Getting Around Aruba

The best way to get around Aruba is by bus. Although, many visitors stay close to their resorts and respective beaches along the northwest coast. To get from Aruba's Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) to your hotel, take a taxi. Fixed-rate Aruban cabs are another hassle-free way of getting around. Renting a car is a good choice for exploring the island's east coast, while renting an ATV for off-roading in the Arikok National Park is another option for the more adventurous crowd.

Aruba is also a popular port of call for cruise ships. Ships dock at the Port Authority in Oranjestad. From there you'll find car rental agencies and taxis ready to take you to your destination.


The island's Arubus system is reliable and affordable with buses running frequently between 4 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., depending on which of the 16 lines you ride. A single bus trip costs 4 Aruban florins (or about $2.30 USD).

Taxi You'll find the fixed-rate taxis are a stress-free means of getting to and from most sites, especially if you intend to spend most of your vacation around the hotel. You can have your hotel concierge call a taxi, you can grab one easily at the airport or sometimes they can be flagged down off the street (look for cars with a "TX" in the license plate), though it's best to call ahead. Before you get in, ask the driver what the fare will be to get to your destination. You can also look at his or her fare chart while you ride.

Having a car can be handy for treks to the Arikok National Park or out of reach sites like Baby Beach or the Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. You can rent a car at the cruise terminal or the airport and daily rates can range anywhere from $40 to $90 USD. If you're splurging already, consider upgrading your compact car for a four-wheel-drive or all-terrain vehicle. Aruba's rugged east coast landscape will be much easier to handle if you're in a vehicle with some oomph.

Entry & Exit Requirements 

United States citizens traveling both by air and by sea will need a passport to enter Aruba; you'll also be asked to present proof of a return flight or continuing travel. Visit the U.S. State Deparement's website for the latest information on Aurba's entry and exit requirements.

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