very pleasurable experience. The island offers many scenic drives amongst varied landscapes: from the mountainous interior with cloud-covered peaks and lush greenery in Constanza area to the breath-taking coast.
The road network in Dominican Republic improved dramatically in the last decade. In 2012 the main thoroughfare on the island Autopista del Este, connecting Santo Domingo and La Romana was extended with a stretch of a modern four lane motorway known as Autopista del Coral, leading to Punta Cana. View map of major motorways in Dominican Republic (eastern part).
See below the approximate road distances from Punta Cana / Punta Cana Airport to other points of interest of Dominican Republic:
- distance from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo: 190 km / 119 mi
- distance from Punta Cana to La Romana: 70 km / 44 mi
- distance from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata: 400 km / 250 mi
- distance from Punta Cana to Santiago: 345 km / 215 km
- distance from Punta Cana Airport to Bavaro Princess: 25 km / 15 mi
- distance from Punta Cana Airport to Gran Bahia Principe (Bavaro): 26 km / 16 mi
- distance from Punta Cana Airport to Samana: 312 km / 195 mi