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Getting Around in Bahamas

By Air

Bahamasair offers a comprehensive network radiating out from Nassau and covering most population centres. However, fares are expensive, frequencies are low, planes are small and the airline is notorious for extensive delays, and many travellers in a hurry opt to charter planes instead.

By Sea

The Out Islands are served by leisurely mail boats which leave Nassau several times a week carrying mail and provisions to the islands. Passengers share facilities with the crew. Arrangements should be made through boat captains at Potters Cay. Bahamas Fast Ferries ( operates daily air-conditioned ferries from Nassau to North Eleuthera and Harbour Island and a twice weekly service to Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, as well as services from Nassau to Exuma, Andros and Abaco. There are also local ferries available.

A water taxi service is an available alternative to a taxi to get to Paradise Island from downtown. It is picked up under the bridge and costs $6 round trip. The water taxi stops operating at 6 pm.

By Road

Traffic drives on the left. British driving rules apply.

Jitneys (minibuses) provide inexpensive touring and operate in the hubs of Freeport and Nassau; exact change is required. However, there is no public transport on any of the smaller islands. Paradise Island is served by a bus service which stops at every hotel. Horse-drawn rides are available along the streets of Nassau. Care should be taken when using a bus service after dusk on routes away from the main tourist areas along Cable Beach and East and West Bay Streets.

Taxis are readily available and are the main form of transport on the smaller islands. Taxis in New Providence are metered and the rates are government controlled. For real Bahamian hospitality, keep an eye out for taxis with a 'Bahamahost' sticker in the window. Surcharges often apply for more than two people and for extra luggage.

Taxis are very expensive. A short ride from the airport to Cable beach costs $18, to downtown is $26. Between Cable beach and downtown expect to pay $15-$20 with no room to negotiate.

Car Rental
International car rental firms are represented at the airports and in Nassau and Freeport. Drivers must be aged 25 or over to rent a car.

Documentation: National licences are valid for up to three months.

Urban Transportation

Jitneys act as the bus system of Nassau city and New Providence island. Jitneys are found on and near Bay Street. The famous #10 Jitney to Cable Beach loads passengers on George & Bay Streets (in front of McDonalds, across from the British Colonial Hilton). Other jitneys are located on Charlotte & Bay Streets. A bus will typically wait until it's full before departing. Understanding the various routes can be complex. Many have destinations painted on the bus, but there is no standard as they are run by multiple companies and individuals. Ask around for your destination. Note that there is no jitney that goes to Paradise Island.





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