Getting Around By Taxi – Zones & Fares Explained

San Juan TaxiTo get around the metro area, your best bet is to take a taxi. You can hail a taxi in the street, or you can call one to come pick you up. Taxis are generally available at the airport, hotels, and major tourist attractions.

For trips anywhere in San Juan, except to/from the SJU International Airport and the tourism piers in Old San Juan, you will pay the rate indicated on the meter. Within the "tourist zones", taxi rates are fixed and posted. A tip of 10-15% is customary, and there is an additional charge for luggage.

If you want to take a taxi "out on the island", the Puerto Rico Tourism Company posts a separate list of fixed taxi rates from the San Juan area to major destinations on the island.

The metropolitan tourist area is divided into the following taxi zones:

  • Zone 1 – Luis Munoz Marin (SJU) Airport
  • Zone 2- Hotels in the Isla Verde Area
  • Zone 3 – Hotels in the Condado and Miramar Areas
  • Zone 4- Hotels & Piers in Old San Juan, Puera de Tierra
  • Zone 5 – Convention Center, Isla Grande Airport

If you’re traveling to or from a hotel in the San Juan area, it’s helpful to know the taxi zone for the hotel. We’ve put together a list of hotels by taxi zone to make that easier

As of 5/12 a $2.00 “fuel charge” will be added to all fares, whether they are metered or fixed rates.

The rates between the various Zones are as follows (one way fares):

From the Luis Munoz Marin (SJU) Airport (Zone 1)

  • 6/15 new $1 “airport fee” added to fare for trips taken from the airport.

  • to Zone 2 – $10.00
  • to Zone 3 – $15.00
  • to Zone 4 – $19.00
  • to Zone 5 – $15.00
  • to Plaza las Americas – $18.00
  • to Plaza Carolina – $14.00
  • to Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot – $14.00
  • to Outlet Mall in Canovanas – $ 46.00
  • To Prime Outlet Mall in Barceloneta) $80.00

From the Piers & Terminals in Old San Juan (Zone 4)

  • to Zone 1 – $19.00
  • to Zone 2 – $19.00
  • to Zone 3 – $12.00
  • to Zone 4 – $7.00 (other areas in OSJ and Puerta de Tierra)
  • to Zone 5 – $12.00
  • to Plaza las Americas – $14.00
  • to Plaza Carolina – $24.00
  • to Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot – $14.00

From hotels Condado/Miramar area (zone 3)

  • to Zone 1 – $19.00
  • to Zone 2 – $19.00
  • to Zone 4 – $10.00
  • to Zone 5 – $9.00
  • to Plaza las Americas – $14.00
  • to Plaza Carolina – $24.00
  • to Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot – $14.00

From Convention Center and Isla Grande Airport (zone 5)

  • to Zone 1 – $15.00
  • to Zone 2 – $15.00
  • to Zone 3 – $9.00
  • to Zone 4 – $10.00
  • to Plaza las Americas – $14.00
  • to Plaza Carolina – $24.00
  • to Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot – $14.00

Extra Charges

  • The suitcases are $1 each
  • Gas surcharge of $2.00 per trip.
  • The fares above include up to 5 passengers. If there are more than 5 passengers, there is a $2 per person charge for the 6th and 7th passenger. Maximum 7 passengers per taxi.
  • From 10:00pm until 6:00am there is an additional charge of $1 per trip
  • Bridge/road Tolls paid by passenger

Metered Rates Outside of Tourism Zones

  • $1.75 – Initial Charge
  • 10¢ – Charge for fraction of mile (1/19 mile)
  • 10¢ – Waiting Time (Every 25 seconds)
  • $1.00 – Charge for each piece of luggage in the trunk (not carry-ons) (each)
  • $1.00 – Call charge
  • $36.00 – Hourly Rent Charge
  • $1.00 – Night Rate (10:00 pm to 6:00 am)
  • $3.00 – Minimum Charge per trip
  • $2.00 – Surcharge fee for the sixth and seventh passenger in vehicle

For more information on public transportation, call 1-800-866-7827 or please refer to the Puerto Rico Taxi Cab website

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I've lived in Puerto Rico for 3 years and used cabs a fair bit outside of the metro area. I have never yet seen a metered cab - at least not one of the "taxi touristicos". Before getting in the cab you tell the driver where you're going and they will tell you the cost for the trip (unless you're at the airport/cruise dock, then the dispatcher tells you the cost).

Comment by Rich on 01 Jul 2008

I found a graphical map of these zones at: http://www.gotopuertorico.com/images/interior/mapa-taxi-rates.jpg

Comment by Don Leverton on 28 Jun 2009

Thanks for providing such comprehensive information. I found it all very helpful and now I feel informed before even arriving in San Juan. ¡Gracias!

Comment by Denise M. on 04 Jun 2012

Thanks for the info! ;-) I noticed this was posted in 2008 and last updated in Jun 2012. Have the rates changed since then? We're flying out to SJ on 5/20/2013.

Comment by Richard C on 16 May 2013

This is still current- the rates are still the same.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 May 2013

Great cab service. Clean, modern and punctual. The driver was really friendly.

Comment by Jesse R. on 31 Aug 2013

Is this a per person rate or the rate for the cab? If I have a large party, can I arrange for a large cab or two cabs in advance? If its per person, it would be much cheaper to rent a car to get to the hotel, go to the cruiseport, and travel around San Juan, wouldn't it?

Comment by nancy sanders on 14 Jun 2014

Taxi rates are per cab, for up to 5 people in the cab. at 6th and 7th passenger would be $2 more each. Depends on how large your party is...many of the taxis are minivans and they are usually easy to get at hotels, ports and in OSJ and at the airport. Outside those areas, I would call and reserve them.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Jun 2014

How many companies are there to provide cabs/taxi services for transportation between SJU (airport) and cruise port? Are there any contact numbers I can use to reserve? How far ahead should they be reserved?

Comment by Chelsea on 23 Sep 2014

No need to reserve- there are always many taxis waiting outside the baggage claim area at the airport. There is an attendant that will get you a cab and give you the price. Using the airport taxis is the easiest way- no worries about meeting anyone specific or waiting.

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Sep 2014

Are there a lot of cabs at the cruise port to take returning cruise passengers to SJU?

Comment by Debbie on 15 Oct 2014

Yes, there are lots of taxis there.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Oct 2014

The extra charge per suitcase, does that include carry-ons? Or does it only apply to big luggage? Thanks.

Comment by Cruiser on 16 Nov 2014

It should only be for bigger bags that need to go in the trunk. A hand bag or backpack you keep with you shouldn't be charged.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Nov 2014

Hi, We are a group with 4 adults and 1 child (3 years old). We need to take taxi between SJU and cruise port. Do we need to worry about the car seat for the child while we are taking taxi? We also need to take a taxi from Fajardo port to Ceiba airport. Do we need to reserve a taxi in advance for this trip? Thanks a lot.

Comment by BIKE on 19 Nov 2014

Car seats are not legally required in taxis. Most of the companies do not have them available. I don't think you need to reserve a taxi, there are usually some there at the ferry dock. But it might not be a bad idea, just to be sure. Or at least have a number ready, in case you need to call one.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Nov 2014

can we get a taxi to take us on a cruise around San Juan

Comment by linda archibald on 04 Jan 2015

You would have work out a price and route with the driver. At that point they are not taxis, but tours, so price could be ?? If there is a cruise ship in port, they have bus tours around SJ/OSJ for cheap (like $15-20pp). Just go down to the cruise pier and they will be there. Or figure out a bunch of public buses that go around SJ/OSJ for just a couple bucks!

Comment by Gwenn on 05 Jan 2015

I have a hotel on Fortaleza street in old san juan. its like 3 streets from port. what is the cost for a taxi to the port. it doesn't look easy to drag luggage that far.

Comment by gary on 01 Feb 2015

I think it will be $10 for up to 5 people and then $1 per piece of luggage, plus gas charge and tip.... It is all down hill to the port.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Feb 2015

My husband and I have 4trips to Puerto Rico in last four years and we love to visit the island. However, taxi drivers charged differently even though the same distance. For example, between Caribe Hilton to a restaurant in Condado cost $ 14 and from the same restaurant to the hotel cost $ 17. We get ill from finding the different taxi fairs, so we don't even bother to ask them any more. We just give the amount which seems fair. It is disturbing. People say it is the flat fees. Well, it does not seem that way. Can they display the taxi rate inside of the taxis for less confusion ? I am planing to take an another trip soon. It will be nice to have the friendly improvement for tourist. Thank you.

Comment by Kiki Scott on 24 Feb 2015

Yes, I have heard that some drivers are "creative" in making their fares. It is a shame and against the law. You would need to ask the PR Tourism Company about the problem. I suggest you call them , ask for a printed price list and bring it with you. Then when a cabbie gives you a "special" price, show him the price list and ask them to explain the difference. Get their name and cabbie # and report them.

Comment by Gwenn on 25 Feb 2015

I'm taking my girlfriend to PR for her birthday in about a week. The whole taxi cab getting around thing kinda confuses me. We'll be there for 5 nights. How much would it cost to get from SJU to Old San Juan?

Comment by James on 12 Mar 2015

SJU is zone 1, OSJ is zone 4. Looking at the chart, from zone 1 to zone 4 is $19. Plus $2 gas tax, and $1/luggage . But at the airport, the person at the taxi stand will tell you the exact rate.

Comment by Gwenn on 12 Mar 2015

How much should a cab charge me from the airport to la concha hotel located on 1077 Ashford Avenue? I believe its zone 2? I don't wanna get ripped off either. 2 people traveling with 2 small suitcases.

Comment by steven whoknows on 14 May 2015

Condado is zone 3 … so $15 + $2 "fuel surcharge" + $1 per suitcase.

Comment by Ray on 15 May 2015

Good day, How much will a taxi cost for 6 person 4 adults and 2 children from the airport to the Carnival cruise port? Thanks for your response.

Comment by Ravelishma on 27 May 2015

Looking at the article, $19 basic fare, plus $2 gas charge, $2 for the 6th person, plus $1 for each piece of luggage. Plus a tip of your choosing. The person at the taxi stand at the airport will get you the cab and tell you the price before you get in.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 May 2015

What zone is the Pan American cruise terminal included in? Is it Old San Juan or The convention center zone? Thank you!

Comment by Susan Domres on 29 May 2015

zone 4

Comment by Gwenn on 30 May 2015

How much would it be to go from the Hilton Caribe to the cruise port? Also the Hilton Caribe to Old San Juan?

Comment by Tasha on 10 Jun 2015

Caribe Hilton is Zone 4 (Old San Juan hotels and other places in OSJ). So zone 4 to zone 4 is $7.

Comment by Gwenn on 11 Jun 2015

How much it is cost for a taxi to and from San Juan airport to Sheraton hotel on old San Juan for A family of 4 person.

Comment by Kim on 01 Jul 2015

From the post, looks like $22 plus baggage fee. At the airport, the attendant will give you the exact price (minus optional tip) at the airport before you get into cab.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Jul 2015

How much would it cost to take a taxi from Hampton Inn To El Yunque rainforest and are there taxis always available there?

Comment by Misty Lauffer on 02 Jul 2015

You can't take a taxi to El Yunque (they are not allowed in the park). You would have to either take a tour (private or with a group) or rent a car.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Jul 2015

Is there a gas fuel charge if you don't leave the zone? We will be staying in Old San Juan and need to take a taxi from sites in Old San Juan as my mother cannot walk more that 1 block. It looks like the fee will be $7 per trip?

Comment by Deahn Hendrixson on 07 Jul 2015

I do not know. Ask the cab driver the rate before getting in....they sometimes get "creative" with the price when at other locations (besides the airport).

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Jul 2015

Hi: We will be in Puerto Rico for 3 days prior to leaving on a cruise. Can you tell me what zone the Hyatt House is located in and how far it is from the cruise terminal. Would it be better to rent a car if you were only to use to get to hotel and old San Juan and cruise terminal? Thanks.

Comment by Richard Kim on 08 Jul 2015

I assume you are staying at the one in San Juan, by the convention center. It would be cheaper to use a taxi (rate would be $15 plus extra fees (adds up to about $5 more) to get from airport. The rate to OSJ is about $10 plus fee. Just easier than getting car, paying for parking, getting car returned etc.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Jul 2015

Need roundtrip cab service for 17 people from the Condado Hilton to Old San Juan (Barrachina). What would be the price and should I pre-book it before hand? Thank you

Comment by Kay on 27 Jul 2015

For 17 people in one vehicle, you are talking about a tour bus....not a cab. That you would have to find and pre-book. But if you don't all have to be in the same vehicle, you can just pile into 3 taxi vans. Should be about less than $20 total of 6 people in each cab (not including luggage fees). Ask the driver the price before getting in!

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Jul 2015

Do you take reservations? I will be coming to San Juan Airport on 8/5/15 and leaving on 8/9/15. How much would it be to be picked up at airport and dropped off at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa

Comment by Peggy on 29 Jul 2015

We are not associated with the taxis, but no, you shouldn't need a reservation. The rate for up to 5 people in a taxi should be $63 plus $2 gas fee, tolls ($2.50), and $1 per piece of luggage and maybe an airport fee of $2. So about $73 dollars each way. Taxis are always available at the airport. You would need to call them or ask the concierge to get one for you on the way back. The Rio Mar has transportation for $40 pp round trip. See what works out better for your party.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Jul 2015

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