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. Information for international travelers.
In Aguadilla, the Rafael Hernández Airport, a smaller international airport features 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.
Arriving in Puerto Rico
A Banco Popular de Puerto Rico branch that can exchange currency for international travelers is located between Terminals B and C of the Arrival level inside the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.
Conference attendees have several options for local transportation around the island, including car rentals, ride-sharing, and public transportation.
If you prefer to travel the island in your own vehicle, you can choose from more than 14 different car rental companies to accommodate your specific needs. Booking in advance is recommended and ensures greater availability of vehicles and options.
If you prefer not to drive in Puerto Rico, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport taxi dispatchers can advise arriving passengers about the cost of their taxi ride. Taxis can be found when exiting the airport through Terminals B and C. The main station is in Terminal A on the Arrivals Level. Taxis accept credit cards but must be informed upon requesting the service.
Taxis are plentiful throughout metro areas like Condado, Santurce, Isla Verde, Miramar, Ocean Park, and other nearby districts, and can be hailed from the street or by phone. The Discover Puerto Rico website advises, “Cabs and shuttles are often located outside the main exits of tourist attractions or hotels’ front doors. Trips around San Juan are metered fares. Within areas designated as ‘tourist zones,’ the rates are fixed and posted. These fares are paid — cash only — to the drivers. Tolls and tips are not included. An additional fee for luggage, late-night, and airport drop-offs may be charged.”
Local shuttle service near the Puerto Rico Convention Center is available and provided in partnership with Distrito hotels (Marriott Convention Center, Aloft, Hyatt Place & Hyatt house San Juan), PRCC, and Distrito T-Mobile.
- Rides are free of charge for Hyatt Place & Hyatt House guests
- Each shuttle van can accommodate up to 30 people
- Shuttle service runs from 9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.
- Stops for guest pick-up and drop-offs at the Aloft/Distrito T-Mobile, Marriott Convention, Hyatt Place lobby entrance, Hyatt house lobby entrance, Escambrón Beach near Condado & Plaza Colón at historic Old San Juan.
- Stops are every 30 minutes to 45 (depending on traffic encountered coming back from Old San Juan).
Public buses & light rail
Metropolitan Bus Authority buses are located in Terminals A and D at the Departure Level of the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Public transportation is available throughout the San Juan metro area. The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP) offers a network of 30 bus routes throughout the whole metro area, including Toa Baja, Cataño, Bayamón, Guaynabo, San Juan, and Carolina. A light rail line (Tren Urbano) connects three municipalities (San Juan, Guaynabo, and Bayamón).
Bus fare is 75¢, while one Tren Urbano trip costs $1.50. In order to use either buses or the train, passengers need to purchase a transit pass at any Tren Urbano station. Exact fare, day-, weekly-, and monthly-unlimited passes are available. Transfers from train to bus and vice versa within two hours are free.
Regular buses operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays. Metrobus buses (routes I and II, and Express) operate daily from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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.
Uber is currently the only major rideshare company offering its services on the island. Ridesharing using Uber is only common in the districts near San Juan, with limited service to and from the airport. The designated rideshare pickup area at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is on the ground floor of Terminals A and B. Learn more about the current regulations for rideshare drivers and passengers in Puerto Rico.
About the photo: Puerto Rican Emerald (Riccordia maugaeus). Photo by Gabriel Lugo, WildsideNatureTours.com.