Rental Cars on Trinidad

Travelers looking to tour the islands may wish to rent a car

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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.

Renting a Car

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.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
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
Auto Ram's Rental Ltd (868) 771-4008 Debe
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
Camel Transport Services (868) 648-6438 51 Pt Fortin Main Rd Pt Fortin - Point Fortin
Coral Cove Rentals (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
Enterprise Rent A Car (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
Exclusive Car Rentals (868) 632-7812 Chaguaramas
Hertz Golden Grove (868) 669-6239 Golden Grove Road - The vicinity of Port of Spain
Himraj Rental Service (868) 800-3131 Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas
Island Cars Trinidad Ltd (868) 646-4746 D'abadie
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
Ramkissoon's Auto Rentals (868) 679-2886 Southern Main Rd Couva - Mac Bean
Rent-A-Car Ltd (868) 657-9062 San Fernando
Sigma Car Dealers Ltd (868) 659-3452 9 Riley Road - Claxton Bay
Singh's Auto Rentals (868) 623-0150 7-9 Wrightson Road - Port of Spain
Singh's Rentals POS (868) 669-5417 Piarco International Airport - 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) Northeast of Chaguanas
Singh's Rentals Sovonetta (868) 636-7959 Southern Main Road - California
Swift Auto Rentals Ltd (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

The Cost of Renting a Car

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.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
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
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
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.

Driving on Trinidad

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.

Gas Stations
Name Location
Cantaro Gas Station Saddle Road - 5.9 mi. (9.6 km) Northeast of Port of Spain
NP Aranguez Aranguez Main Road and Backchain Street - San Juan
NP Audrey Jeffers Audrey Jeffers Highway and Mucurapo Road - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) North-Northwest of Port of Spain
NP Beetham Highway Beetham Highway - 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) East of Port of Spain
NP Cunupia Southern Main Road and Chin Chin Road - 3.2 mi. (5.2 km) Northeast of Chaguanas
NP Diego Martin St. Lucien Road - 3.9 mi. (6.3 km) North-Northwest of Port of Spain
NP Fifth Street Fifth Street and Eight Avenue - San Juan
NP Gas UWI Eastern Main Road next to University of the West Indies - St. Augustine
NP Lady Young Lady Young and Eastern Main Roads - San Juan
NP Maraval Saddle Road - Maraval
NP Maraval Road Maraval and Tragarete Roads - Woodbrook
NP Morne Coco Morne Coco Road and Diego Martin Main Road - 2.3 mi. (3.8 km) Northwest of Port of Spain
NP Mt. Hope Eastern Main Road and Maloney Street - San Juan
NP Old Southern Road Intersection of Old Southern Road and Southern Road - Montrose
NP Park Street Park Street and Richmond Street - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) East of Port of Spain
NP Piarco B.W.I.A Boulevard - 7.4 mi. (11.9 km) Northeast of Chaguanas
NP Pierre Road Pierre Road and Caroni Savannah Road - 1.4 mi. (2.2 km) North of Chaguanas
NP Tenth Street Tenth Street - San Juan
NP Tragarete Road Tragarete Road and Richmond Street - 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) East of Port of Spain
NP Wrightson Road Wrightson Road and Gatacre Street - Woodbrook
Peakes One Stop Service Station 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) North-Northwest of Port of Spain
Unipet Gas Eastern Main Road by Orange Grove Road - 8.6 mi. (13.9 km) North-Northeast of Chaguanas
Unipet Medford Edinburg Boulevard Roundabout at Sir Solomon Highway - Montrose
 

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