Air

Barbados has no scheduled domestic flights.

Bicycle

Barbados offers good riding for the adventurous. It’s hilly, but roads are not usually steep (excepting parts of the east). However, most roads are quite narrow, so traffic is a constant bother in the west and south.

Most shops require a credit card or B$100 deposit for rentals. Your hotel can hook you up with a rental.

Boat

With its good networks of roads, water taxis are not common in Barbados (unlike some other parts of the Caribbean), although on the west coast there are a couple of operators running between local businesses.

Bus

It’s possible to get to virtually any place on the island by public bus. There are three kinds of bus:

Government-operated public buses Large and blue with a yellow stripe.

Privately operated minibuses Midsized buses painted yellow with a blue stripe.

Route taxis Individually owned minivans that have ‘ZR’ on their license plates and are painted white.

All types of bus charge the same fare: B$2 to any place on the island. You should have exact change when you board the government bus, but minibuses and route taxis will make change.

Most buses transit through Bridgetown, although a few north–south buses bypass the city. Buses to the southeast part of the island generally transit through Oistins.

Bus stops around the island are marked with red-and-white signs printed with the direction in which the bus is heading (‘To City’ or ‘Out of City’). Buses usually have their destinations posted on or above the front windshield.

Buses along the main routes, such as Bridgetown to Oistins or Speightstown, are frequent, running from 6am to around midnight. You can get complete schedule information for public buses on any route from the Transport Board.

Car & Motorcycle

Driving License

Visitors must obtain a temporary driving permit (US$5) from their car-rental agency; you’ll need to show a valid driving license from your home country.

Rental

Barbados doesn’t have many car-rental agents affiliated with major international rental chains. There are, instead, scores of independent car-rental companies, some so small that they're based out of private homes.

Despite the number of companies, prices don’t seem to vary much. The going rate for a small car is about B$130 to B$150 a day, including unlimited mileage and insurance.

Previously it was common for companies to rent out strange, small convertible cars called ‘mokes’ (they look like the odd car in Fantasy Island), which don’t have doors. These are an acquired taste and small economy cars are more common now. Rental cars are marked with an ‘H’ on the license plate.

While most car-rental companies don’t have booths at the airport, they will often deliver your car there or to your hotel.

Road Conditions

Highways are not very well marked, although landmarks are clearly labeled, as are some roundabouts (traffic circles) and major intersections. The most consistent highway markings are often the low cement posts at the side of the road showing the highway number and, below that, the number of kilometers from Bridgetown.

All primary and main secondary roads are paved, although some are a bit narrow. There are plenty of gas stations around the island, except on the east coast. Some stations in the Bridgetown area are open 24 hours.

Expect rush-hour traffic on the roads around booming Bridgetown.

Road Rules

In Barbados, you drive on the left. At intersections and narrow passages, drivers may flash their lights to indicate that you should proceed.

Taxi

Taxis have a ‘Z’ on the license plate and usually a ‘taxi’ sign on the roof. They’re easy to find and often wait at the side of the road in popular tourist areas.

Although fares are fixed by the government, taxis are not metered and you will have to haggle for a fair price. The rate per kilometer is around B$3, but short trips cost more. Sample fares from Bridgetown include Bathsheba (B$76), Oistins (B$40) and Speightstown (B$60).

Train

There are no trains in Barbados.