These vans run continually around Trinidad. For instance a cab from Maraval to Maracas Bay would run you $25US but if you stand on the side of Saddle Road and wait for the white van with the yellow striping, you can get there for $1US. Same deal coming back, although if you go very far down toward POS you'll hit another zone and it'll go up another buck.
The Port Authority maintains ferry service every day except Saturday between Trinidad and Tobago, although flying is preferable because the seas can be very rough. The ferry leaves once a day (from St. Vincent Street Jetty in Port-of-Spain and from the cruise-ship complex in Scarborough); the trip takes about five hours. The round-trip fare is TT$60. Cabins, when available, run TT$160 (round trip, double occupancy).
Taxis in Trinidad & Tobago are easily identified by their license plates, which begin with the letter H. Passenger vans, called Maxi Taxis, pick up and drop off passengers as they travel and are color-coded according to which of the six areas they cover. Rates are generally less than $1 (US), which is $6 (T&T) per trip. (Yellow is for Port-of-Spain, red for eastern Trinidad, green for south Trinidad, and black for Princes Town. Brown operates from San Fernando to the southeast - Erin, Penal, Point Fortin. The only color for Tobago is blue.) They're easy to hail day or night along most of the main roads near Port-of-Spain. For longer trips you will need to hire a private taxi.
Public transport in T & T is excellent - check out any guide book for details about the colour-coded 'maxi-taxis' (minibuses, which run about one every 30 seconds on popular routes) and 'route taxis' (shared rides in licensed and unlicensed cars) - both are very inexpensive means of getting around, used by most Trinis. Private taxis (for single journeys or day/half-day trips) seem to vary enormously in price - in general, the more informal the negotiations with the driver, the better. I can strongly recommend Derrick (Tel. 669-0083 or 751-1127) - a young guy who recently started in the charter-taxi business. His rates were very reasonable, he was reliable at turning up for appointments, and we spent quite a bit of social time together as well!
Very easy to get around in Trinidad by route-taxis, maxi-taxis and buses. The route-taxis and buses are our preferred way to travel in Tobago, we like to ride the bus meeting locals, with better views of the whole route, even though the bus schedule for the whole island as posted at the main terminal in Scarborough is quite short and sweet, we still managed to tour the whole island and had a good time chatting up with nicest locals everywhere we went.
Coming from the north Caribbean Star has flights from Grenada.
In the south BWIA, offers daily flights from Caracas to Port of Spain
There is a public transport system with air-conditioned buses.
The Maxi buses are color coded depending on the area being travelled, these can be used.
Taxis are available at prices close to that offered by the buses for quicker travelling and for small parties.
Flying in to Piarco Airport best. It is about 45 minutes by car from the capital ( Port of Spain ). You can fly into Tobago ( Crown Point ) and then fly over to Piarco with Air Caribbean ( Shake & Bake ! )
Most exciting way to get around is public transport. Several types - Route Taxi which looks like a normal taxi but follows a route and picks up everyone and anyone. When using these, it is worth learning what the appropriate signs are for different destinations as you need to flag down drivers with specific hand signals .If you like excitement, try the Maxi Taxi - These guys have a very flexible approach to road rules ! Also, there are buses but these are few and far between !
Via air from Toronto, New York etc.
If you have a yacht there is quite a yachting community in Trinidad. Great facilities for docking for a time - even repairing your craft.
Renting a car is the best way if you are brave enough. Remember they drive on the left side of the road, though! Always be super super cautious in all traffic situations. Never stop for pedestrians as they may think you are a route-taxi!
Tourist Taxi: A driver will take you anywhere you'd like to go i.e., the beach, the local tourist spots or back to the airport. They are expensive but at least you can enjoy the scenery and worry about traffic.
Route taxis (small minivans or 5-seater cars) are available for the really brave. Up close and personal with everyday Trinidadians. You can take these in the capital, Port of Spain or go as far as the city of San Fernando. Good way to get to and from the yacht clubs.
It's an island. Well, two islands to be correct. By plane or by boat. By plane: BWIA or British Airways from London.
Check out others Like Condor at your travel agency.
You can rent-a-car or take a bus. In Trinidad you have the so-called Maxi-Taxi. Hop on and hop off, it's an easy way to get around in the cities but if you want to see the island, rent a car. In Trinidad it's better to not travel alone at night. If you do have to travel at night call a taxi or make sure you have a rentalcar. During daytime it's not an issue. Just use your healthy-right-mind.
For Tobago I recommend to rent a car or go by public transportation, because the taxis have the tendency to let you 'overpay' your fair. Here again don't travel alone by night. When you like to go biking you can also rent a bike. But with the tropical heat I wouldn't recommend that.
To see Tobago,rent a car or jeep and see the island. In Trinidad I prefer to use the Maxi-taxis if i have time to travel but be prepared for frequent stops. Route taxis are more expensive but are alot faster.
from Germany by CONDOR
from London by BWIA
via Trinidad by BWIA
taxi or rent a car
roads are bad and narrow - on the picture you can see the mainroad to charlottsville!
also public bus service
There is very good transportation in Trinidad and Tobago. You can go by bus but also with Maxi Taxies which goes from A to B. They are very cheap and goes almost anywhere. Ordinary taxies seems to charge you extra because you are tourists.
In Tobago - Stand at the side of the road and stick your hand out when cars approach travelling in the direction you want to go. It costs 3 tt dollars to travel in one of the many 'Three dollar cabs'.
Most locals travel this way - BUT NOT AT NIGHT!
There are several options, but take a Maxi Taxi if you get a chance. Head to the depot at Port of Spain during rush hour and you will be faced with a scene! They are mini-buses that have some of the best stereo speakers you'll ever find--and they play really great music, the people will rush on even before the bus makes a complete stop (my friend was knocked onto the maxi taxi by a woman eager to get home), and will get you to all the areas in Trinidad.
there are flights that will take u into this country from most parts of the world.
it is a very important tourist country in the caribbean and is well known for their beautiful beaches and carnival.
Flights from UK to Trinidad or Tobago.
Direct flights from New York, Miami or Toronto.
Maxi Taxi and your rented car
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