If you’re planning a trip to Puerto Rico… before you get there, you need to know a few things about how to move around the island.
Puerto Rico is only 100 miles x 35 miles approximately, even though it can be tricky to move to around if you are not well informed. Now I‘ll explain the different transportation method available in the island and the pros and cons of each one.
The Urban Train System of Puerto Rico is the only train system in the island and is very limited if compared with the New York Subways or Canada’s rail system. In a touristic point of view it’s not a feasible transportation alternative. Its route is design mainly for the locals, with stations in the main Universities, in the suburbs residence areas outside capital and in the main works zones.
There are no stations in the principal touristic districts and attractions. So if you’re in Puerto Rico and want to visit the principal attractions of the island like the Old San Juan, El Yunque Rain ForestPlaza Las Americas Shopping Malls, and of course the beautiful beaches, you will not be able to use the train to get there.
The Public Transportation Bus System better known as AMA, have more extent compared with the Urban Train, but is also circumscribed to the metropolitan zone. With many stops located in the main streets you can hop in them and they’ll take you to almost anywhere and only cost $0.75. The down side of it is that they are not very dependable time wise, due to the complicated traffic of Puerto Rico and the routes can be a little bit confusing.
Only a small percentage of the population uses this system. As a visitor you can use the buses if you are in staying in San Juan, but make sure to do your homework and go online to check the schedules and routes. Here’s a link to AMA website www.dtop.gov.pr/transporte_urbano/det_content.asp?cn_id=5
Taxis are a good option to reach any destiny in Puerto Rico. The taxi operators know every corner of the island and that’s a benefit because you’ll not get lost, but they are expensive.
As day to day transportation method they not a very good option if you depend completely on them, but if you are filthy rich and you travel with lots of money to spend, the best way for you to move around the island is by taxi.
You can get more taxis information here www.cabspr.com
Cars are the kings and unbeatable transportation method in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a country with a deep car culture, almost everybody have its own car, this happens because of the not well organized public transportation system.
Renting a car can be the best way to get around in the island if you want to explore by yourself and you are not going to use tour companies. The traffic can be a little bit crazy at first, but you’ll be fine and get use it and normally is like that in the metropolitan area during weekday’s morning and evening.
If you get lost you can ask anywhere, there are no unpopulated areas in the island even in the country side. To reduce the possibilities of getting lost, it is important to carry a map, GPS (Not 100% in Puerto Rico, but it will take you close enough to your destiny) and plan ahead, get to know the streets names and the names of the places, so in case you don’t find them you can ask around.
The price of gas in Puerto Rico is about $0.87 – $0.97 cents per liter (multiply this number by 3.78 and you’ll get the price per gallon). There are tolls along highways which costs are from $.1.00 – $3.00, normally rented cars will have an Autoexpresso decal on the cars window, this will let you pass automatically across the tolls using the autoexpresso lane, in case you don’t have the decal, which is very rare, you can take the cash lane.
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