The taxis in Aruba are unmetered and all journeys have set fares.
We only used the taxis for travelling to and from the airport; the rest of the time we travelled by local bus which was much cheaper.
Upon arrival at Aruba's Reina Beatrix Airport you will find a taxi dispatch booth outside the arrivals hall. A board displays the set fares to various popular destinations. For example:
Airport to Downtown Oranjestad = $US 18
Airport to Low Rise Hotels (Eagle Beach) = $US 22
Airport to High Rise Hotels (Palm Beach) = $US 25
Airport to Boca Catalina/Malmok Beach = $US 30
Airport to Baby Beach = $US 40
The attendant at the taxi dispatch office will present you with a receipt (with the fare written on) and direct you to a waiting taxi.
As we were staying at a residential property (an apartment located on Kwartsstraat, just 5 minutes from the airport), there was no set fare displayed for our destination. The closest destination for which there was a set fare was the Talk of the Town Hotel which, at $US 15, was the cheapest set fare from the airport.
Our driver didn't immediately know the address that we were heading for, but found it easily enough with the printed directions that we had been given by our host.
The driver (Paolo Holsman; Tel: +297 565 7312) gave us his contact card which we used at the end of our stay to book our taxi journey back to the airport. I sent him a text at around 11:00am asking him to pick us up at 3:00pm that afternoon. He responded to confirm within minutes. He arrived a few minutes early and charged us $18 for the short journey back to the airport.
You can find a comprehensive list of taxi fares here:
Entry requirements for British nationals.
The following information was correct as at the time of our visit from the United Kingdom to Aruba in May 2015:
British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Aruba for up to 3 months. (This is always a major selling point for me!)
Your passport only needs to be valid for the duration of your stay and not for any period beyond that. This was crucial for us on this occasion; my wife's passport was due to expire 2 months after our trip and this ruled us out of visiting any countries that required 6 months passport validity.
We were presented with Embarkation/Disembarkation Cards on our KLM flight into Aruba. These were simple to complete, requiring the following information:
Date of Birth
Country of Birth
Passport Expiry Date
Address in Aruba
Duration of Stay
The front of the card was stamped upon arrival in the country (our passports were also stamped) and the card was collected from us when we departed the country.
There are no taxes to pay either on arrival to or departure from Aruba. (Another selling point for me!)
Entering Aruba couldn't be much easier – it's almost like they want tourists to visit! (Some other countries should take note!).
The nature of this information is subject to change over time. The up-to-date position can be found here:
Take a plane! It's a small...
Take a plane! It's a small island off the coast of Venezuela, so I doubt you'll want to put your car on a ferry! Cruise ships are also great ways to enter Aruba
You can either rent a car for 2 or 3 days to see all the sights.....the island is only 75 sq miles! Or you can take some tours. I've always rented the car and done it on my own schedule.
If you don't feel like renting a car, you can take a taxi to Oranjestad from the low rises and high rises for right around $6 each way.
Definitely rent a car & stop...
Definitely rent a car & stop off the beaten path for some snorkeling at places where the locals go. We never worried about safety - it appeared very safe there, mostly we think because there seems to be a middle class. Not too many poor people on this island (and I think we covered it all!).
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.
Aruba to Venezuela
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.Related to:
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We arrived in Aruba on a...
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.
You can only get to Aruba by...
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.
By plane although some cruises...
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.
Bus Vs. Taxi
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.
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?
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!
You can fly in or get there by...
You can fly in or get there by one of the cruises.
The three best ways to get around are: Hire a car, take a taxi or take a minibus, and on the island that is it basicly.
I flew down on USAirways.
You can rent a car or take taxis. I saw many people hitching rides also.
This photo is at the Hyatt's pool.
You have to fly...unless you...
You have to fly...unless you do a boat and it would take a few days.
Gotta do cabs for the hard to reach areas, otherwise the bus system was great.
Been here many times. My opinion is it is the best overall resort on the island for value, luxury,...more
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