Hop Aboard With The Barbados Transport Board!
The Barbados Transport Board is a government-owned organization that is responsible for bus transportation in Barbados.
Historically, the Transport Board began its operations on 24 August 1955 as a result of private concessionaires experiencing difficulties running and maintaining their bus fleets. So, the Government of Barbados took over 116 buses from eight of the private concessionaires to start their own service.
Today, the Transport Board has a fleet of approximately 304 buses (including 2 buses with wheelchair facilities) and operates 98 routes across the island (information accurate as at October 2014).
There are three Transport Board bus terminals on the island:
1. Fairchild Street, Bridgetown (opposite Jordan's Supermarket)
2. Princess Alice Terminal, Bridgetown (near the main Post Office)
3. Speightstown, St. Peter.
The bus depot is located in Mangrove, St. Philip and there is a sub-terminal in Oistins, Christ Church.
You can also catch these buses from the bus stops marked 'Out of City' and 'To City' that are dotted all over the island.
Fair Fares For All
Over the years, the Barbadian Government has maintained its low bus fares in order to make public transportation on the island as accessible to as many people as possible.
Note: Currently (as at November 2015), the fare is $2 BBD one way for adults.
It is also worth noting that there are also some fare exceptions that apply in certain circumstances.
Want to know if you qualify for a fare exception? See our Transport Buses page for further information.
Going The Extra Mile ...
Notably, the Transport Board of Barbados is firmly committed to the development of the local Barbadian economy.
The Board provides an invaluable service to the local travelling public as well as the tourism sector by offering a variety of services, outside of the regular bus routes.
Not only does the Board emphasize the importance of getting local workers to and from work on a daily basis, but it also contributes extra services in an attempt to assist the island's tourism industry; another vital component in securing Barbados' economic stability.
The Barbados Transport Board also offers charter services.
Charter services should be booked through the Transport Board's Marketing and Corporate Communications Department, who will then calculate the cost based on the number of hours required for the charter and the distance that is to be travelled.
Charter buses carry a maximum of 40 seated people and 15 standing people. Any additional numbers will require another bus to be booked.
Full details on how to book, and the terms and conditions for a charter service, are available at www.transportboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Updated-Transport-Board-Charter-Contract-04-01-13.pdf.
In addition, the Transport Board offers island tours which form part of the charter services mentioned above.
The island tours cater for groups of up to 40 people and make stops at Folkestone Park, Farley Hill, East Coast Road, Bathsheba, Three Houses Park, King George V Memorial Park and Foul Bay.
The tour costs $670.00 BBD per bus ($16.75 BBD per person).
Note: If your tour is booked for days like New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, May Day, Independence Day or Christmas Day, the cost will be $770.00 BBD per bus ($19.25 BBD per person).
There's also a scenic tour option that can be enjoyed by locals and visitor alike.
You can follow the Barbados Transport Board on their social media pages on Facebook and Twitter to find out about their Special Event Scenic Tours.
It's an afternoon where you can sit back, relax and discover the unique treasures of the island paradise of Barbados. You won't be disappointed!
Want to book now or need more information? Please contact the Barbados Transport Board on (246) 310-3500 and ask for the Marketing and Corporate Communications Department.
Where Can I Find The Barbados Transport Board?
Princess Alice Terminal
Princess Alice Highway
Author: Brett Callaghan