Getting about by Car, Taxi and Bus In Tobago
Car Rentals In Tobago
Taxis: You can use official taxis ( you can tell they are official because they have a registration with "H" on it, or you can use the unofficial or "maxi taxi". The regulated taxi service costs about the same as in the UK , but there is a network of unofficial taxis that operate undisturbed by the authorities and itís a bit like thumbing a lift. A short Ďhopí will cost you no more than 2 dollars - 20p(30cents) - and you can take the opportunity of meeting local people, who have the best information about where to go and what to do.
Watch out for animals: In rural areas, you may run into (literally) sheep or cows in the middle of the road. Chickens are everywhere, and rural areas are closer to the city centre than you may believe.
What to do in case of an accident: Remain calm. Photograph the scene if possible. Otherwise, mark the position of the tires on the ground (scrape with a stone or chalk). Make sure that the other driver has done the same. Then you can move your vehicle to the side of the road. Call your rental agency, and report the accident to the nearest police station, even if the onlookers assure you that this is not necessary. Be sure to get the other driver's license plate number, and his insurance information.
Watch out for pedestrians: In many areas there are no sidewalks. Keep an eye
out for pedestrians walking in the road, as well as for children playing -
they may dart out suddenly.
The roads in the north of the island are often extremely narrow, twisty and hilly so many visitors may prefer to tour by taxi. Signposts are virtually non-existent, a theme we found common in a lot of Islands, but the Tobago is only 26 miles long and 7 miles wide, itís almost impossible to get lost for long.
Jeeps are fun, but open-top vehicles are not secure and if you hire one you should remove your camera equipment and other valuables every time you park.
There are several rental car agencies on the island -- including:
Auto Rentals, Crown Point Airport; tel. 639-0644, tel./fax 639-0305
Carlton James Car Rental, Crown Point; tel. 639-8084, fax 639-8084
Econo-Car Rentals, c/o A.J.M. Tours, Crown Point
Airport; tel. 639- 0610, fax 639-8918
Hill Crest Car Rental Service Ltd., 47 Mt Pelier Trace, Scarborough; tel./fax 639-5208
Paradise Rentals Ltd., Blue Waters Inn, Speyside; tel. 660-4341/4077, fax 660-5195
Peter Gremli Car Rentals Ltd., Crown Point; tel./fax 639-8400
Rattan's Car Rentals Ltd., Crown Point; tel. 639-8271, fax 639-9940
Sherman's Auto Rentals, Lambeau Village; tel.639-2292, fax 639-3084, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Singh's Auto Rentals, Grafton Beach Resort; tel.
639-0191/0624, fax 639-0030
Thrifty Car Rental, Turtle Beach Hotel, 8-11 a.m. tel. 639-2851 (639-8507 anytime), fax 639-0357. Also at Crown Point Airport; tel. 639-8507/639-8062
Tobago Travel, Store Bay Rd., Crown Point; tel. 639-8778/8105, fax 639-8786
Tobago's Crown Point
International airport (TAB) is 8 miles (13km) from the capital,
Scarborough, and close to all the main hotels.
Telephone: (868) 639-0509
Pilot's view as we land
Taxis are available and prices for standard journeys are published inside the airport arrival lounge (currently US$8 to Scarborough, US$36 to Speyside). Airport facilities include a bank, various shops and boutiques, a restaurant and snack bar and car-hire agencies. There is an hourly bus service between Crown Point and Scarborough costing TT$2 one way.
There are very few direct international
flights to Tobago. However the island is only a 20 minute flight from Trinidad
and 45 minutes from Barbados, opening Tobago to a far wider market. BWIA (the national airline) and
LIAT operate flights from Trinidad and Barbados. The BWIA transfer from Trinidad
costs TT$300 (US$33, £23) return or TT$200 round trip when booked
7 days or more in advance.
The inaugural flight of the new BWIA direct service from Washington to Tobago took place on 31st October 2002. This 5-hour weekly flights leaves Dulles on Thursdays and continues to Trinidad after stopping at Tobago. This is currently the only direct flight from the US although they do offer a flight from Miami via Trinidad.
Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will operate a weekly service to Tobago from Monday 6th May 2003. Originating from London Gatwick, the 747-200 will continue on to Grenada from Tobago. I think we can assume that the aircraft will be refuelled and turned-around at that point, returning to Tobago in the early evening for the direct flight home. If this assumption is correct, the Virgin flights will therefore offer the quickest flight times to and from Tobago. Flight-only tickets will be available from around mid-December, directly from Virgin Atlantic or travel agents. Naturally, Virgin Holidays will be featuring holidays to Tobago utilising the new flight.
British Airways operate flights from London Gatwick to Tobago on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, with a 1-1Ĺ hour stop-over in Antigua on both legs. It has been announced (Jan 2003) that this will increase to seven flights per week. The routing via Antigua creates a total flight time of around 11ľ hours outbound and 10ĺ hours on the return. The new World Traveller Plus super-economy seating is not yet available on BA flights to Tobago; neither are the 70" flat-bed Club World seats.
Monarch Airlines offer Thursday and Saturday flights to Tobago via Grenada. These Monarch charter flights are normally only available as part of various package holidays. However, flight-only tickets can be obtained via your travel agent or directly from Golden Caribbean of Crawley, West Sussex (Tel: 01342-316900).
Domestic Ferry Service:
The Domestic Ferry Service is operated by the T&T Port Authority, providing transport for passengers, vehicles and cargo. Services include dining (on the Panorama) and bars.
Monday to Friday
Leave Port-of-Spain, Trinidad at 2:00 pm
Leave Scarborough, Tobago at 11:00 pm.
Leave Port-of-Spain at 11:00 am.
Leave Scarborough at 11:00 pm.
Special Sailings are scheduled during peak periods and Public Holidays. There is no sailing on Saturdays. The duration of the voyage to/from Tobago is approximately 5Ĺ hours.
For further information call:
Port of Spain (868) 625-4906/3055
Tobago (868) 639-2417 (passengers)
(868) 639-2181 (cargo)
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