The Bahamas Taxis

Taxis enable vacationers to focus on the beauty of the Bahamas instead of the road

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Taxis are considered a fairly good way to get around the Bahamas, but passengers may be in store for a bumpy ride over rough Out Island roads if they are headed for more out-of-the-way locales. Upon arriving on the islands visitors should have no problem finding taxis, as they are frequently stationed outside of major ports and airports.

Taxi Companies

Taxis are abundant in the New Providence Island area, as well as in Grand Bahama, though they are somewhat harder to find on the Out Islands. The surest places to find taxis in more remote locations are at hotels, local airports, and marinas. On the Family Islands you may find it necessary to request a taxi by radio or telephone. It is also a good idea to keep in mind that it is illegal for children under the age of five to travel in a taxi without a car or booster seat, and taxis will not provide them for passengers with small children.

Check out the chart that follows to find contact phone numbers for local taxis.

Taxi Services
Name Phone Location Island
A&W Travel Service (242) 365-6048 Man of War Cay Man of War Cay
Bahamas Taxi Cab Union (242) 323-7900 Nassau New Providence
D&L Taxi (242) 354-5088 Wilson Bay - Cat Island Cat Island
Grand Bahama Taxi Union (242) 352-7101 Freeport Grand Bahama Island
H. Forbes Charter Service (242) 352-9311 International Bazaar - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Island Bus Service (242) 395-3730 Great Harbour Cay Great Harbour Cay
Junior Taxi Service 345-0641 Exuma International Airport - 7.1 mi. (11.4 km) Northwest of George Town Great Exuma
Scooper Taxi (242) 464-5155 Alice Town Eleuthera
Smitty's Taxi (242) 358-4045 Great Exuma Great Exuma

Rates, Fares, and Fees

In most cases, taxi fare is set by the government and metered. However, if you come across an unmetered cab, settle on a fare before you get in. Bear in mind that cash will be the expected form of payment, regardless of the type of currency you and the driver agree upon. It is a good idea to establish a rate with the driver even in a metered taxi. Travelers can expect hourly rates to range anywhere from $20(USD) to $45(USD). Be aware that locals are often willing to share a taxi with vacationers. The standard fare applies to two passengers with a small to moderate amount of luggage; surcharges may be added in the instance of additional passengers or bags. The norm seems to be an extra $3(USD) per passenger.

Maps

While tipping your driver is not necessary in the event of poor service, travelers should remember that their drivers depend on tip money to make their living. It is customary to tip around 15 to 20 percent.

Of course, taxis are not the only surefire way to get around in the Bahamas. Renting a car is an option, although most people who frequent the Bahamas believe it to be an unnecessary expense, and the same goes for renting a moped, though active adventurers do love the idea of getting around on a bicycle. And, if you are staying in one of the larger, tourist-driven cities, you can always catch the bus.

Once travelers become accustomed to finding taxis in the Bahamas and negotiating fares and currency with drivers, they should have no problem gaining access to all of the sights of the islands, both remote and popular.

Additional Information

As you can imagine with so many different islands, the specifics of using taxis can vary throughout the Bahamas. If you want some specific information about a particular area, you should go ahead and read one of our taxi guides to local destinations in the Bahamas. Some of the most popular can be seen below.

Taxi Services in Specific Areas
Guide to Abaco Taxis
Guide to Andros Taxis
Guide to Eleuthera Taxis
Guide to Grand Bahama Taxis
Guide to Great Exuma Taxis
Guide to Long Island Taxis
Guide to Marsh Harbour Taxis
Guide to New Providence Island Taxis
Guide to Treasure Cay Taxis
 

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