Maldives — Transportation
Maldives Taxis and Car Rental
On many of the inhabited islands around the Maldives, visitors can literally walk from one end of the cay to the other in less than half an hour. This means taxis and motor vehicle transportation are generally not required. However, in Male, taxis are regularly found throughout the streets, offering quick and easy transportation around the island-city. Fine Taxi (+960-321-414) and J.R. Taxi Services (+960-321-919) are two of the more well known cab companies found in the nation’s capital. The islands are not overly large, so car rental is not required. Taxis are cheap, and most places can be reached on foot.
The Maldives is one of the only countries in the world with a unique sea-plane taxi network. The two busiest companies include Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways. These sea planes are relatively convenient, completing most routes around the Maldives in less than 60 minutes.
Maldives Water Taxis
Water taxis regularly travel between the atolls and islands of the Maldives from the far north to the southernmost landmass of Seenu. Upon arrival into the country, travelers will most likely get to their resort destination by speed boat or water taxi. Boats that run between islands come in a range of sizes and styles. They are affordable, especially when compared to the other inter-island transport option, sea planes.
Maldives Trains and Buses
There are no trains operating in the Maldives. Due to the atoll landscape, a network would simply not be possible. However, there are buses found around the capital city of Male that was recently opened in 2011. Tickets are cheap and rarely crowded.