Public bus from san fernado
The cheapest way to get around trinidad is by public bus, I did see quite modern bendy busses on my way to san fernando, but I cought one on a sunday and it was really old (like 1970s) with no air con. Tickets cost $4TT which is like nothing, to get a taxi from the airport it cost me $250TT (about $40US)
The public bus stop in San Fernando is down near the fish market and you but the ticket at the office, then you join the queue, it is on a first come first serve basis and the drive will only let as many people on as there are seats. There are small luggage racks above the seats, but if you have more than a back pack the bus is proabably not a good idea. Keep all valuables close to you.
The final stop is at the main bus station in Port of Spain, from here you can catch maxi taxis to various locations, taxis also go tosome locations from here - see my taxi tip for more info
The quality of the transport may be some what dubious, but it will be an adventuous ride, the trinidadian people are all really friendly, even the ones who look like they are about to mug you
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Boats to Tobago
There are 2 ships which operates between Trinidad & Tobago. It leaves to from the main Port of Trinidad (Port of Spain) to Tobago (Scarbourough).
1. MV sonia - which takes 4:30hrs the economy ticket is around TT$25, Tourist class-TT$30, Cabin class - TT$80.
2. Linx or CAT - which is a fast catamaran boat, takes around 2:30hrs and has only economy class, cost around TT$25.
In both Port of Spain & Scarborough there are ticket counters inside the port. If you want to transport your vechicle, you have to be there by 3hrs before departure of the boat else 2hrs. All the ticket counter closess 2 hrs before, its always good in advance. The ship/boat timings vary depends on the working day & public holiday and even depends on the crowd.
Port of Spain - Port Phone No: +868 - 623 2901/2 Extn: 160/161
There are 2 types of taxis in Trinidad. Maxi taxis and personal taxis.
From the airport you can get a taxi to pretty much any where you want to go. I think it cost me nearly $70 USD to get to San Fernando a rip off I know
In Port of Spain at the main bus station there are maxi taxis, you go to the sign with place you want to go listed an stand there until there are enough people to go.
At other stops around the city there are "taxi stands" to the different suburbs - these are also share taxis but they will take you by yourself. Basically you tell them where you want to go and they decide if they want to take you there. Ask at the security office at the bus station and they will tell you where you have to go to get a taxi.
Taxis - how to avoid the rip off
As soon as you arrive in Trinidad, you will be instantly spotted as a tourist - and thus easy prey.
Taxis look just like a normal car, but have an 'H' number plate not a 'P' (but saying this, unlicenced taxis often stop for you too).
The trick is not to ask the taxidriver "how much to......", but simply to get in the taxi and pass him $2 (which is about 20 english pence - i.e. not a lot) and tell him your destination.
A further fact that you should know is that the taxi is not just for you - what I mean is, if you get into the back of a taxi, and he passes someone else hailing him; then the taxi stops and you share a cab.
Strange at first, but sensible when you think about it.