Taxis in Antigua

Taxis are a popular way to travel around Antigua

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Catching a cab gives travelers an easy way to get around Antigua while leaving the driving to someone else. Taxis can be found almost anywhere on the island. They meet every plane at the airport, and most taxi drivers wait in front of major hotels. A cab is also just a convenient phone call away from any location.

Taxi Companies

Taxis are a good way to explore the island, as a cab driver might also serve as a tour guide. Most drivers know the island and will wait for 30 minutes or more while tourists see the sights of Antigua at a cost of $5 per half hour. Reserving a taxi for an extended trip can cost $24 (USD) per hour, with the trip being no fewer than two hours, and touring arrangements and rates can be made through your hotel prior to pickup. The fare for traveling from the airport to English Harbour will be about $31(USD; to St. Johnson's village the fare will be about $8(USD).

If you can't seem to find a cab, or would prefer having one meet you at your hotel, you can reserve one from these local cab companies:

Taxi Services
Name Phone Location
Oakland Rent-A-Car & Taxi Services (268) 462-3021 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
St. John's Taxi Association (268) 786-3578 Heritage Quay - Downtown St. John's
United Taxi Association (268) 562-0262 V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's
Vernon's Taxi (268) 560-5123 Freetown

Rates, Fares, and Fees

Unlike taxis in most North American cities, Antiguan taxi cabs aren't metered, and their rates are based on regulations set by a taxi cab association. Each taxi driver is supposed to have a copy of these rates in his vehicle, but that is not always the case. So before getting into the cab, make sure to negotiate the price with the driver.

Curious what taxi rides cost? Look at the following list of examples.

Typical Fares Around Antigua
Typical Cost (USD) Location A Location B
$ 12.00 Dickenson Bay Deepwater Harbour
$ 43.00 Falmouth Harbour Dickenson Bay
$ 24.00 St. John's Falmouth Harbour
$ 24.00 St. John's English Harbour
$ 18.00 St. John's Jolly Harbour
$ 12.00 St. John's V.C. Bird International Airport
$ 24.00 St. John's Pigeon Point
$ 16.00 St. John's Dickenson Bay
$ 17.00 St. John's Betty's Hope
$ 28.00 St. John's Half Moon Bay Beach
$ 24.00 St. John's Nelson's Dockyard National Park
$ 26.00 St. John's Darkwood Beach
$ 24.00 St. John's Galleon Beach
$ 12.00 St. John's Fort James Beach
$ 12.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Fort James
$ 26.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Turtle Bay
$ 25.00 Deepwater Harbour None
$ 25.00 Deepwater Harbour Falmouth Harbour
$ 31.00 V.C. Bird International Airport English Harbour
$ 6.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Downtown St. John's
$ 16.00 Deepwater Harbour Jolly Harbour
$ 31.00 V.C. Bird International Airport None
$ 16.00 V.C. Bird International Airport Dickenson Bay
$ 24.00 V.C. Bird International Airport Jolly Harbour
$ 31.00 V.C. Bird International Airport Falmouth Harbour
$ 12.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Dickenson Bay
$ 26.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Devil's Bridge
$ 26.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Darkwood Beach
$ 24.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Pigeon Point
$ 17.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Betty's Hope
$ 24.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Nelson's Dockyard National Park
$ 24.00 Heritage Quay Terminal Galleon Beach
$ 25.00 Deepwater Harbour English Harbour

Bear in mind as you tour the island that it is not illegal to travel in a taxi without a car seat for young children you may be traveling with, but it is always a good idea to come prepared and make sure your children stay safe.

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Tipping is always appreciated and is usually at least fifteen percent of the fare.

As you probably know, traveling by taxi is not the only way to get around Antigua, though most agree it is indeed the easiest.  Buses, which are in reality just mini-vans, are an inexpensive option, and there are plenty to go around.  Still, the schedule can be difficult to decifer if you are unfamiliar with your surroundings. If you prefer more control, you can rent a vehicle, though you'll have to purchase a temporary driving permit, and if you are adventurous, consider spending a day exploring the island on bike.

Taxis may be a bit expensive as a means of island travel, but they are a hassle-free way to get a feel for the beautiful geography of Antigua.

 

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