Use a Taxi to Go "Out on the Island"

Depending on where you want to travel by taxi you’ll pay either a fixed rate or a metered rate. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company has defined "zones" for the main tourism areas of Old San Juan, Condadao, Isla Verde, the airport and the cruise ship piers. The rates for traveling within and between those tourism zones are fixed and posted. But what if you want to travel outside of the main tourism areas? What will the taxi fare be then? In addition to the fixed rates within tourism zones, the there are fixed taxi rates between the main tourism areas (Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde) and many other parts of the island. NOTE- these are the prices per taxi cab, not per person.

Just as an FYI – you won’t be able to take a taxi to the rain forest. The taxis can’t go all the way up to where the trails are and also, you won’t be able to find one in the area when you are done. Find alternate transportation if you want to go to the rain forest.

Here is a partial list of fixed rates between the tourism areas and other selected cities/towns "out on the island". rates do not include tolls, luggage charge, extra person charge (for groups over 5 people) etc. As always, ask for a fare quote from the taxi driver before beginning your trip.

  • Aguadilla – $140
  • Aibonito – $88
  • Arecibo – $96
  • Barceloneta – $80
  • Bayamon – $33
  • Cabo Rojo – $175
  • Caguas – $55
  • Camuy – $110
  • Canovanas – $46
  • Carolina – metered fare
  • Catano – $28
  • Dorado – $60
  • Fajardo – $80
  • Humacao – $77
  • Loiza – $50
  • Luquillo – $72
  • Mayaguez – $160
  • Pinones – metered fare
  • Ponce – $125
  • Rincon – $155
  • Rio Grande – $63
  • Rio Piedras – metered fare
  • San Juan – metered fare

For more information on public transportation, please refer to the Puerto Rico Taxi Company’s website

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It won't be easy or cheap to use taxis. You may want to see if Uber is available (it was in Rio Grande a few months ago). Or call one of the taxi companies and ask what they can do for you. Luquillo Taxi is a local company that might work for you. For the Taxi- I believe in between towns would be metered. You would have to check a map for estimated miles and do some math...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), and $1.00 – Call charge

Comment by Gwenn on 20 May 2017

How can I find out rates between other cities on the island? For example, if I want to take a taxi from Luquillo to Fajardo? I am trying to plan transportation around the island without a car rental (long story). Would it be cheaper/better to use private car service?

Comment by Julie Rowe on 18 May 2017

Per taxi cab.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Nov 2016

Are these prices per person or per vehicle?

Comment by Tasha Steadman on 09 Nov 2016

It will be a "fixed" fare of $155 each way, not including tolls. It is not really a feasible option.. I bet you can get a flight from Aguadilla for less! Look into a car rental.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Mar 2016

I am going to be staying in Rincon but i would like to travel to Old San Juan for a few hours then back to Rincon. Would that be a metered rate or fixed?

Comment by zinammi on 22 Mar 2016

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