The experience of exploring in and around Trinidad and Tobago is very different to other large, developed cities. However, with some research and street smarts, you would find that it is not difficult at all. In fact, moving around the island would appeal to the adventurous at heart. Here’s all that you need to know about getting around the islands.
These are colour-banded mini buses that operate in designated parts of the country. They carry 12-25 passengers and are generally air-conditioned. Each route has a set fare; fares are usually displayed on a poster in the buses. If you are unsure of the fare, ask the driver. The main hubs for maxi taxis are at City Gate – Port of Spain, King’s Wharf – San Fernando and lower Scarborough – Tobago.
Taxis are readily available and operate along set routes. In Trinidad and Tobago, taxis are assigned to loading areas called ‘Taxi Stands.’ These vehicles are easily detectable; the first letter on the license plate reads ‘H’. The fares are also quite affordable. General taxis are shared with a capacity of 4-6 passengers. It is important to negotiate a fare with a taxi driver before entering the vehicle if you wish to go off route or hire the entire vehicle.
The Public Transportation Services Corporation (PTSC) is government owned and operated; it represents a major part of transport on the islands. PTSC operates scheduled bus services along specific routes much like maxi taxis. They originate from hubs in Port of Spain, Chaguanas, San Fernando and Sangster’s Hill, Tobago. These buses even provide service to remote parts of the island. Fares range from $2 TT to $12. Tickets must be purchased before boarding. See PTSC for schedule and fares.
Local apps like Drop Taxi and Reach provide on demand taxi service in Trinidad and Tobago. The internationally known brand Uber, also launched service in Trinidad in April of this year. These apps are recommended if you are going out in a group to a night club or fete and need a reliable ride to and from your destination.
Visitors holding valid driving permits issued from other countries are permitted to drive for up to 3 months without a Trinidad and Tobago issued driver’s licence.
It is advisable to reserve a rental vehicle before arriving in Trinidad and Tobago, particularly during the busy Christmas and Carnival seasons. The road network on both islands is relatively well developed; on the other hand, roads in some rural areas may be narrow and winding. It is important to note that we drive on the left side of the road.
The speed limit is 50kph (30mph) in city centres, residential and well-populated areas. You can operate a vehicle at speeds of up to 80kph (50mph) on the highways.
Exploring the South land is easy. The water taxi provides a daily service (Monday-Friday) at different intervals of the day. This service is quite reliable and usually on time. See information on scheduling and tickets.
Two ferries, the T&T Express and the T&T Spirit Service operate between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. This is another option for vacationers and locals alike who want to explore the islands further. The journey is completed in about 2 and a half hours. See the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for sailings and fares.
Trinidad and Tobago’s national airline, Caribbean Airlines, offers daily flights between Trinidad and Tobago. These flights costs US $48.00 return. The estimated flying time between the islands is 24 minutes. Click here to visit the Caribbean Airlines website.