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Getting Around in Trinidad & Tobago
 
 
 

By Air

Caribbean Airlines runs flights between Piarco (Port-of-Spain) and Crown Point (Tobago). During peak seasons, especially Carnival time, these are often heavily booked.

By Water

There are two options for the crossing between Trinidad (Port-of-Spain) and Tobago (Scarborough), both run by the Port Authority of Trinidad & Tobago. The slow car ferry/passenger service takes approximately six hours and the fast catamaran crossing is two hours 30 minutes.

There is now a domestic ferry operating on the island of Trinidad between the two main cities of Port-of-Spain in the north and San Fernando in the south.

By Road

Traffic in Trinidad & Tobago drives on the left. The road network in Trinidad between major towns is good, but traffic around Port-of-Spain can be difficult during rush hour and around Independence Square at any time. Two major highways run north-south and east-west. Roads which run off major routes can be very unpredictable, and are susceptible to poor weather conditions.

In Tobago, the roads, though narrow in parts, are improving dramatically and most of the island is easy to reach. There is a major highway (Claude Noel Highway) running west-east. Tourists should have no qualms about driving around Tobago at any time of the day or night, although caution should be exercised in more rural areas where chickens and sheep may wander across roads. Hand signals, which may be unfamiliar, are often used.

Trinidad’s speed limit is 80 kph (50 mph) on highways and 55 kph (34 mph) in built-up areas, while in Tobago do not exceed 50 kph (31 mph). There is no left turn on a red light and U-turns are illegal. Drivers and front-seat passengers are legally required to wear a seat belt.

Bus

Services are operated by the state Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC). In the absence of a railway, the main towns are served by bus but although these are cheap, they are crowded and unreliable. The use of shared taxis has increased due to the shortcomings of the bus network.

In Trinidad, buses and bus tickets are available at City Gate in Port-of-Spain, King's Wharf in San Fernando and various other terminals and bus stops. A ticket is required to board the bus.

In Tobago, there are regular bus services between Scarborough bus station and Crown Point, Buccoo, Plymouth and Roxborough.

Taxi

All official taxis have registration ’H’. Hiring a private taxi is much more expensive but gives the freedom to go where you like. Though there are fixed rates for certain journeys, it is best to establish this before you start your journey. The quickest and most cost-effective way to get around is by Route taxis and Maxi taxis which serve standard routes within Trinidad, particularly around Port-of-Spain, starting their route from, in or near Independence Square. These have fixed rates. In Tobago, Route taxis (H registered and unregistered) are plentiful along most major routes during the day and can be stopped anywhere along them. Drivers will indicate they have room by sounding their horn.


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