Getting Around in Trinidad and Tobago

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There are four types of public transportation in Trinidad and Tobago - buses, maxi taxis, route taxis and private taxis - which can be, at first glance, difficult or confusing to use.

A mix of all four can get you almost anywhere on the islands, apart from some remote rural areas (or even late night trips), for which renting a car is the only alternative. The first three are relatively cheap but not always the fastest option.

For travelling between the islands you can opt for the fast ferry, which is quick (the trip takes around 2 and a half hours) and very economical, or by plane which is faster (less than 30 minutes) and more comfortable though a bit more expensive.

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August 06, 2005 change by xonkas

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Car

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If your time is limited and if you wish to explore the islands in depth, then the best option is renting a car. There are several international car rental companies as well as local ones. Prices start at around 35 USD per day for a small car but will be higher during the peak season (and, obviously, for larger or more luxurious vehicles). Daily rates are reduced for periods of one week or longer (prices for one week start at around 225 USD). These prices may or may not include CDW (collision damage waiver).  It should also be noted that drivers under the age of more..

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Maxi Taxi

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These are minibuses transporting up to 25 people. They have set routes and meeting points and standardized fares; however, they have no fixed timetable. Maxi taxis have a colour code according to the area they serve. Tickets’ prices range from 3TTD to 5TTD.  

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Ferry

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There is a regular car/passenger service linking Trinidad (Port of Spain) and Tobago (Scarborough). Sometimes this trip may be quite rough due to strong currents.

Further information (prices, timetables, etc.) can be consulted in Trinidad & Tobago official tourist website.   

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Route Taxi

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These are similar to maxi taxis, except they transport up to 5 passengers and don’t have set meeting points, though you’ll find that they usually gather in some of the busier areas and won’t leave until they’re completely full. Since they have fewer passengers, they are quicker than maxi taxis and a bit more expensive. Note that they have H number plates, which is the only feature that distinguishes them from private cars (these have P number plates).     

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Plane

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Tobago Express, an affiliate of BWIA (British West Indies Airlines) is the main airline linking Trinidad (Port of Spain’s Piarco Airport ) and Tobago (Crown Point Airport). It runs several flights a day at around 200 TTD (+/- 32 USD) per person return (tickets should be booked in advance during the peak season).

For further information consult the Tobago Express service’s website.

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