Transport in Antigua and Barbuda


Transport in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda's transport systems include both public and privately run services. Roads in the country are steep, winding, unpaved, and full of potholes. Driving is on the left-hand side. Volcanic ash which sometimes covers roads can make them slippery. The speed limit is set at 40 mph, but it isn't well-enforced. Because there are few traffic signs, driving in unfamiliar areas can be confusing.

Public transportation vehicles contain the letters "HA" or "HB" on their licence plates. The government regulates taxi service, setting fixed fares rather than using a metered system. Taxi cabs are supposed to keep a copy of the rates inside the vehicle. On Antigua, taxis are easily found, particularly at the airport and at major hotels. Many taxi drivers also will act as tour guides.

Buses operate from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily on Antigua, running between the capital city, St. John's, and various villages. However, buses do not stop at the airport or the northern tourist area. Although departure times are often left up to the driver, buses generally follow a set schedule. Most buses have their routes posted in the front windows, and they're usually privately owned mini-vans seating about 15 people. St. John's has two bus stations, the East Bus Station near the Botanical Gardens on Independence Ave and another one on Market St. near the Central Market. Several buses are also available on Barbuda.

Tourists are allowed to rent cars, provided they have a valid driver's license from their home country. They must first purchase a temporary driver's licence, which can often be arranged through rental agencies.

The country's major airport is V.C. Bird Airport, which serves both international and local carriers. Located near St. John's on Antigua's northern coast, all commercial flights to the country first enter at this airport. With its recently built terminal building, constructed in 1981, its facilities are better than many airports in the Caribbean. After arriving at the airport, travellers can take chartered flights or boats to Barbuda or other Caribbean destinations.

Several ports and harbours provide docking for cruise ships, sailboats, yachts, and other boats. All boats are required to enter in Antigua before continuing to Barbuda, and they must obtain a permit from the Port Authority to do so. Fees apply both for entering and docking in the country. The main port is at St. John's, receiving cruise ships and the Barbuda Express. The Barbuda Express travels between St. John's and Barbuda five days a week. Cruise ships also dock at Heritage Quay. English Harbour, the site of Nelson's Dockyard, began as an important port on Antigua centuries ago. Other ports and harbours include Jolly Harbour, Deepwater Harbour, High Point Crabbs Peninsula, and Codrington (Barbuda).

Merchant Marine

tatistics

Railways:
"total:"77 km
"narrow gauge:"64 km 0.760-m gauge; 13 km 0.610-m gauge (used almost exclusively for handling sugarcane)Highways:
"total:"250 km (1996 est.)
"paved:"NA km
"unpaved:"NA kmPorts and harbours:Saint John'sAirports:3 (1999 est.)Airports - with paved runways:
"total:"2
"2,438 to 3,047 m:"1
"under 914 m:"1 (1999 est.)Airports - with unpaved runways:
"total:"1
"under 914 m:"1 (1999 est.)

ee also

*Antigua and Barbuda
*History of Antigua and Barbuda
*Economy of Antigua and Barbuda

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