Tortola Rental Cars

The cheapest way to see all the sites on this island is to rent a car

Photo credit: © JC Rental Cars

Rental Cars are a great option for tourists who will be doing a lot of sightseeing, and for those who prefer to be able to come and go as they please without having to wait on anyone else to pick them up. The fact that renting a car on the island is relatively easy and affordable makes it all the more recommendable.

Renting a Car

...getting to that secluded beach...


To rent a car in the British Virgin Islands, you need to be 25-years-old or older and have a valid driver's license in your home country. If you'll be staying in the country for more than 30 days you'll need to pick up a BVI Driving Permit, which can be done at the rental agency, for $10(USD), and then you'll be good to go.

Before you hit the road, take a moment to familiarize yourself behind the wheel. Although the steering wheel is located on the left side of car like in the United States, driving is done on the left side of the road like in England. This can take some getting used to, so tourists are urged to take their time and navigate the roads of Tortola carefully.

With regards to road conditions, they vary throughout the island. In the large city of Road Town and other popular tourist spots such as Cane Garden Bay, you'll find the roads to be paved, well lit, and marked with directional signs. However, in more remote areas of the island roads may be made only of dirt and have no signs at all to help direct you. It is important to note that if you plan to do a lot of driving outside of the tourist areas that you ask for a vehicle with four wheel drive and good suspension, otherwise the possibility exists that you may get stuck in the mud or have trouble getting to that secluded beach you've been dreaming of.

Because there are so many rental car agencies on the island, you have plenty to choose from. Some are locally owned, but most don big names like Budget Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car. Take the location of the rental car agency, the cost of the car per day, and the rules and regulations before you make your final decision.

The chart below shows the vehicle rental agencies located in and around Tortola.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Avis Rent-A-Car Road Town (284) 494-3322 Botanic Station - Downtown Road Town
Avis West End (284) 495-4973 West End
Denzil Clyne Jeep & Car Rentals (284) 495-4900 West End - 5.5 mi. (8.9 km) West-Southwest of Road Town
Hertz Tortola (284) 495-4405 Tortola
International Car Rentals (284) 494-2516 Downtown Road Town
Itgo Car Rental (284) 494-5150 Wickhams Cay I - Downtown Road Town
JC Car Rental (284) 443-8400 Ke Villas - Little Carrot Bay

The Cost of Renting a Car

The longer you rent your car, the less expensive it will be over-all. Rates hover around $50 to $80(USD) a day, but $300 to $500(USD) a week.

Gas Stations

While you should have no issues spotting gas stations, it is still helpful to take a look at the table that follows to get an orientation of where some of them are located.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Big Brother's Gas Station (284) 494-9590 Baughers Bay - Downtown Road Town
Bob's Gas & Service Center (284) 495-3348 Downtown Road Town
Delta Petroleum -- Road Town
Hodge's Gas Station (284) 495-9242 Tortola
Huntum's Ghut Service Station -- Road Town
O'Neal Gases Ltd. (284) 494-2825 Wickhams Cay I - Downtown Road Town
Shell Gas Station -- Road Town

If you're going to rent a car in the British Virgin Islands, Tortola is the place to do it. Not only does the large size of the island lend itself to the necessity of renting a car to save money, but the large number of agencies on Tortola and the competitive prices are important factors as well.


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