How do I hire a car in Barbados?

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The best way to hire a car in Barbados is to arrange it with Top Villas before you travel.

Hiring a car is cheaper than forking out for the island’s notoriously expensive taxis, and having a car is also a great way to travel around with complete flexibility. You’ll get the best-value car hire if you book it online – all you have to do is enter your pick-up location and car hire dates, then select a vehicle from a range of great-value options. You can collect your chosen car at the airport when you arrive, and return it on the day of your departure.

Before you hire a car in Barbados you should be aware that there are certain legalities involved in the hiring process. You are required to have a valid driving licence, and you will need a visitors’ permit to drive on the island. These are issued by the car rental agencies for around BBD $10, and they are valid for 2 months from the date of issue.

Don’t forget that cars drive on the left in Barbados. Also, speed limits vary from one area to another and seatbelts are compulsory. The roads are probably not what you are used to either; they can be winding and narrow and other road users can be unpredictable.

If you’d prefer to be driven rather than drive, there are a range of other transport options including airport transfers, chauffeur-driven vehicles, taxis and buses.

You can find taxi stands at the airport and at various locations around the island, however taxis are not equipped with onboard meters so check the cost with the driver before you get in. Buses are a much cheaper way of getting around, and many vacation homes are located along bus routes, making them a convenient option for guests. Bajan buses cost a flat rate of BBD $2 per one-way ride and you’ll need exact change.

Airport transfers, car rental and chauffeur-driven vehicles can be arranged by the Top Villas concierge team.

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