Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Punta Cana Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
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PUJ Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Punta Cana International Airport.
What to Expect
The small Punta Cana Airport (code: PUJ) has an open-air design that reflects the Caribbean environment. Most travellers will pass through Terminals A or B, which handle international traffic. Other terminals accommodate charter, VIP, and general aviation. Older reviews describe issues with airport staff who may be dishonest or seeking bribes.
Amenities include several fast-food eateries and shops and free WiFi. Economy class passengers can pay to enter two airport lounges (one has showers!). See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews, but it seems benches are common and the airside is more comfortable than the landside. Intrepid travellers could even opt for the grassy area between Terminals A and B. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Punta Cana Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village – (5 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport shuttle is available from 5:00AM – 11:00PM, must be booked in advance. » Check Rates
- Westin Puntacana Resort & Club – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Punta Cana Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
Passes VIP Lounge (Terminal A) – Location: Terminal A, Airside, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Passes VIP Lounge (Terminal B) – Location: Terminal B, Airside, 2nd floor, next to the food court and before the departure gates. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
Free WiFi is available at Punta Cana Airport. Just connect to the “PUNTACAN-WIFI” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Airside, on the main floor and the 2nd floor.
Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Location: Unknown.
Currency Exchange – Yes. In Terminals 1 and 2, near the exit from immigration and in the baggage claim area.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, as well as a wide variety of shops selling clothes, toys, souvenirs, books, and more.
Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules, with at least one Colombian-style deli open 24 hours. There is also a Skybar and a food court which offers Wendy’s, Sbarro, Nathan’s, Cinnabon, Segafredo’s, and Baskin-Robbins.
Information Desk – Have any questions? There is an airport information desk available to provide assistance. Location: Landside, Main Hall. Hours: open 24 hours.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – Yes
Pharmacy – Pharmacana offers services in Terminal A. Hours: unknown.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Showers are available in the VIP Lounge Terminal B (see Airport Lounges above).
Smoking – Smoking is prohibited inside the airport terminal, except for in the designated smoking areas.
Swimming Pool – Continue to enjoy your vacation by relaxing at the swimming pool accessible to guests of the VIP Lounge in Terminal B. ( see Airport Lounges above )
The airport is open 24 hours.
Punta Cana airport is served by the following airlines: Aerolíneas Argentinas • Air Canada • Air Caraibes • Air Europa • Air France • Air Transat • American Airlines • Avianca • British Airways • Condor • Copa Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Edelweiss • Eurowings • Evelop Airlines • French Bee • Frontier • GOL • JetBlue • LATAM • Rutaca Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sunwing • TUI Fly • United Airlines • Wamos Air • Westjet • Wingo.
Note: other airlines may serve the airport on a seasonal-only basis.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
PUJ airport is connected to Santo Domingo via bus. The bus runs departs Santiago at 7:00AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:00PM and 4:00PM. You can not book in advance and it is suggested to be at the stop 1 hour before departure. The journey is a total of 3 hours. A reader (January 2019) tells us “The buses from Punta Cana are available from the bus station in Veron with same schedule. ”
Some area hotels, such as Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village, offer airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information.
The following car rental agencies are available onsite: American Int • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Europcar • Hertz • Interrent • National • Nelly Payless • Sixt • Thrifty.
Fixed-rate taxis are readily available and taxi stands located throughout the area. Confirm the rate for your destination with the driver before starting your trip.
Last updated: 2020-06-17
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.