Bus travel in the Virgin Islands varies greatly from place to place. Many of the smaller islands don't have any buses at all, while the larger islands tend to have fairly thorough service that makes getting around easy and affordable.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, all three of the major islands have similar bus service. The only major differences are the operating hours and frequency of service for each stop.
Air-conditioned Vitran buses service the island of St. Croix, charging passengers $1(USD) per trip, although senior citizens are eligible for a special rate of $0.55(USD). While buses are one of the least expensive ways to see the island, the bus system is not known for its promptness, and travelers should not choose the bus if they are on a very tight schedule.
Buses run from 5:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. every day but Sunday, when there is no service. The route travels from Christiansted to Frederiksted along Route 75 and most of the stops are serviced once every two hours.
The public bus system that runs on the island of St. John is operated by the Virgin Islands Transit Service and known for short as VITRAN. The buses charge passengers $1(USD) per trip, with a senior citizens discount of $0.55(USD). Buses run from Cruz Bay to Salt Pond Bay along Centerline Road, enabling them to service most of the island. These public buses are not particularly prompt, and may not be the best transportation option for quick commutes and those in a hurry, though two more buses were added to the route helping to speed up the process and creating an entirely new route that runs from the ferry dock to the clinic, down Gifft Hill Road, to South Shore Road, then back to the ferry dock. This route is not available on the weekends.
Buses run from Cruz Bay at 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. before assuming the normal schedule, in which the stop is serviced at 25 minutes past the hour every hour until the final bus returns at 7:25 p.m.
Both city and county buses run on the island of St. Thomas. The vehicles themselves are rather similar, although at $0.75(USD) the city bus is slightly less expensive than the county bus, which charges $1(USD). Exact change is required. Neither bus system is particularly reliable, and neither are recommended for travelers who need to be somewhere at a certain time.
Buses run from 5:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., servicing the area between "town" (Charlotte Amalie) and Red Hook once every hour. Most stops are serviced at least every 30 minutes. Visitors may be thrilled to note that most of the buses are air-conditioned. Schedule and route information can be obtained by telephoning the main office at 340-774-5678.
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