San Juan Metro Area Bus Routes and Map

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AMA to Cancel Routes and Reduce Service Hours Starting 01 August 2015, the AMA bus routes 10, 11, 16, 22 and 40 will be eliminated. Starting 31 August 2015, the AMA bus routes 4, 8, 17, 19, 29, 30, 46, 50, and 52 will be eliminated. Additionally, starting 31 August 2015, the new operating hours for the AMA buses will be Monday through Friday from 5am to 9pm, and Saturday and holidays from 6am to 8pm. On Sundays, only the E40 and T3 bus routes will operate.

Public transportation on the island is always a hot topic among travelers. Puerto Rico’s transportation system within the San Juan metro area is pretty good. But, unlike many other Caribbean islands, our public transportation system does not encompass the entire island.

Information on the public bus system is hard to find. To counter that, we’ve put together this brief guide, and we’ve scanned the AMA bus route map, in the hopes of making travel on the island a little easier for at least a few visitors.

Let’s get this out of the way Right up Front

I will start by saying I am not an island public transportation expert by any stretch of the imagination. Since I live outside of the San Juan metro area, public transportation is almost non-existent for me. So my experience taking public transportation here is zilch. The information in this article is based on data from DTOP, AMA, ATI, and my own observations.

The bus routes were last updated in November 2013, and the information and maps below reflect the new routes.

Transportation options for Tourists

The easiest way to travel around the island is to rent a car. Driving here is easy enough, and having a rental gives you the flexibility of going where you want, when you want.

San Juan Bus Routes

If you don’t want to rent a car, the next best option is taking taxis around the metro area. They are faster and easier, but also more expensive in the long run.

Public transportation (bus, train, and publico) is the final, and least expensive, option. From what I have seen and heard, the public transportation system here has lots of inconveniences … so I can’t really recommend it for tourists.

We realize that not everyone has the option of renting a car or taking taxis. So it’s for those people that we’ve put together this brief guide.

Public Transportation System in San Juan

The Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas (DTOP) runs the public transportation system. The whole system, including the buses, trains and publicos (public vans) is called Alternativa de Transporte Integrado (ATI). The bus system is called the Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses (AMA). The light-rail train system is called the Tren Urbano. The whole public transportation system is most prominent in the San Juan metro area.

Public transportation outside of the San Juan metro area is very limited. Our advice is not to depend on public transportation out on the island.

There is a DTOP-AMA web site with an "interactive trip-planning" route map — but it doesn’t work, so we’re not going to say more about it until it does. That’s why we scanned the printed AMA bus route map, which you can find toward the bottom of this article.

San Juan Bus Routes

The bus system is a series of different routes that go around the major areas of San Juan. The bus stops are called paradas. On each parada, they have posted signs that indicate which buses stop there, and the supposed time schedule.

Do not expect that information to be accurate. Buses do not run on time. The buses are not immune to the traffic jams, so they arrive when they arrive.

When the bus is coming, flag the driver down, so he knows to stop for you. Before getting in any bus, double-check (by asking the driver) that you’re getting onto the right bus for where you want to go. The drivers should be able to help you with connecting routes, too.

There are pros and cons to taking the bus. On the positive side, they are cheap and air-conditioned. On the negative side, they can be crowded, they don’t adhere to any real time schedule, you cannot take luggage onto the bus, and they only operate from about 5am or 6am until 9pm or 10pm (depending on the route).

The bus fare is 75¢ for all routes, which includes a transfer to the Tren Urbano within a 2-hour window.

Some of the Bus Routes in the Metro Area

We are re-working this section to reflect recent changes in the routes. Take this info with a grain of salt for now.

We have not been able to update this article yet, so check : here for the new bus routes and times.

Note that the actual route numbers that will be displayed at the paradas may differ from the route numbers displayed on the buses. Sometimes the route is prefixed with A, B, C or T, and sometimes it’s just a number with no letter. All that really matters is the route number. For example, A21, T21 and just plain 21 are all the same route. On the scanned AMA bus route map, the routes are listed without prefixes.

San Juan Bus Routes

Metrobus 1 (M1) starts in Old San Juan and passes through Santurce and Hato Rey en route to the Sagrado Corazón stop in Río Piedras, and then returns. It may be labeled as M3 for the OSJ-Santurce loop until Sagrado Corazon Station where it is M1, but I can’t say for sure.

Metrobus 2 (M2) starts at the Parada 18 stop, heads to Sagrado Corazón to Hato Rey to Roosevelt Avenue (by Plaza Las Americas Mall) to San Patricio via Route 2 to Bayamón and returns.

Metrobus Expreso (ME) starts in Old San Juan, heads to the PR Convention Center, goes through Hato Rey to Río Piedras Sagrado Corzaon station, then returns.

T5 starts in Old San Juan, follows Ponce de Leon Avenue through Miramar, turns left on Jose de Diego Avenue, continues along Calle Loiza and Isla Verde Aveue, ends at Iturregui station, then returns. Note that the maps on the wall in the AMA terminal in Old San Juan, as well as the signs on the bus stops (paradas), say A5 for this route (even though A5 no longer exists).

21 starts in Old San Juan, follows Ashford Avenue through Condado, continues south to Hato Rey, goes past the PR Convention Center, ends at Sagrado Corazon Station, and then returns. Note that the maps on the wall in the AMA terminal in Old San Juan, as well as the signs on the bus stops (paradas), say B21 for this route (even though B21 no longer exists).

B40 or T40 starts at Piñero Station in Rio Piedras, goes across the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge to the Luis Muñoz Marín (SJU) Airport, touches Isla Verde, then returns.

C45 or T45 runs from Iturregui stop along Los Angeles Avenue to Isla Verde through Piñones to Loíza.It no longer goes to the airport.

C53 or T53 starts at Old San Juan, goes to the PR Convention Center, heads to Condado and Ocean Park Calle Loíza, then onto to Isla Verde via Isla Verde Avenue, and then returns.

DTOP AMA Bus Route Map – San Juan Detail

San Juan Bus Route Map

You would expect that the DTOP would post their owne bus route maps and schedules on-line, but they don’t. They do have a trip-planning tool on their web site; it doesn’t work.

So we’ve taken the liberty of scanning the printed map and posting it here.

This is the official bus route map produced by the DTOP AMA, made available in April 2014, for the route changes that were effective in November 2013. We make no claims as to the accuracy of this map or the route schedules.

We’re providing the map in two formats

DTOP AMA Bus Route Map – Metro Area Overview

San Juan Bus Route Map

This second map is the big picture view of all the routes in the AMA bus system.

This is the official bus route map produced by the DTOP AMA, made available in April 2014, for the route changes that were effective in November 2013. We make no claims as to the accuracy of this map or the route schedules.

We’re providing the map in two formats

DTOP AMA Bus Schedule – All Routes

San Juan Bus Route Map

This is the bus route schedule, listing routes, bus stops, and start/stop times for each route.

This is the official bus schedule produced by the DTOP AMA, made available in April 2014, for the route changes that were effective in November 2013. We make no claims as to the accuracy of this map or the route schedules.

We’re providing the schedule in two formats

Some Suggested Routes

We have not been able to update this article yet, so check : here for the new bus routes and times.

We’ve taken a look at the bus routes, and have some suggested routes from the Isla Verde and Condado areas to some plces in the metro area frequented by tourists.

To Old San Juan

  • from Isla Verde — take 5 (will take about 30 minutes), or take 53 (will take about 50 minutes)
  • from Condado — take 21 (along Ashford Avenue) or 53 (along Calle Loiza)

To Condado

  • from Isla Verde — take 5 to Avenue De Diego, then switch to 21, or take 53

To University of Puerto Rico Botanical Garden

  • from Old San Juan — take ME to Sagrado Corazon, and then the Tren Urbano to the Cupey station, and then walk north along Route 3 to the garden

To Piñones

  • from Isla Verde — take 5 or 50 eastbound, then transfer to 45
  • from Condado — take 53, then transfer to 45
  • from Old San Juan — take 53 then transfer to 45

To the Tren Urbano — Any bus marked ATI hooks up with the Tren Urbano at the Sagrado Corazón Station. That means 10, 11, 15, 16, 21, 22, M1, M3, and ME.

To the Rio Piedras Market and UPR

  • from Old San Juan — take any 21 or ME, to the Sagrado Corazon station, and then take the Tren Urbano to the Rio Piedras station

San Juan Bus Routes

To Plaza Las Americas Mall

  • from Condado — take 21 to Sagrado Corazon, then transfer to 22
  • from Isla Verde — take 5 to Ponce de Leon then 21 to Sagrado Corazon, then transfer to 22
  • from Old San Juan — take 21 or ME to Sagrado Corazon, then transfer to B22

To Puerto Rico Museum of Art or La Placita on Avenue De Diego

  • from Old San Juan — take M3, 21 or 5
  • from Isla Verde — take T5
  • from Condado — take 21

To the PR Convention Center

  • from Old San Juan — take 53, 21 or ME
  • from Isla Verde — take 53
  • from Condado — take 21

Luiz Muñoz Marín (SJU) Airport — There is one bus route that goes to the SJU airport, but it has to be noted that luggage is not allowed on the any of the AMA buses. Only small, carry-on items are allowed on the buses. There are 3 stops on the airport 2nd level (Departure level) at terminals A,D,and E.

  • from SJU to Isla Verde — take 40 or 50, then transfer to 5 or 53
  • from SJU to Condado (Asford Avenue area) — take 40 or 50, then transfer to 53
  • from SJU to Old San Juan — take 40 or 50, then transfer to 5 or 53
  • from Isla Verde to SJU — take 5 or 53 eastbound, then transfer to 40 or 50
  • from Condado to SJU — take 53 eastbound, then transfer to 40 or 50
  • from Old San Juan to SJU — take 5 or 53, then transfer to 40 opr 50

To Isla Verde Beach area

  • from Old San Juan — take 5 or 53

To Condado Beach area

  • from Old San Juan — take 21 to 53

Additional DTOP information

For more information, you can visit the DTOP web site, or call 787-294-0500, 787-250-6064 or 787-622-6161.

Use this map to locate places mentioned in this article. You can click on a placemark to view the GPS coordinates for that place. assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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Dear, Thank you, thank you, thank you for compiling these facts on the bus routes. My husband and I rent out to short-term renters, most tourists, and we've been trying to get bus itineraries from AMA. This is a Godsend! Elise.

Comment by Elise Loyacano Perl on 13 Jun 2012

This is really extremely helpful information! Thank you so much. CB

Comment by CB on 20 Jun 2012

Thank you so much for exploring the island and putting this map together!! As a traveller without a rental car I am extremely greatful! You're awesome!

Comment by Rachael on 13 Jul 2012

Thank you so much for this information. My husband and I visited San Juan for the first time earlier this year, and took buses everywhere. Of course there were no maps or information, but everyone was very friendly and helped us get about. This is super!

Comment by Peg on 08 Sep 2012

I've been searching for bus route map for the longest time and this site no doubt is the best! Thanks a lot!

Comment by JC Chern on 09 Nov 2012

Way to go! Great information. Thank you very much for putting in this time and effort.

Comment by MJ on 07 Dec 2012

Thank you for your work gathering this information for the rest of us. I am sure our visit to PR will be a succes thanks to you! :-)

Comment by Ximena on 21 Feb 2013

Good afternoon I kind of have to mention the map is way off now. See, now it is no longer B40 C45. And just the 40 goes into the airport. 45 Does not. Also from Sagrado, route 22 goes to Plaza, via F.D. Roosevelt with metrobusII, but goes all the way around Plaza, comes back via Ave. Quisqueya, Calle Calaf. If you like I can give you an update, since i live in PR and have this as a project i am working on?

Comment by on 17 Mar 2013

Since in the previous post it is stated that C45 does not go to the airport any more, what is the best way to get from the airport to Old San Juan? And another question: if we first take the C45 and then change to T5 at Isla Verde do we have to pay the 75cent twice or just once?

Comment by Pinni on 05 Apr 2013

El mapa de la AMA indica que la M1 viaja desde San Juan a Rio Piedras. Sin embargo, no aparece el logo M1 en San Juan ni la ruta Sagrado Corazon a San Juan. El mapa es confuso.

Comment by Leila Homar on 29 May 2013

You are correct- looks like we made a mistake. We will look into that. Thanks for bringing that to our attention.

Comment by Gwenn on 31 May 2013

from SJU airport to Old San Juan — take B40, then transfer to T5 or C53. I believe it will be $0.75 for each segment of your trip.

Comment by Gwenn on 31 May 2013

Take the M1 from Rio Piedras to Sagrado Corazon for 50 cents and then transfer to the M3 to return to Santurce and Old San Juan for 50 cents.

Comment by Althea on 12 Jul 2013

Thanks very much for this information. It is not posted in AMA web. It is very helpful.

Comment by Silvia on 09 Nov 2013

Very helpful thank you so much! My hosts never take the bus! So I was puzzled until I found this site. Much appreciated!

Comment by Sarah on 06 Jan 2014

Thanx a million for the work you put together for the public. I hope you realize the extent of helpfulness you have given us! Maybe you should run the transportation of Puerto Rico! :)

Comment by Amarilis on 22 Mar 2014

Amazing articles, Gwenn! My boyfriend and I especially like the ones about hiking trails in PR (Toro Negro, Guanica, etc.). We've never gotten lost following the directions! This map is great; much more user-friendly than the interactive DTOP map! I wanted to confirm that the M3 is the Sagrado-VSJ loop -- I take it twice a week to go down Ponce de Leon from Sagrado Corazon and back again. The M1 stops at the same place in the Sagrado Corazon station, heading toward Rio Piedras. It's funny, because I remember two or three years ago DTOP actually had a bus map PDF, which I used frequently. I lost it a while back and have never been able to find it again online...

Comment by Kaya on 26 Mar 2014

On a recent trip, I was staying at a hotel in Isla Verde. I decided to save money by taking the bus from the airport to Isla Verde, bus 40. This was the first time I took the bus in San Juan. It worked out really great actually. The bus stop at the airport was easy to find, I didn't wait too long, and the ride to Isla Verde was very quick. Only 75 cents!

Comment by Olga on 16 Apr 2014

Hola, la semana proxima estoy ahi visitando . Puede decirme cuanto cuesta un taxi desde el aeropuerto Luis Muñoz a Old San juan actualmente? Sabe de algun shutlle desde el aeropuerto que yo pueda tomar y cual es el precio del shutlle? Gracias por la informacion,

Comment by elizabeth on 23 Apr 2014

There are no shuttles from the airport, you would have to take a taxi. Here is some info about them: and

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Apr 2014

Thank you for this information! I love taking public transportation from the airport when I travel to major cities. I am grateful to know that luggage, aside from a small carry on, is not allowed on busses. This will save my buddies and I a huge hassle. We will take a taxi to our condo in San Juan. I am sure we will take the bus in and out of Old San Juan and Condado. Thanks again!

Comment by Sprat on 10 Jun 2014

What buses do I need to take for Unversity Gardens to Calle Loiza y caminar a la Calle Elena #7 en Ocean Park

Comment by Hector Padilla on 14 Aug 2014

I am no public transport expert, but I would probably take the train to Sagrado Corazon Station and change to bus #10. But you will end up walking a number of blocks from Calle Loiza. The bus driver might have a better idea.Good Luck

Comment by Gwenn on 12 Sep 2014

Question, Can a visitor take public transport from San Juan to Guavate, Cayey? I want to eat some Lechon at Guavate Lechoneras (lechon / pig roast). Any help out there? Thanks

Comment by Gene on 25 Sep 2014

No, I don't so. At least not without many changes between buses and Publicos. If it were possible, it would take lots of time- many hours and then some walking. Not really something visitors can do. Lechon is available elsewhere (especially on weekends)- on roadside stands and on way to El Yuqnue (Rd 191 and Rd 186).

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Sep 2014

I was raised in Puerto Rico and remember when an AMA bus trip cost a quarter. Those were the days with no Metrobús, no transfers, no passes. I also relied on públicos and "de la isla" buses. The latter were these privately-run buses (school buses painted in colors other than the traditional yellow) which would leave from La Puntilla in Old San Juan, pass through Bayamón, and make it to inland towns such as Comerío, Naranjito, Barranquitas, and Orocovis. The fare was determined by how far you were going (you would just tell the driver), and I don't recall how much of a set schedule they really had. I don't even know if they still operate. Públicos are another story. These vans run all over the island and are regulated by DTOP. Based on my experience, they are based in terminals or along the perimeter of a town's public square and depart once they are filled (or when passengers offer to pay for vacant spaces). In some cases, the fare may depend on how far you go, they basically operate during daylight hours, and weekend service is iffy.

Comment by Robert on 02 Oct 2014

Hi Gwenn, When you say that no luggage is allowed on any buses, except small carry on items, is this also prohibiting small rollerboard carry on suitcases? I am moving to the area and need to travel a few times a month. I was hoping to save some money and take the bus to the airport but now I'm afraid I won't be allowed since I'll have my small suitcase with me. Do you know how strict the drivers are with this rule? Thanks!

Comment by Kelly on 11 Oct 2014

my suitcase is a duffle bag type with wheels and my traveling companion has a medium-large suitcase.

Comment by Diana Rivera on 12 Nov 2014

They probably will not let you on with the bags. But I have heard some drivers may be more lenient.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Nov 2014

I believe each driver can be different. They might let you on with the small roller but I wouldn't bet on it. Have a backup plan if they don;t allow it.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Dec 2014

Hi Gwenn, Any suggestions on the buses I would need to take from the airport to 164 Calle Padre Colón, Rio Pierdras. And also from 164 Calle Padre Colón to Plaza las americas.

Comment by Dee on 09 Dec 2014

I am not guaranteeing this, but it looks like the RT 40 bus will go from the airport to close to that address in Rio Piedras. Now to get to the mall, that will require transfers. Looks like M1 or 3 and then transfer to 22 or M2 at the terminal. You can ask the bus drivers to be sure (or people waiting at the stops.)

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Dec 2014

Thank you! This is very useful information. Your karma will be cleaner.

Comment by Yura on 23 Dec 2014

Para el Hotel sheraton de miramar desde el dermenar de la parada 26 (Sagrado corazón)

Comment by Jose Velazquez on 08 Jan 2015

The Sheraton in Miramar is at the convention center. Looks like ME or 21 will get you to Sagrado Corazon..

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Jan 2015

Saludos. Cual es la mejor guagau q se puede cojer desde la avenida piñero hasta la playa de Carolina. Gracias

Comment by jorge on 11 May 2015

It depends on where you start on Pinero. But 45 starts at the terminal on Pinero and goes past the beaches.

Comment by Gwenn on 12 May 2015

Como puedo llegarle a la playa hobbie en la AMA ?

Comment by John Cuevas on 14 May 2015

Sorry- I don't know where Playa Hobbie is.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 May 2015

Hi Excellent site. Thanks for putting this up. Could you please suggest which bus to take to reach the DMV at Carolina Old Bo Baxter Building. [LEFT]San Antón Carr. 887 Esq. Thanks

Comment by Manoj saxena on 22 May 2015

Looks like 46 goes very close to there. You would probably have to transfer onto that Iturregui terminal.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 May 2015

Hi! I am coming over from St. Thomas on a shoe string budget to do some real shopping at Plazas. I'm confused. Would I take the T5 to the 21 to the 22 or is the only bus that leaves the airport the 40 or 50???

Comment by Danielle on 01 Jun 2015

You would have to get the bus out of the airport (40 or 50) and then transfer a couple times to get to the mall. A taxi to the mall from the airport is $18. It might be worth it!

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Jun 2015

Great post! Also the iPhone app shows a map of all bus routes and what routes are around your current location.

Comment by Hannah W on 29 Jun 2015

June 28, 2015 Sunday bus driver problems Bus 5304 Leaving San Juan Old Town at 10:45 a.m. Bus driver male over 50 years old and heavy set I only read about problems with bus drivers in San Juan Puerto Rico My daughter and I had carryon luggage after our cruise and where waiting for the Bus driver to come back from his break at the bus station in old town. On Sunday 6/28/2015 at 10:45 we were approached by the heavy set bus driver asking us with perfect English if this is our luggage and where we are going. I responded we are going to Bakery Kasalta (an icon in Ocean Park - our president Mr. Obama visited it in 2011). The bus driver didn’t seem happy about it. We sat down in the back of the bus so other passengers don’t have to go around our 2 small carryon bags. There are several speed bumps around the cruise terminal and around the convention center. The driver slowed down for the bump with the front wheels but purposely accelerated for the back wheels making us JUMP on the seat every time! At the convention center he stopped for 2 local ladies and chat for a brief while and invited them to drive for several stops “without” payment. Prior to Bakery Kasalta I pushed the yellow STOP bar, walked up to the back entrance and pushed the red “STOP” button, but the driver did not slow down and drove past the Kasalta Bakery. I shouted please STOP and walked up to the driver and he made a face and finally as other passengers shouted he stopped much further than the Bakery. I request that this bus driver gets a remark in his employment file if someone cares and recommend that this bus driver should be taken OFF any tourist route.

Comment by peter meuter on 01 Jul 2015

I will post your comment, but we have nothing to do with the bus system other than letting people know about it. Always a shame to hear about bad service.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Jul 2015

How do we get to the new Mall of San Juan from Isla Verde by bus? Thank you!

Comment by Maira on 06 Jul 2015

I honestly don't think you can! Nothing goes to it. RT 45 goes across the bridge, but I don't believe they will just stop at the exit for the Mall to let you off. Even if they did, you would have to walk a bit. And they won't stop to pick you up again to get back. Best to take a taxi.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Jul 2015

que autobus tomo para llegar de bayamon al aerepuerto Luis M

Comment by mart vega on 12 Jul 2015

You will need to do a transfer to the train. Take the 45 bus to terminal and then get on the Tren Urbano to Bayamon. You should let the bus driver know where you want to go and he will have a good idea how to do it.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Jul 2015

Hi, I am a bus enthusiast and I plan to do photography and recordings of San Juan and Caguas transit service. I am looking forward to November [Wednesday through Friday] to experience the transit atmosphere there BUT keeping tracking of what routes go where and it's headway is proving difficult, especially after seeing the recent route eliminations. Most noticeably, it seems Routes 40 and 50 will be part of that wave of eliminations. I want to get from the airport without having to take a taxi, yet there is a "Route E40" posted on this site -- is that an express into the city center or at least connecting to the Tren Urbano to/from Airport?... One more question, is there a connector bus service connecting the San Juan area to Caguas?... I was going to do the simplest thing and take Uber taxi to/from the two cities but will change that notion if there's a bus service connecting. To be honest with you, I don't think AMA nor DTOP administrators know their transit service very well. They need to undergo a routing network study and overhaul; luckily I work with MTA Maryland here in Baltimore on the bus network project as a private closed group of six volunteered members. May be in time, they'll need help fixing their system like we are currently doing with ours here. While my three day stay there, I can link my videos and pictures to this page to give riders an even better feel and illustration of AMA's bus service.

Comment by Marlon Hall, Jr. on 08 Aug 2015

Good luck! The system is not very well laid out for tourists. It was confusing before, now I am even more confused and haven't seen a map of the whole system to see how it connects. E40 still connects the airport to the tren. T5 now goes from airport to Isla Verde area and Old San Juan. There is no ATM bus that goes to Caguas. There is no Uber in PR. You would need to check into Lineas and/or Publicos that might go to Caguas....I have no idea about those systems.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Aug 2015

hello, thank you for your help and information! im staying in a hotel at isla verde and i want to go to old san juan, is 53 still good to go there? thank you!

Comment by yanny mejia on 09 Aug 2015

yes, it looks like you can still use either D53 or T5

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Aug 2015

Wow, what a sigh of relief. The wife and I are on a hardline budget (no car rental or taxis planned) but are staying across from convention center not realizing until a few days ago the location in relation to activities wasnt exactly ideal. Did know of bus stop out front but also heard of reliability issues. Based on info herein however it looks as though we may have been saved by the ME bus which runs back (and forth) to OSJ. And considering I recently dislocated a toe (since my initial plan was to walk as much as possible) that plan was essentially out the window sending me into a bit of panic mode. So glad I came upon this article. As I said up top, 'sigh of relief'. Thanks a bunch Gwenn. And that thanks is an understatement :)

Comment by rob farrell on 16 Aug 2015

Well, don't get too relieved....they are changing the entire system. The ME is gone. Now to go anywhere from the convention Center, it looks like you will now take the D53. But it is not an express bus. And it does not work on Sundays.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Aug 2015

Well arent you the killjoy (lol)? Thanks for the heads up Gwenn. Serves me right for getting too excited huh? I s'pose D53 it is then. Now to figure out best route to Plaza and I'm good. The countdown is now officially on.

Comment by rob farrell on 31 Aug 2015

This is the new maps for the bus routes: Ray will be working on updating this article with the new info. Here is a preview for getting to the mall- To Plaza Las Americas Mall from Condado — take t21 to Sagrado Corazon, then transfer to T2 from Isla Verde — take d45 to Sagrado Corazon, then transfer to T2 from Old San Juan — take E10 or T3 to Sagrado Corazon, then transfer to T2

Comment by Gwenn on 31 Aug 2015

Bus route changes starting in August 31.2015 provides service to/from SJU ariport enhancing tourist mobility. Route E40 From SJU airport - the new Mall of San Juan-PineroTrain Station. Route 53 From Carolina-SJU-Condado-Convention Center-Old San Juan. Route T5 From Carolina-SJU-Isla Verde-Old San Juan. From the airport you should ask the driver their destination before boarding, fare is $.75 coins only, no bill/no change No service on Sunday except route E40. Last trip 8pm on all routes. Web site with all routes in spanish:

Comment by GUILLERMO RIVERA on 01 Sep 2015

Thanks. Yes, we have the new bus information and are finalizing on the changes.

Comment by Gwenn on 02 Sep 2015

Okay, having recently returned from my PR trip here's my brief assessment of the bus transportation system.... First, if your destination is a straight point A to point B scenario you'll be in fairly good shape, otherwise....... Lets just say it can get dicey (to say the least) when it comes to transferring. For starters unless you are Spanish fluent (or moderately so) transferring buses is (IMO) not recommended. One thing to note in this regard is that not all bus drivers are bilingual and if you're a tourist this is a central component of traveling - esp if you dont intend to rent a vehicle (and arent bilingual yourself). Next, when I asked about transfers I was usually given a dumbfounded look or negligible info (this happened on more than one occasion.) In retrospect, I never saw anyone being given a transfer so go figure. If bus stops are supposed to have bus# and corresponding route info I never saw any (except @ OSJ station) and this includes the train station where multiple buses run through there. Now how odd is that? This became an issue when transferring buses @ OSJ on way to Plaza Las Americas. After arriving @ train station to transfer buses I find there arent any number designations anywhere so trying to transfer without knowing exactly where to (stand) to catch the next bus was problematic. Not to mention bus #2 apparently didnt run on Saturdays (something bus driver #1 failed to mention or simply didnt know before advising me as to which bus to catch from train station). The attendant @ station spoke no English and I deciphered just enough to figure out that the bus I needed to take doesnt even run on Saturdays. At this point I was left to decide to either catch a taxi to my intended destination or return to hotel - I chose to return to the hotel (a bit exasperated by this time). But hey, it was a learning experience. Now you can roll the dice (so to speak) and hope the bus driver (if you need to transfer) is bilingual and take your chances that way but for me too may unknown variables esp being in an unknown place - doesnt exactly bode well for the average traveler and those arent the kind of chances I'm normally willing to take. The exception 'might' be during daylight hours giving me enough time to figure some things out if plans fall through but @ night... certainly out of the question (and buses stop running @ a certain time anyway). Don't depend on everyone you encounter being bilingual (esp. if you arent).... just dont. Why all the bus drivers arent bilingual... who knows. If I had to guess however I'd presuppose that from a general standpoint its likely assumed that most tourists arent relying on public transportation which to be honest would be a fair assessment. Anyhoo, this is just one man's opinion. I had little problem catching the bus to OSJ (and back) and chose to walk the brief distance to Condado so didnt use the buses much but even cabbies away from tourist hot spots (ie: train station) can be risky. The cabbie I took back to the hotel barely spoke English. Having considered that possibility in advance I always made sure I carried the hotel's business card (several actually) with me @ all times (just in case). There are probably a few things I've failed to mention but I believe I hit the few major points I wanted to convey. While I dont want to discourage anyone from taking public transportation you do need to be very realistic about expectations. Hope this helps somewhat in that regard. Thanks again for this forum. Felt is was important to share personal experience given the info, time and consideration thats been shared on this site, again with much thanks to Gwenn. And yes (if its any consolation) looking forward to my next visit :)

Comment by rob farrell on 16 Sep 2015

Thanks for the info. We should be updating the article soon and I will add this info. Also, I am hoping they will get around to adding numbers on the buses as these new schedules and routes just started within the last month. So maybe they just haven't "gotten to it" yet. But yes, buses have never been tourist friendly and now the routes go to fewer tourists destinations easily. More about getting locals to the next public transportation station and toward work locations.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Sep 2015

I want to go from Sheraton Old San Juan to Walmart Parada 18?

Comment by David Metzger on 13 Oct 2015

You would take the T5. But it is not very effective tourist transport....takes a long time and no set schedule. They only run until 8 or 9pm and not at all on Sundays.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Oct 2015

Fan of your site for a long time now. I have a been to many places with the aid of this site. I have a question that may seem a bit odd but, has the dtop website gone down or been deleated? I can not access any of the .png links from the post above. I went directly to the dtop website but it only allows me to access the transitions online section. I'm having no luck at all. Thanks,

Comment by Don on 28 Oct 2015

Yes, their site has been down for a while (even their new page). We are working on the updates, but much of it depends on DTOP's page!

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Oct 2015

Try this

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Oct 2015

Here is the system map of Sn Juan's AMA Urban Transport and Tren Urbano via Google Maps. I have recently visited Puerto Rico November 2015 and edited the routes from their service plan. Two links below: • •

Comment by Marlon Brando Hall, Jr. on 09 Nov 2015

yes- thanks! I posted that link in the last comments in October. Life has just gotten in the way of updating the website too much lately. We will get to it! I will add the link to the top of the article too.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Nov 2015

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