Turks and Caicos Islands — Transportation
Turks and Caicos Taxis and Car Rental
Taxis are widely available on all of the Caicos Islands and Grand Turk. Taxis are metered and rates are set by the government. It is possible to hail a taxi from the street. You can also call Provo Taxi Association (+11-649-946-5481) if in Provenciales.
Renting a car is an easy transport option, as there are several agencies, including Avis (+11-649-946-4705), Budget (+11-649-946-4079), and Hertz (+11-649-941-3910). Another popular choice is to rent an automatic scooter to get yourself around the islands. As with car rental, you will need to produce an international or UK driving license. Due to the good weather and the ease of getting around, scooters remain a popular choice among tourists. It is important to remember motorists drive on the left (like in the UK) here. If you are not accustomed to this, riding a motorcycle can present more danger than driving a car, as the position of the steering wheel will remind you where to place yourself on the road. You can contact Scooter Bob (+11-649-946-4684) on Provenciales to enquire about scooter rental.
Turks and Caicos Ferries
Considering that the nation of Turks and Caicos is a group of islands, passenger boat services are fairly limited, although they do exist. It is possible to travel between Providenciales and North Caicos using the service provided by TCI Ferry (+11-649-946-540). The journey takes 30 minutes. From North Caicos, it is possible to travel onward to Middle Caicos by road using the causeway. It is also possible to travel to South Caicos from Providenciales. The journey takes 90 minutes; the trip is scheduled twice per week, on Fridays and Sundays.
There is another regular ferry service connecting Grand Turk and Salt Cay. This service runs once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The service is dependent on good weather and will not run if conditions are poor.
Turks and Caicos Trains and Buses
There are no passenger train services or operational railroads in Turks and Caicos, although the remains of a disused line that extends over a distance of 14 miles from Jacksonville in East Caicos can still be visited today.
There are no public bus services on the island, so tourists tend to rely on taxi services, car or motorbike rental, or free shuttle transportation provided by hotels and resorts. You may see a form of bus transportation, known as ‘jitneys’, on the main island of Providenciales. These are used mainly by locals to get to and from work; use by tourists is discouraged since they are privately owned, unregulated, and technically illegal.