Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport
Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic, but it's not the country's busiest airport. That would be Punta Cana International Airport, the gateway to the popular tourist beaches on the east coast.
IATA airport code: SDQ
ICAO airport code: MDSD
There's no train connection with Santo Domingo Airport.
Car and bus
Las Américas Airport is situated 20 kilometers southeast of Santo Domingo. The capital is easily accessible by rental car. From the airport a freeway runs across the Ozama River to the main street of Santo Domingo, Avenida 27 de Febrero. Although this is a quick route, the road along the coast is much nicer. This one leads to the Avenida George Washington and on to the center of the old city (Ciudad Colonial).
There's also an (irregular) bus connection between the airport and Santo Domingo's city center. Minibuses also run to and from the airport.
Car rental Santo Domingo Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Many rental companies are present at Santo Domingo Airport, including local providers and international ones such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, National and Sixt. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Taxis can be found outside the Arrivals Hall. The costs of a ride to Santo Domingo's center mainly depend on your negotiation skills. If you can manage to knock down the price you can make the taxi ride for 500 pesos; if not, you may pay twice that much. A taxi to Santana Beach costs about 1,500 pesos. Taxi drivers also accept US$.
Opposite the terminal lies a parking lot which can accommodate about 1,500 cars. Part of it has been reserved for rental cars. You pay 20 pesos for the first hour and, after that, 15 pesos per hour. A full day parking costs 160 pesos for the first day, and after that 60 pesos per day.
There are no hotels at Santo Domingo Airport. The nearest hotel is Quality Real Aeropuerto Santo Domingo Hotel (Tel. +809 549 2525). The Be Live Hamaca Hotel (Tel. +809 523 4611) is also nearby. You can find other hotels in Santo Domingo's center, including Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino (Tel. +809 221 2222), Occidental El Embajador (Tel. +809 221 2131) and an InterContinental Hotel (Tel. +809 221 0000). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Apart from shops and eating and drinking facilities in the Departure Hall on Level 2 there's a food court on Level 3 of the terminal which is accessible for all.
You cannot store your baggage at Santo Domingo Airport. There's a lost-and-found counter at the baggage claim area. You can have your baggage wrapped in plastic.
In both the Arrivals and Departure Halls you can find information desks for inquiries about Santo Domingo Airport, flight schedules and airport services. In addition you'll find several travel agents and the Tourist Office in the Arrivals Hall.
Apart from a VIP lounge offering basic facilities such as faxing and copying Santo Domingo Airport doesn't offer any business facilities. For this you need to turn to the business hotels in the city center, such as the InterContinental Hotel (see Hotels).
Santo Domingo Airport has reasonable accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.
You'll find banks (Banco del Progreso, Banco de Reservas, Banco Popular and Banco León), exchange offices and ATM's scattered around the terminals. There's also a small post office.