With its unpredictable road conditions and drivers, San Juan can be a tough place to cycle. However, cyclists can navigate a pleasant and safe cross-city route by following the shoreline from Old San Juan through Condado and Isla Verde as far as Piñones (the last part is on a designated bike lane).
San Juan Bike Rentals Rents a variety of well-maintained bikes, including mountain, road, hybrid and cruisers. All come with helmet, lock and bar bag. Free delivery and pick-up in metro San Juan.
AMA Metrobus operates San Juan's public buses. The buses are clean and air-conditioned, but the system itself is not easy for visitors. Route maps and information are hard to find and few bus stops have any indication of what buses stop there. Service can also be erratic, with wait times between 30 and 60 minutes. Your best bet is to ask around, especially at bus stops, where veteran riders will offer advice.
Routes taken most often by visitors (bus numbers are followed by associated route descriptions):
- T3 Old San Juan, Puerta de Tierra, Av Ponce de León (Miramar/Santurce), Sagrado Corazón (Tren Urbano station)
- T5 Old San Juan, Puerta de Tierra, Av Ponce de León (Miramar/Santurce), Isla Verde (via Loíza), Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
- T9 Old San Juan, Puerta de Tierra, Convention Center, Av Fernández Juncos (Miramar/Santurce), Sagrado Corazón (Tren Urbano station), Río Piedras
- T21 Old San Juan, Puerta de Tierra, Av Ashford (Condado), Av Ponce de León (Santurce), Sagrado Corazón (Tren Urbano station)
- C35 Convention Center, Av Ponce de León (Miramar/Santurce), Sagrado Corazón (Tren Urbano station), Av Fernández Juncos (Miramar/Santurce)
- D45 Sagrado Corazón (Tren Urbano station), Isla Verde, Piñones, Loíza
- D53 Old San Juan, Puerta de Tierra, Condado, Ocean Park (via McLeary), Isla Verde, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
Try to avoid driving in the city. Roads can be in poor condition, while haphazard local driving habits may jangle your nerves or crinkle your fender.
Parking in Old San Juan is scarce. Look for the large parking garages along Recinto Sur; rates are modest (from per hour $1.25). For El Morro or the annual San Sebastián festivities, there's an underground lot beneath Plaza del Quinto Centenario off Calle Norzagaray. Parking in the rest of metro San Juan – either on-street or in garages – is easy to find.
All major car rental firms have offices at LMM International Airport and most also have offices in resort and tourist areas. Avis has several locations in San Juan and around the island, as does Charlie Car Rental and Target.
AcuaExpreso ferries connect the northern and southern sides of Bahía de San Juan via Old San Juan and Cataño. Boats run every 15 to 30 minutes. The trip across the bay is typically calm and pretty, lasting less than 10 minutes. In Old San Juan, the ferry dock is at Pier 2, near the tourism office.
Tren Urbano connects Bayamón with downtown San Juan as far as Sagrado Corazón on the southern side of Santurce. Modern trains run every eight to 16 minutes, serving 16 stations. The line, which mixes elevated and underground tracks, is useful for visitors traveling to destinations such as the Mercado de Río Piedras, UPR's Botanical Garden and the Museo de Oller.
Taxi fares are set in the main tourism zones. From Old San Juan, trips to Condado, Ocean Park or Isla Grande Airport cost $12, and $19 to Isla Verde and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Journeys within Old San Juan cost $7.
Outside of the major tourist areas, cab drivers are supposed to use meters, but that rarely happens. Insist on it, or establish a price from the start. Here's the math: meter rates are $1.75 initially and $1.90 per mile or part thereof, though the minimum fare is $3. You’ll also pay a $2 gas surcharge per trip plus $1 for each piece of luggage. There’s a $1 reservation charge; add a $1 surcharge between 10pm and 6am. And if there's more than five passengers, $2 per person is added.
A growing alternative is to use drive share services like Uber (www.uber.com), a private car service offered by freelance drivers. Fares are cheaper than taxis and the service reliable; all fares are paid by credit card, using an an app. In San Juan, the only places these drivers can't pick-up passengers are the airports and hotels. They can drop-off anywhere.
A useful, if painfully slow, free trolley service links more than two dozen sights in Old San Juan. The three routes are served by buses styled like open-air trolleys, allowing you to hop on and off at the 26 stops. All routes pass by Pier 4 of the cruise-ship terminal along Calle La Marina.