Antigua and Barbuda — Transportation
Antigua and Barbuda Taxis and Car Rental
Taxis are the most common way for visitors to travel around Antigua, but fees are high, fixed by the government and vehicles are meter-less. Splitting the expensive fees with other passengers drastically reduces costs. Taxi drivers meet every arriving flight at VC Bird International Airport and await guests outside all the major hotels. Most taxis operated by companies like Lawrence Taxi Service (+1-268-771-2485) are minibuses, and some taxi companies like Jackson’s Taxi & Tours (+1-268-460-3612) give regular sightseeing tours across Antigua.
A rental car may be a more affordable way to travel for visitors staying in Antigua and Barbuda a long period of time. Although locally-owned car rental companies tend to be cheaper, international firms like Avis and Hertz at the airport have more reliable service. The cost of most vehicles rented on the island includes the Antiguan license required by law to operate a vehicle. Driving is on the left and motorists should be extra careful at night, when few roads are lit.
Antigua and Barbuda Water Taxis
Cruise ships from across the Caribbean, the United States, South America, and even as far away as Europe regularly sail into the deep sea port at St John’s. Although many cruise ship passengers only spend a day on Antigua before heading to other ports of call, it is possible for longer-term visitors to travel around the islands aboard luxury chartered yachts. Antigua Ferries operates five weekly three-hour voyages from Antigua to Barbuda aboard the Barbuda Express.
Antigua and Barbuda Trains and Buses
There is no rail service in Antigua and Barbuda, but Antigua has a small bus network. The two main stations in St John’s are on Market Street and Independence Avenue. Buses are much cheaper than taxis, but they are also much more unpredictable. There is no set schedule and the ride between St John’s and smaller Antigua villages can be bumpy.