You can't get everywhere by bus , but frequently scheduled services runs to many areas Monday thru Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with less frequent runs from 6:00 p.m. to midnight and Sundays & Holidays.
Have the correct change when you board the ARUBUS. A one-way ticket is $1.50 USD or 2 Florins and round-trip fare is $2.00 USD. Stops are marked by a yellow "BUSCHALTE" road sign . Regular routes are between San Nicholas on the south-west coast and the resorts along the beach on the north-west coast with stops in Oranjestad.
Hans and I took the bus to downtown Oranjestad and it was pretty simple. There was a bus stop right in front of the Holiday Inn and the trip took about 20 minutes and brings you right to the downtown bus station. On the way back just look for the bus that says "HOTELS".
There is a reliable bus line that runs from the high rise hotel area on Palm Beach to downtown. The ride is pretty cheap and runs until about midnight. There are also numerous taxi's for hire and are also affordable.
Our trip to Aruba ended with a flight out to Las Piedras airport, Venezuela on a VERY small Sol America propella plane. The weather had been extremely windy the previous night and people were relating terrifying tales of nightmare journeys to add to our edginess.
We were also hearing warnings about how much more dangerous Venezuela had become (exaggerated in my humble opinion) in recent years. So it was with some trepidation, we set off early am from the comfort of the Amsterdam Manor for the 20 min flight.
At Aruba's Queen Beatrix airport, there is a shrine and meditation room just near the gate for the Venezuelan flights.
If you saw that plane, you would understand my need to drop by for a visit ; )
Needless to say, we arrived in Venezuela in one piece, but that's another story.
We stayed outsite the tourist area in aruba, adn did not rent a car the first week. So when we wanted to go to oranjestad we went by bus, and to the tourist area too. It is a cheap way to travel, 2 florin. There are normal busses, but mini busses too, and you raise your hand and they stop. if the mini busses have places for passengers they switch on their lights, and then they stop. We had even an trip with a schoolbus, the driver dropped us in the hotel area. Funny thing was, he took his dog with him every day working.
Transportation in Aruba is EXCELLENT!!
TAXI'S - are everywhere and the drivers very friendly. A cab ride from the airport to the hotel area costs $16 US. There are no meters. Fares are fixed and set by the government. Taxis are available for sightseeing also.
BUSES - are a great way to get around the hotel areas, some of the beaches, or DOWNTOWN. Bus stops are marked with a yellow sign BUSHALTE. The fare is $2 US roundtrip, or $1.30 one way. We took the buses late at night from downtown to the hotel area without any problems.
BY FOOT - The island is relatively flat and trade winds blow almost constantly, so walking and jogging are a great way to get around. We walked the entire length of both hotel areas and back (a few miles). We could also walk to the Dutch Windmill, Bubali Bird Sanctuary and Butterfly Farm.
JEEP or CAR - It's good to rent a vehicle for a day or two to see other parts of the island not reachable or convenient by bus. Driving is on the right side of the road. Outside of the hotel areas & Oranjestad you may not see street signs but you can't get lost for too long, the island's not that big. Be careful of vehicles crossing intersections. There are usually no stop signs but an occasional yield sign.
TOURS - Many, many tours are available including air-conditioned bus tours of the island, off-road jeep tours, sunset cruises, snorkeling, snuba & dive tours.
Was surprised to have seen an old Pan Am jet at the airport.
If you feel adventure like, rent a Jeep Wrangler. I believe it is superior in ground clearance if you want to go mildly off road.
The rental places say you can't take them certain places -but that is only for YOUR protection. DO NOT go in the sand dunes, the last guy we met that went spent one solid hour stuck!
The first couple of days we didn't have a rental car. The public transportation system is easy enough to let us take the bus around...more so for us I guess because we stayed at the busy section of the island. But after waiting around for the bus to arrive and figuring out which bus to go where we rented a car. It wasn't very expensive and much more convenient. With a car we were able to see much more of Aruba, like the Natural bridge and the california light house. Aruba is a not a very big island and with a car you can just drive around the coast until you see pretty much everything.
Besides, who wants to wait for a bus while on vacation?
Renting a car for the whole week is unnecessary unless you like to get where you are going quickly. Buses can take you up and down the strip as well as to downtown. I would recommend renting a 4-wheel vehicle and venture to the opposite side of the island. Not only is it unbelieveable but you feel like your either in the red sandy mountains of South America or on the shores of Hawaii. To get to the Natural Pool or Bridge you'll need an off-road vehicle anyway.
Regarding the Bus Vs. Taxi, the bus is a cheaper alternative to a taxi, but if you're in a hurry, take a taxi. The buses come whenever they want, they aren't on a schedule. Most of the time, you only pay $7 for a taxi one way, about a five to ten minute drive from the highrises to the city. You can also split a taxi. Most of the time, we had other people from our resort leaving at the same time because they were going where we were. A $7 taxi split four ways isn't bad. You pay $1.25 for the bus that you have to wait ten minutes or more for, and most likely more. You can also rent a car, but considering the amount of time we spent on a bus or in a taxi, it really isn't worth it. We spent 10 minutes a day in a bus or taxi, or maybe less. But if you want to take a leisurely trip around the island, then rent a car. The nice thing is that you have many choices to fit your budget.
By plane although some cruises stop there.
Taxis are always available and they are afforable. However, if you stay in a Beach Hotel at the Hotel zone, you can move easily (and very cheap) by bus. For other activities, almost always they include guest pick up and drop off from main hotels.
You can only get to Aruba by flying there. It can be a long day of flying depending on where you are coming from but it is well worth it. It is best to get on a charter flight to save on the airfare. We don't have that option.
We either walk or take a taxi to anywhere we want to go. The taxi's either cost $6.00 for short drives or $15.00 for long drives. Depending on where you stay you can walk to a lot of places. It is very safe on the island and we have no fear of walking late at night!!! You do need a jeep to get to the north side of the island and visit those sights.
Hire a car for about 40$ a day
or take the bus for 2 florins (1$ = 1.75 Afl
A very friendly taxidriver Mr. 'CHITO' Henriquez
taxi #9 Tel (297-)931.433
there are a lot of deals for guided bus tours,
jeep tours or you rent your own jeep for a ruff roundtrip.
As you can see on the picture,
I own a 2 cylinder Ferrari...
Pictured is the ALTO VISTA CHAPEL.
MY NEW CAR is the best way to go here!
I made from two Brazilian buggy's who were stalled for years this marvel which I called MASERATI NOIZZ GT.
A do-it-yourself five hammer job !
I get a lot more macho impression with it than all the Lexusses of the island toghetter.
Included: Open Airco, Double Muffler, Huge All Track F1
Wheels, Uncorrodble Case and lot of options.
Payed cash and still some money left.
See in my traveloque for full demonstration.
By Plane, there is no other way
The best way is to rent a car. A 4wheel drive is the best, but it isn't necessary.
When you are staying in a hotel and you want to go to Oranjestad, you can also take the bus, it's cheaper and you don't need a parkingplace.
When I was there we hitch-hiked al the time, it's an option, because the most people on Aruba are very friendly, but I think you feel saver when you know the island well before you go hitch-hiking.
We arrived in Aruba on a direct flight from Miami on American Airlines.
Aruba has excellent public transportation. There is a bus that runs up and down the main strip (LG Smith Blvd) past all the hotels and timeshares and back to Oranjestaad. Buy the roundtrip ticket, it costs less.
Definitely spend the money and a rent a car for a least a day so you can explore the other side of the island. Guide books will tell you to get a 4-wheel drive vehicle, but we were fine with our two-door Toyota Yaris.
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