Where to Fly Into Puerto Rico

Information About Puerto Rico's Airports, Flights, and Flying Times

Turret along Old San Juan Wall in Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rican Airport Information:

With over 30 airports, the skies over Puerto Rico stay busy, so it can be confusing on where you should fly into the island. However, many of them have unpaved runways that only service private charters and island-hoppers. The main gateway for international air traffic to the island is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (airline code SJU), which is also the regional hub for American Airlines and American Eagle.

Together, American alone accounts for more than a hundred flights a day between Puerto Rico, the U.S., and the Caribbean.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is located about three miles southeast of San Juan. You can also fly directly to other airports around the island from many major cities in the United States.

Domestic Flights to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport:

The following are domestic airlines that provide flights to San Juan:

  • Air Sunshine
  • Air Tran
  • American Airlines and American Eagle
  • Cape Air
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Jet Blue
  • LIAT Airlines
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Seabourne Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

International Flights to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport:

The following are domestic airlines that provide flights to San Juan:

  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Iberia
  • Copa Airlines
  • Japan Airlines

Air Travel Times From Major U.S. Cities:

Below is the average travel time from major U.S. cities and does not account for layovers or delayed flights:

  • Miami: 2 1/2 hours
  • Atlanta: 3 hrs. 15 min
  • New York: 3 hrs. 15 min
  • Washington, DC: 3 1/2 hours
  • Chicago: 4 1/2 hours
  • Dallas: 4 1/2 hours
  • Los Angeles: 7 1/2 hours

Alternative Routes:

The fastest and easiest way to enter Puerto Rico from the U.S. is unequivocally by airplane, however, the island is also connected to both the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands by ferry.

The ferries provide a few overnight sailings every week, weather pending, from Santo Domingo to the Puerto Rican capital, San Juan, and are particularly suited for adventurous, spur of the moment travelers, as and advanced reservations are unnecessary. 

Entry Requirements and Customs:

Since Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States, U.S. citizens coming from mainland destinations do not need passports to enter the island. However, because of increased airport security measures, all travelers must provide a government-issued photo ID (federal, state, or local) to board a plane, but a driver's license or birth certificate would suffice, in this case.

Visitors from all other countries, including Canada and Mexico, need to have a valid passport to land in Puerto Rico. For travelers visiting from countries that require a visa to enter the U.S., the same rules apply to enter into Puerto Rico.

U.S. citizens do not need to go through Puerto Rican Customs upon arrival by plane or ship from the U.S. Every visitor over 21 years of age may bring the following items back, duty free: 1 U.S. quart of alcohol; 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 3 pounds of smoking tobacco; and up to $100 worth of gifts.