Route 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 usually start with an ‘H’ (for ‘hire’). They run shorter set routes than maxis, mostly within towns and cities; fares start at TT$5.
Hitching is never entirely safe, and we don’t recommend it. Travelers who hitch should understand that they are taking a small but potentially serious risk. Although common among locals, particularly in rural areas, hitching is not a safe mode of transportation for foreign visitors, especially women.
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 locals. Rides cost TT$3 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 can take a long time to get from A to B, though in Trinidad maxis that take the Priority Bus Route can be pretty speedy
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