Air is the quickest and most convenient way to get from Provo to Grand Turk and all islands further than North and Middle Caicos. TCI's main carrier is interCaribbean.
While the flat topography of the islands invites cycling, it's only possible to rent decent bikes on Provo, where cycling is often dangerous and unpleasant, unless you stick to the Grace Bay area (and stay vigilant). Long-distance cycling through deserted North and Middle Caicos on a decent road bike hired in Provo is a very appealing option, but takes a little more organization.
TCI Ferry Service, which has supplanted the regular short-trip planes to North and Middle Caicos, has two routes:
- Providenciales to North Caicos Several times daily (adult/child return US$50/30, 30 minutes)
- Providenciales to South Caicos Three times weekly (adult/child US$99/70, 90 minutes)
There are no public buses in TCI.
Car & Motorcycle
Driving is on the left-hand side. The lack of public transport means car and motorcycle hire is a common option for visitors. Provo (and to a lesser extent, North Caicos and Grand Turk) has offices for many international car-rental chains, and smaller operations are easy to engage at airports and other major ports of entry. Grand Turk and Salt Cay can be comfortably explored on ubiquitous golf carts, which rent for around US$50 per day
To rent a car, you need to be 25 or above, and hold a currently valid license. An International Driver Permit (IDP) is only required if your license is in a language other than English. The age limit is only 18 for scooters.
Taxis are available on all the inhabited islands. Cabs are unmetered and pricing is set (but not cheap): confirm the price before setting out. Prices from the airport to the major resorts on Providenciales are advertised on the wall outside the airport taxi rank (a little beyond the international-departures door); if you don't care to check, it should be somewhere around US$25–40.
TCI has no train network.