Port Lucaya Transportation

Whichever way you like to travel, start making your plans now for a trip to Port Lucaya

Known especially for the Port Lucaya Marketplace, Port Lucaya is a tourism-driven town on the isand of Grand Bahama that draws guests with the promise of luxury resorts, great shopping, and lots of entertainment. As one of the most popular places to visit on Grand Bahama, it seems the town is doing a great job of remaining good on its promises. If this sounds like the place you want to spend your Bahamian vacation, read on to find out about transportation here.

Getting There

Port Lucaya is located within easy reach of Freeport, the hub of transportation on Grand Bahama. Thanks to this, flying, sailing, and cruising are all easy ways to originate your travels to this busy town.

Getting Around

Adventurous travelers will find the local jitney and ferry systems a fun way to make their way from place to place, while traditionalists will want to stick to rental cars and taxis. Fortunately, all are easily accessed in Port Lucaya.

Air Travel

Daily flights from the United States, Canada, and Europe into the Grand Bahama International Airport are easy to come by. Because this airport is just 18 minutes away from Port Lucaya, it is your most direct route to the resort town, but it is not the only one. Many tourists will choose to first fly into the Lynden Pindling International Airport, spend a day or two on New Providence Island, then head over to Grand Bahama either by ferry or by plane. Find out what your options are when you read our full guide to air travel to Port Lucaya.

Sailing

Sailing to Grand Bahama is popular due to the fact that the island is so close to Florida. Of the two main areas on the island, Port Lucaya is a bit more equipped to handle international sailors and those looking to enjoy the water. In fact, the main marina in Port Lucaya is centered in the middle of a shopping center – where tourists will also be able to book excursions and boat trips.

Cruising

The main cruise port connected to Port Lucaya is just a few miles away in Freeport. Every year, thousands of tourists sail to the Bahamas, specifically Grand Bahama, and descend upon the shops, restaurants, beaches, and attractions. To get to Port Lucaya you'll have to rely on public transportation, but many agree it is worth the trip, especially if you stop by the bustling Port Lucaya Marketplace.

Rental Cars

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If you've got plans to stay at a resort and only hit local attractions, a rental car in Port Lucaya will be necessary. If the site you want to see is too far away to walk, buses and taxis readily pick up the slack. If you'll want to tour the rest of the island, renting a car will be your most cost effective and reliable option (many taxis won't drive all the way to East End, for example, and even if you can get a ride out, you probably won't be able to get a ride back). Keep in mind that you'll have to drive on the left side of the road, which can be confusing for drivers from the United States, and don't let the fact that road signs are a rarity to stress you out. Locals tend to give directions using landmarks, so you shouldn't have much trouble finding your destination. Get more details about renting a car for your stay in Port Lucaya by clicking here.

Taxis

Some people find taxis in Port Lucaya confusing, but understanding how rates are calculated can be helpful. When you get into the vehicle, simply as your driver if they have set rates or run on a meter. Some drivers will offer up a rate card of prices set in advance by the government detailing how much it costs to get to and from specific areas in Port Lucaya. Others have a meter in the vehicle, and will charge you a base fee for the ride, plus an additional amount per mile driven. Find out more details about the whole process by clicking here and reading about Taxis in Port Lucaya.

Buses

Locally known as “jitneys,” the buses in Port Lucaya originate from the main bus stop just west of the Port Lucaya Marketplace on Seahorse Drive. From there you can catch a ride around the town and over to nearby Freeport for $1(USD) per person one way, or to West End or East End for $2(USD). The buses are up and running each morning at 7:00 a.m., and continue to make the rounds until sundown with new buses arriving approximately every 15 minutes.

Ferries

What you need to know about ferries when you're planning a trip to Port Lucaya is that one: you can sail from the United States to Grand Bahama, and two: only one inter-island service is available here. Pinar del Rio offers the international sailing adventure, with a two and a half hour sail between Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and nearby Freeport. The trip costs less than $50(USD) per person for a one-way ticket, so tourists looking to save on airfare may take advantage. Find out about the inter-island ferries when you click here.

Once you've learned all about transportation options in Port Lucaya, you can begin making official arrangements. The earlier you book, the better of you'll be, so make sure to get started as soon as possible!

 

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