Unpredictable road conditions can make tourists wary of the idea of driving themselves around during their vacation on the United States Virgin Island of St. Thomas. Fortunately, driving oneself around is not completely necessary. The island's well regulated taxi cab system makes utilizing cab services recommendable.
Whether you arrive via plane, ferry, yacht, or cruise ship, it won't be long before you see a taxi – whether you recognize it as one or not. Taxis on the island are not the private luxury vehicles you are used to back home. Instead, they are vans or trucks that have been converted to have bench seating that will carry up to a dozen passengers at once. These are called safari taxis. Despite the varied appearances, you will easily be able to tell taxis from private cars because of the letters “TX” on the license plate.
If you'd rather call for a cab to pick you up at a preset time and place, you may want to get in touch with any one of these local taxi agencies.
|(340) 473-7921||St. Thomas|
|(340) 771-4198||52 3A Frydendahl - East End|
|(340) 775-6974||Red Hook|
|Flamon's Taxi and Tours||(340) 513-4041||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|(340) 771-1154||St. Thomas|
|(340) 774-0394||St. Thomas|
|Islander Taxi and Tours||(340) 774-4077||Fortress Building - St. Thomas|
|(340) 473-6550||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
Taxis on St. Thomas are not metered. Instead, rates are set for each trip based upon occupancy and destination. Taxis on the island have the goal of fitting as many passengers as possible, and the rate per individual in the cab goes down. You can request a private ride, but it will cost you the fare of every seat in the vehicle to do so. It is also important to note that there are several miscellaneous things that can change the rate. You can store your first piece of luggage in the trunk for free, but after the first piece you will be expected to spend $1(USD) per parcel. If you have to make a stop the taxi will wait for you for free of charge for 10 minutes. From that point on, it is $0.25 per minute. An additional upcharge occurs between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., when rates go up by $1.50 to $2.00(USD).
Taxis on the island are also equipped to provide tourists with local tours. If you'd like a tour of the island hosted by your friendly neighborhood taxi driver, the trend costs $45(USD) per person for a two hour tour for two people or $20 (USD) if there are three more passengers. You can add an extra hour to your tour for an extra $5 to $10(USD).
In spite of some pretty significant differences in the taxi services on the island they are reliable and reputable. If driving yourself around in an unfamiliar place is not a comfortable thought for you, taxi services are the way to go.
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