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.
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.
Check out the table below to find contact information for local cab companies.
|(059) 081-8923||Basse Terre|
|(059) 021-4499||Basse Terre|
|(059) 081-2778||Basse Terre|
|(059) 081-7970||Rue Cours Nolivos - Basse Terre|
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 $1.36(USD) per minute per the exchange rate in June of 2014. Things like traffic can quickly affect the overall cost of your ride. Some drivers are willing to negotiate a set price with you instead, so it can't hurt to ask and see if you can secure a lower rate. Drivers are also able to up prices by 40 percent between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., on Sundays, and on holidays. Don't forget to include a tip. Somewhere around 15 percent of your bill if the going rate.
The following chart shows some taxi rates for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 68.00 - $ 76.30||Downtown Basse Terre||Bas-Du-Fort|
|$ 53.30 - $ 60.00||Downtown Basse Terre||Guadeloupe National Park Forest House|
|$ 69.30 - $ 77.80||Downtown Basse Terre||Le Raizet Airport|
|$ 31.75 - $ 46.00||Basse Terre||Trois-Rivieres|
|$ 19.50 - $ 27.75||Basse Terre||Vieux-Fort|
|$ 58.65 - $ 65.85||Downtown Basse Terre||Deshaies|
|$ 65.30 - $ 73.30||Downtown Basse Terre||Baie-Mahault|
|$ 121.00 - $ 179.75||Pointe A Pitre||Basse Terre|
|$ 69.30 - $ 77.80||Downtown Pointe A Pitre||Downtown Basse Terre|
|$ 98.25 - $ 145.75||Deshaies||Baillif Airport|
|$ 101.25 - $ 113.70||Downtown Basse Terre||Port-Louis|
|$ 102.60 - $ 115.65||Downtown Basse Terre||Saint-Francois|
|$ 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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