St Eustatius — Transportation
St Eustatius Taxis and Car Rental
Taxis are available on St Eustatius, based in the capital of Oranjestad. Taxis do not run on a meter but prices are fixed, set by the country’s tourist office. You can pick up a copy of the price chart from the Statia Tourism Center in Oranjestad. The country is small, so it is possible to arrange a taxi to anywhere on the island, although some drivers have been known to refuse to drive on some of the poorly maintained roads in remote areas. Visitors can call Ausvan Taxi (+11-599-318-1300) or Lijfrock (+11-599-523-646) to arrange pickup.
Car rental is available via several locally-owned companies, such as Brown’s Car Rental (+11-599-318-2266) and Rainbow Car Rental (+11-599-318-2811). Navigating St Eustatius is fairly easy since it is so small, but some of the roads are in need of repair. If you plan to go a remote area independently, it is worth renting an SUV.
St Eustatius Ferries
St Eustatius does not have domestic water taxis, but there is a scheduled ferry service to some of the two nearby islands in the Dutch Antilles group. The service, which only started in 2012, offers an alternative to making the trip by a 20-minute flight. The ferries run Monday to Friday and take around an hour and 30 minutes.
St Eustatius Trains and Buses
No rail network or public buses exist on St Eustatius. Sometimes private vehicles act as small buses for workers on fixed routes on the island, but the main way of getting around for visitors is by taxi or rental car. The island is just eight square miles across, meaning private transportation is fast and affordable. It only takes about an hour to travel the whole island by taxi or car, but you can also ask your hotel if they run minibus trips to other parts of the island, such as certain beaches or nature reserves.