St. Kitts and Nevis — Transportation
St Kitts and Nevis Taxis and Car Rental
There are several taxis available on both islands of St Kitts and Nevis. They do not run on a meter, so you always need to agree on a price before you travel. Prices from the airport in St Kitts are fixed, and you can find the tariffs in the terminal building, from everywhere is price is flexible. Both Eastern Caribbean and US dollars are accepted in St Kitts and Nevis, so you should agree with the taxi driver which currency there are asking for before travelling, since the US dollar is worth around 2.5 times more than the local dollar. Taxis are normally vans, with a yellow license plate starting with the letter ‘T’. The number to call a taxi is: +11-869-466-6999.
Travelling around St Kitts and Nevis by rental car is a good option, although you will need to obtain a local drivers permit, even if you have an international driver’s license. You can obtain the permit directly from the Traffic Department office, or via a rental car agency. The roads are in good condition, and distances are not long: it takes about an hour to circumnavigate the island of St Kitts, and about 40 minutes to get around Nevis. Renting a car could be a good option to see both islands in a day, connecting the two with a 45 minute ferry ride across the stretch of water known as the ‘Narrows’. There are several rental car agencies in St Kitts, including: Avis (+11-869-465-6507), Thrifty (+11-869-465-2001), and Williams Auto Rental (+11-869-465-3977).
St Kitts and Nevis Ferries
There is a regular scheduled ferry service connecting the two islands of St Kitts and Nevis. It is called the Seabridge, and the journey takes around 15 minutes. Services leave Majors Bay in St Kitts and arrive in Cades Bay in Nevis. There are six daily departures between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. going both ways. This is a vehicle transporter so it is possible to take your car with you. The journey is comfortable and leisurely and provides great views of both islands.
St Kitts and Nevis Trains and Buses
There is an enjoyable scenic railway that takes the route of an old narrow gauge line built to transport sugar cane. Completed in 1926, the line is no longer in industrial use, but caters to tourists, and the 18 mile railroad takes you through amazing scenery via sugar estates and past beaches. The trains a double-decked, and the top floor is open air providing a panoramic view across the landscape. Travelers are provided complimentary drinks, and there is also a live singing performance on board. The service is operated daily by St Kitts Scenic Railway Ltd (+11-869-465-7263).
Buses on St Kitts and Nevis come in the form of minivans, known as microbuses. They are privately owned but regulated by the government, and you can identify them by their green license plate which starts with the letter ‘H’. Buses run to demand and it is possible to flag them down and ask the driver to let you off anywhere on the islands, although there are also bus stops and shelters along the routes. Buses on St Kitts do not travel south of Basseterre to the resort areas in Frigate Bay and the southern peninsula, for this you will need to go by taxi.