Taxis in Basse Terre

If money is no object, taxis are a great way to get around Basse Terre

While many seasoned tourists would suggest you avoid taking taxis on Basse Terre thanks to the high costs, this form of transport does have its merits.  For example, you don't have to try driving in a foreign country, the drivers are friendly, and the service is private and personalized.  In the end, it will be up to you to determine if this way of getting around is the best choice for you.  

Taxi Companies

Popular tourist areas are where you'll have the easiest time finding a taxi on Basse Terre.  Here, they are vans rather than sedans in order to carrier the largest number of passengers at once.  If you're not in an area where a taxi is easy to come by, operators are standing by at taxi stands throughout the island and can direct a driver to you if you give them a call. 

The following table indicates how to reach local taxi services.

Taxi Services
Name Phone Location
Guillaume Franck Taxi (059) 081-8923 Basse Terre
Jean Luc Renault Taxi (059) 021-4499 Basse Terre
Taxi Borne D'apples (059) 081-2778 Basse Terre
Transport Grande Remise (059) 081-7970 Rue Cours Nolivos - Basse Terre

Rates, Fares, and Fees

The biggest complaint about hiring a taxi on Basse Terre is that the cost can be extremely high.  The government sets the rates at 1 Euro per minute, which comes out to around $1.36(USD) per minute per the exchange rate in June of 2014.  Things like traffic can quickly affect the overall cost of your ride.  Some drivers are willing to negotiate a set price with you instead, so it can't hurt to ask and see if you can secure a lower rate.  Drivers are also able to up prices by 40 percent between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., on Sundays, and on holidays. Don't forget to include a tip.  Somewhere around 15 percent of your bill if the going rate. 

The following chart lists a few cab fares for this area.

Typical Fares Around Basse Terre
Typical Cost (USD) Location A Location B
$ 121.00 - $ 179.75 Pointe A Pitre Basse Terre
$ 102.60 - $ 115.65 Downtown Basse Terre Saint-Francois
$ 65.30 - $ 73.30 Downtown Basse Terre Baie-Mahault
$ 101.25 - $ 113.70 Downtown Basse Terre Port-Louis
$ 68.00 - $ 76.30 Downtown Basse Terre Bas-Du-Fort
$ 69.30 - $ 77.80 Downtown Basse Terre Le Raizet Airport
$ 98.25 - $ 145.75 Deshaies Baillif Airport
$ 53.30 - $ 60.00 Downtown Basse Terre Guadeloupe National Park Forest House
$ 69.30 - $ 77.80 Downtown Pointe A Pitre Downtown Basse Terre
$ 19.50 - $ 27.75 Basse Terre Vieux-Fort
$ 58.65 - $ 65.85 Downtown Basse Terre Deshaies
$ 31.75 - $ 46.00 Basse Terre Trois-Rivieres
$ 11.00 - $ 14.75 Baillif Airport Downtown Basse Terre

Most agree that if the rates were just slightly lower, taking a taxi would be a great way to get around Basse Terre.  If you're willing to pay for this personalized service, you should have an easy time getting around.

 

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