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Getting Around By Taxi – Zones & Fares Explained

Posted on Jan 16th, 2008 by • Updated on Jun 4th, 2012

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, Puerta de Tierra, Pan Am Pier & Miramar
  • Zone 5 – Convention Center & the Luis Rivas Dominichi Airport in Isla Grande

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 Luiz Munoz Marin (SJU) Airport (Zone 1)

  • 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, Puerto de Tierra, & Miramar (Zone 4)

  • to Zone 1 – $19.00
  • to Zone 2 – $19.00
  • to Zone 3 – $12.00
  • 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 the Convention Center & 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 – $12.00
  • to Plaza Carolina – $22.00
  • to Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot – $12.00

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

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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  1. 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).

  2. I found a graphical map of these zones at:

    http://www.gotopuertorico.com/images/interior/mapa-taxi-rates.jpg

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

  4. 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.

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

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

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