Getting Around Dominica
The best way to get around Dominica is by taxi or car since the top activities are fairly spread out. Those who opt not to travel by automobile will end up confined on the southwest coast in Roseau. Rental cars and taxi services are available in downtown Roseau and at the island's two airports. And speaking of airports, there are no direct flights from the United States to either the Douglas–Charles Airport (DOM) or the Canefield Airport (DCF). Instead, visitors from the U.S. and Canada will have to resort to island-hopping from Puerto Rico, Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique or Guadeloupe. Most visitors fly into the island's larger airport, Douglas–Charles, which sits on the northeastern side of the island, about an hour north of the capital city of Roseau.
Traveling by car is the most efficient way to get around Dominica, but should only be attempted by the most confident drivers. If you choose to rent a car, be sure to get one with four-wheel drive, as the roads get quite bumpy. Keep in mind that the island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, and as such major roads may be in poor condition. You'll need to buy a driving permit, which costs 30 East Caribbean dollars (or about $12), available at rental agencies, the airport and the Traffic Department office in downtown Roseau. Though the island is relatively small, attractions are spread out, and the winding, narrow roads make for difficult and nauseating drives. Proceed with caution through the mountains and over the many potholed streets, and remember to drive on the left. Eagle Car Rentals, Courtesy Car Rental and Island Car Rentals are three popular companies on the island.
We recommend traveling by taxi because even the island's residents are sometimes too scared to navigate its tricky roads. You can hire a taxi at both airports or at most hotels and guesthouses. Prices are regulated but rather expensive. If you want a sightseeing tour around the island, drivers usually charge anywhere from about $70 to $90, but you can negotiate a special price if you ride with other passengers. If you're looking to hire a taxi past sundown, you're best bet is to call ahead as taxis can be hard to find at night. Taxis are identified by their license plates; H, HA or HB usually precede the registration numbers on the number plates. Fares from the Douglas–Charles Airport to Roseau cost EC$65 (or around $24). Ride-hailing apps, such as Uber, do not operate in Dominica.
The public transportation system, which mainly consists of minibus operators, can be an affordable way to get around. Fares range between EC$2 (less than $1) and EC$11 (or around $4), but the expensive taxis are significantly more reliable. You can easily spot a bus by the letter "H" on the license plate. Buses will stop anywhere on the main street as long as you can flag it down. Buses are not reliable for night travel.
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