The Turks and Caicos Buses

Bus services are non-existent in Turks and Caicos

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Getting around towns in Turks and Caicos is easy in most cases, no matter what method you choose. One downside to the islands, however, is their lack of public transportation.

Bus Routes

Although there are no regulated buses in Turks and Caicos, there is a service in Providenciales known as a “jitney.” Choosing these “buses” as your main form of transportation, however, is discouraged because they are no regulated, and are in fact illegal. If you happen upon a jitney service, you will notice tthat the fare is determined solely by the driver, and they don't actually travel any set routes. To catch one of these jitneys, you must flag it down along the road.

At one time, Providenciales did offer a bus service called The Gecko. It began as a scheduled tourist bus service traveling between the Grace Bay and Turtle Cove areas. This service offered relatively inexpensive passes and stopped at many important locations. Rates were $4(USD) per token and $11(USD) per day for a single adult, with family and children rates available. Over time, however, the public bus service transformed into an entirely private form of transportation that is now only available by appointment.

With no buses to speak of, visitors in Turks and Caicos will have to take advantage of other forms of transportation on the islands, including rental cars, private taxis, and even ferries. These options may be a bit pricier than a bus, but they do the trick and get you from point A to point B.


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