Chaguanas may not be the most popular tourist destination on Trinidad, but it still holds its own – plus it is a pretty important hub of transportation. This is great news for those who like a lot of options available to them as they plan their vacation. Among other forms of transport, taxis are one of the top choices for visitors.
Taxis are not as easy to come by in Chaguanas as they are in Port of Spain, but they are still hanging around big hotels and markets. Your best bet will be to call a local company and have a driver come pick you up. Rates are set by each individual operator, so it is always best to discuss the fare before your driver pulls into traffic – and always be sure to check the license plate for the letter “H” to make sure you are riding with a properly licensed cab.
In Chaguanas, there is also something known as a “Maxi Taxi.” These are actually mini buses that hold anywhere from 12 to 24 passengers and offer transportation with a little sightseeing thrown in for pretty low rates. There are colored bands along the side of each Maxi which gives you an idea of where its headed. The Green Band Maxi, for example, travels along a route that takes you through Chaguanas Curepe, and out to San Fernando.
The following chart shows how to reach local taxi services.
|(868) 800-3131||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|(868) 669-5673||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|(868) 645-8294||1 College Road - St. Augustine|
Here you'll find that taxis do not use meters to determine fares, nor does the government regulate prices. Still, cabs do use set rates, so you can get into the vehicle and your driver should be able to tell you exactly how much you're paying before you even take off. You can also find the current going rate posted at the airport. Do be aware that there is a 50 percent upcharge when you take a taxi between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., and some drivers will charge extra when you want to store luggage in the trunk.
With generally affordable rates and a few different ways to get in contact with local drivers, there is no reason to discourage visitors from making taxis their main mode of transport when they stay in Chaguanas.
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