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Bahamas Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

Charter services are available from Airstream, Caribbean Aviation, Diving Safaris, Four Way Charter, Island Helicopters, LeAir Charter Ltd, Sky Unlimited, TAKEFLIGHT Air Charters and The Travel Club.

Approximate Flight Times
    It takes 40 minutes traveling from Nassau, New Providence    Island to Freeport.
  It takes 35 minutes traveling from Nassau, New Providence    Island to Marsh Harbour or Treasure Cay, Abaco.
  It takes 30 minutes traveling from Nassau, New Providence    Island to to Governor’s Harbour
  It takes 40 minutes traveling from Nassau, New Providence    Island to Georgetown on Exuma
Road

Regulations

The traffic in The Bahamas drives on the left.

Bus

The jitney (minibus) provides inexpensive touring and they operate in the hubs of Nassau and Freeport. Exact change is required for these. However, there is not any public transport on the smaller islands. Paradise Island is served by a bus service which stops at each hotel. A horse drawn ride, which takes 3 passengers, is available along the streets of Nassau. Travellers should be careful when using a bus service after dusk on routes away from the main tourist areas along Cable Beach and East and West Bay Streets.

Taxi

Taxis are easily available and are the main form of transport on the smaller islands. Taxis in New Providence have rates which are government controlled and metered. For traditional Bahamian hospitality, keep an eye out for taxis with a Bahamahost sticker in the window. Surcharges often apply for more than 2 people and for extra luggage.

Car hire


Budget, Avis, Dollar and Hertz are represented at the airports and in Nassau and Freeport. Motor scooter hire is also possible, helmets must be worn. Typical cost of hiring a scooter is between $25 and $35 per day.

Documentation

An International driver’s licence must be held and drivers must be aged 25 or over. Bicycles can be rented by the day or by the week at well known tourist centres and hotels.

A national driving licence is valid for up to 3 months. Motorcycle riders and passengers are obligated to wear crash helmets.

The following chart gives approximate travel times (in hours and minutes) from Nassau to other major centres.

Urban

The following chart gives estimated travel times (in hours and minutes) from Nassau to other major centres.
    Air   Sea
Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera
30 minutes 2 hours
Freeport, Grand Bahama
30 - 45 minutes 12 hours
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
45 minutes 11 hours
George Town, Exuma
45 minutes 13 hours
The Sea times are all based on journeys by mail boat, apart from the time for Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera which is by Bahamas Fast Ferries.

Sea

The Out Islands are served by a leisurely mail boat which leaves Nassau numerous times a week carrying mail and provisions to the islands. Passengers share facilities with the crew. Arrangements should be made through boat captains at Potters Cay. Air conditioned ferries run twice weekly between Nassau, Eleuthera and Harbour Island.

For further details, please contact:

Bahamas Fast Ferries
Address: Dowdeswell Street, PO Box 3709
Telephone: 323 2166
Website address: www.bahamasferries.com

There are also local ferries available.
Useful travel links
Bahamas Fast Ferries leisurely mail boat from Nassau