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How to use public transportation in Trinidad and Tobago

There is always the option of renting a car and for that there are many Car rental Agencies in Trinidad and Tobago! But if you’re the kind of person who seeks adventure, isn’t afraid to get lost or blends in really well with the locals, then this is all for you!

Your Options:

  • Public Transport Service Corporation (P.T.S.C) ~ a.k.a, cheapest way to go.
  • Maxi Taxi Service ~ comfortable and affordable
  • Public and Hired Taxi Service ~ public taxi service may not be as reliable as there are more unlicensed taxis working on the roads compared to licensed taxis.
  • Water Taxi ~ fast, affordable and the best option if you’re heading down south or up to Port of Spain.

PTSC

The Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC)  is state owed and is the sole-operator of the country’s commercial bus service. Their fleet of buses frequent all the major cities and suburban areas in addition to rural villages.

A little Trini History ~ The P.T.S.C began with the establishment of the Trinidad Railway Company in 1846. The Company surveyed the land with the intention of implementing a railway system, however the finances needed to continue with that project were not available.

Personal Experience:

The P.T.S.C. has a very good reputation and is quite reliable and very affordable. Their buses are well marked with the company’s name and logo. They are very clean, air conditioned and offer an all around comfortable and safe trip. There are four PTSC Depots (San Fernando, Chaguanas, Point Fortin, Sangre Grande and Port of SPain) which have many service routes that run throughout Trinidad. In Tobago, there is one depot at Scarborough with routes throughout the country. New services are being added on a frequent a basis. Feel free to visit the website to familiarise yourself with their services and better plan your trip. More Info: P.T.S.C Official Website.

Inside Scoop – In Trinidad, the PTSC service does not work on weekends. In Tobago, some services are available on weekends.

'Red Band' Maxi

Maxi Taxi Service

Maxi Taxis are privately owed mini vans that seat either 12 or 24 persons. Each maxi belongs to one of several ‘fixed routes’ and can be identified by the coloured bands on the sides of the vehicle.

  • Yellow Band – Northwest region
  • Red Band –  Port of Spain going east, to as far east as Sangre Grande.
  • Green Band – Port of Spain to Chaguanas with some stopping at the areas found in central Trinidad.
  • Black Band –  Chaguanas to Princes Town.
  • Brown Band – San Fernando to communities on the southwest region.
  • Blue Band – These Maxis operate in Tobago

Personal Experience:

Most Maxis are well-kept and have air conditioning. The fares range from TT3.00 – TT$10.00. To stop a maxi, simply stand at the side of the road in an area that is easily accessible and calmly get the attention of the Maxi driver. Not to worry, Maxi Taxis in TnT aren’t overcrowded.

Inside Scoop – Maxi taxis run on fixed routes and are quite reliable throughout the day. Night time service is a bit less reliable.

Taxi Service – public and hired

This form of transportation can be found almost everywhere in Trinidad and Tobago and is quite affordable. You can use taxi service on fixed routes or pay a extra to hire.

Personal Experience:

Though some Taxis carry a ‘P’ license plate, it is recommend using only ‘H’ licensed Taxis. Most popular destinations (malls, airports, beaches  ect) have fixed Taxi Stands for easy access to this type of transportation. To stop a Taxi, simply stand at the side of the road and calmly get the attention of the driver. Taxis may be more easily accessible at certain times of the day, however the condition of the vehicles vary greatly. Some may be more comfortable than others and are not guaranteed to have air conditioning.

Inside Scoop – As best as you can, use ‘H’ or licensed Taxis. These vehicles operate under specific laws and regulations and there are many advantages to the passenger in the event of any incidence. If you hire a taxi, ensure that you discuss the rate in advance, as some may take advantage of your lack of knowledge. If possible, ask for printed Taxi Fare list.

Water Taxi Service

A fairly new feature, the water taxi service offers a quick and convenient way of travel to and from Port of Spain and San Fernando. There are air-conditioned terminals found at each docking with free parking (limited), as well as public Taxis that can take you from the docking stations to surrounding areas. Tickets are TT15.00 (one way) and can be bought at the two Water Taxi terminals located at Flatrock, Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, and at the Cruise Ship Complex, Port-of-Spain.Terminals. Water Taxi website. 

Personal Experience:

The water taxi vessels are well kept and are air conditioned. Though their sailing times are limited to early mornings and late afternoons, it does provide an alternative to the rush hour traffic which can be very intense.

Inside Scoop – If you’re headed down south or into Port of Spain, the Water Taxi is highly recommended. Traffic can get very severe on the highways around rush hour and midday.

**Update – Water Taxi Services are now provided from POS to Chaguaramas**

 

About Thannas

Thanna's Place is a family-owned bed and breakfast in Belmont, a suburb of Trinidad's capital Port of Spain.
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