Getting Around

San Juan's downtown area is old with charming cobble-stoned roads, great for those wanting to explore on foot. So just remember to take comfortable walking shoes, or even hire a bicycle. In fact, many attractions have no convenient parking spots, making driving downtown frustrating.

The Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA) service covers most of San Juan. Several routes, including those between the old town and the tourist districts, may be useful to visitors. To go farther afield, visitors can flag down one of the plentiful taxis or minibus taxis (publicos).

There is a flat-rate system for most destinations in the city, which often makes getting around by taxi quite economical but most travellers who want to explore the rest of Puerto Rico opt to hire a car, with international car rental agencies well represented.


San Juan International

The airport is situated seven miles (12km) east of San Juan.

San Juan International (SJU)


The airport is situated seven miles (12km) east of San Juan.

Getting to the city

Bus stops are located on the departure level of Terminals A, D, and E. The AMA bus service and the airport shuttle connect the city and airport. Taxis are located outside the baggage claim arrivals areas of Terminals A, B and C.


Local time is GMT -4.

Car rental

Car rental agencies Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Thrifty, National, Alamo, and Hertz are represented at the airport, amongst others.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available.

Transfer between terminals

The terminals are all connected and can be reached on foot.


Facilities at the airport include a bank, ATMs, restaurants, bars, and shops (including duty-free). Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.


Parking is charged at $5 for the first hour, $7.50 for two hours, $9.75 for the third hour, up to $26.75 for the first day and $18 per day thereafter. There is a separate cell phone lot that allows up to 45 minutes of free parking for drivers who remain in their vehicle.