By Taxi – Rates on St. Thomas
Occasionally, the captain, a crew member, or taxi service will be there at the airport or ferry terminal to deliver you to your yacht. It’s always best to inquire. Taxis are everywhere in all shapes and sizes from a standard sedan to large vans and open-air “safari” buses. This large-sized fleet will have regulated software to help manage the comings and goings of each taxi/vehicle for passenger satisfaction. Those who want to learn more about this can go over to websites such as lytx.com for more information. Rates are based on one person one way with additional charges for luggage, radio-call and late night pick ups.
There are no metered taxis but the rates are government regulated. Look for the dome “taxi” light and license plates that begin with TP for registered drivers. “Gypsy Taxis” may not use the same fee schedule.
Only multi-destination vans service the airport. They may carry 8 to 12 passengers, many going to different locations which may require several stops before yours. Consider it a mini island tour. Private taxis from the airport can be arranged in advance. Below are the current rates, as always, subject to change especially due to increases in fuel costs.
By Taxi – Rates on Tortola
Taxis are always plentiful at the ferry terminals and airport. The rates are government regulated and not metered.
BVI Taxi Contact Info
Car Rentals – St. Thomas
If you have some time to explore, there are many local and national car rental agencies to choose from. Remember that, although our cars have left-handed steering as on the mainland US, we drive on the left. Also, drive carefully and watch for chickens, goats and other livestock that occasionally wander into the road. A U.S. driver’s license is valid for 90 days and international travelers can get a temporary permit at the rental agencies. Below are the major stateside rental agencies.
These major car rental companies have booking centers at the Cyril King Airport on St. Thomas. In addition, there are many locally owned car rental companies.
Car Rentals – Tortola
Driving is on the left. If your stay in the BVI is under 30 days you do not need a temporary driver’s license, provided you have a valid driver’s license from another country. You must be 25 years to rent a car.
The major car rental companies are:
By Local Bus Around St. Thomas
Air-conditioned VITRAN (340.774.5678) buses operate in both the downtown area and in the country. Country Buses travel between downtown Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook every hour. They start running at 5.15am from town and end at 8.00pm from Red Hook. City buses travel between the Schneider Regional Medical Center bus stop to town starting at 6.15am until 8:00pm. The first bus from the Airport to town is at 6am and the last is 8:00pm. The public bus system is not recommended for people on a tight or limited time schedule.