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Getting around Barbados doesn't need to be confusing. Let’s Take a Look at Travel and Transportation Options in Barbados.
Barbados has an excellent transportation system with several modes of transportation from which to choose. Unless you’ve made private arrangements ahead of time, chances are the airport will be the first place you’ll need transportation when you arrive in Barbados, so let’s start there.
There are many convenient taxi cabs available at Grantley Adams International Airport waiting to whisk you away to your destination. At times, several flights arrive simultaneously and it would appear that the taxi drivers are overwhelmed. Rest assured - local cab drivers are quite familiar with the daily flight schedules and “all hands are on deck”. The resident transportation dispatcher will quickly assign a taxi to you.
Some hotels pre-arrange free shuttle service to and from the airport and this alleviates any transportation concerns visitors might have. Many hotels also offer a free shuttle service to and from Bridgetown as a courtesy to the hotel guests.
Public transportation is convenient, cheap, and now offers a lot more than just getting from Point A to Point B. For instance, the Barbados government owned bus line now offers mini island tours. Many visitors are now opting for this mode of transportation.
Public transportation in Bridgetown is located at two major points – Upper Broad Street at the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal and lower Broad Street terminal near Pelican Village shops.
Do you love the freedom of being on the open road? If you’re up for a challenge and would like to tackle left side driving to explore the ins and outs of Barbados, then adventure awaits you. With many makes and models to choose from, you will be able to take your pick from the many car rental agencies available on the island.
Small scooters and bicycles can also be rented for travel and transportation in Barbados but I would recommend staying away from the major highways if you’re not familiar with the island’s roadways and rotaries. There are great seaside villages for this type of travel like the East Coast, for instance, or the northern tip of the island near Speightstown in the north. The roads tend to be smaller and there is less vehicular traffic.
This requires the use of small vans or large coach buses and can be reserved with a personal driver at an affordable price. There are several private owners offering this type of service. Here are my personal recommendations.
Based on your individual needs and length of stay, it is best to determine ahead of time what suits you the best for travel and transportation in Barbados.