Turks and Caicos Taxis

Taxis are available on all of the Turks and Caicos Islands

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With no public bus system throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, tourists who don’t want to rent a car often opt to take taxis to and from their attractions of choice. On these islands, taxi drivers will not only get you from point A to point B, but for an extra fee, they’ll take you on an informative tour of the area.

Taxi Companies

While taxis are plentiful all over Turks and Caicos, especially in larger cities, there are no designated taxi stands. You’ll either have to hope for the fortune of happening upon a cab, or call ahead to the taxi service and have them meet you at a designated locale. Most concierge desks at hotels will be happy to make these types of arrangements for you. Popular spots to find cabs waiting for passengers are at the airport, around hotels, and near popular restaurants, shopping areas and attractions.

If you are out on your own, it is important to know what to look for with regards to hailing a cab. On these islands, cab operators are required by law to be specially licensed in order to drive a cab. The license they should have on display indicates that they have been through classes to ensure that they are well trained on safety standards, and that they have been periodically checked on to make sure they continually live up to island standards. Cab operators are also required to display their rates in a prominent place in the cab; however, this is rarely followed through with. For this reason, it is important that you negotiate the price of your trip before you get in and take off.

If you are somewhere where you can't seem to spot a taxi, try one of the services found below.

Taxi Services
Name Phone Location Island
3 C's Taxi Service (649) 244-1546 Grand Turk Grand Turk
3M's Taxi & Tours (649) 243-2833 Providenciales Providenciales
Boy Hall & Son Taxi (249) 244-3894 Providenciales Providenciales
Gardiner's Taxi (649) 946-7141 North Caicos North Caicos
Gray's Taxi & Tours (649) 242-3166 Providenciales Providenciales
Lorenzo's Taxi & Tours (649) 243-8907 Providenciales Providenciales
M&M Taxis (649) 231-6285 North Caicos North Caicos
Majestic Taxi and Tours (649) 231-7901 Providenciales Providenciales
Mama Dea Taxi and Tours Services (305) 433-7722 Grand Turk Cruise Center - Grand Turk Grand Turk
Moses Taxi's (649) 242-3885 Grand Turk Grand Turk
Nell's Taxi Service (649) 941-3228 Providenciales Providenciales
Paradise Beach Transportation (649) 231-6279 Thompson Cove - Providenciales Providenciales
Patsy's Taxi Services (649) 341-1504 Grand Turk Grand Turk
Provo Taxi Association (649) 946-5314 Providenciales Providenciales
Provo Taxi and Bus Group (649) 946-5462 Providenciales Providenciales
Sea Breeze Taxi & Tours (649) 245-9651 4.3 mi. (6.9 km) West of Grace Bay Providenciales
Sonny's Taxi & SUV Services (649) 231-0658 Leeward Highway - Providenciales Providenciales
Taylor Taxi and Limo Services (649) 231-0266 Leeward Palms - Providenciales Providenciales
Tiina's Taxi (649) 941-3999 Leeward Highway - Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Unique Taxi & VIP Services (649) 244-7823 Leeward Highway - Grace Bay Providenciales

Rates, Fares, and Fees

Rates in Turks and Caicos are not regulated by law, which means each cab company has the right to charge as it wishes. As of February 2013, the going rate was on average, $3(USD) per mile for every two people, excluding children. This can add up to a very expensive car ride, so you may suggest an alternate price to your driver and see if he accepts. Some drivers prefer to suggest a flat rate per person, so always be sure to ask.

Aside from a per mile charge, most drivers will also charge you an additional fee when travelers have more than two bags per person (in addition to a small purse), which could cost anywhere between $0.50 and $1(USD). Drivers may also charge fees if they have to wait for you at a stop. It is typical for them to charge $5(USD) per 15 minutes.

Wondering about local taxi rates? Take a look at this chart.

Typical Fares Around Turks and Caicos
Typical Cost (USD) Location A Location B
$ 36.00 None Grace Bay
$ 36.00 Grace Bay Blue Hills
$ 29.00 Grace Bay Northwest Point
$ 40.00 Grace Bay Caicos Conch Farm
$ 1.50 Middle Caicos Airport Conch Bar
$ 12.60 Grand Turk Cruise Center H.M. Prison Museum
$ 6.90 Jags Mccartney International Airport Salt Raker Inn
$ 7.50 Grand Turk Cruise Center Cedar Grove Beach
$ 4.50 Grand Turk Cruise Center Jack's Shack
$ 67.00 Caicos Conch Farm Northwest Point Resort
$ 6.90 North Caicos Airport Bottle Creek
$ 30.00 Providenciales International Airport The Bight
$ 7.00 Providenciales International Airport Grace Bay
$ 23.00 Providenciales International Airport Taylor Bay Beach
$ 23.00 Providenciales International Airport Taylor Bay
$ 40.00 Providenciales International Airport Long Point
$ 4.20 Grand Turk Cruise Center Governor's Beach
$ 4.20 South Caicos Airport South Caicos Ferry Dock
$ 11.10 South Caicos Airport High Point North
$ 8.40 South Caicos Airport Long Cay Beach
$ 6.90 Jags Mccartney International Airport Cockburn Town
$ 7.80 Jags Mccartney International Airport Grand Turk Ferry Dock
$ 7.80 Middle Caicos Ferry Dock Jan Flemming
$ 11.40 Middle Caicos Ferry Dock Conch Bar
$ 22.50 Middle Caicos Ferry Dock Bottle Creek Ferry Dock
$ 21.60 North Caicos Airport Kew
$ 10.80 North Caicos Airport Whitby
$ 41.10 North Caicos Airport Middle Caicos Airport
$ 8.10 North Caicos Airport Middle Caicos Ferry Dock
$ 15.30 Middle Caicos Airport Bambarra Beach
$ 30.30 North Caicos Airport Sandy Point Marina
$ 21.90 Grand Turk Cruise Center Grand Turk Lighthouse
$ 11.10 Middle Caicos Airport Middle Caicos Ferry Dock
$ 20.00 Providenciales International Airport Blue Hills
$ 32.00 Providenciales International Airport Northwest Point Resort
$ 36.00 Providenciales International Airport Long Bay Beach
$ 12.90 Jags Mccartney International Airport Island House
$ 27.00 Middle Caicos Ferry Dock Bambarra Beach
$ 11.40 Grand Turk Cruise Center Grand Turk Ferry Dock
$ 40.00 Turtle Cove Beach Northwest Point Resort
$ 86.00 Providenciales International Airport Caicos Conch Farm
$ 6.00 Jags Mccartney International Airport Osprey Beach Hotel
$ 21.00 South Caicos Airport South Caicos Northern Point
$ 5.10 Jags Mccartney International Airport Grand Turk Cruise Center
$ 56.10 Middle Caicos Ferry Dock Lorimers East Beach
$ 39.00 Five Cays Bay Northwest Point Resort
$ 3.60 Middle Caicos Airport Jan Flemming
$ 45.30 Middle Caicos Airport Lorimers East Beach
$ 24.90 North Caicos Airport Cottage Pond Beach

Taxi Tours

Most people stay on Providenciales at hotels that are about a 15 minute drive from the airport, which means they don't see much of the island as they drive to their lodgings. Fortunately, it is possible to do so at a later time. Drivers in Turks and Caicos are also often trained tour guides. If you’ve happened upon a driver you get along well with, you can invite him to be your tour guide for a flat rate. Depending on how long and far your tour goes, it may cost you upwards of $100(USD), but this is fair considering how much you would pay any other tour guide. Especially when you take into consideration the personalized service.

Other Cab Concerns

Here are a few other tips with regards to traveling by taxi in Turks and Caicos:

  • It is customary to tip your driver 15 percent of the total fare.
  • If you are traveling with young children, bring your own safety seat, as the cab companies will not provide one for you.
  • Make sure to have cash on hand if you plan to take a cab.  The official currency in Turks and Caicos is the U.S. Dollar, so there should be no problems determining exchange rates for tourists from the United States.

With this information in mind, you are now properly prepared to utilize taxi services in Turks and Caicos.  While convenient to use and easy to come across, taxi rates on these islands can be expensive, so whether you plan to use the service sparingly or as your main source of transportation, arrive prepared to shell out a few extra bucks.

Additional Information

You can view more specific taxi information by visiting our taxi guides to local areas. Some of out most popular can be found below.

Taxi Services in Specific Areas
Guide to Grand Turk Taxis
Guide to Middle Caicos Taxis
Guide to North Caicos Taxis
Guide to Providenciales Taxis
Guide to South Caicos Taxis
 

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