Best Ways to Get Around in Turks and Caicos

Best Ways to Get Around in Turks and Caicos

With your Turks and Caicos villa reserved, it’s time to start researching how best to get around this slice of paradise in the Caribbean. There’s plenty to see and do in Turks and Caicos and several transport options to consider.

To make things easier, in this article, we will look at all the different ways to get around in Turks and Caicos, from renting a car to hopping on the ferries. 

You’ll discover the pros and cons of each option and how the island you’re staying on might affect your choice. 

What Kind of Transportation is Available in Turks and Caicos?

To travel between the islands in Turks and Caicos, you can take domestic flights or passenger ferries. The only islands connected by a road are North Caicos and Middle Caicos. 

Once you’ve arrived at your villa or hotel, the best way to explore is with a rental car, a private driver, or a taxi. There is no public transportation in Turks and Caicos, so you cannot depend on buses or trains to explore this island paradise in the Caribbean. 

To cover every mode of transportation, it’s worth mentioning scooters or ATV rentals are also available, and in some cases, bicycles and golf carts. 

Rental Car

Rental cars in Turks and Caicos are affordable and the primary way to drive around this dreamy Caribbean destination. With your own vehicle, you’ll be free to explore the pristine beaches, snorkel the vibrant coral reefs across the archipelago and soak up the easy-going pace of life.

Rental cars in Turks and Caicos

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Private Car Service

Not looking forward to having to drive in Turks and Caicos? Arranging a private car service is a great option as well. This is an attractive alternative that’s surprisingly affordable.

Taxi Service

Taxis in Turks and Caicos are available on Providenciales, Grand Turk, and North and Middle Caicos. Generally, you’ll find that they’re large passenger vans – not your typical taxi vehicle.

Traveling by taxi can be quite an expensive option, as rates are charged per person. The government sets fare limits across the most common routes, such as from the airport to Grace Bay Beach. 

Scooter and Four Wheeler (ATV) Rentals

Although not recommended for the entire length of a vacation, nothing beats the thrill of zipping through the tropical breeze on a scooter. In Turks and Caicos, renting a scooter lets you live out this classic Caribbean adventure and discover the island at your own pace. 

Many rental shops are conveniently located in Grace Bay. And don't worry if you've never ridden a scooter before - the friendly staff will show you how to operate it safely and confidently.

Scooter and Four Wheeler (ATV) Rentals

ATV rentals are also available, although usually, these are specifically used for tours into the wild western region of Providenciales.

Please don’t forget that operating scooters and ATVs carry inherent risks, and it is crucial to prioritize safety by wearing appropriate gear and adhering to local traffic regulations.

Bicycle and Golf Cart Rentals

On the charming island of Salt Cay, there are only three ways to get around: walking, bicycles, or off-road golf carts. We recommend the latter, as they let you discover the hidden gems of this flat and picturesque cay. 

Ferries and Domestic Flights for Moving Between Different Turks and Caicos Islands

Two airports in the Turks and Caicos receive international flights: Providenciales International Airport (PLS) and JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) on Grand Turk. However, only Providenciales has regular international services from different airlines.

Domestic flights depart from Providenciales to several islands, including Grand Caicos, North Caicos, and South Caicos.

Passenger ferries are also available, usually small and with the capacity to carry between 10 to 40 passengers. These travel several routes: between Providenciales and North Caicos, Providenciales and South Caicos, and Grand Turk and Salt Cay.

Driving in Turks and Caicos

In Turks and Caicos, people drive on the left side of the road, like in the United Kingdom. This can be an adjustment for visitors from countries where cars drive on the right. However, many vehicles, including rental cars and shuttle buses, are imported from the United States and have left-hand steering.

This also means that passengers may be unloaded directly into traffic lanes. If you’re driving your rental car, it’s important to be cautious and aware of this fact when driving in Turks and Caicos.

Driving in Turks and Caicos

Another point of confusion for many travelers in Turks and Caicos is the lack of traffic lights. Instead, the flow of traffic at intersections is regulated through roundabouts.

Aside from the minor adjustment for those not used to driving on the left-hand side of the road, driving in Turks and Caicos is relatively easy. The roads are generally in good condition, although there can be some narrow and winding sections. Some areas have moderate to heavy traffic, especially during peak vacation season.

What Do You Need to Rent a Vehicle in Turks and Caicos?

Typically, the minimum age requirement for renting a vehicle is 25 years old, but scooter rental companies might allow renters as young as 21.

To rent a vehicle, a valid driver's license, passport, and a credit card are required. In case your license isn’t in English, you might need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

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FAQs About Getting Around in Turks and Caicos

While having a car is the most convenient way, exploring Turks & Caicos without one is possible. There are no buses or trains on the island, but you can explore the island using taxis or a bike. Domestic flights and ferries are available for transportation between the islands.

It’s impossible to drive from one end of Turks and Caicos to the other since the nation is made up of nine islands. Only two islands, North and Middle Caicos, are connected by a causeway. On Providenciales, it would take approximately 30-40 minutes to drive from one end of the island to the other.

No, Uber does not currently operate in TCI. There are no ride-hailing services or taxi apps in use on the islands.

It depends on your needs and preferences, but for most travelers, it’s better to rent a car in Turks and Caicos. This gives you more freedom and flexibility to explore the islands at your own pace. Taking a taxi is usually a more expensive option.

Taxis in Turks and Caicos are considered expensive compared to other destinations.

Yes, it's customary to tip taxi drivers in Turks and Caicos. A typical tip is 10-15% of the fare.

While some taxis in Turks and Caicos accept credit cards, it's recommended to confirm with the driver beforehand. It’s also wise to have cash available, as not all taxis may accept cards or may encounter processing issues.

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