Getting Around Trinidad & Tobago
The best way to get around Trinidad and Tobago is by car, which you can rent at either Trinidad's Piarco International Airport (POS) or Tobago's Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport (TAB). If you don't plan to explore much, you can get by just fine with the cheap taxis. Buses are also available but are rather unreliable. When you're ready to switch islands, head down to the docks at Port of Spain or Scarborough and board one of the private ferries.
|Car||If you're staying in Port of Spain, Trinidad, you'll be able to rely on the taxis and your own two feet. If you're planning on visiting Tobago, a rental car is a must (as the island's transportation is as developed as its cousin's). When renting, ask for a vehicle with four-wheel-drive — the roads can get rough. And inquire about auto insurance, as both islands' driving style is more aggressive than you may have experienced before.|
|Taxi||Taxis look like regular passenger cars with one main distinction: license plates start with the letter "H." You can catch a ride at your hotel, but your fare will probably be more expensive. Instead, go wait at one of the taxi stands marked on street corners or hail a cab directly off the street. Taxis aren't metered so be sure to agree on a price before getting into the vehicle. You should pay the equivalent of $1 USD for most one-way trips.|
The islands' Public Transport Service Corporation operates bus routes that serve Trinidad's major cities. However, the buses follow set routes, and there is no set timetable. Travelers can also take the route taxis (taxicabs that follow a specific route) available on both islands. Tickets are available at most bus terminals. Keep in mind that drivers don't accept cash or credit cards. Tobago also has an inexpensive bus service, but these are unreliable as well. Routes start in Scarborough's bus terminal, a short walk from the ferry terminal, and run to Crown Point, Plymouth and most villages on the island starting around 6 a.m.
The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago offers express ferries for inter-island travel. The trip takes a little less than three hours with a one-way fare costing about $8 USD. Cheaper conventional ferry service is also available for about $6 USD but this trip takes nearly six hours. Trinidad's ferry dock is located in Port of Spain; Tobago’s is in Scarborough. Passengers must check in three hours before sailing if bringing a vehicle, otherwise two hours ahead of time is sufficient.
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