Getting Around in Barbados

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The best and cheapest transport option on Barbados is the bus. There are three kinds of buses: government-operated public buses which have the most extensive routes; a privately operated minibus system; and route taxis.

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Renting a car is another good way of getting around. None of the island's many car rental agencies is affiliated with a major international rental chain so just call to book a car and someone will swing by your hotel to pick you up. However, better to deal with one who is a Member of the local Hotel & Tourism Association such as Top Class Car Rentals (+1 246-228-7368) who also has a great website with the lowest rates.  They also will meet you at the airport and offer free roadside assistance in case of emergencies (such as running out of gas!).  Temporary driving permits are required; they can be obtained for a small fee through your rental agency. In Barbados you drive on the left.

Taxis are also available and fares are fixed by the government. However vehicles are unmetered so establish a fare in advance especially if you hire a taxi for a sightseeing tour. Bicycles can be rented in Hastings and Maxwell.

Barbados' Grantley Adams International Airport is on the island's southern coast 16km (10mi) southeast of Bridgetown. Few car rental agencies have booths at the airport but most will pick customers up. Otherwise travelers have a choice of catching a taxi to their destination or simply walking out onto the road and catching a local bus.

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