Getting Around Santiago
Public transportation is, without question, the most common way to navigate and get around Santiago. The Santiago public transportation system includes taxis, conchos (half car/half bus) and buses. Students can expect to use public transport, especially conchos, on a daily basis, and sometimes, several times a day.
Commutes around 10-20 minutes are commonplace and expected-it is simply a part of everday life in Santiago!
To learn more about the different ways to navigate Santiago, please read the descriptions below.
Types of Transportation
**The prices for taxis to and from the airport and other locations outside of the city will be based on an official rate (which you can ask to see) and not on the meter.
The common buses traveling from Santiago to the far points of the country are called "gua-guas" and are the major means of transportation for many Dominicans. The gua-guas may not be air-conditioned, but are usually clean and in good working order. Long-distance bus tickets may be bought in advance (some must be), and this is recommended for travel over the weekend. Rural buses stop more frequently, stopping often to pick up the local farmer heading to market with his vegetables or other items for sale. If you are in a rural area, you need only to flag down a gua-gua and the bus will stop and you will pay when you get on.
In Santiago, payment for bus rides is made to the driver upon entering the bus. The drivers are generally very friendly and willing to take the time to answer questions. Confirm the destination with your driver before you get on the bus.
Your resident directors will provide you with bus schedules, stops, and station information upon your arrival in Santiago.