Barbados Transportation

  • Transportation
    by Kbgrace
  • Private bus
    Private bus
    by Gillybob
  • Government bus
    Government bus
    by Gillybob

Barbados Transportation

  • Bus it around

    Bus transport in Barbados is fast and efficient. It renders car hire useless. The points of interest are covered plus some curious low points in the middle of nowhere. Backing up into some meadow in order to turn around is quite the trick. All the stops are marked either “to Town” or “out of Town” which tells everything one needs to know. The fare...

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  • Public Transit is the way to go

    Barbados has a great public bus system. Use it if you can. We hired a taxi for the airport to Bathsheba (which is probably best), but took the public bus from Bathsheba, to Bridgetown, then later to airport. Also, the mini bus connecting the South Coast is great.

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  • Rental Car or No Rental Car. . that is...

    My vote would be. . . No. Barbados has an extensive bus system that will take ou anywhere on the island and there are an abundance of cabs. Unless there is somewhere you specifically want to go, I beleive part of the joy of Barbados is being able to get on the bus/van and just travel as the locals do. However, it is up to you. I have been there 6...

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  • Three Kinds of Buses

    There are three types of public transportation available: Transport Board Buses, Minibuses and ZRs.This is a Barbados Transport Board bus. The BTB is a government owned and funded public transport system and provides a regular scheduled bus service to all parts of the island. Buses run from as early as 6:00 a.m and to as late as 12:00 p.m. But in...

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  • Island Hopping

    You can travel to Barbados from a number of different islands by flying Caribbean Star. This airline specialises in the eastern Caribbean and Guyana. You might have to make a stop here and there, but overall it was a convenient way to get around. Make sure you're at the front of the queue ahead of boarding because there is no allocated seating...

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  • Route cabs

    There's a few modes of transportation in Barbados.There is a bus system if you have lots of time. Cabs are quick but can be costly.Then there is what they call a route cab. Along the south shore from Bridgetown to the airport you can wave down or they will honk if they see you walking. They are white vans with the plale number starting with ZR....

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  • Hire Cars

    If you want the freedom of exploring the island at your own pace, then renting a car might be the choice for you. Many rental companies exist across the island and will arrange for cars to be brought to and collected from your hotel.Hire cars are easy to spot out on the roads - license plates begin with the letter H.

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  • Government buses

    Barbados is a highly accessible island by public transport. Those buses you see around the island that are blue with a yellow stripe are government owned. Regardless of whether you board a government or privately owned bus, the flat fare in operation in February 2009 was B$1.50 for a single journey.Most routes operate to/from Bridgetown although...

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  • Route Taxis

    Route Taxis, also known as ZRs, ply similar routes to those use by the public transport buses around the island, as well as additional, less frequented routes. ZRs are one of the most common forms of public transport around the island and are easily seen, generally having a colour-scheme of white with maroon; they often play loud music or use a...

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  • Taxi Services

    Many taxi services operate around the island of Barbados. It is best to agree a price with the driver prior to commencing your journey. The website below contains a list of average journey prices.Taxis provide a convenient way of journeying between two destinations but are a more expensive form of transport.

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  • Private buses

    Two sorts of buses ply the Barbados public transport trade, those which are yellow with a blue stripe are privately owned and tend to be more entertaining than the blue with yellow stripe Government owned buses.Whichever bus you board, the flat fare in operation in February 2009 was B$1.50 - making either a good budget choice. Most routes run...

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  • Driving in Barbados

    For our recent vacation in Barbados we rented a car. I would say that this experience was a success, but I have much to say about it. We are used to left hand drive cars. They are not so different from the right hand drive cars except that everything is reversed and if you have never done it before I would recommend having your partner or a...

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  • August Flights

    Early early August is the end of our CropOver Festival with Kadooment Day (like Carnival) happening on the first Monday in August. Flights just before that are not cheap. later in August you might find better fares, except that 2 things happend. Students/families who have been in England all summer will be returning as schools beginning in early...

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  • Take the Bus

    There are several kinds of buses all quite reasonable in price. All routes are marked by bus stops which say "TO CITY" for buses that are going to Bridgetown or "Out Of City" for buses going the other direction. The problem is that Bridgetown is the hub of all the routes. So if you want to go from say Bathsheba to Folkestone, you have to go to...

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  • Rent a Car

    We arrived in Barbados late and took a taxi to the hotel. This was just as well because out on the east coast it's really dark at night and we'd never have found our way there by ourselves. The rental car folks delivered the car to us at the hotel the next morning. They had all the paperwork, including the documents necessary for us to get a Bajan...

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  • Public Transport

    The blue/yellow transport board buses run frequently, and there is one charge for any route. You can go for miles and miles for just the one fare, and see a lot of the island. Fares are Bds$1.50. You must have the correct change.There are two bus stations in Bridgetown, one to go from Bridgetown west and north , and the other from Bridgetown south...

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  • Public Bus System

    Highly recommend using the local bus system to get around Barbados. Schedules are available online. One way fare is $1.50 (Barbados). That's only $.75, US! Buses go everywhere on the island but be prepared for the buses to be fully loaded. School children use the same system so buses are especially crowded around 4:00pm. Two main terminals in...

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  • Taxis

    After reading and researching on this forum and in the guide books we opted to just take taxis each night to the restaurants from our hotel rather than rent a car. We realized that we would be limited in what we saw- but we were in the country for such a short time and needed to relax more.Taxis were easy to get. They were either at the hotel in...

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  • Buses

    It's easy to get around the island on the bus, just remember that the far is $1.50 no matter how far you travel. Remember to have the correct far as you will not get any change.This does not include tour buses, check the price before booking.

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  • mini mokes- buses or taxi

    Because the island is small it is easy to cover it during your stay. there are frequent busses, that run to all the tourist spots/ attractions. if you would prefer, you can hire a taxi, you can negotiate a good price if you ask for a return trip. if you venture to an out of the way adventure, the taxi will wait for you, even if you slan to stay for...

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  • Flying into Barbados

    We flew into Barbados on American Airlines from San Juan. The plane was a smaller plane and upon arrival the passengers were bused a very short distance to the terminal. The airport is under construction at the moment so the inside is very sparse, but the design of the exterior was very welcoming. The ticket counters were all open air and gave a...

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  • Taxi

    We opted not to rent a car for this vacation and instead took taxis to most of our destinations. We were very pleased with the service and had nothing but very professional/kind drivers. There are plenty of cabs in the cities and flagging one down is no problem at all. The rates were all very similar and we never felt ripped off.

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  • watch out for the ZR's !

    The Transport Board have plenty of buses, predominately blue, but do NOT expect to find a timetable, except at the Terminal in Bridgetown. Signs on the road show to town, or out of town, which is a rough guide. There is only 1 tarrif and you must have the correct change.(2006 it is $1.50) You can get a straight through bus from Oistens for example...

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  • blue buses or yellow

    There are two types of buses in barbados, the blue ones and the yellow ones.The blue buses are owned by the said council and are very reliable clean and always on time.No fun for youngsters!!!!The yellow are private and are owned by the locals and they pretty much do as they like, speed,horns blasting at every pedestrian and Good fun.

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  • Tour By Taxi

    Taxis are also available. They are unmetered and fares are fixed by the government on the basis of distance. Our plane was delayed, and the dispatcher at the airport put us into taxis on the basis of first come gets the next cab. The taxi driver did not want to take us all the way out to Bathsheba at that hour of night, but the dispatcher...

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  • Taxi service

    While in Barbados for a week, we met a taxi driver early on named Andy. He was probably not the cheapest guy around, but he was friendly and seemed to willing to go out of his way to accomodate our travel plans.His car was a late model Toyota with air conditioning and was in very good shape. It was clean and comfortable.We used him to give us an...

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  • Roundabouts

    All the roundabouts in Barbados have a name. Most are named after people and some others take the name of a company or school. This is very handy if you are trying to find your way around. If you are following coastal road for example, you can remember at which roundabout you should head inland to get where you are going.The roundabout in this...

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  • From the airport -Cheap

    The bus costs BB$1.50 from the airport to any other point on the island. This is much cheaper than the taxi, which can cost up to BB$60.There are two bus stops on the road about 100m in front of the terminal. If you are heading to Bridgetown or the south coast, take the bus from the same side of the road as the terminal (pictured here).

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  • Make friends with someone with a...

    We made friends with Godfrey during our stay, and he would take us out in his speedboat. He took us out to the Jolly Roger, a pleasure cruiser which would moor just off the beach outside our hotel. Once on board the Jolly Roger, passengers enjoyed free drinks and food. So did we. Most days Godrey would take us out to the ship and we would climb on...

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  • Just ask a local!

    You want to discover an islands beauty, hire a local driver. Not only will they cost less than a "tour" but you can customize your itinerary. Nobody knows an island better than a local. Just ask for Patrick who drives the green Mercedes, only one on the island.

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  • Remember To Drive On The Left

    If you decide to rent a car in Barbados, it is important to remember that they drive on the left side of road, like we do in England! Not much more to say on this subject really, just keep to the left.

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  • Old time Bus

    This is a vintage, old-style Barbados bus. Banks, the local brewery uses it to pick people up from their hotels to take them on tours of the brewery.

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  • Bus system

    Bus stops are located everywhere you turn. The Barabdos government operates large blue and yellow buses along these routes. All stops are labeled either Out of City or In to City. The government busses aren't as frequent as the ZR/reggae buses(vans) that follow the same routes. Just hop on either bus that shows up first at your stop and ride either...

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  • Jolly Roger Pirate Cruise

    Actually this is a part of the Tall Ships Cruises, the same company that has the Tiami Cruise. I did not take this cruise but heard it was fabulous fun in the sun, from start to finish!The infamous band of Pirates take control and lure regular folk onto their decks of pleasure! Of course the cruise includes World Famous Rum Punch!

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  • yellow buses to anywhere

    Use the local buses by all means they are totallly sate. There are two types Blue Buses and Yellow buses. Blue buses stop only at designated bus stops, and yellow buses stop anywhere you flag them down. Blue buses require exact change.

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  • Music Buses

    pay US$1 on the hop on hop off music buses around the island...best around Bridgetown. Can get very cramped and watch your bag but great atmosphere...get around with the locals and listen to some tunes aswell....not a place for conversations!!

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  • Taxis

    There are many taxis serving Barbados, always ask the price first before getting in. The taxis that operate at the airport are solely for that use, Taxis can collect you or deliver you to the airport as arranged with them.If you want to hire a Moke or rental car, there are plenty around, do not forget to take your drivers licence. You have to...

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  • Car Rental

    Renting a car is without a doubt the best way to see Barbados. It is more expensive that walking or taking a van, but it gives you the opportunity to see the whole island in your own time. When i was in Barbados, my dad drove me around the whole island in just a couple of hours, taking in the different beaches, cliffs, sugar plantations and a...

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  • Taxi's

    You can pick up a taxi from a number of depots around the island. I have never taken one, but i have heard that they can be quite expensive. Vans are very frequent and much cheaper, so i recommend that you use this method of transport instead of a taxi.

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  • Local Vans

    In Barbados busses are called vans, for the simple reason that Suzuki vans are used as busses. These are relatively small vans, that seat about 10 people at a time. A number of routes run throughout the island, and you can get just about anywhere on one. The best thing about them is that the drivers are more desperate to get you on their van, than...

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  • Hire a taxi for the day

    Taxis are surprisingly inexpensive on Barbados, and the price for hiring a taxi for several hours at a time is surprisingly reasonable. This is by far the best way to tour the island because the network of small rural roads winding around the hilly landscape can be quite confusing and a local driver who knows his way around is a huge benefit.

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  • Get a Taxi

    Make sure you hire for a few hours a Taxi with a driver who knows alot about the Island and you'll have a great time.We decided to make a half day tour of the island, so we hired a Cab. Our driver was Vaughan, a man who knew a great deal about the island, its history, its wildlife, its plants and flora and his favourite subject of all..the local...

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  • Reggae Busses

    While whipping around a corner of a crowded street at 80km/h and narrowly missing a dog, I realised that maybe sanity doesn't exist anywhere in the world. There is room for maybe... maybe... sixteen people on one of these buses (actually called ZR-s, pronounced zed-ar). That doesn't stop ten more people from getting on and sitting on your lap or...

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  • Don't fly with LIAT

    If you don't want to have a troubles, don't fly with LIAT. I tried it and it was my first and last experience with that company. I had a Liat airpass, so I had to fly always with them during my trip from island to island. Liat had always very big delays, cancelled flights, problems. They aren't professional. Even the stuff on the ground is not able...

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  • Barbados Transport Buses

    Blue ones (with yellow stripe) are state owned, yellow ones (with blue stripe) are private - I think that is the right way round.Very cheap, they either go from Bridgetown or to Bridgetown, (their sign says To the City or Out of City) wherever you get on them. You have to stick your hand out!Excellent (if quite slow) way to travel and/or to see the...

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Barbados Hotels

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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