In Barbados there are many different types of transportation options for getting around Barbados.
For starters it's a small island, just 21 miles long by 14 miles wide, and there is a wide choice of transport options.
» Barbados Car Rentals
If you want to drive yourself and you feel comfortable driving on the left hand side of the road, then check out the car rental companies in Barbados who advertise on Totally Barbados for your next Barbados Car Rental.
You can choose from luxury vehicles with air conditioning to the smaller fun-type, open-top mini mokes.
Whatever your choice, there are many vehicles and packages to suit all needs and budgets. Just remember to bring your driver's licence from home, as the car rental company will require this to get you insured and to issue you with a local driver's permit.
» Airport Transport
When you arrive in Barbados there are airport taxis which can ferry you to your destination at government-determined rates. Check the airport billboard as soon as you exit the departure gates for typical fares.
» Cruise Terminal Transport
Cruise passengers arriving in Barbados have a number of options open to them when it comes to transport from the cruise terminal.
» Barbados Taxi
There are plenty of taxis on the island which are more than happy to take you on a full island tour for a fixed fee agreed in advance, or just to drop you from point A to B.
All licensed taxis have a Z as the first letter in their number plates. The larger mini bus taxis have ZM starting their number plate and can sometimes be confused with ZR's. Just note if you get into a ZM you will be charged usual taxi fare and not the $1.50 you can expect to pay on a ZR.
» Barbados Island Tours and Sightseeing
There are a number of tour companies operating in Barbados, who have a variety of tours on offer. You may want to try one of the more adventurous tours in 4x4 vehicles that take you off-road to places of natural beauty or you may prefer to try one of the more sedate ones that stick to the standard roads and offer shorter 4-hour trips.
» Barbados Limousines
There are many reputable Limousine companies operating on the island with exceptionally equipped vehicles. All cars for hire in Barbados are licensed and will state clearly how many passengers they are licensed to carry. A limousine may carry 14, 10, 8 or 6 people.
The general rule of thumb, to ensure a comfortable journey is to have 2 less people than the vehicle is licensed to carry, to ensure there is enough space for everyone.
The least cost means of moving around is via the public transport system. You can catch a bus of the government-run Barbados Transport Board and travel from the north to the south of the island (or anywhere in between for that matter) for US75 cents or $1.50 BBD. This standard fare applies for any single trip on these comfortable blue-and-yellow buses.
» Barbados Transport Board buses run frequently and can be caught from any bus stop. The stops are clearly marked 'to Bridgetown' (the Barbados capital) and 'Out of Bridgetown', so that you know which direction you are heading in.
There are two other types of buses to choose from:
» ZR Van's (pronounced Zed-R's) are privately-owned mini buses that work specific routes. You may find these are more frequent and really get you into the local way of life. You'll recognize a ZR from the letters ZR on their licence plates.
» The other buses are privately-owned mini-vans painted yellow with a blue stripe. These are identified by a "B" at the beginning of their licence plates.
Fares on all of the buses are fixed at BDS $1.50 (US75 cents) per trip, regardless of how far you go.
Whether you plan to use the public transport buses, taxis or to rent a car while visiting Barbados, you will find the various transportation options for getting around Barbados very convenient.
By: Brett Callaghan