January 5, 2017

Exploring a new destination is truly exciting, but can start off nerve racking when trying to understand how to move around a country freely. Barbados thankfully, is not as complex as the bigger cities with their tremendous amount of options ranging from subways to trams, boats or even cable cars. With that being said however, there are still some transportation options that may differ from other countries or at least the methods by which you would “catch them.”

As a traveler in Barbados you have the options of renting your own car,  venturing on a bus, minibus, ZR ( a white van known for its loud music)  or finding a reliable taxi to take you around.

Don’t panic, we have made a concise list of all that you need to know to make your exploration of this glorious little island easier!


TRANSPORT BOARD BUS 

  1. Buses are blue with yellow strips on each side
  2. The location of the route is marked on the front of the bus
  3. Cost is $2.00 BDS / $1.00 US per trip per person ( *Advice – keep your change)
  4. To disembark simply ring the bell. If that doesn’t work yell “BUS STOP” 😉
  5. Use this link to find the bus route to your chosen attraction! http://www.transportboard.com/route-finder/

 

MINI BUS

  1. Buses are yellow with blue strips on each side
  2. The location of the route is marked on the front of the bus
  3. Cost is $2.00 BDS / $1.00 US per trip per person ( *Advice – keep your change, though drivers are more inclined to accept bills)
  4. To disembark simply ring the bell. If that doesn’t work yell “BUS STOP” 😉

 

ZR (Pronounced, Zed R) 

  1. Small and white Mini vans with maroon strips on each side
  2. Run shorter routes concentrated in highly trafficked and populated areas
  3. Travelling by ZR van is truly an experience! They are known for their high speed and loud music.
  4. Cost is $2.00 BDS / $1.00 US per trip per person ( *Advice – keep your change, though drivers are more inclined to accept bills)
  5. To disembark simply ring the bell. If that doesn’t work yell ” BUS STOP” 😉

To “catch” a bus, mini van or ZR is pretty easy you can either wait at a formal Bus Stop or stick your arm out to signal the driver to come to a halt. Also if you are unsure of which route to take to your planned destination ask someone nearby, Bajans are happy to help out!

Note

  • Benefits  – Incredibly affordable means of getting around the island
  • Disadvantage – There’s unfortunately no exact bus timetable, so waiting could be a pain!

TAXI

Unlike the yellow taxi in New York, Barbados taxis do not have a truly discerning characteristic at first glance. However can be identified by their license plate starting with a ‘Z’ or their top light indicating TAXI”. In addition travelers should note that Barbados taxis do not have a meter and so fares charged are left up to the driver.

Now “catching” a cab is not as easy as it is in big cities. In Barbados most taxis are privately driven or are associated with certain travel companies. Visitors can however always find a taxi near highly populated tourist spots,  hotels, restaurants and of course in the capital city of Bridgetown. Many times the driver will hand you his or her contact card. If they are both reliable and friendly hold on to it, and you can use their services again and again. If you ever feel stranded, personnel at a  hotel, bar or restaurant would be happy to assist you!

*Advice – Ask the drive the rate before agreeing to take the cab in order to avoid being overcharged. Google map the route first to get an idea of time it takes! Here are some rates airport taxis charge to get you started: http://bit.ly/2iMSf1M

 

A RECOMMENDED LIST OF TAXI DRIVERS 

We have put together a list of reliable drivers on the island, feel free to give them a call today!

Nigel

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 246 249-4477
  • South Coast based but will go anywhere. Ask Nigel to sing for you, he has a wonderful voice for Soca!

Curtis

  • Telephone: 246 232-9658
  • Holetown based but will go anywhere
  • A mannerly man who is very helpful

Roger

  • Telephone: 246 830-4970
  • West Coast Based but will go anywhere
  • Wonderfully pleasant

Chris Adams

  • Telephone: 246 231-3566
  • West Coast Based – usually covers Speightstown, Mullins, Holetown, Paynes Bay, Fitts Village, Bridgetown. Also does airport pick ups and drop offs.

Perry Hanyes

  • Telephone: 246 266-3336
  • West Coast based but also does airport pick ups and drop offs
  • Known for his reliability and being on time!

Andy Wood

  • Telephone: 246 239- 0786
  • South Coast Based  – Works  around Maxwell and the Gap but of course will go anywhere
  • Very polite

Leroy

  • Telephone: 246 232-4172
  • Will go anywhere

William

  • Telephone: 246 823-0526
  • West Coast located, will go anywhere
  • If he is not able to take you, he will organize with someone else.

Sanjay Kini

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone:  246 262-1296.
  • Will go anywhere but is known for his personal island tours. Please note that Sanjay takes great pride in creating a wonderful experience for his travelers and so does not rush or take on jobs he can not commit 100% too. If you would like to book his services, do so in advance.
  • Really a very pleaseant man, reliable and time efficient!

Rodney

  • Telephone: 246 263- 5387
  • West Coast based but will go anywhere
  • Known as very reliable

Crane Taxi Services

  • Telephone: 246 260-1600
  • Based at the Crane Resort
  • Very reliable

Eddie’s Tours & Taxi Service

  • Telephone – 246 231-9669
  • West Coast based but will go anywhere. Know also for his personal island tours.

Pedro Spooner

  • Telephone: 246 232 6508
  • West Coast based

Note:

  • Benefits  – no parking hassle or trying to find your own way around the island.
  • Disadvantage –  costly if used extensively

When it comes to getting around any country your best bet is to find the method that most suits your needs and budget, and in Barbados this is no different.

 

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Happy Exploring!