Maxi-taxis are 12- to 25-passenger minibuses that travel along a fixed route within a specific zone. They’re color-coded by route, run 24 hours, are very cheap and are heavily used by the locals. Rides cost TT$2 to TT$12, depending on how far you go. You can flag a maxi at any point along its route, or hop on at the appropriate taxi stand. Keep in mind that, due to their frequent stops, maxi-taxis will take a long time to get from A to B.
On Trinidad, many maxi-taxis operate out of the maxi-taxi terminal adjacent to City Gate. On Tobago, all maxis have a blue band.
For information about maxi-taxi routes, contact Trinidad & Tobago Unified Maxi Taxi Association
Hitching is very common among locals, particularly in rural areas, but it’s not a safe mode of transportation for foreign visitors, especially women (your want of a ride will be misconstrued as a want of other things).
These taxis are shared cars that travel along a prescribed route and can drop you anywhere along the way. They look like regular cars, except that their license plates start with an ‘H’ (for ‘hire’).