British Virgin Islands — Transportation
British Virgin Islands Taxis and Car Rental
Many British Virgin Islands taxi companies, such as Tortola’s Waterfront Taxi Association (+1-284-494-4959) and Virgin Gorda’s Valley Taxi Association (+1-284-495-5994), have drivers who double as friendly tour guides. Passengers can choose between hourly or daily rates, but all BVI taxi fees are fixed by law. Taxi drivers often stop to run errands or pick up other passengers during their journeys. Although car rental companies cannot pick up guests or rent vehicles at the airport, passengers can secure vehicles at many other Tortola and Virgin Gorda locations. Driving distances may be short, but nonetheless provides several challenges. Roads are often steep, narrow, and poorly maintained and local driving standards are very low with official drunk driving laws non-existent. British Virgin Islands driving is on the left and if you’re feeling adventurous, Jost Van Dyke has one company that rents scooters.
British Virgin Islands Water Taxis
Ferries and cruise ships are among the most popular ways to travel both to and around the British Virgin Islands. Virgin Gorda’s St Thomas Bay, Jost Van Dyke’s Great Harbour, Tortola’s West End Harbour and Road Harbour are the main British Virgin Island ports. Ferry journeys between St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and Tortola take about 50 minutes. Ferries also regularly depart from Tortola to several smaller British Virgin Islands. Yachts, bareboats, and sailboats are also common ways to circumvent the islands by water.
British Virgin Islands Trains and Buses
The British Virgin Islands has no rail service. The many enclosed and open-air buses which travel around Tortola and Virgin Gorda are commonly classified as taxis so there is no official bus schedule or route.