Most people find that if they are staying in Port of Spain they can get by on public transportation alone. If you plan on doing sightseeing outside of town, or simply like to be in charge of getting around on your own, renting a car may be the best option for you.
None of the major international rental chains have locations in Port of Spain, so chances are you'll be dealing with a locally owned operation. It is rare to have an issue, but you will want to be sure to go over the rental agreement and insurance policy carefully if you're working with a company you've never used before. Rental agencies are available near the airport and by the ferry dock, but there are a few scattered throughout town as well. If you're visiting during the Carnival Season, be aware that rentals can be extremely difficult to procure, so the earlier your reserve your vehicle the better.
If you're visiting Trinidad from the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, or the Bahamas, a valid driver's license from your country of origin will be all you need to drive for up to three months. Those visiting for longer periods of time and from other countries, however, will need an international driver's permit. Most agencies will require renters to be over the age of 25 and have at least two years of driving experience.
Check out this table for contact information.
|(868) 622-5588||37 Tragarete Road - Woodbrook|
|(868) 638-8125||66 Churchill Roosevelt Highway - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 622-6427||177 Tragarete Rd - Woodbrook|
|(868) 675-7368||Port of Spain|
|Avis Port of Spain||(868) 627-7753||Crowne Plaza - Woodbrook|
|(868) 624-0266||Downtown Port of Spain|
|(868) 628-5701||70 Picton St Newtown - Downtown Port of Spain|
|(868) 223-4017||5 Ranjit Kumar St - Downtown Port of Spain|
|(868) 632-8736||The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 800-8080||The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|Europcar Trinidad & Tobago||(868) 621-2159||Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre - 3.3 mi. (5.3 km) East of Port of Spain|
|(868) 627-4959||Downtown Port of Spain|
|Hertz Golden Grove||(868) 669-6239||Golden Grove Road - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 689-8757||11 Kalloo St - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 628-7129||6 Bournes Road - St. James|
|(868) 669-4131||8-10 Golden Grove Road - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 633-7363||The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 627-1484||103-B St Vincent St POS - Downtown Port of Spain|
|(868) 640-1425||Trincity Mall - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 628-2756||53 Western Main Rd St James - St. James|
|(868) 669-2226||Piarco International Airport - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 623-0150||7-9 Wrightson Road - Port of Spain|
|(868) 662-0884||60-B Spring Village - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 669-1635||Golden Grove Road - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 767-9797||Cor Kalloo Street & Southern Main Road - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 627-7753||Crowne Plaza - Port of Spain|
|(868) 800-0672||6 Queen Street - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
How much you spend on a rental by the day will depend on when you travel, where you rent from, and the type of vehicle you request. As a general rule, you can expect to spend anywhere from $35 to $100(USD) a day, with unlimited mileage included. It is highly recommended that you purchase the extra insurance for about $10(USD) a day. You may also be required to put a hold on your credit card as a deposit, so make sure there is about $500(USD) available for them to do so with.
These tables provide a general indication of what sort of rate you will pay. The lowest rates displayed are only available from the least costly agencies during the off season. The high rates are what you may be quoted during the high season at one of the busier agencies.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 58.00||$ 81.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 59.00||$ 86.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 75.00||$ 121.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 95.00||$ 115.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 345.00||$ 498.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 350.00||$ 520.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 450.00||$ 730.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 570.00||$ 690.00|
Although the roads are often congested, especially in Port of Spain, driving on Trindad is fairly easy. Highways connect the towns, and within them there are usually well-maintained and paved streets. Of course, on occasion you will encounter those that are riddled with pot holes, or not even paved at all. What you will need to be aware of is that traffic moves to the left like in the United Kingdom, locals signal their turns with their hands, and seat belts are to be worn by all passengers in the front seats at all times.
Gas stations are available on most main streets in the cities, but if you plan to go off exploring in rural areas make sure to fuel up anytime you see a gas station just in case you hit a long stretch of road that doesn't have a place to stop. Expect to spend about TT5.75 per liter for premium unleaded.
Spots to refuel your car in the area are quite easy to find. Take a glance at the table that follows for locations. the chart
|Audrey Jeffers Highway and Mucurapo Road - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) North-Northwest of Port of Spain|
|Beetham Highway - 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) East of Port of Spain|
|Maraval and Tragarete Roads - Woodbrook|
|Morne Coco Road and Diego Martin Main Road - 2.3 mi. (3.8 km) Northwest of Port of Spain|
|Park Street and Richmond Street - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) East of Port of Spain|
|Tragarete Road and Richmond Street - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) East of Port of Spain|
|Wrightson Road and Gatacre Street - Woodbrook|
|1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northwest of Port of Spain|
For some people, renting a car is a necessity and they will do it for the duration of their stay in Port of Spain. Others will just rent for a day or two of sightseeing. Whatever your plan, be sure to put your rental on hold in advance of your trip so you don't end up stranded without a back up plan.
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