Getting Around, Bridgetown Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados)
is a compact island, with Bridgetown serving as its principal transportation hub, and visitors who are based here can easily connect to all corners of the island. In the city, fixed-fare taxis are readily available, with buses and rental cars being best for transport to other cities.
Wherever you plan to travel, you will find that Bridgetown offers affordable and efficient transport solutions, connecting all of the main beaches, resorts and cities with ease.
Barbados-Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) / Arriving by Air
Address: Tom Adams Highway, Christchurch, Barbados
Tel: +1 246 418 4242
Barbados' only airport is located about 16 km / 10 miles to the east of Bridgetown, in nearby Christ Church. This is the largest airport in this part of the Caribbean, but it's still a modest facility. Onsite services include an airport bar and restaurant, post office and bureau de change. There are shops in the airport, but with island-wide duty-free shopping, you're as well to wait until you arrive at Bridgetown.
Barbados-Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Guide
The car-hire scene in Bridgetown is different than many expect. There are no mainstream rental firms on the island. Instead, countless private cars are available for rent. Stiff competition does little to bring prices down, but you can arrange novelty cars called 'mini-mokes' - these tend to be relatively affordable. Do be sure to check for insurance details, though.
Buses and Coaches
Aside from renting a car, the best way to get from Bridgetown to any other part of Barbados is by bus. Bridgetown is the local hub, and from here buses connect to every major city and tourist destination on the island. Efficiently administered by the government, buses are unbeatable when it comes to affordability, with the routes and timetables being easy to understand.
There are no railways in Bridgetown.
Taxis are widely available in the city, though they are hard to find when you get away from the city centre. None are outfitted with meters. However, they are required to offer fixed fares laid out by the government. It is a good idea to settle the fare before boarding, as the fixed fares aren't always enforced.
Boats and Ferries
There aren't any ferries serving Barbados, although the harbour does have plenty of boats that can be chartered for fishing and leisure. Each year, nearly half a million passengers arrive at this harbour as part of a Caribbean cruise.