The Truth About Taxis, Ubers and Rental Cars in Puerto Rico

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There is a reason that shipping cars to Puerto Rico can be the sole purpose of a business. All of the other options for transportation in Puerto Rico are either notoriously unreliable, outrageously expensive or both.

It can be complicated, frustrating and expensive getting around in Puerto Rico to say the least. For a short trip, you will likely have no choice but to deal with cabs and rental cars. However, for any sort of extended trip, it makes much more sense to ship your car to Puerto Rico.


Taxis are more reliable than public transportation and ride-share apps in Puerto Rico. You can usually look up a local taxi wherever you are on your phone and call them for a ride. The problem is that many of these taxis run without meters. Thus, they can charge jaw-droppingly high prices based on how well they can gauge your level of desperation for transportation.

If you will be in Puerto Rico for a few days, you might as well rent a car based on all the money you will end up spending on cabs. Several days of cab rides in Puerto Rico can easily run a couple of hundred dollars.

If you are taking a taxi in Puerto Rico, be sure to ask what the fare will be in advanced.

Ubers and other ride-share apps

Uber, for the most part, doesn’t operate in Puerto Rico. You can get some limited service in the San Juan area but that is pretty much about it. With other ride-share apps like Lyft or Juno, there is no operation in Puerto Rico whatsoever.

In fact, legislation was pushed for by taxi lobbyist groups and won that now prohibits ride-share apps from picking up or dropping off at the airport and certain hotels in San Juan. So, it would be best to forget using any ride-share apps all together while in Puerto Rico.

Rental cars

Rental cars are probably the best option for getting around Puerto Rico other than shipping your car there. However, this does not mean the experience of renting a car in Puerto Rico will be a pleasant one.

The price for renting a car is fairly comparable to the United States. It might end up being slightly more expensive.

The issue is how poorly run the rental car centers are run. They are almost always understaffed. What staff many of the rental car centers do have working can be inattentive and rude at times.

With the exception of shipping your own car to Puerto Rico, your best bet is to bundle your car rental with your hotel reservation in advanced with a site like Expedia.

The roads in Puerto Rico are also in really bad shape. There are bad potholes everywhere that sometimes are not even visible. The quality of the average driver is not great either. People routinely roll through stop signs, stop in the middle of traffic suddenly for no reason and drive way too fast or too slow.

The point here is that the rental companies in Puerto Rico are known for being quick to blame you for any damage you have on your car when you bring it back, even if it was there when they gave you the car.

So, you should be sure to make note of and document all existing damage when you receive the car. You should also be absolutely sure to purchase the rental insurance too. It will more than likely come in handy when you get your rental damaged by a pothole or something else and it only costs an extra ten dollars per day.

Ship your car to Puerto Rico

Getting around to different places in Puerto Rico can be a real hassle. Public transportation operates on a seemingly random schedule, renting a car can take a long time and be very frustrating, and taking a cab can end up being very expensive.

The only really reliable option you have is to ship your vehicle to Puerto Rico. If you choose to ship your car to Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Car Transport can help you get it done from start to finish! Call us today at 904-322-7644.

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