New Providence Island Rental Cars

Renting a car is a great way for travelers to explore all that New Providence has to offer

Photo credit: © Paul Hildebrandt
 

Tourists planning a trip to New Providence are often encouraged to skip renting a car and rely on local transport such as taxis and the public jitney (bus) instead. Still, some people need to have a vehicle available to them at all times, and still others will want to. The most important thing is knowing the ins and outs of renting a car on the island before you arrive for your Caribbean getaway.

Renting a Car

One of the first things you'll notice when you arrive at the Lynden Pindling International Airport is that several major rental car agencies have locations right on site. You can make arrangements to pick up your vehicle right away, or first take a taxi to your hotel so you have an idea of where you are going and choose to pick it up from another location later. Aside from the airport, you'll find rental car agencies located downtown, on the property of some resorts, and over the bridge on Paradise Island.

Check out the following table for the vehicle rental agencies serving New Providence Island.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Ace Auto Rental (242) 676-7376 East Bay Street - Nassau
Adrana's Car Rental 324-9257 Springfield Road - Nassau
Avis Downtown Nassau 326-6380 1 Cumberland St - Downtown Nassau
Avis Nassau Airport (242) 377-7121 Lynden Pindling International Airport - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) South West of Cable Beach
Budget Cars Nassau (242) 377-9000 Lynden Pindling International Airport - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) South West of Cable Beach
Centreville Car Rentals Co Ltd 326-8270 East Ave Centreville - Nassau
Dollar NAS Airport (242) 377-8300 Lynden Pindling International Airport - 4.1 mi. (6.6 km) South West of Cable Beach
Driver Rent-A-Car & Sales 394-8551 East Bay Street - Nassau
Hertz NAS (242) 377-5446 Lynden Pindling International Airport - 7.5 mi. (12.1 km) West of Nassau
Hertz Windsor Field (242) 377-8684 Near Lynden Pindling International Airport - New Providence
Newbold Rent A Car (242) 328-0500 97 Saint Charles Vincent - Nassau
O & B's Car Rentals 323-2581 Thompson Blvd - Nassau
Orange Creek Car Rental (242) 323-4967 West Bay Street - Nassau
Virgo Car Rental 393-8250 20B Airport Industrial Park - Nassau

...Drive defensively at all times...

 

Before you can take any vehicle off the lot, however, you must prove you are fit to drive by presenting your driver's license from your home town. This will give you access to Bahamian roads for three months. If you'll stay on the island longer than that you can get an International Driver's License (IDL). Most agencies will also require you to be 25-years-old or older, though some may be persuaded to let someone 21 or older rent a vehicle.

Driving around New Providence Island

The single most important thing to remember when driving around New Providence is that driving is done on the left side of the road like in Europe, rather than the right side of the road like in the United States. Additionally, the roads are quite narrow, so foreign drivers will need a little time to get used to the switch up.

It helps to know a bit about where you're going before you hit the road. Having a GPS or map with you will be essential, but locals can be of service to you if you need directions in a pinch. Traffic can be heavy at times, especially in downtown Nassau, and local drivers are known for their aggression. Drive defensively at all times.

Be aware that parking is sparse on the island, and you will probably end up spending quite a bit of time finding somewhere nearby the attraction you're headed to, then walking. Another down side to renting a car is that gas is incredibly expensive, almost always ringing up at at over $4(USD) a gallon.

The Cost of Renting a Car

Expect to pay anywhere from $80 to $120(USD) a day depending upon the type of vehicle you reserve as well as the amenities you ask for. The time of year you visit will also affect the price, with prices being higher in the height of tourism season. Local agencies are known for having better prices, but the trade off is that you'll be renting an earlier model vehicle.

In addition to renting a four plus passenger vehicle, you also have the opportunity to hop on the back of a motor scooter for just $65(USD) for half a day or $85(USD) for a full day which is between the hours of 8:00 a.m. And 5:00 p.m. This is a great choice for tourists who don't necessarily want to be in charge of a rental for the duration of their stay, but may want to get in some exploring without relying on a taxi driver. Some resorts offer rentals to guests, and you'll also find them downtown and at Prince George Wharf.

Gas Stations

Gas stations in the area are quite easy to find. Check the table directly below for some of their locations. the listing

Gas Stations
Name Location
Esso On The Run 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) South of Nassau
Esso Prince Charles Prince Charles Drive - 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) East of Nassau
Esso Service Station 3.2 mi. (5.2 km) Northeast of Nassau
Esso Soldier Road Soldier Road - 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Esso Wulff and Mackey Wulff Road and Mackey Street - 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) Northeast of Nassau
Gas Station Balfour Avenue Balfour Avenue - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) North of Nassau
Gas Station Carter Street Carter Street - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) North-Northwest of Nassau
Gas Station East West Highway East West Highway - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) North of Nassau
Gas Station Fox Hill Road Fox Hill Road - 3.4 mi. (5.4 km) East of Nassau
Gas Station Harrold Road Harrold Road - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) Northwest of Nassau
Gas Station Mackey and Madeira Mackey Street and Madeira Street - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Gas Station Madeira and Montrose Madeira Street and Montrose Avenue - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Gas Station Montrose and Rosetta Rosetta Street and Montrose Avenue - 2.5 mi. (4.1 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Gas Station Poinciana Avenue Poinciana Avenue - 1.4 mi. (2.3 km) North of Nassau
Gas Station Portago and Thompson Portago and Thompson Boulevard - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) Northwest of Nassau
Gas Station Prince Charles and Treetop Close Treetop Close and Prince Charles Drive - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) East of Nassau
Gas Station Queen Sports Center Thompson Boulevard - 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) North-Northwest of Nassau
Gas Station Robinson and Baillou Hill Roads Robinson and Baillou Hill Roads - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) North-Northwest of Nassau
Gas Station Robinson and Old Trail Old Trail and Robinson Roads - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northeast of Nassau
Gas Station Sears Road Sears Road - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) North-Northwest of Nassau
Gas Station Shirley Street and John Evans Shirley Street and John Evans Road - 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) Northeast of Nassau
Gas Station Shirley and Albury Shirley Street and Albury Lane - 3.0 mi. (4.8 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Gas Station Wulff and Minnie Wulff Road and Minnie Street - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Gas Station Wulff and Montrose Wulff Road and Montrose Avenue - 1.9 mi. (3.0 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Gas Station Wulff and Soldier Roads Wulff and Soldier Roads - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) Northeast of Nassau
Gibson & Delancy Gas Miami Street - Nassau
On the Run Farrington Road and Thompson Boulevard - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) Northwest of Nassau
Sandyport Marina Gas St Olde Town Sandyport
Shell 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) East of Cable Beach
Shell Lyford Cay Service Station 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) West-Southwest of Cable Beach
Shell Marathon Road Marathon Road - 2.1 mi. (3.3 km) Northeast of Nassau
Texaco 3.5 mi. (5.6 km) North-Northwest of Nassau
Texaco 3.1 mi. (4.9 km) North of Nassau
Texaco Baillou Hill Road Baillou Hill Road - 0.9 mi. (1.4 km) North-Northwest of Nassau
Texaco Prince Charles Prince Charles Drive - 3.2 mi. (5.2 km) East of Nassau
Texaco Soldier Road Soldier Road - 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) North of Nassau

While most agree that renting a car on New Providence is unnecessary, if your preference is to be in charge of getting around town yourself, renting a car is the way for you to go.

 

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