The Barbuda Express (560-7989; www.antiguaferries.com; fare one-way/return EC$80/140) operates a rather quixotic service between St John’s and Barbuda. On some days there are two round-trips, on others there is no service. The trip takes 90 minutes and is a civilized way to reach Barbuda, especially given the flight challenges. However, there are reports that the ferry’s posted schedule is not always followed so confirm everything one or more times in advance. This is especially important if you’re hoping to use it for a day trip.
Taxis on Antigua have number plates beginning with ‘H.’ Fares are regulated by the government, but check the fare with the driver before riding away.
On Barbuda, you should be able to arrange to hire someone to drive you around.
Unless you charter a plane or helicopter, your only option for getting to Barbuda by air is with Carib Aviation (481-2401/2/3; www.carib-aviation.com), which has 20-minute flights to/from Antigua to Barbuda most early mornings and late afternoons. Round-trip fares average US$200.
Check with your hotel, many rent out a bike or two to guests.