Grand Turk is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos, and although it does not see as much tourism as Providenciales, it is still the second most visited island in the chain. It is because of the large influx of visitors to the island each year that taxis are such a big business. Even though you may be a pro at hailing a cab, it can't hurt to take a look at how the service is handled on Grand Turk.
Taxis can almost always be found waiting to pick people up outside the Grand Turk Cruise Center when cruises are in port. Otherwise, you'll see them driving around town, making the rounds to whichever attractions their passengers need transport to. Because taxis are so popular amongst cruisers, you shouldn't have trouble finding one as you explore the island, and can simply wave one down when you need a ride, even if there is already a passenger or two in the vehicle. If you are having trouble getting a ride, however, you can have your hotel or restaurant call a local service to pick you up.and at the
See the chart that follows to get contact phone numbers for local taxi services.
|(649) 244-1546||Grand Turk|
|(305) 433-7722||Grand Turk Cruise Center - Grand Turk|
|(649) 242-3885||Grand Turk|
|(649) 341-1504||Grand Turk|
|(649) 941-3999||Leeward Highway - Cockburn Town|
The major difference you'll notice about taxis on Grand Turk is that they are actually vans rather than four- or five-passenger vehicles because it allows drivers to take on more passengers at once, thus making more money on each trip.
Taxi services differ from that of other islands in the chain, because the rates are set in advance and based upon dividing the island into four distinct zones. The following chart describes how the zones are split up, as well as lists some of the rates.
|Destination||Rate per Person|
|Zone A (Cruise Terminal)||$4.00 (USD)|
|Zone B (Town Center)||$5.00 (USD)|
|Zone C (Cockburn North)||$8.00 (USD)|
|Zone D (North of Town)||$9.00 (USD)
You'll also be able to find a map of the island as it is split into zones posted at the Grand Turk Cruise Center on the south end of the island.
In addition to the cost of your trip, which is charged per person, you will also be responsible for paying $5(USD) for every 15 minutes the driver has to wait on you if you need to stop and run an errand, plus $0.50 for every piece of luggage you put in the trunk on top of the initial two per person you can store for free.
The following chart shows some cab fares for the area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 11.40||Grand Turk Cruise Center||Grand Turk Ferry Dock|
|$ 6.90||Jags Mccartney International Airport||Cockburn Town|
|$ 12.90||Jags Mccartney International Airport||Island House|
|$ 6.00||Jags Mccartney International Airport||Osprey Beach Hotel|
|$ 4.20||Grand Turk Cruise Center||Governor's Beach|
|$ 6.90||Jags Mccartney International Airport||Salt Raker Inn|
|$ 5.10||Jags Mccartney International Airport||Grand Turk Cruise Center|
|$ 4.50||Grand Turk Cruise Center||Jack's Shack|
|$ 7.80||Jags Mccartney International Airport||Grand Turk Ferry Dock|
|$ 21.90||Grand Turk Cruise Center||Grand Turk Lighthouse|
|$ 7.50||Grand Turk Cruise Center||Cedar Grove Beach|
|$ 12.60||Grand Turk Cruise Center||H.M. Prison Museum|
...drivers are often trained tour guides...
Something that most people don't realize about taxis on Grand Turk is that many of the drivers are often trained tour guides. For a flat rate, usually around $100(USD), you can hire your driver to pick you up at a later time and drive you around to all of the island's most important sites. They can even create a schedule specified to your interests, making the service a favorite because of the personalization that comes along with it.
If your driver does a good job, do not hesitate to give him or her a tip. A gratuity of around 15 percent is common here, but your driver will never turn down a larger offering.
Compared to elsewhere in the island chain, Grand Turk is known for its reasonable rates. This is in part due to the set fares, which many tourists also enjoy because they never have to wonder how much it will cost them for a ride. If you don't plan on renting a car for your stay on this island, taxis serve as a great option, and they won't break the bank either.
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