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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Transport in Barbados

You can choose between buses and private minibuses Official (AOR). The island is generally well served, but you can not go anywhere - especially to remote beaches and some less visited corners, as Sunbury Plantation House. Buses run to most of 6:30 to 0:00 or 5:30. They spend on average every 30 to 45 minutes on the busiest lines, to the south coast (Oistins) and west (Holetown), and every hour in the rest of the island - sometimes with 1:30 to 2 hours between two buses especially on weekends.

In Bridgetown, the terminal is in Fairchild Street, close to National Heroes Square (heart of the city). Just cross the fairing.

Surprising: The Transport Board set up every Sunday bus service "tourist", not intended for Barbadians in Bridgetown who want to take the air on the east coast. Different route each week. Departure at 14h of Independence Square. Price: B $ 15. Really practical for an overview of the island at low cost and good company.

Both buses are quiet, as the ZR (private minibus) they vibrate with all the strength of their stereo. Pump up the volume! seems to be their motto ... Unless the driver is more of a fan of musical horn. However, one does not preclude the other! ZR rates are the same as those of the bus ($ 1.50 B). In fact, if you wonder why they are called like that, look at their license plates: they all begin with the letters ZR.


Little specificity of Barbados: no major international leasing company is represented there. You will have to contact one of the many local businesses and choosing between the two vehicle models the most common: the Daihatsu, Mini Moke or convertible, perfect for exploring the island with the wind. But other models are also available.

It is necessary to obtain a local driver's license (valid for one year) issued by the rental companies and costs B $ 10 (€ 3.60).

Remember that you drive on the left, as in England. Most cars are equipped with automatic transmissions.

The road network, inherited from the multiple paths plots between cane plantations, is very dense. The roads are okay, and does not allow high speeds. Especially on smaller areas (often tortuous) when the plumes of white sugar cane reaches its maximum size ... reduced visibility.


You can find anywhere in Bridgetown and at or near hotels in the resort areas. No need to look: often you will be offered a path of a "hey buddy, looking for a taxi? ".

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