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Punta Cana Airport Guide

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.

The airport is not open 24/24, you cannot sleep in any of the terminals – a guest reviewer (May 2023)

PUJ Airport Overview

punta cana airport guideTo 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.

Sleeping in Punta Cana Airport

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 a shuttle service. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations, or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Punta Cana Airport Guide.

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.

Airport Hours

A reader tells us, “The airport is not open 24/24, you cannot sleep in any of the terminals”.  (May 2023)

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Punta Cana Airport:

  • Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village – Free airport shuttle is available.  Reservations must be made in advance. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Punta Cana, search for deals, and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

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!

  • VIP Lounge (Terminal A) – Location: Terminal A, Airside, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
  • 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.

Related Pages: Punta Cana Airport Lounges

Rest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Drinking Water

Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

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 that offers Wendy’s, Sbarro, Nathan’s, Cinnabon, Segafredo’s, and Baskin-Robbins.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

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Mobile Charging



Showers are available in the VIP Lounge Terminal B (see Airport Lounges above).

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Punta Cana Airport. Just connect to the “PUNTACAN-WIFI” network.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and 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, and there is a wide variety of shops selling clothes, toys, souvenirs, books, and more.

Information Desk – Have any questions? There is an airport information desk available to provide assistance. Location: Landside, Main Hall. Hours: open 24 hours.

Pharmacy – Pharmacana offers services in Terminal A. Hours: unknown.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited inside the airport terminal, except in 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 )

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 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM. 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 the same schedule. ”

Hotel Shuttles

Some area hotels, such as Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village, offer airport shuttle service as part of the package. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service information and availability.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Car Rentals

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 are located throughout the area. Confirm the rate for your destination with the driver before starting your trip.

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.