Antigua & Bermuda Airport, Taxis, and Car Rentals

TRANSPORTATION:

direct service to V.C. Bird International Airport, 6 miles (10 km) from St. John’s, is provided from Atlanta, New York City and Newark; carriers include American Airlines, Caribbean Airways, Continental Airlines and US Airways. LIAT offers nonstop flights to Antigua from San Juan, Puerto Rico. US Airways and LIAT service other island destinations, with connections to Barbuda’s Codrington Airport. Many cruise ships include Antigua on their regular itineraries.You can drive rented cars over most of Antigua’s roads; however use caution due to the left handdriving. Be on the lookout for the occasional goat wandering across the road. The primary roads are navigable but potholes are common and so are “sleeping policemen” (the antiguan nickname for speed bumps). Although most of the island’s roads are not marked, most hotels and the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism provide a map that is easy to follow.

Signs throughout Antigua show arrows pointing toward major resorts and attractions; these can assist in determining direction. If you’re planning to drive through St. John’s, be sure to obtain a good map; even though most of the streets are well marked, many of them are one way. Presentation of a valid US license and $20 entitles you to a driver’s license good for 90 days. Hertz in St. John’s offers rental car discounts ; phone the head office on Carlisle Estate Airport Road, (268) 481-4440; or branch offices at the Jolly Harbour Hotel, (268) 481-4456; the Royal Antiguan Hotel (268) 481-4457; and the airport, (268) 481-4455. Other car rental agencies and scooter rental agencies are listed in the telephone directory. Taxis are readily available at major resorts and are plentiful throughout St. John’s. Fares from the airport to hotels are listed at the airport and range from $5 to $26 for four passengers and their luggage, depending upon the destination; for all other excursions round-trip fares are charged. Be sure to ask if fares are quoted in U.S. dollars or the local E.C. currency.

 

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