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Barbados Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

There are no internal air services.

Road

Barbados has a good network of roads which covers the entire island, however there are many potholes (except on the main highway) on the roads and care should be taken. In rural areas, roads are sometimes narrow, unlit or lack sufficient grip. Driving time to the east coast from Bridgetown has been significantly reduced following the completion of the trans-insular highway.

The road journey from Bridgetown to Speightstown takes around 30 minutes and to Holetown or Oistins about 20 minutes.

Regulations

The traffic in Barbados drives on the left. Speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour (40, 60 and 80 kilometres per hour maximum) and are lower than in the United Kingdom.

Bus

Buses are regular and provide comprehensive coverage of the island at a flat rate of approximately Bds $1.50 for all journeys. Although cheap, buses are packed during the rush hours and all buses terminate at Speightstown.

Mini Vans

Licensed mini vans, identifiable by their ‘ZR’ licence plate, operate around the island and can be flagged down by locals and tourists. There are no fixed schedules, however service is frequent. Rates are the same as for buses, but mini-vans are generally quicker and not for the faint hearted.

Taxi

Taxis do not have meters but fares are regulated by the Government, listings for these are available from the Tourist Office. It is recommended to check the fare before travel. The fare can usually be paid in United States dollars (fixed exchange rate: Bd $2 - US $1) as well as in Barbados dollars.

Car hire

Anything from a mini - moke to a limousine may be hired at the airport, at offices in Bridgetown and at major hotels. Petrol is reasonably cheap. Cars may be rented by the week, day or hour, and can be booked by calling a car hire agency, which will then send a car over to the applicant's hotel. Courtesy Car Rentals is the only car hire agency located at the airport, and is situated in the Arrivals Hall.

Documentation

A Barbados driving permit is required to drive. This can be obtained from car hire companies, the Ministry of Transport (Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 2.30 pm), the airport (every day 8.00 am to 10.00 pm) or police stations in Hastings, Worthing and Holetown. There is a registration fee of Bds $10. A valid national licence or an International Driving Permit should also be held.

Urban

Bridgetown has a local bus network and taxis are accessible.
Useful travel links
Courtesy Rentals A car hire agancy located at the airport.