The Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s “Que Pasa!” free magazine is a great tool for tourists. The magazine is available in most hotel lobbies and at La Casita in Old San Juan. The publication includes tricks and tips for getting around San Juan, as well as the rest of the island.
San Juan is mainly served by the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which is located about three miles (five kilometers) southeast of San Juan. Upon arriving, visitors are offered several ways of getting around – by taxi, rental car or transportation provided by hotels.
San Juan is in the Atlantic time zone, and all times are reflected in Atlantic time.
Getting around in San Juan is an adventure, especially since drivers can be quite aggressive and tend to drive fast. Driving is on the right side of the road, as it is in the United States, and the same traffic signs are followed. Distance is measured both in miles and kilometers.
For the most part, getting around San Juan is rather easy, provided that the traffic is light. There are peak times, especially in the morning and early afternoon when traffic jams are the norm.
Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses:
There is a public bus system in place, and it is affordable. The bus system operates 30 routes along the San Juan area and several other municipalities. Unfortunately, the buses are not always on time so you need to have plenty of time to use them. Buses run from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
At the airport, visitors are greeted by a fleet of white tourist cabs, which offer pre-fixed fares on specific routes. There are metered taxis available outside the established zones, with standard fees that vary according to distance, number of passengers, number of pieces of luggage and time of the trip.
Puerto Rico Tourist Taxi
+1 787 969 3260
+1 787 727 8888
AA American Taxi, Inc.
+1 787 982 3466
Cooperativa de Servicio Capetillo Taxi
+1 787 758 7000 / +1 787 758 7004
Cooperativa Rochdale Radio Taxi
+1 787 721 1900
Puerto Rico uses the U.S. Postal Service, which operates numerous branches throughout the San Juan area. Stamps are available at pharmacies and retailers in the tourist district. Post Office business hours are normally Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and – depending on the location – on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The good thing about being in the San Juan area is that there will always be a pharmacy that is open 24 hours, and normally very conveniently-located. Drugstores such as Walgreens sell over-the-counter medication and will usually dispatch prescription drugs rather quickly.
Urgent medical and dental care are also available at several area hospitals and clinics, including the Ashford Presbyterian Hospital in the Condado area, and smaller neighborhood treatment facilities.
Ambulance service is available by calling the 9-1-1 Emergency number.
Country code: +1
Area code: 787