Although driving in a foreign country can often be an adventurous prospect, cars remain a good option for travelers who will be doing extensive touring of Trinidad.
Rather than pay expensive taxi fares to travel large distances on the islands, many vacationers will choose to rent a car for their touring of Trinidad. Sedans, jeeps, other four-wheel-drive vehicles, and even eight-passenger minivans can be rented from the various agencies on the island. Hertz and Thrifty are the only two international companies with offices on the island.
View the following table which lists the many local vehicle rental agencies.
|Alamo Morvant||(868) 675-7368||Lady Young Road - 4.0 mi. (6.4 km) East of Port of Spain|
|Alamo POS||(868) 669-2277||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Alamo San Fernando||(868) 657-7368||Gooding Village - San Fernando|
|Autopal Rental Services Ltd.||(868) 748-9620||10.8 mi. (17.4 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Avis Piarco International Airport||(868) 669-0905||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Avis Port of Spain||(868) 627-7753||Crowne Plaza - Woodbrook|
|Budget POS||(868) 669-1635||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|(868) 648-6438||51 Pt Fortin Main Rd Pt Fortin - Point Fortin|
|(868) 634-1034||Western Main Road - Chaguaramas|
|Econ-Car Rentals Chaguaramas||(868) 634-2154||Crews Inn Yacht Club - Chaguaramas|
|Econo-Car Rentals POS||(868) 669-1119||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|(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|
|Hertz Golden Grove||(868) 669-6239||Golden Grove Road - The vicinity of Port of Spain|
|(868) 800-3131||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Kalloo's Auto Rentals||(868) 669-5673||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Nellex Rentals Co Ltd||(868) 677-7264||Oropouche|
|(868) 679-2886||Southern Main Rd Couva - Mac Bean|
|(868) 657-9062||San Fernando|
|(868) 659-3452||9 Riley Road - Claxton Bay|
|(868) 623-0150||7-9 Wrightson Road - Port of Spain|
|(868) 669-5417||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|(868) 636-7959||Southern Main Road - California|
|(868) 648-7254||Southern Main Road - La Brea|
|Thrifty Piarco International Airport||(868) 669-0602||Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Triple D'S Equipment Rentals Ltd||(868) 800-4333||Southern Main Road - Gran Couva|
|Xtra Lease & Rental Company Ltd||(868) 355-0812||1B Marajh Drive - Chaguanas|
Rates can start as low as $35(USD) and go up to $70(USD) for more expensive vehicles. Some of the large passenger vans will exceed $100(USD).
The following tables provide a general indication of what sort of rate you will pay. The lowest rates shown are usually only available from the least costly local firms during the slow season. The highest rates are what you should anticipate at one of the busiest firms during the peak season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 37.50||$ 75.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 50.00||$ 90.00|
|Compact Car||$ 58.00||$ 81.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 75.00||$ 121.00|
|Light SUV||$ 82.00||$ 135.00|
|Mini Van||$ 85.00||$ 152.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 90.00||$ 125.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Economy Car||$ 225.00||$ 487.50|
|Mid Size Car||$ 295.00||$ 585.00|
|Compact Car||$ 345.00||$ 498.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 450.00||$ 730.00|
|Light SUV||$ 492.00||$ 878.00|
|Mini Van||$ 510.00||$ 988.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 540.00||$ 812.00|
Drivers who wish to rent a car on Trinidad will need an international driver's permit or a valid license issued in The Bahamas, Canada, England, France, Germany, or the United States. These licenses are valid for 90 days while staying on the islands. Drivers are generally required to be 25 years old and have had at least two years of driving experience. A major credit card is also required. Gas is not included in the price, and travelers are generally given unlimited mileage. Collision damage insurance is highly recommended, and travelers can usually secure this type of insurance for $10(USD) to $20(USD) per day. Varying daily rates will reduce your liability to $500(USD) or to no liability. Be sure to review all policies, rates, and insurance agreements with the local car rental firms.
Be sure to call and ask about any other requirements.
Drivers on Trinidad, a former British colony, stay to the left-hand side of the road. Travelers from North America and Europe will need to drive cautiously to adjust to this change. Drivers and passengers in the front seat are required by law to wear seatbelts. Some of the usual hazards that plague driving conditions in the Caribbean exist, including roads that are not well maintained and animal and pedestrian traffic. Nighttime driving is not recommended because of road conditions and intoxicated drivers. Local drivers may use hand signals that are unfamiliar to international drivers to indicate turns or stops. Visiting drivers should drive defensively and cautiously to avoid getting into trouble in their rental car on either island.
While you should have minimal problems finding gas stations, it is still a good idea to see the table just below to get a picture of where some of them are located.
|Saddle Road - 5.9 mi. (9.6 km) Northeast of Port of Spain|
|Aranguez Main Road and Backchain Street - San Juan|
|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|
|Southern Main Road and Chin Chin Road - 3.2 mi. (5.2 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|St. Lucien Road - 3.9 mi. (6.3 km) North-Northwest of Port of Spain|
|Fifth Street and Eight Avenue - San Juan|
|Eastern Main Road next to University of the West Indies - St. Augustine|
|Lady Young and Eastern Main Roads - San Juan|
|Saddle Road - Maraval|
|Maraval and Tragarete Roads - Woodbrook|
|Morne Coco Road and Diego Martin Main Road - 2.3 mi. (3.8 km) Northwest of Port of Spain|
|Eastern Main Road and Maloney Street - San Juan|
|Intersection of Old Southern Road and Southern Road - Montrose|
|Park Street and Richmond Street - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) East of Port of Spain|
|B.W.I.A Boulevard - 7.4 mi. (11.9 km) Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Pierre Road and Caroni Savannah Road - 1.4 mi. (2.2 km) North of Chaguanas|
|Tenth Street - San Juan|
|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|
|Eastern Main Road by Orange Grove Road - 8.6 mi. (13.9 km) North-Northeast of Chaguanas|
|Edinburg Boulevard Roundabout at Sir Solomon Highway - Montrose|
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