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Flying is the fastest (and most expensive) way to travel between the islands in the Bahamas. Cut costs by booking your flights well in advance and by taking advantage of discount air passes offered by regional airlines such as Bahamasair.
Getting around the Bahamas by boat is a slower, but more affordable alternative. Bahamas Ferries offer the greatest number of services between the islands, but there are also smaller, local ferry companies working some routes.
Adventurous travellers on a budget might enjoy the memorable experience of travelling by mail boat. Mail boat rides are extremely slow (and cheap!), usually taking at least four hours and sometimes lasting overnight. Expect to be stuffed alongside live chickens, cases of rum and other cargo.
Taxis are available everywhere, with stands found at most large hotels and at the docks. You can also arrange taxis by phone, or flag them down in the street on some islands. Meter rates vary depending on the island and some Out Island taxis don’t have meters at all, so you’ll need to negotiate the fare before getting in. Most taxis only accept cash.
Jitney (minibus) services operate on New Providence and Grand Bahama Island. Fares vary depending on the route and you’ll need to have exact change ready. They’re one of the most fun, budget-friendly ways for getting around the Bahamas, but don’t rely on them when you’re going out for dinner or evening drinks because they stop running at night. Public transportation on the Out Islands is virtually non-existent.
Bikes and scooters are another cheap option for getting around the Bahamas. They’re available for rent in most tourist centres and at many hotels. Golf cart rentals are also popular on some of the smaller Bahamas islands and cays.