Getting Around - Internal Travel
There are no internal air services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
has a local bus network and taxis are accessible.