Many vacationers tend to travel in a relatively concentrated area, usually close to their hotels. The bus system in Barbados is an excellent alternative to the hassle of parking a rental car or hailing a taxi for short trips between your hotel, the shops, and the beach. Bus rates and schedules are convenient for travelers, and interaction with the locals adds interest and authenticity.
Two types of buses service Barbados. Blue buses with yellow stripes are government-owned; their smaller, yellow and blue-striped counterparts are privately-owned. Fares for both types are BDS$2 (about $1 USD). Please note that exact change is required for public buses. The private buses do provide change.
The main difference between the two types of buses found on Barbados is that the privately-owned minibuses tend to have shorter routes, enabling them to pick up passengers more frequently. On the other hand, government buses take riders a little farther from the central hub of town - ideal for travelers interested in doing some sightseeing. Buses service most stops every 20 minutes, and both types generally post their destinations on the front of the bus. Locals will tell you that it's a good idea to flag the bus down with your hand, even if you are standing at the stop.
|Route||Beginning||Stops Along the Route||End|
|Route 12A East to Long Bay||Fairchild Bus Terminal||Dalkeith Road Bus Stop, Garrison Bus Stop, St. Lawrence Bus Stop, BGI Bus Stop, Jemmotts Bus Stop, Amarylis Bus Stop, Hastings Boardwalk Bus Stop, Rockley Bus Stop, Oistins Bus Stop, Crane Beach Bus Stop||Long Bay Bus Stop|
|Route 1 Northbound||Princess Alice Bus Terminal||Mullins Bus Stop, Porters Bus Stop, Holetown Bus Stop, Sandy Lane Bus Stop, Paynes Bay Bus Stop, Eagle Hall Bus Stop, Baxters Road Bus Stop, Broad Street Bus Stop, Speightstown Bus Terminal||Speightstown Bus Terminal|
|Route 1-C||Princess Alice Bus Terminal||Mullins Bus Stop, Porters Bus Stop, Holetown Bus Stop, Sandy Lane Bus Stop, Eagle Hall Bus Stop, Baxters Road Bus Stop, Broad Street Bus Stop, Heywoods Bus Stop, Six Mens Bus Stop, Checker Hall Bus Stop, Bromefield Bus Stop, Content Bus Stop, Conneltown Bus Stop, Spring Hall Bus Stop, Speightstown Bus Terminal, Speightstown Bus Terminal||Harris Bus Stop|
|Route 1-E||Speightstown Bus Terminal||Lumber Company Bus Stop, Ashton Hall Bus Stop, Clarke's Cap Bus Stop, Mile and a Quarter Bus Stop, All Saints Bus Stop, Benny Hall Bus Stop, Farley Hill Bus Stop, Shorey Village Bus Stop, Doughlin Bus Stop, Babylon Bus Stop, Belleplaine Bus Stops, Lakes Bus Stop, Barclays Park Bus Stop, Cattlewash Beach Bus Stop,||Bathsheba Bus Stop|
|Route 26||Oistins Bus Stop||BGI Bus Stop, Newton Bus Stop, Gemswick Bus Stop, Kirtons Bus Stop, Six Roads Bus Stop, Padmore Village Bus Stop, Station Hill Bus Stop, Stewart Hill Bus Stop, Thicket Gardens Bus Stop, St. Marks Bus Stop||College Savannah Bus Stop|
|Route 27 - Island Route||Speightstown Bus Terminal||Mullins Bus Stop, Porters Bus Stop, Holetown Bus Stop, Sandy Lane Bus Stop, Paynes Bay Bus Stop, Black Rock Bus Stop, Bank Hall Bus Stop, Globe Roundabout Bus Stop, Tweedside Road Bus Stop, Dalkeith Road Bus Stop, Garrison Bus Stop, St. Lawrence Bus Stop, Welches Bus Stop,||BGI Bus Stop|
|Route 6 to Bathsheba||Fairchild Bus Terminal||Globe Roundabout Bus Stop, Station Hill Bus Stop, Lower Estates Bus Stop, Market Hill Bus Stop, Horse Hill Bus Stop, Andromeda Gardens Bus Stop||Bathsheba Bus Stop|
For more information about routes and schedules, contact the Barbados Transport Board at 246-436-6820 or the Tourist Board at 246-427-2623.
Buses are a great option for visitors who want to see a specific area of town while saving money. Frequent stops mean that shops and restaurants are always nearby, and the opportunity to meet local people appeals to many travelers. All in all, buses are an invaluable resource for getting around Barbados.
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