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Santo Domingo Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Santo Domingo 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.

although no places to grab a bite to eat were open, seats were ample and cushioned, little or no activity was heard and dimmed lights around allowed us to sleep a bit more we thought we might. – ReyRico

SDQ Airport Overview

santo domingo airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport.

What to Expect

Santo Domingo Airport (code: SDQ) consists of a mid-size, modern, three-level terminal with two concourses (A and B). There are almost two dozen eateries, shops and other amenities, though many are located on the landside. Eateries and shops close for the night, so plan accordingly if you are intending to spend the night. WiFi is available, though working outlets to charge mobile devices are reportedly hard to find. Comfort may be found in one of the airport’s fee-based first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

Reviewers report that airside has more comfortable and available seating than landside, because some seating areas close and others are especially noisy. If you are planning to spend the night at the airport make sure you check in and check your bags before check-in closes so that you can pass through security to the airside. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

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.

Santo Domingo Airport Hotels

Quick Facts

Nearest Hotel:  Within a 10 minute drive from the airport
Sleep Cabins or Pods: No
Day Rooms: No
Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Santo Domingo Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, you will have to pass through immigration/security as there is no transit hotel or accommodation on the airside. A number of nearby hotels can be found within a 10 minute drive from the airport; however, at the time of this update, we were only able to find one hotel offering a free airport shuttle.

  • Hampton by Hilton Santo Domingo Airport – Free airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto Santo Domingo – No airport shuttle. The hotel says a taxi costs approx. US$ 25 (airport to hotel) or US$15 (hotel to airport). » Check Rates
  • Hotel Zapata – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Casa Coco – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Bellevue Dominican Bay – An all-inclusive resort. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Santo Domingo Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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 paying at the door 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!

Sala VIP Caribe – Location: Terminal A, Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Copa Club – Location: Terminal B, North Concourse, Gate B4. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Santo Domingo Airport. Connect to the “Vinci Airports WiFi” network. Internet stations are also available. Fees and locations: Unknown.

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. Location: Landside, first level.

Baby Care Facilities – Baby changing facilities can be found in some washrooms.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge.

Banking Services – Services are available at 2 locations: Banreservas (Landside, 1st Level. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM) • Popular Bank (Landside, 1st Level. Hours: 9:00AM – 4:00PM).

Currency Exchange – Services are available. Location and hours: unknown. In addition, there are 2 banks at the airport that may be of assistance.

Duty Free & Shopping – Dufry Duty Free is available airside, along with an assortment of shops located landside on the 2nd floor.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we were unable to confirm if there are any 24-hour dining options.

Information Desk – Information desks are available, Location: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Luggage Wrapping – Yes.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Pharmacy – There is pharmacy available on the 2nd floor.

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 – Not available.

Video Games – Funtastico offers video games for children and adults. Location: Food Court, Third Level.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Santo Domingo airport is served by the following airlines: Aeroméxico • Aeroméxico Connect • Air Antilles Express • Air Caraibes • Air Europa • Air FranceAmerican AirlinesAvianca • Avior Airlines • Caicos Express • Condor • Conviasa • Copa Airlines • Cubana Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Fly All Ways • Iberia • Intercaribbean Airways • JetBlue • Laser Airlines • Sky High Aviation • Spirit Airlines • Sunrise Airways • TUI • Turpial Airlines • United Airlines • Venezolana • Winair • Wingo.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite, in the Arrivals Hall near the North Terminal: Amerirent • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Europcar • Hertz • Honda • Meta Rent-a-Car • National / Alamo • Nelly Rent-a-Car • Payless • Sixt • Thrifty.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. There are no meters, so negotiate a fare with the driver before starting your journey. For safety reasons, it’s highly recommended to pre-arrange your ride to and from the airport with a reputable taxi or tour company. Also available at the airport, shared-ride minivans offer an economical alternative to taxis.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.