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Getting Around By Taxi – Zones & Fares Explained

Posted on Jan 16th, 2008 by • Updated on Mar 6th, 2015

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:


  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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

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

  12. Yes, there are lots of taxis there.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

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