Travelling on Barbados Buses
Want to see the island on a budget and without the hassle of driving your own car? There are three (3) types of Barbados bus options available to you. Barbados has a regularly running bus system that services all parts of the island.
The buses cannot be missed – they are brightly painted in the national colours of blue with a horizontal yellow strip and offer one of the best methods of transportation in Barbados.
They are the most roomy and comfortable public transport option, and provide a relaxed atmosphere in which you can sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Barbados while en route to your next adventure.
These buses have signage on or above the front windshield, indicating the furthest point they travel to and the drivers will also readily tell you whether your stop is along their route or not.
What About Bus Timetables?
The Transport Board buses run daily from as early as 5.30 am on weekdays and 6 am on weekends, to as late as midnight.
They tend to run every half hour from the main bus terminals on weekdays and approximately every hour on weekends however it’s always best to check the timetable of your specific route prior to setting off on your travels.
For more information on bus route schedules and timetables, see the route finder at www.transportboard.com/route-finder/ on this website.
Hint: Although the bus schedules are fairly regular, as with anything in Barbados, you may wish to keep in mind our notorious ‘island time’ if you notice a bus not arriving at the exact appointed time – it’s a slightly slower pace than what you might be used to.
Additional Bus Information
The Transport Board buses are government-owned and operated and the fare is $2 BBD one way for adults.
Tip: Because these buses operate with a fare box system and drivers do not carry change, please have the correct change for your fare. If you are boarding from one of the bus terminals, you can get money changed there.
It’s worth also noting that there are certain fare exceptions:
— School children under 18 years, wearing a school uniform or not, but have their Barbados Identification Card and a full-time student ID card can travel for free until 8 pm on weekdays.
— Adults over the age of 65 years are exempt from paying, but they must possess and present a Barbados Identification Card as soon as you hop aboard.
— Children under the age of 5 years also travel for free however they must be accompanied by an adult and cannot occupy a seat in the bus.
How Do I Catch a Bus in Barbados?
There are three Transport Board bus terminals:
— Fairchild Street, Bridgetown (opposite Jordan’s Supermarket)
— Princess Alice Terminal, Bridgetown (near the main Post Office)
— Speightstown, St. Peter.
The bus depot is located in Mangrove, St. Philip and there is a sub-terminal in Oistins, Christ Church.
There are bus stops marked ‘Out of City‘ and ‘To City‘ dotted all over the island where you can catch these buses. Other bus stops look like little shelters and are named after women – part of a project called ‘Adopt a Stop‘.
For more information about ‘Adopt a Stop’ refer to www.adoptastop.com.
For all other information, see the Barbados Transport Board website at www.transportboard.com.
Barbados also has mini buses which are a bit smaller than the Transport Board buses and also painted in the national colours, but in reverse – bright yellow with a horizontal blue stripe.
These buses are privately-owned and generally have both a driver and a conductor to collect your fare. The fare is the same $2 BBD, as per the blue buses.
Their final destination is usually displayed in the bottom left-hand corner of the windshield. You can also catch these buses from any of the bus stops all over the island, as well as the island bus terminals.
Hint: You should suss out the exact routes of these buses before boarding as they only travel select routes. Your best bet is to ask a local or one of the drivers/conductors.
Be aware – sometimes the drivers and conductors overload these buses in order to make more money so be prepared to potentially stand during peak travel times.
There are also white privately-owned ZR vans which are notorious here on the island. You can also catch these from the bus stops as well as from the two ‘van stands’ in town. All we can say is that they are truly a Bajan experience!
Learn more about ZR vans.
Happy travelling from the Totally Barbados team!
Author: Brett Callaghan