Taxis in Aruba

One Aruba taxi company dominates the market on this Dutch island

Photo credit: © JorgeBRAZIL
 

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.

Taxi Companies

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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.

If you'd rather make reservations for a taxi to meet you at a predetermined time and location, you can call any one of these these taxi services.

Taxi Services
Name Phone Location
Aruba Taxi Dispatch (297) 582-2116 Pos Abou - 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad
Diamond Taxi Service (297) 587-2300 Salinja Cerca 27 A - Oranjestad
Port Taxi Stand -- Downtown Oranjestad
Professional Taxi Service (297) 588-0035 Cumana 20 - Oranjestad
Taxi Address Service (297) 587-4011 L G Smith Boulevard 234 - Oranjestad
Taxi Stand Amsterdam Manor -- Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba - Eagle Beach
Taxi Stand Ling and Sons -- Ling & Sons Iga Super Center - Oranjestad

Rates, Fares, and Fees

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.

Curious what taxis cost? Look at the following array of data.

Typical Fares Around Aruba
Typical Cost (USD) Location A Location B
$ 9.00 None Downtown Oranjestad
$ 17.00 None Noord
$ 24.00 None San Nicolas
$ 21.00 None Reina Beatrix International Airport
$ 19.00 None Eagle Beach
$ 20.00 Downtown Oranjestad Malmok Beach
$ 23.00 Downtown Oranjestad Aruba Ostrich Adventures
$ 10.00 Manchebo Noord
$ 7.00 Manchebo Eagle Beach
$ 25.00 Palm Beach Reina Beatrix International Airport
$ 33.00 Manchebo San Nicolas
$ 14.00 Malmok Palm Beach
$ 40.00 Malmok San Nicolas
$ 9.00 Manchebo Downtown Oranjestad
$ 22.00 Manchebo Reina Beatrix International Airport
$ 33.00 Noord San Nicolas
$ 11.00 Palm Beach Downtown Oranjestad
$ 36.00 Palm Beach San Nicolas
$ 8.00 Palm Beach Eagle Beach
$ 20.00 Downtown Oranjestad Malmok
$ 20.00 Downtown Oranjestad Arashi Beach
$ 20.00 Downtown Oranjestad Tierra Del Sol Golf Course
$ 20.00 Downtown Oranjestad California Lighthouse
$ 14.00 Noord Oranjestad
$ 27.00 Noord Reina Beatrix International Airport
$ 11.00 Malmok Noord
$ 7.00 Palm Beach Noord
$ 9.00 Bubali Bird Sanctuary Noord
$ 14.00 Port Of Aruba Noord
$ 20.00 Papillon Restaurant Noord
$ 20.00 Papillon Restaurant San Nicolas
$ 18.00 Papillon Restaurant Reina Beatrix International Airport
$ 10.00 Bubali Bird Sanctuary Downtown Oranjestad
$ 34.00 Bubali Bird Sanctuary San Nicolas
$ 8.00 Bubali Bird Sanctuary Eagle Beach
$ 13.00 Port Of Aruba Eagle Beach
$ 14.00 Alto Vista Chapel Oranjestad
$ 25.00 Port Of Aruba Aruba Ostrich Adventures
$ 22.00 Reina Beatrix International Airport Aruba Ostrich Adventures
$ 23.00 Reina Beatrix International Airport Old Man And The Sea
$ 31.00 Reina Beatrix International Airport Arashi Beach
$ 30.00 Reina Beatrix International Airport Malmok Beach
$ 30.00 Reina Beatrix International Airport Tierra Del Sol Golf Course
$ 31.00 Reina Beatrix International Airport California Lighthouse
$ 22.00 Bubali Bird Sanctuary Reina Beatrix International Airport
$ 29.00 Port Of Aruba San Nicolas
$ 27.00 Alto Vista Chapel Reina Beatrix International Airport
$ 9.00 Eagle Bowling Palace Noord
$ 10.00 Eagle Bowling Palace Downtown Oranjestad
$ 34.00 Eagle Bowling Palace San Nicolas
$ 14.00 Alto Vista Chapel Port Of Aruba
$ 22.00 Eagle Bowling Palace Reina Beatrix International Airport
$ 16.00 Papillon Restaurant Downtown Oranjestad
$ 20.00 Papillon Restaurant Eagle Beach
$ 7.00 Eagle Bowling Palace Eagle Beach
$ 7.00 Port Of Aruba Downtown Oranjestad

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.

Other Concerns

  • Passengers should keep small U.S. bills or Aruban Florins on them when taking a taxi ride. The largest U.S. currency accepted is a $20 bill.
  • 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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