Getting Around St. Kitts & Nevis
The best way to get around St. Kitts & Nevis is by taxi, which are easily found in front of the islands' airports -- Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) on St. Kitts and Nevis Newcastle Airport (NEV) on Nevis -- as well as lined up at the cruise ship docks in Basseterre, and in front of most hotels and major attractions. Other options include the brightly painted minibuses or rental cars, although both can be limiting depending on your needs. When you're ready to island hop, private boat companies are available at Basseterre in St. Kitts and Charlestown in Nevis.
|Taxi||The widely accessible taxis are the easiest way to get around, and the drivers can conveniently double as tour guides by hourly rates. The government regulates fare, but it is necessary to clarify your price quotes currency before getting in the cab. The fixed rates will run you about $12 USD to $26 USD, but rides after 10 p.m. come with an additional 50-percent fee.|
|Car||Rental cars are also available on both islands, but not from the airports (though many companies offer a pickup service). You must obtain a local permit to rent a vehicle, available on St. Kitts at the Traffic Department in Basseterre for about $24 USD. And the rental fees will cost you; daily rates average between $40 to $60 USD a day as well as collision damage surcharges and deductibles. If you're planning on island-hopping, some of the rental car agencies offer a rental exchange between St. Kitts and Nevis but only if you rent for the minimum of three days. Keep in mind that driving is on the left.|
|Minibus||There are no public buses on the islands, only privately owned minibuses, some with interesting, party bus-like paint jobs. While the minibuses are an inexpensive way to get around, they don't always stop at the popular tourist sites. If you're in a rush, we recommend taking the more reliable taxis.|
Transportation between St. Kitts and Nevis is provided by several different ferry companies, with boats that leave from Basseterre on St. Kitts and Charlestown on Nevis. Fares and schedules depend on the company, with a one-way trip costing about $7.50 USD on average.
Entry & Exit Requirements
You'll need a passport (by air) or passport card (by sea) to enter and exit St. Kitts and Nevis. Customs officials might also ask you to provide proof of sufficient funds, as well as proof of a return or onward trip. Visits to St. Kitts and Nevis may not exceed three months without a visa. For more information on entry and exit requirements, please visit the U.S. State Department's website.