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.
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 $8(USD).
Check out the listing that follows to get contact phone numbers for local cab companies.
|(268) 460-5353||West End Bus Station - St. John's|
|(268) 562-1709||Powell's Estate - Cassada Gardens|
|(268) 462-6464||Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 460-7434||High Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 462-3015||Long Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 462-0711||Market Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 460-8213||Heritage Quay Terminal - St. John's|
|(268) 460-3612||Freeman's Village|
|(268) 460-9898||Lower Tanner Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 462-8803||Airport Terminal - 3.6 mi. (5.9 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|(268) 462-3021||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|(268) 462-2504||Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village & Spa - Dickenson Bay|
|(268) 786-3578||Heritage Quay - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 562-0262||V.C. Bird International Airport - 3.5 mi. (5.7 km) East-Northeast of St. John's|
|Vernon's Taxi||(268) 560-5123||Freetown|
Unlike taxis in most North American cities, Antiguan taxi cabs aren't metered, and their rates are based on regulations set by a taxi cab association. Each taxi driver is supposed to have a copy of these rates in his vehicle, but that is not always the case. So before getting into the cab, make sure to negotiate the price with the driver.
Want to know how much a taxi ride will set you back? Take a look at this set of examples.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 43.00||Falmouth Harbour||Dickenson Bay|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||Falmouth Harbour|
|$ 18.00||St. John's||Jolly Harbour|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||English Harbour|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||Pigeon Point|
|$ 12.00||Dickenson Bay||Deepwater Harbour|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||Nelson's Dockyard National Park|
|$ 26.00||St. John's||Darkwood Beach|
|$ 28.00||St. John's||Half Moon Bay Beach|
|$ 17.00||St. John's||Betty's Hope|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||Galleon Beach|
|$ 12.00||St. John's||Fort James Beach|
|$ 16.00||St. John's||Dickenson Bay|
|$ 12.00||St. John's||V.C. Bird International Airport|
|$ 12.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Dickenson Bay|
|$ 6.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Downtown St. John's|
|$ 24.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Nelson's Dockyard National Park|
|$ 24.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Pigeon Point|
|$ 26.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Darkwood Beach|
|$ 31.00||V.C. Bird International Airport||Falmouth Harbour|
|$ 25.00||Deepwater Harbour||None|
|$ 25.00||Deepwater Harbour||English Harbour|
|$ 25.00||Deepwater Harbour||Falmouth Harbour|
|$ 16.00||Deepwater Harbour||Jolly Harbour|
|$ 24.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Galleon Beach|
|$ 26.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Devil's Bridge|
|$ 12.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Fort James|
|$ 31.00||V.C. Bird International Airport||None|
|$ 24.00||V.C. Bird International Airport||Jolly Harbour|
|$ 31.00||V.C. Bird International Airport||English Harbour|
|$ 17.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Betty's Hope|
|$ 26.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Turtle Bay|
|$ 16.00||V.C. Bird International Airport||Dickenson Bay|
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.
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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