In Aruba, visitors often use taxi services. Extremely reliable, Aruba's taxis are also less expensive than they are on some other islands. Fares are set by the government, and drivers should each carry a rate card. To find a taxi, your best bet is to call ahead—these aren't the hail-on-a-street-corner kind of ride.
The most widespread taxi services in Aruba come from Pos Abou z/n. Its office is in Oranjestad on Sasaki Road, behind the Eagle Bowling Palace. Travelers can reach Pos Abou z/n locally at 582-2116 or 582-1604. Information can be faxed to 583-6988.
Taxis are most often available at hotels and popular tourist spots, as well as at the port and airport for incoming visitors. If you're at a hotels or other tourist destination, you may never need to call a taxi; however, if you're planning an off-the-beaten-track excursion, you may want to arrange to have the same driver return at a set time. This will help you avoid the difficulty of finding or calling another driver. When you're out to dinner, the restaurant can call you a cab.
If you're out on the street, recognizing a taxi may not be easy to the untrained eye. Look for “TX” marking the license plates to discern taxis from personal vehicles.
Take a look at the following table for cab companies that serve Aruba.
|(297) 582-2116||Pos Abou - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(297) 587-2300||Salinja Cerca 27 A - Socotoro|
|(297) 588-0035||Cumana 20 - Socotoro|
|(297) 587-4011||L G Smith Boulevard 234 - Socotoro|
|--||Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba - Eagle Beach|
|--||Ling & Sons Iga Super Center - Oranjestad|
The Aruba Department of Public Traffic has regulated the price of taxi fares. Because of this, travelers can expect to pay a set rate to particular locations. Remember that a maximum of five passengers is allowed at the set rate, so traveling with other passengers heading to the same location can save money.
The following table shows a few cab fares for the area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 24.00||None||San Nicolas|
|$ 9.00||None||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 19.00||None||Eagle Beach|
|$ 21.00||None||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 9.00||Manchebo||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 36.00||Palm Beach||San Nicolas|
|$ 7.00||Palm Beach||Noord|
|$ 8.00||Palm Beach||Eagle Beach|
|$ 25.00||Palm Beach||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 33.00||Noord||San Nicolas|
|$ 20.00||Downtown Oranjestad||Malmok|
|$ 22.00||Manchebo||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 20.00||Downtown Oranjestad||Malmok Beach|
|$ 27.00||Noord||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 33.00||Manchebo||San Nicolas|
|$ 7.00||Manchebo||Eagle Beach|
|$ 23.00||Downtown Oranjestad||Aruba Ostrich Adventures|
|$ 40.00||Malmok||San Nicolas|
|$ 14.00||Malmok||Palm Beach|
|$ 11.00||Palm Beach||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 20.00||Downtown Oranjestad||Arashi Beach|
|$ 20.00||Downtown Oranjestad||California Lighthouse|
|$ 20.00||Downtown Oranjestad||Tierra Del Sol Golf Course|
|$ 10.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 16.00||Papillon Restaurant||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 25.00||Port Of Aruba||Aruba Ostrich Adventures|
|$ 14.00||Alto Vista Chapel||Oranjestad|
|$ 10.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 29.00||Port Of Aruba||San Nicolas|
|$ 30.00||Reina Beatrix International Airport||Tierra Del Sol Golf Course|
|$ 23.00||Reina Beatrix International Airport||Old Man And The Sea|
|$ 31.00||Reina Beatrix International Airport||Arashi Beach|
|$ 22.00||Reina Beatrix International Airport||Aruba Ostrich Adventures|
|$ 20.00||Papillon Restaurant||San Nicolas|
|$ 20.00||Papillon Restaurant||Noord|
|$ 20.00||Papillon Restaurant||Eagle Beach|
|$ 18.00||Papillon Restaurant||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 27.00||Alto Vista Chapel||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 34.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||San Nicolas|
|$ 9.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||Noord|
|$ 22.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 14.00||Alto Vista Chapel||Port Of Aruba|
|$ 7.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||Eagle Beach|
|$ 9.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Noord|
|$ 34.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||San Nicolas|
|$ 8.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Eagle Beach|
|$ 7.00||Port Of Aruba||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 22.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 14.00||Port Of Aruba||Noord|
|$ 13.00||Port Of Aruba||Eagle Beach|
|$ 31.00||Reina Beatrix International Airport||California Lighthouse|
|$ 30.00||Reina Beatrix International Airport||Malmok Beach|
Also remember that after midnight, and on official holidays, rates are higher. After midnight, add $2; on Sundays, add $1 and on holidays, add $3(USD) to the fare. The minimum fare for a ride is $4(USD). The cost for a taxi to wait for you is $3 for every 5 minutes. Island tours lasting one hour cost about $45(USD) for four people. Another added fee is the cost to use the trunk, which is $2(USD). If you are traveling to and from the airport, this fee is waived.
Despite set fares, it is best to agree on the price and currency of the fare before getting into the vehicle.
Passengers should also keep in mind that shirtless, wet or damp passengers are not allowed. Aruba taxi companies will charge $50 for seat damage due to wet clothing or sharp objects.
Tipping is done at the discretion of the passenger. Approximately 10 percent to 15 percent is the usual tip but is not mandatory.
It is against the law to ride with a child under the age of five if they are not properly restrained in a child safety device. Taxis will not provide these for you, so if you are traveling with a small child, make sure you bring your car seat or booster seat from home.
Taxis are one of Aruba's most popular means of transportation. Nearly all of the drivers speak English and have also participated in the government's Tourism Awareness Program, so you can expect a smooth ride when you travel in an Aruba taxi.
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