Kingston Taxis

Whether for transportation or tours, taxis in Kingston will get you where you need to go

Jamaica is known for its dangerous roads and aggressive drivers, which makes tourists wary of getting behind the wheel during their trip to Kingston. Fortunately, taxis are big business on the island, and with Kingston being such a popular tourist center, you can be sure to find a taxi whenever you're in need of a ride.

Taxi Companies

When you arrive in Kingston, you'll find that the taxis services here are just a bit different than what you're likely to find back home. In fact, the government sanctions two different types of taxi services, known respectively as charter taxis and route taxis.

The premise behind charter taxis is probably an idea you're familiar with. This taxi will pick up one person or a group that is traveling together, and transport them privately to their requested location for one fee that can be split up amongst everyone in the vehicle. You'll recognize charter taxis by the red license plates.

Route taxis, on the other hand, operate more like a bus service on a smaller scale. These taxis charge per person, make stops to pick up passengers along a set route (though they are slightly more flexible than a public bus would be), and continue to allow guests to get in until the taxi is full. These taxis are singled out by their white license plates.

Look for the letters “PP” or “PPV” on the license plates to be sure that you are riding in a licensed and insured taxi. Some locals will take it upon themselves to pick up tourists and drive them from place to place just to earn a few extra bucks. This can be a dangerous choice, even if it is cheaper.

You'll find the highest concentration of taxis at the airports, beaches, shopping centers, resorts, and major attractions. Kingston sees many taxis travel its streets because there are many attractions in the area, but if you can't find one when you're out and about, you can call and have one pick you up.

If you happen to be in a situation where you can't seem to spot a cab, try one of the phone numbers found below.

Taxi Services
Name Phone Location
Apollo Taxi Service (876) 929-5153 St Andrew Mall - 1.8 mi. (3.0 km) North-Northwest of Kingston
Confidence Taxi Service (876) 755-2220 22 Dunrobin Ave - Kingston
Cool Cabs (876) 930-2012 26 1/2 Giltress Street - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) Southeast of Kingston
On Time Taxi Co Limited (876) 968-4780 12 Burlington Avenue - 0.5 mi. (0.9 km) Northwest of Kingston
Safe Travel Taxi Service (876) 901-5510 71B Molynes Road - 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) Northwest of Kingston
Urban Taxi & Tours (876) 939-7186 90B Red Hills Road - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) North-Northwest of Kingston

... call and have one pick you up...


Taxi drivers in Kingston are good for more than getting you from Point A to Point B. Many have been trained as tour guides, and have certification with the Jamaican Tourist Board as members of the Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA). When you see your driver carrying this certification, you know that he or she has been taught about all of the island's most important sites and can offer you a wealth of knowledge as you make your way around. Ask for a tour and your driver will set out a time for you to meet again, work to prepare a tour route specific to your interests, and take you around for one set fee.

Rates, Fares, and Fees

In Kingston you'll discover that route taxi rates have been set in advance by the government, while charter taxis can set prices on their own, but are still required to present their prices in advance. Even if you know the rate, make sure to confirm the rate with your driver, and ask which type of currency he accepts. As a general rule, route drivers only accept Jamaican Dollars, while charters are open to U.S. money.

Because every charter company puts out separate prices, you can't know exactly how much your trip will be unless you call in advance, however, this chart will give you a general idea of how much you'll spend.

Estimated Taxi Fare from Kingston
Miles TravelledEstimated Fare
Base Fee $2.95 (USD)
To / From Montego Bay (Private Car) $260 (USD)
1 Mile $8.59 (USD)
2 Miles $14.03 (USD)
3 Miles $19.57 (USD)
4 Miles $25.11 (USD)
5 Miles $30.65 (USD)
10 Miles $58.35 (USD)
15 Miles $86.05 (USD)
20 Miles $113.75 (USD)
25 Miles $141.45 (USD)
30 Miles $169.15 (USD)

This chart provides typical taxi fares for this area.

Typical Fares Around Kingston
Typical Cost (USD) Location A Location B
$ 275.00 Norman Manley International Airport Negril
$ 60.00 Norman Manley International Airport Downtown Kingston
$ 150.00 Norman Manley International Airport Ocho Rios
$ 235.00 Norman Manley International Airport Montego Bay

On an island where driving conditions are not great, taxis are a great way for tourists to get around. Arrive prepared for the differences you're likely to experience and you are sure to take on the changes with ease.


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