Getting Around Barbados
The best way to get around Barbados is in a car – preferably one you've rented and not a taxi. Just keep to the left and keep your wits about you for the twists and turns. The aforementioned taxis are an expensive option, but at least the fare is set by the government – it'll cost between 13 and 83 Barbadian dollars ($6.50 to $41.50) to get from Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) to various parts of the island.
Barbados is also a popular port of call for cruise ships sailing to the eastern or southern Caribbean. Cruise ships dock at the Bridgetown pier, which is located about 3 miles from downtown Bridgetown.
Compared to some Caribbean destinations, Barbados' roads are easy to navigate. But chances are they still wouldn't pass your Americanized litmus test. Roads can be winding and narrow and the traffic is frustrating (by any country's standards). Still, this is the most efficient means of getting around. If you want to give it a try, you'll need a temporary permit from the rental agency (you can buy a two-month permit for about 10 Barbadian dollars, or about $5). And remember, driving is on the left.
Cab drivers are knowledgeable about the best sights (and restaurants), so taking a taxi is certainly a hassle-free way to get around. But you'll pay a pretty price for the convenience, with steep fares that are set by the government. Anticipate paying anywhere between 31 and 46 Barbadian dollars (or $15.50 to $23) for a one-way trip from the airport to the hotels of Bridgetown or St. Lawrence Gap.
The government-operated buses are a cheap way to get around town and to popular sights like Harrison's Cove and Bathsheba Beach . (They're easy-to-spot – blue with yellow stripes – and their final destinations are clearly visible on the front). Most hotels sit along bus routes, making them a viable option for tourists. However, less populated areas are harder to navigate by bus. Bus passengers are also charged per ride, which includes route transfers. Bajan buses cost 3.50 Barbadian dollars (around $1.75) one-way and you'll need exact change. No foreign currency is accepted for payment.
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