February 24, 2013

Getting around in Santo Domingo

Now, it might be a little confusing but I wasn't done with my posts about the Dominican Republic. Today, I'd like to blog about transportation within Santo Domingo.

There's a very neat subway system, the Metro. It's clean, air-conditioned, and safe. The first line opened in 2009. Since it's fairly new, there are only two lines but there are supposed to be 6 lines in total, when everything is done. You can find further information in Spanish on the official homepage << click >>.

 

You can buy a plastic card for recharging purposes or buy one-way paper tickets, which look like this. One ride costs 20 Pesos, which are like 0.40€.

 

As I said, it's very safe. On each ride that we went, there were police officers with us.

 

Line 1 goes from north (Villa Mella) to south (Centro de Los Heroes). The stations are:

  • Mamá Tingó
  • Gregorio Urbano Gilbert
  • Gregorio Luperón
  • José Francisco Peña Gómez
  • Hermanas Mirabal
  • Máximo Gómez
  • Los Taínos
  • Pedro Livio Cedeño
  • Peña Batlle
  • Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte
  • Juan Bosch
  • Casandra Damirón
  • Joaquín Balaguer
  • Amín Abel
  • Francisco Alberto Caamaño
  • Centro de los Héroes

 

Line 2 goes from Ave. Luperon to Puente de la 17. I think, it's from west to the center. The second half of line 2 will continue to the east of santo Domingo. The stations for line 2 are:

  • María Montez
  • Pedro F. Bonó
  • Francisco G. Billini
  • Ulises F. Espaillat
  • Pedro Mir
  • Freddy Beras Goico
  • Juan U. García F.
  • Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte
  • Cnel. Rafael T Fernandez D.
  • Mauricio Báez
  • Ramón Cáceres
  • Horacio Vásquez
  • Manuel de Jesus Galván
  • Eduardo Brit

 

There are also other possibilities to travel around the city. Of course you can take a taxi. If you take a taxi from a company and don't travel too far, it's 150 Pesos, which are 3€. That's still very affordable. It doesn't matter if the cab has air-conditioning, it's the same prize.

Then, you can be a bit more adventurous. You can take a collective taxi, which can be recognized by the sign on the car that also tells you its route. They normally transport 6 people, 4 in the back and 2 next to the driver.

 

If you're lucky, your collective cab might look like a normal car. Otherwise, you might be traveling in something like this...

 

Sometimes I'm surprised, how the cars are still able to drive... You think, it'll pass the German TÜV? ;-)

Because of these seats, I always wear leggings or jeans so that my skin doesn't touch anything... I don't wanna know about all the bacteria.

Anyway, one ride costs 25 Pesos (0.50€). These cars run everywhere and very frequently. They have certain routes and they stop whenever you tell them. If someone is fat or wants a bit more comfort, they pay for the amount of seats, they need.

 

4 comments:

  1. I'd be too afraid to use a collective cab - at least those in the last pictures^^

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    1. Hehe... If I was alone, I would have been scared as well :)

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  2. das sind tolle bilder :)
    oh gott bei den schrottkarren hätte ich aber auch angst :(

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    1. Ohne meinen Freund wäre ich auch nie eingestiegen... Aber zum Glück ist es relativ langsamer Stadtverkehr. Auf der Autobahn könnte so ein Auto auch sicherlich nicht mehr fahren. :)

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