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It takes around an hour by road from the airport in the southeast to the aptly named Retreat in the parish of Saint Lucy in the north. If you’re booked into one of the south coast hotels it will take around 15-30 minutes by car from the airport, and up to 40 minutes if you’re heading to the glam boltholes of the west coast.
Many hotels offer complimentary airport transfers, or can arrange private transfers on request. Taxis are plentiful. However, while the government regulates fares, taxis in Barbados aren’t metered so it’s important to ask and confirm the price before travelling.
Those who prefer their own transport will find several international and local car hire companies based at the airport. The best rates are obtained in advance so compare prices online on TravelSupermarket ahead of your trip to nab the best deal for you.
Find out more about the options for your own four wheels on our Barbados car hire page.
Public buses, run by the Transport Board, have a $2 flat fare and the comprehensive route network takes in attractions such as Harrison's Cave, Oistins fish market and Crane Beach. The Transport Board also offer sightseeing itineraries on their ‘Scenic Bus Tours’.
Braver travellers can join locals in the licensed ‘minivans’ that scoot about the island, picking up people on demand. Those prone to travel sickness may wish to avoid these though, as they can be crowded, a tad sweaty and tend to stop abruptly.
To nip around the island with the balmy breeze in your face, hop on a bicycle, moped or scooter. These can be hired relatively easily in the main towns and through several hotels and resorts.