St. John's is the capital city of Antigua, the most populated city on the island, and the home to the island's airport. As such, it is easy to see why taxis are easy to come by. Although you can very easily rent a car when you arrive at the airport, many people prefer to let locals do the driving and plan to use taxi cabs throughout their stay.
Whether you're leaving, heading to the beach, plan to do some shopping, or simply heading out the front entrance of your hotel, you'll likely find it easy to grab a taxi in areas where they congregate. Simply raise your hand to wave them down if you need a ride and they'll make a beeline towards you.
See the following table for a list of taxi services in and around St. Johns.
|(268) 460-5353||West End Bus Station - St. John's|
|(268) 462-6464||Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 460-7434||High Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 462-3015||Long Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 462-0711||Market Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 460-8213||Heritage Quay Terminal - St. John's|
|(268) 460-9898||Lower Tanner Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 786-3578||Heritage Quay - Redcliffe Quay|
The cost to take a cab in St. Johns isn't cheap, but what tourists typically enjoy about it is that the rates are set in advance, so they can get in the vehicle prepared with the appropriate amount. You can look the rates up in advance, or ask your driver for his or her rate card when you get in. The rates are set upon the destination, and take into account the possibility of four passengers. If you have more than four passengers, be prepared to pay an extra $6(USD) per extra person. Make sure to discuss the fare with your driver before you take off to make sure you are on the same page, and be aware that it will cost an extra $2.50 per bag after the first four bags, and $5(USD) per half hour that your driver has to wait on you if you are running an errand or visiting an attraction and ask him or her to wait.
The chart below details the rates for driving around St. Johns, but keep in mind that they may not be exact as the rates change regularly.
|V.C. Bird Internatioanl Airport||$12.00 (USD)|
|Galleon Beach||$24.00 (USD)|
|Pigeon Point||$24.00 (USD)|
|Fort James Beach||$12.00 (USD)|
|Turtle Bay||$26.00 (USD)|
|Dickenson Bay||$12.00 (USD)|
|Darkwook Beach||$26.00 (USD)|
|Halfmoon Bay||$28.00 (USD)|
|Betty's Hope||$17.00 (USD)|
Tips are not a requirement, however, prepare to offer at least 15 percent for good service.
Curious about local taxi rates? See this info.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 12.00||Dickenson Bay||Deepwater Harbour|
|$ 18.00||St. John's||Jolly Harbour|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||Falmouth Harbour|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||English Harbour|
|$ 28.00||St. John's||Half Moon Bay Beach|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||Nelson's Dockyard National Park|
|$ 17.00||St. John's||Betty's Hope|
|$ 16.00||St. John's||Dickenson Bay|
|$ 12.00||St. John's||Fort James Beach|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||Pigeon Point|
|$ 26.00||St. John's||Darkwood Beach|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||Galleon Beach|
|$ 12.00||St. John's||V.C. Bird International Airport|
|$ 6.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Downtown St. John's|
|$ 12.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Dickenson Bay|
|$ 12.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Fort James|
|$ 17.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Betty's Hope|
|$ 24.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Nelson's Dockyard National Park|
|$ 24.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Pigeon Point|
|$ 24.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Galleon Beach|
|$ 26.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Darkwood Beach|
|$ 26.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Turtle Bay|
|$ 25.00||Deepwater Harbour||None|
|$ 25.00||Deepwater Harbour||English Harbour|
|$ 25.00||Deepwater Harbour||Falmouth Harbour|
|$ 16.00||Deepwater Harbour||Jolly Harbour|
|$ 26.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Devil's Bridge|
For $24(USD) an hour, you may be able to hire your driver to take you around St. Johns on a tour. Most drivers have lived on the island their whole lives and are very well prepared to offer up anecdotes and historical facts about anywhere you want to go. If you happen upon a driver you mesh with, ask them to pick you up the following day and show you around, or call one of the cab companies and arrange a tour at a time that best suits you.
Taxis, though expensive, are a great option for getting around St. Johns. Well-regulated and featuring friendly drivers, you won't regret the decision to opt out of renting a car.
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