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Public Transit

The reliability of public transit depends on where you are and where you are trying to go. The system is a mix of public and private operators. The public Transport Board buses (large blue ones) are a mix of several dozen old diesel ones and a few dozen new electric ones, These are supplemented both by private minibuses (yellow), and small ZR vans (white with a burgundy stripe). They all cost the same fare (Bd$3.50) and there are no transfers. On some routes at some times service is every few minutes; on other routes at other times the wait can easily be over an hour. The overall safety record of the system is good, but the ZR vans do have a reputation for reckless driving.

The best way to navigate the bus system is to install either the Beepbus (http://beepbus.com) or MOOVIT (https://moovitapp.com/) app for your Android or iOS device.

Taxis

Neither Uber or Lyft operate in Barbados, but there are a number of taxi companies and many independent taxi drivers. An internet search will turn up many of them. None of them are equipped with fare meters, so you need to find out in advance how much your trip is going to cost.

There is a new taxi hailing app on the island. It is only for registered taxi drivers and does not calculate the fare due. The idea is to reduce the drivers' wasted time sitting at taxi stands and instead connect them with passengers wherever on the island they may be. You will need a local mobile number for the app to work.
iOS:
https://apps.apple.com/tt/app/pickup-barbados/id1533791200
Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=production.pickupbarbodas.customer

Car Rental

You can rent cars through any of the many rental agencies. We will help you find the right car at the right price if you fill out this form.

Let Remote Work Barbados help you to find the right car rental.

Our help will not cost you anything. If we are successful  the car rental agency will pay us a small commission.

Driving in Barbados

North American and European drivers will need to take extra care because they are not used to driving on the left hand side of the road. If you stay alert and not let your attention wander you will adapt safely. Finding your way around in Barbados can be a challenge because road signage is inconsistent, but the online navigation aids like Google maps, Apple Maps, and Waze all work very well here. You will need to get a Visitor's Driver Permit, but the cost is minimal and the car rental agency will be able to provide it.


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