Port of Spain is not only the hub of all economic and cultural activity on the island of Trinidad, but it is also the center of transportation as well. You can travel directly to this city by air and by sea, and once you arrive the public transportation system is the best on the island. Whatever mode of transport you prefer to use is easily arranged here.
Just a half an hour outside of the business center of Port of Spain is the only airport on the island of Trinidad, the (POS). It is the largest airport in the Caribbean, and welcome a huge amount of both international and regional flights, making it easier for tourists to find direct flights. Many visitors have reported that they've enjoyed their time at this airport thanks to recent upgrades, the artwork on the walls which tells of local culture, and the duty free shopping mall. You can find out more about this airport and which airlines land at it by clicking here.
Just several miles slightly southeast of Trinidad and Tobago's official port of entry in Chaguaramas, Port of Spain is a favored place to sail to on the island thanks to the places that exist for sailors to dock their boats. The journey to the island can be a long one, though, since the country is at the end of the chain of Caribbean Islands. Find out if this option is the right one for you by clicking here.
Port of Spain is Trinidad's official port of call for cruise ships. The typical cruiser will have to set sail aboard a ship that will be out to see for over a week thanks to the island's southeast location in the Caribbean. Those who do make the trip are greeted with a Carnival-like atmosphere and a craft market just outside of the cruise terminal, while inside the terminal is duty free shopping, some restaurants, and a Tourism Information office.
Port of Spain is perhaps the only city on the island where most agree that you can get by without a rental car. However, if you have plans to explore outside of the city, you'll want to be able to get behind the wheel for at least a day. Rules require that you have a valid driver's license, be over the age of 25, and have at least two years of driving experience. If you meet those requirements and have the funds to pay a deposit and the daily rate, you're on your way to getting on the road. Learn more here.
In addition to the typical private taxis that most tourists are familiar with, Port of Spain also offers a service called the Maxi Taxis. These vehicles are like small bus services, but bring passengers around town in away that allows for inexpensive sightseeing. This is great news for tourists who might rent a car only to save on the expense of paying a taxi to take them around to the all landmarks and attractions they are hoping to see during their time in the city. Find out more about this and the typical taxi option here.
In addition to standard taxis, there is also a service in Port of Spain called a Maxi Taxi. These are actually 12 to 24 person mini buses that offer something akin to sightseeing tours around the island. You can tell where the Maxi is going by looking at the colored band along the side of the vehicle. For example, those with Red Bands travel east from Port of Spain to Sangre Grande and costs between TT3 and TT10 per person.
The public bus system in Port of Spain is an important source of transportation for locals as well as tourists. The buses are run by the Public Transportation Service Corporation and easy to spot as they are brightly painted. Fortunately, they are also air conditioned. The main bus terminal is located at South Quay in Port of Spain and offers transportation throughout town and around the rest of the island for between TT$2 and TT$12 depending upon your destination.
Located just 20 miles from Port of Spain is the island of Tobago, a distance that is easily covered by a ferry. The Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago operates the a ferry service that takes two and a half hours, transports people as well as vehicles, and costs under $6(USD) per person. The Trinidad and Tobago Inter-Island Ferry makes several trips back and forth a day, a fact you can learn more about by clicking here.
One thing you won't have to worry about when you plan a trip to Port of Spain is transportation. Nearly every option you could hope to have available to you is ready and waiting, so you can begin booking and planning to go without whatever mode works best for you.
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