San juan destinations: 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in San Juan, Puerto Rico

35 Best Things to Do in San Juan, PR (By a Local)

Looking for things to do in San Juan? Fortunately, the city offers some truly epic attractions for every type of visitor. And, as a San Juan local, I know them all well!

Most tourists stick with the top attractions in Old San Juan, but as an island local I know there is a LOT more to discover in other areas like Santurce, Condado, Ocean Park, and Hato Rey.

San Juan is home to many of my favorite things to do in Puerto Rico, so I know how hard it is to choose between all the amazing attractions in San Juan. To help you out, I compiled this local’s list of the 33 absolute best activities to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico – so you don’t miss out on any of the city’s fun!

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Best Things to Do in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan

Walk the colorful streets of the capital’s old town

📍 Google Maps | 👉 Browse Old San Juan Walking Tours on Viator 

Old San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, and one of the most popular places to visit on the island. The city has multiple historical buildings in San Juan’s historic site that date back to the 16th century, when Puerto Rico was under the Spanish Empire’s control. 

Old San Juan is home to beautiful colorful Spanish-style houses and national landmarks like El Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal. Don’t forget to visit main streets like Calle Fortaleza, Calle del Cristo, and Calle San Sebastian.

🛎️ Need a hotel? If you’re wondering about the best hotels and areas in Old San Juan, check out my guide to where to stay in San Juan to find the place that best suits your needs.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Explore one of Puerto Rico’s most famous landmarks

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 729-6970 | Website | Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily | Entrance: $10, adults, Free under 15 | 👉 Book El Morro and Castillo San Cristobal Tour on Viator

Castillo San Felipe del Morro is easily the most famous landmark in Puerto Rico. The fort built by the Spaniards in the 16th century protected the north coast of the island from any sea attacks. 

El Morro, as it’s popularly known, features multiple floors with barracks, kitchens, storages, an inner courtyard, and fantastic views of the city walls. The lowest level of El Morro gives a great view of the sea.

Castillo San Cristobal

Stand on top of this UNESCO World Heritage Site

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 449-4049 | Website | Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily | Entrance: $10 | 👉 Book El Morro and Castillo San Cristobal Tour in Viator

Castillo San Cristóbal is another historical landmark a history buff can’t miss in Old San Juan. Like the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the castle is within the Unesco World Heritage Site. Built in 1634, the Castillo San Cristobal is the largest Spanish fort in the American continent and its purpose was to protect the old city from land attacks.

San Juan Food Tour

Sample some of San Juan’s best delicacies

The traditional mofongo

📍 Map It: 206 C. de Tetuán, San Juan, 00901 | 👉 Book a Food Tour on Viator

Puerto Rican cuisine is something you can’t miss in Puerto Rico. San Juan is home to some of the best restaurants on the island with both local and international flavors.

A visit to Puerto Rico isn’t complete without trying the traditional mofongo, and arroz con habichuelas. Some popular eating spots in San Juan include Old San Juan, Condado, Miramar, Santurce, Calle Loíza, and Piñones.

If you would love to try everything there is to Puerto Rican food, book this Old San Juan food tour to enjoy the best of the local cuisine. I recently took it, and it’s one of the highest rated tours in Puerto Rico.

San Juan Bay

Sail through this beautiful bay

📍 Google Maps | 👉 Browse Top San Juan Bay Cruises on Viator

Instead of walking, enjoy the beautiful scenery of San Juan while navigating through San Juan Bay on a boat. While many commercial ships and cruises enter and exit the bay, small boats also take tourists around the San Juan bay while listening to lively music and eating good food.

🚢 Visiting on a Cruise? Check out my guide to the best San Juan excursions.

San Juan’s Beaches

Sunbathe on some of the best beaches in Puerto Rico

Beach lovers don’t have to go outside of San Juan to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Puerto Rico. San Juan’s beaches are some of the best on the island. Condado Beach, Ocean Park, and Escambron Beach are great options to spend the day with family.  

Playa Peña is a private beach right in front of El Capitolio and is ideal for a romantic San Juan sunset walk. It’s a great couple activity in Puerto Rico. Isla Verde, although a bit farther, is another great beach option close to San Juan.

👉 Local Tip: The beaches in San Juan are mostly urban beaches and, honestly, can get crowded during the high season. Check out my guide to the best beaches in Puerto Rico to learn about other beaches on the island you can visit, many of which are less crowded!

Salsa Class

Take a salsa class and level up your dancing skills

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When you think of salsa, you probably think of the Caribbean and Puerto Rico! That’s why one of the best things to do in San Juan is to take a salsa class with your partner. Not only will you be learning to dance, but you’ll know more about the local culture and you’ll make new friends.  

San Juan’s Iconic Plazas

Hop between the capital’s multiple plazas and see what makes each of them tick

San Juan is home to multiple public plazas filled with the city’s history and culture. Plaza de Armas is one of the most popular plazas in San Juan and is home to frequent activities with local food and Bomba and Plena music ideal for the people that want to blend in with the locals. 

👉 Love History?  Check out this great San Juan walking tour to visit the most important plazas in Old San Juan, learn about their fascinating history, and finish the day by watching the sunset in El Morro, one of the must see attractions in Old San Juan.


Dive deeper into Puerto Rican culture by experiencing one of San Juan’s best festivals

Me participating in a festival in San Juan

Old San Juan is home to some of the best concerts, exhibitions, and festivals in Puerto Rico. The most famous festival is Las Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián, also called “San Se”, which is a four-day festival with local artists, music, dancing, and food that party lovers can’t miss.

La Fortaleza

Take a tour of this historical government building

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 721-7000 | Website | Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Mon- Fri, Closed Sat-Sun

La Fortaleza is the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico and is another structure that belongs to San Juan National Historic Site, but not everyone knows that you can take a tour to see it inside. Besides its medieval-looking appearance, La Fortaleza sports a breathtaking interior decoration and a surrounding garden.

Botanical Garden 

Relax and connect with nature at this stunning garden

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 474-0402 | Website | Hours: 7 am – 4 pm daily 

The Botanical Garden of the University of Puerto Rico is one of the hidden gems of San Juan. This Garden sports a Japanese garden, a sculpture garden, and an artificial waterfall.

The Botanical Garden is the ideal place for people who want to step out of the crowds of San Juan and want to connect with nature instead. Due to the pandemic, you have to make a reservation to enter.

Sites & Attractions

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San Juan Cathedral

Visit the historical site

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 722-0861 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm Mon-Fri, 8 am 1 pm Sun, Closed on Saturday 

History lovers shouldn’t miss the San Juan Cathedral, one of the best historical things to do in San Juan Puerto Rico.

The beautiful structure, built in 1521, forms part of the San Juan National Historic Site. Besides its historic value, the Cathedral keeps the remains of Juan Ponce de León, the first governor of Puerto Rico.  

Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis

Check out this gorgeous cemetery

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 480-4617 | Hours: 7 am – 3 pm daily 

Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis is more a piece of art than a cemetery. You can see the dozens of beautiful sculptures depicting Christian scenes while listening to waves down splashing outside the cemetery. It also contains the tombs of various famous Puerto Rican figures.

Paseo de La Princesa and Paseo del Morro

Stroll down these historic streets to get a great view of the city walls

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If you take a stroll down Paseo de La Princesa, not only will you be able to appreciate the Old San Juan city walls better, but you’ll reach the Puerta de San Juan or San Juan Gate.

This iconic door is the only entrance that stands today from the four doors that originally gave path to the city. If you continue down El Paseo del Morro, you will reach El Morro too.

👉 Love History? If you want to learn about the history behind Paseo de La Princesa, Paseo del Morro, and the famous San Juan Gate, book this awesome walking tour to know how Old San Juan came to be.

San Jose Church

Visit America’s second oldest church

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 918-3800 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 5:00 pm Sun-Wed 

The San Jose Church just opened after nine years of restoration, and the results are worth a visit.

The church dates back to 1532 and is an example of Spanish Gothic architecture. You will find beautiful frescos, arches, chandeliers, and paintings inside. Even if you’re not religious, you’ll love this historical building in the heart of San Juan.

Museums & Culture

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Museum of Contemporary Art

Check out one of the best museums in Puerto Rico

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 977-4030 | Website | Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Fri-Sun, Closed from Monday to Thursday | Entrance: $5, free for seniors

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico is a great stop for people that enjoy contemporary and abstract art. It’s one of the top museums in Puerto Rico and it organizes family events and movie nights almost every weekend. You can find the activity calendar on their social media.


Find the street art at this eclectic festival

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Every year Santurce hosts a festival called Santurce es Ley and receives dozens of international muralists that create art in different corners of San Juan. It’s a great arty thing to do in San Juan.

Art lovers can’t miss the astonishing murals that stand between common buildings and businesses. While you’re in Santurce, you can also enjoy something to eat at some of the local restaurants.

👉 Local Tip: Although Santurce is safe for visitors, some tourists might feel intimidated walking around the area. If you would rather have a guide take you to see the murals, book this street art in Santurce tour to visit Santurce worry-free. 

Museo Las Americas

A museum where even the building itself is loaded with history

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 724-5052 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm Wed-Fri, 11 am – 4 pm Sat-Sun, Closed Monday and Tuesday | Entrance: $6, adults, $4 under 12

El Museo Las Americas is a museum with history itself. The structure was once the military barracks of the Spanish military and later it was a hospital during the Second World War. Today the museum hosts collections about the history and mixed culture of the American continent.

El Velorio

Find the hidden tokens in the painting

Find El Velorio in the University of Puerto Rico

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 763-3939 | Website | Hours: Sun, M, Th, Fr 9 am – 4:30 pm, W 9:00 am – 8:35 pm, Closed Saturdays

El Velorio is a painting by Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller. The huge painting is famous for its hidden tokens and meanings. El Velorio translates as The Funeral and it depicts how people celebrated a child’s funeral in the countryside during the XIX century.

Family-Friendly Things

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San Juan Sip and Paint

Sip on a refreshing drink while you create a masterpiece

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 725-1960 | Website | Hours: 12 pm – 8:00 pm Mon-Thurs, 12 pm – 11:00 pm Fri-Sat, 12 pm – 6:00 pm Sun | 👉 Book a San Juan Sip and Paint Activity

Right across the popular Plaza de Armas in San Juan, you’ll find San Juan Sip and Paint. This fun experience allows visitors to create art with the guidance of entertaining and motivating teachers. 

Although all the group works together to create the same piece, in the end, each student finishes up with a unique piece they can take home. The best part of San Juan Sip and Paint is that you don’t need any experience! All you need is the will to have fun.

It’s a great thing to do while on a family vacation in Puerto Rico.

San Juan’s Chorritos

Refresh yourself after a long day of sightseeing

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In Plaza del Centenario in San Juan, you will find a water fountain, locally called chorritos, where you can refresh yourself after a hot day of sightseeing. Locals take their children there frequently too. Just remember to bring an extra change of clothes.


Rent a set of wheels to get around San Juan with

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 554-2453 | Website | Hours: Sun, M, Th, Fr 7 am – 6 pm Closed Sundays 

If you´re looking to explore San Juan and Condado with your family in a different way, you can rent a bike or a scooter to ride through the streets with your family. Condado even sports a bicycle lane so you can ride safely with your loved ones.

👉 Is Puerto Rico Safe for Travel Right Now? It’s a good question. See my full Puerto Rico safety guide to find out!

San Juan Shops

Shop til you drop at the independent stores and malls

The capital city is a paradise for shopaholics. You will find numerous independent shops, art galleries, souvenir shops, and brand stores within walking distance in Old San Juan. If you’re looking for bigger malls, then head over to Plaza Las Americas or The Mall of San Juan. 

Food & Drink

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Bacardi Factory

Take a tour or tasting at this iconic factory

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 788-8400 | Website | Hours: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm Thu-Sun, Closed from Monday to Wednesday 

Although not exactly in San Juan, the Bacardi Factory is only 25 minutes away from San Juan and it’s worth your time if you’re into tastings. The Bacardi factory offers visitors rum tasting tours, mixology classes, and facility tours so you learn about Bacardi rum history and the process behind making it.

Coffee Shops

Sample some of San Juan’s best coffee shops and cafes

If you’re a coffee lover you will love Puerto Rico’s strong and pure coffee. You will find multiple shops within Old San Juan, Santurce, Condado, and Miramar. Try out Cuatro Sombras, Café Colao, and Barista Squared.

Bar Hopping

Check out some of San Juan’s best nightlife locations and watering holes

You won’t have to search too much to notice there are a lot of bars and taverns in Old San Juan. Bars in Puerto Rico are a mix of drinks, loud music, and a lot of dancing. You can start bar-hopping in Calle San Sebastian in Old San Juan, where you’ll find different themed bars.

👉 Love a Good Shot? If you’re into bar hopping, but you rather go with someone, book this cocktail walk tour in San Juan to enjoy the best bars in San Juan while in good company.

Food Truck Park

Sample many Puerto Rican cuisines in one convenient location

You don’t necessarily have to take a food tour to enjoy a sample of the different options San Juan offers. You can choose to visit one of San Juan’s food truck parks. Lote 23 in Santurce stays open until late and Miramar Food Truck Park sports foods from different nationalities. 

Outdoor Activities

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Take classes or hit the waves in this epic surfing destination

👉 Browse Top Surfing Lessons in San Juan on Viator

Puerto Rico is the top destination for surfing in the Caribbean. If you’re looking for fun things to do in San Juan, and you’re an enthusiast that wants to learn how to surf, then book a class with one of the many surfing schools in San Juan.  


Check out the fishes and other sea life

While Flamenco Beach and Icacos are top destinations to snorkel in Puerto Rico, San Juan also sports great beaches for snorkeling in Puerto Rico. Escambron Beach in the entrance of Old San Juan is both a beach for swimmers and for water sports lovers who want to do scuba diving or snorkeling.

👉Afraid to snorkel alone? Try this San Juan snorkeling guided tour to have professionals teach you how to snorkel and guide you through the best coast views of San Juan.

Kayaking or Paddleboarding

Get out on the San Juan lagoon by renting a kayak or paddleboard

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Only a ten-minute ride from Old San Juan, visitors can encounter the Condado Lagoon. If you’re looking for something more active than beach bumming, but you still want to enjoy the sun and the saltwater, you should try paddle boarding or kayaking in the Condado Lagoon. You’ll enjoy the Condado and Miramar skyline and you might even see manatees.


Ocean Park Beach has perfect winds for kiteboarding

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 644-1239 | Website 

If you’re an adventure-seeker then you’ll love to know you can go kiteboarding in Ocean Park in San Juan. This urban beach sports strong winds and good conditions to do the sport. You can also learn other water sports like wing boarding or book an e-foil hydrofoil experience.

Cheap & Free Things to Do in San Juan

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T-Mobile District

Chill with the locals at this contemporary plaza

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 936-2142 | Website | Hours: 12:00 pm – 11 pm Sun-Wed, 12:00pm – 12:00 am Tue-Sat 

The T-Mobile District is one of the newest attractions in San Juan and it’s a great option to meet local people. The modern plaza seeks to bring people together with a variety of free concerts, activities, and restaurants. 

Adventure lovers who want to zipline but can’t visit El Yunque National Forest or The Toro Verde Adventure Park in Orocovis, can experience urban ziplining in the T-Mobile District.

The Narrow House

Once a passageway, now it’s the narrowest house in San Juan

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 396-5620 | Hours: 10 am – 4:00 pm Mon-Wed, Sat

San Juan is full of curiosities, and one of them is the narrow house. This house was once a passageway used to pass between buildings.

 As the population in the islet grew, so did the demand for housing. Multiple passageways in San Juan became houses, but this one next to Capilla del Cristo is believed to be the narrowest of them.

Curious travelers can call the number above or visit their social media to book a tour of this unique site in the capital.

Watch the Sunset

Experience San Juan’s epic golden hour

Sunset from El Morro

 👉 Book a San Juan’s Sunset Walking Tour on Viator

Whether you’re traveling alone or with a partner, you can’t miss the sunsets in San Juan. When the time of the golden hour arrives, the historic city and the cobblestone streets acquire a beautiful orange glow perfect to take pictures. The best spot to see the sunset is El Morro’s esplanade.

La Placita

Dance all night long and hang with the locals

(photo: Mark Zhu / Shutterstock)

📍 Google Maps | Phone: (787) 307-1364 | Hours: 24 hours daily 

If you’re looking to experience the lively Puerto Rican culture and hang out with locals, you can’t leave San Juan without visiting La Placita in Santurce. This is both a local market during the day and a nightlife reunion spot at night with live music, dancing, and food kiosks.


Thanks for reading the 33 best things to do in San Juan for history buffs, foodies, families, and adventure travelers. Be sure to bookmark my mega list of the 49 Best Things to Do in Puerto Rico.

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Must-Visit Attractions in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The architecture in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, is colorful | © dbimages / Alamy Stock Photo

Mariette Williams

13 August 2021

When you think of the Caribbean, you’ll most likely associate it with switching off and sunbathing. That’s terrific – but, as well as beaches, the capital of Puerto Rico has plenty to stimulate the brain cells, too. Tick off these must-dos during your next trip to San Juan.

The bustling capital of Puerto Rico is right up there among travelers’ favorite Caribbean hotspots. It’s one of the busiest ports in the region, and the city is known for its beautiful beaches, historical sites, shopping and art. Whether you’re staying in San Juan for a few days or several weeks, you’ll want to explore it – so check out the following essential must-visit attractions, rubber-stamped by Culture Trip’s Puerto Rico expert.

Condado Beach

Natural Feature

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If you’re in Puerto Rico, chances are you’re going to be checking out the beach at some point. Our recommendation is to start with Condado Beach, one of the best-loved public stretches in San Juan – it’s popular with visitors and locals because of its golden sand, warm Caribbean water and the availability of water sports, including paddle boarding and parasailing. The front is also lined with high-rise hotels, restaurants and bars, so it’s a holidaymaker’s dream all around.

Plaza de Armas

Historical Landmark

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Any visit to San Juan will likely include a stroll through Old San Juan. Right in the heart of it, you’ll find Plaza de Armas, which used to be the main square in town. Today, it’s home to Puerto Rico Town Hall and the Department of State, and most people who come here do so to relax on a park bench and watch the world glide by. Grab a coffee or a sweet treat from one of the nearby ice cream shops, and enjoy an afternoon of people-watching.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark

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Also known as El Morro, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a fortress more than 500 years old. The structure was designed to defend the Spanish-colonial port, and, with more than 2 million visitors a year, it’s considered one of the most popular attractions in San Juan. El Morro is also a Unesco World Heritage site, and it’s open every day from 9am to 6pm. Come and join a guided tour, or hang out by the entrance, on the expansive green lawn, to watch locals fly kites.

Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark

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Here’s another important fortress in the city’s history, standing by the eastern gate of Old San Juan. The complex, which sprawls out over many acres (several hectares), is considered the largest Spanish fortress built in the New World. Guests can sign up for a guided tour, and you’ll want to idle a while for the beautiful views of Old San Juan. It’s open from 9am to 6pm every day, and the small entry fee will also give you admission to Castillio San Felipe del Morro.

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico


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Make for the neighborhood of Santurce, where the Museo de Art de Puerto Rico unravels impressively over 18 exhibition halls. Walking through the museum is a great way to spend an afternoon. It contains paintings, photography, ceramics as well as a sculpture garden. Be sure to check out the permanent exhibition called Puerto Rico Plural, which features more than 250 works from no fewer than 150 Puerto Rican artists. The exhibition covers works from the 18th century to the present day, giving you an intimate look at the diversity of island art and culture.

Iglesia de San José


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This church in Old San Juan is impressive to behold, and, indeed, its importance lies in its architecture. Dating back to 1532, it’s a vision in icing-white, a fine example of early gothic Spanish architecture, not to mention one of the oldest churches in the Americas. In 2013, the site was included on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of the most endangered properties, but it’s recently reopened after an almost two-decades-long restoration that was completed in March 2021.

La Fortaleza

Historical Landmark

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Another important historic site in San Juan is La Fortaleza, which dates back to 1540. It’s hard to miss the blue-and-white estate, which, since 1846, has served as the governor’s mansion. Down through the decades, it has been the home of more than 170 Puerto Rican governors, and you can sign up for a 30-minute guided tour. These take place from Monday to Friday between 8:15am and 3:30pm, and, along with the mansion grounds, you’ll get to nose around some of the rooms.

Plaza Dársenas

Historical Landmark

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Here’s a lively place full of street performers, where you might grab a cold drink or peruse the stalls of crafts. If you’re into shopping and looking for a special souvenir to take home, you’re bound to find something by a local artist. At night, there’s live music, dancing and sometimes even art exhibitions. Because of its location, handily close to the cruise-ship ports, Plaza Dársenas is an ideal stop for guests disembarking to spend an afternoon or day in San Juan.

San Juan is full of great all-inclusive hotels just waiting for you, with superb breakfast and brunch spots to get your day started. Spend the day at one of the must-visit attractions throughout the city before settling down for the best local food in town.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Mariela Santos.

These recommendations were updated on August 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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How to get from San Juan to Mendoza by bus

Traveling by bus from San Juan to Mendoza is a safe, relatively comfortable and least expensive option. Popular routes are served by a large number of flights, often with round-the-clock departures at intervals of half an hour to an hour. Less popular destinations sometimes have to settle for a single flight a day. The most common types of buses are non-air-conditioned, air-conditioned and premium class.

We recommend booking your bus ticket at least a few days before your trip. Check out the list of bus companies that serve the San Juan — Mendoza route. If the trip falls on weekends or holidays, we advise you to buy tickets well in advance, because this is a hot time for both those traveling on vacation and among employees who return to their native land to spend time with their families.

How far is it from San Juan to Mendoza?

When traveling by bus, the distance from San Juan to Mendoza depends on the chosen route. Most bus companies prefer toll roads or highways. Often this is not the shortest path, but the fastest and traffic-free/traffic-free.

To get by bus to some island destinations that are not connected to the mainland by bridges, buses call on large car ferries. Passengers are usually asked to get off the bus; luggage can be left on site. The distance from port to port is added to the total path length.

How long does it take to travel from San Juan to Mendoza by bus?

Estimated travel time from San Juan to Mendoza by bus is 2 hours. Do not forget that it is always longer to travel by bus than by your own car or taxi. Departure time also greatly affects the congestion of the route between San Juan and Mendoza. As a rule, the greatest traffic is observed in the morning hours until the evening on weekdays. This is a busier time than weekends.

Another important factor that affects travel time is the type of bus. Premium and VIP buses are usually faster because they travel along the highway and often do not stop at intermediate bus stations along the way. However, all buses typically make 10 to 30 minute stops every few hours to allow passengers to stretch their legs, use the restroom or eat while the driver and bus staff are resting.

Some premium buses have a toilet and a co-driver. But this does not change things: there will still be stops along the way — for lunch or for gas stations.

How much are the bus tickets from San Juan to Mendoza?

The price of bus tickets from San Juan to Mendoza varies depending on the bus class. The cheapest tickets are always for regular buses without air conditioning. Higher-class buses, respectively, are more expensive, but they offer additional amenities: somewhere there are chargers for phones, somewhere — personal monitors with a choice of programs, somewhere — toilets.

Bus timetable from San Juan to Mendoza

To help you plan your flight from San Juan to Mendoza, here is the bus schedule with departure and arrival times.

The best bus companies on this route

Bus companies can vary greatly in terms of the quality of their services. When choosing a carrier, read the reviews of other travelers before buying a ticket.

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