There are several reputable car rental agencies on the island, which would be happy to help you discover Barbados behind the wheel of one of their vehicles. Many of them also offer unlimited mileage, free delivery and pick up, and other “tidbits” which range from baby seats to road maps. However, there are certain legalities involved in the hiring process, and you do need to have a valid driver’s license to get a visitor’s permit to drive here.
THINGS TO NOTE
- You need to have a valid driver’s license to get a visitor’s permit to drive here.
- Permits are issued by the car rental agencies or the Barbados Licensing Authority for BDS$10.00.
- Permits are valid for two months from the date of issue.
- Remember that we drive on the left
- Speed limits vary. An average speed limit is 40km/h
- Seatbelts are compulsory.
- Someone is always willing to provide directions, and all roads lead to home!
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Our taxi service is excellent, and our taxi drivers are among the finest tour guides on the island. You’ll be quite safe with them and you’re sure to enjoy their lively banter and stories about the local culture while you’re in their company. Taxis are not equipped with onboard metres and rides vary in cost depending on the distance. The drivers know the rates, so be sure to ask them what it will cost to take you where you want to go before you begin your journey.
You can view the full taxis rates here to various locations around the island. Rates are in Barbados dollars.
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It's quite easy to get around Barbados by public transport as there is a well-established public transportation system as well as private buses and vans.
The public owned Barbados Transport Board buses are easily recognized by their blue color with yellow stripe. These buses traverse most of the island and have 3 terminals - 2 in the capital city Bridgetown (at Fairchild Street and Princess Alice Highway) and 1 in the northern town of Speightstown.
The privately run Minibuses are painted yellow with a blue stripe. These are about the same size as the smaller Transport Board buses.
The ZR (pronounced Zed-R) vans which are painted white with a maroon stripe. These vans are much smaller than the minibuses and buses and typically run shorter routes concentrated in highly trafficked and highly populated areas. They are known for their high speed, loud music, sudden stops and packing in as many passengers as possible!
THINGS TO NOTE
- Bus fare is BDS$2.
- No foreign coins are accepted
For details on the Bus routes and to download the beepbus App, click below.
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth
Sky Mall Complex
Tel: +1-246-621-2700 Ext 721
Cultural Industries Development Authority
The National Cultural Foundation
Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.
Government Information Service
Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation
Caribbean Media Corporation
Barbados Hotel &Tourism Association
Book Barbados Now
Intimate Hotels of Barbados
Barbados Museum & Historical Society