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Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic

How much does it cost to travel to Santo Domingo?

You should plan to spend around $81 (RD$4,765) per day on your vacation in Santo Domingo. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $32 (RD$1,916) on meals
  • $4.82 (RD$285) on local transportation
  • $84 (RD$4,968) on hotels

A one week trip to Santo Domingo for two people costs, on average, $1,131 (RD$66,709). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Santo Domingo cost?

A one week trip to Santo Domingo usually costs around $565 (RD$33,355) for one person and $1,131 (RD$66,709) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Santo Domingo on average costs around $1,131 (RD$66,709) for one person and $2,261 (RD$133,418) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Santo Domingo will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Santo Domingo on average costs around $2,423 (RD$142,948) for one person and $4,846 (RD$285,897) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Santo Domingo has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Santo Domingo expensive to visit?

Santo Domingo is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in the Dominican Republic, which is a moderately priced country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within the Caribbean Islands, which is known to be an expensive region, Santo Domingo is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in the Caribbean Islands for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Port-au-Prince, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Eagle Beach.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Santo Domingo Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Santo Domingo?

The average Santo Domingo trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Santo Domingo travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) RD$4,968 ($84)
Local Transportation 1 RD$285 ($5)
Food 2 RD$1,916 ($32)
Entertainment 1 RD$887 ($15)
Tips and Handouts 1 RD$1 - 2 ($0 - 0)
Alcohol 2 RD$234 - 702 ($4 - 12)
Accommodation Budget in Santo Domingo
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Santo Domingo is $42 (RD$2,484). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Santo Domingo is $84 (RD$4,968). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Santo Domingo

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Santo Domingo based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $73. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Santo Domingo
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Santo Domingo is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.82 (RD$285) per person, per day, on local transportation in Santo Domingo.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Rental Cars in Santo Domingo
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Food Budget in Santo Domingo
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Santo Domingo can vary, the average cost of food in Santo Domingo is $32 (RD$1,916) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Santo Domingo should cost around $13 (RD$767) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Santo Domingo is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Santo Domingo
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Santo Domingo typically cost an average of $15 (RD$887) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Santo Domingo?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Santo Domingo are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Santo Domingo, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Snorkeling Tour

Tips and Handouts Budget in Santo Domingo
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Santo Domingo is $0.02 (RD$1.25) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Santo Domingo is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Santo Domingo
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $7.94 (RD$468) on alcoholic beverages in Santo Domingo per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Last Updated: May 8, 2023
Santo Domingo on a Budget
Santo Domingo Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, is a vibrant city that seamlessly blends history, culture, and modernity. Known for being the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, Santo Domingo offers a wealth of experiences that cater to every type of traveler.

Traveling to Santo Domingo on a budget is entirely achievable with some strategic planning. Accommodations range from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses. The Zona Colonial, the historic district, offers several affordable lodging options that provide easy access to major attractions. Hostels offer comfortable accommodations and a chance to meet fellow travelers, too. Eating on a budget is also feasible in Santo Domingo. Local eateries, known as "comedores," serve traditional Dominican dishes at reasonable prices.
Santo Domingo is a city rich in history and culture, with numerous sights to explore. The Zona Colonial, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the heart of the city's historical treasures. Stroll through cobblestone streets lined with colonial-era buildings, and visit landmarks like the Alcázar de Colón, the former residence of Christopher Columbus's son, Diego Columbus. The building now houses a museum showcasing period furniture and artifacts.

The Catedral Primada de America is another must-see. This cathedral, completed in 1540, is the oldest in the Americas and boasts impressive Gothic and Baroque architecture. Nearby, the Museo de las Casas Reales offers insights into the island's colonial history, featuring exhibits on the Taino people, the Spanish conquest, and the colonial administration.

The Malecon, a seafront boulevard, is perfect for a scenic walk or drive. It offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and is lined with restaurants, bars, and monuments. For a deeper dive into the local culture, visit the Museo del Hombre Dominicano, which explores the diverse cultural heritage of the Dominican Republic, including Taino, African, and European influences.

Santo Domingo offers a wide array of activities to suit all interests. For history enthusiasts, guided tours of the Zona Colonial provide a deeper understanding of the city's rich past. These tours often include visits to key historical sites and offer fascinating stories about the city's early days.

Nature lovers should not miss the Parque Nacional Los Tres Ojos, a series of stunning limestone caves and underground lakes located just outside the city center. The park is named for its three main lakes, each with a unique color and composition. Visitors can explore the caves on foot and take a boat ride across the subterranean waters.

The National Botanical Garden is another great spot for nature enthusiasts. This expansive garden showcases the diverse flora of the Dominican Republic and features a Japanese garden, a palm collection, and an orchid house. It’s an ideal place for a leisurely walk or a picnic.

For those interested in the local arts scene, the Centro Cultural Eduardo Leon Jimenes offers rotating exhibitions of contemporary Dominican art, as well as performances and workshops. The nearby Casa de Teatro is a vibrant cultural hub that hosts live music, theater productions, and art exhibitions.
Food and Dining
Santo Domingo's culinary scene is a delightful blend of traditional Dominican flavors and international influences. For an authentic taste of local cuisine, visit one of the many "comedores" or "fondas" scattered throughout the city. These family-run establishments serve hearty Dominican dishes like "la bandera" (rice, beans, and meat), "mofongo" (mashed plantains with garlic and pork cracklings), and "pastelon" (a plantain and meat pie).

For seafood lovers, a visit to Boca Chica, a nearby beach town, is a must. Here, beachfront restaurants serve fresh catches of the day, often prepared with local spices and accompanied by plantains and coconut rice.

Santo Domingo also boasts a variety of upscale dining options for those looking to splurge. Restaurants like Adrian Tropical offer stunning views of the Caribbean Sea along with traditional Dominican fare. For a fusion of flavors, Pate Palo European Brasserie in the Zona Colonial serves up a mix of European and Caribbean cuisine in a historic setting.

To experience the city's vibrant nightlife, head to the Malecon or the Zona Colonial, where bars and clubs offer everything from live merengue and bachata music to trendy cocktails and craft beers. Onno's Bar is a popular spot for dancing and enjoying the local music scene.

Santo Domingo's international airport, Aeropuerto Las Americas, has service to a number of international destinations including cities in the U.S.

Navigating Santo Domingo is relatively straightforward, with several transportation options available. The Santo Domingo Metro is a fast, reliable, and affordable way to travel across the city. It connects key areas, including the Zona Colonial, making it easy for tourists to visit major attractions.

Public buses, or "guaguas," are another economical option for getting around. They run frequently and cover most parts of the city. However, they can be crowded and may require some knowledge of Spanish to navigate effectively.

Taxis are widely available and offer a more comfortable way to travel, especially if you're in a group or carrying luggage. It's advisable to use official taxi services or ride-hailing apps like Uber to ensure fair pricing and safety.

Car rentals are also an option for those looking to explore beyond the city limits. Several rental agencies operate in Santo Domingo, offering a range of vehicles. Driving in the city can be challenging due to traffic and local driving habits, so it's best suited for confident drivers or only if you're planning to leave the city.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.