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Your Guide to Transportation in St. Thomas

You’ve arrived on the most beautiful island in the Caribbean! Now what? Today we're answering all your questions about finding transportation in St. Thomas. 


First, let’s cover a few basics:


  • Ridesharing programs like Lyft and Uber are not available on St. Thomas

  • We drive on the left-hand side of the road

  • Due to hilly terrain and narrow roads, cycling is not a common mode of transportation


Now that we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions, let's talk about the three main modes of on-island transportation: taxis, private drivers and rental cars.


Please note that although there is public transportation in St. Thomas, we haven’t included it here because buses do not allow luggage or serve the airport. 


A windy road with a stunning view in St. Thomas

Car Rental 


Renting a car is one of the absolute best ways to see St. Thomas! You’ll have the freedom to visit dozens of beaches, explore Charlotte Amalie or even take the car ferry over to St. John. Typically, travelers should arrange a car rental in advance. The company will then meet you at the airport and transport you to the rental car lot. 


Things to note: 


  • We find that most visitors acclimate quickly to driving on the left-hand side of the road. 

  • Many car rental companies require drivers to be over 25. Drivers between the ages of 21-24 may be subject to an additional fee. 

  • St. Thomas roads can be steep. Drivers should take extra care on corners and residential roads. Some drivers find that they are most comfortable in a Jeep or 4x4.

  • St. Thomas follows U.S. driving laws. Buckle up and please refrain from driving under the influence

  • You can also rent a motorbike or scooter on St. Thomas. Golf cart rentals are only available on nearby Water Island.

Need car rental recommendations? Contact us


A jeep overlooks the ocean in St. John

Photo: Take your St. Thomas car rental to explore the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John!


Private Transportation 


Are you the kind of traveler who leaves nothing to chance? The kind who prints their boarding passes at home and arrives at the airport three hours early? If this sounds like you, private transportation may be the best way for you to navigate St. Thomas! If you’ve pre-arranged private transportation through us or another party, your driver will greet you outside the airport terminal. From there, it’s a seamless trip to your Island Luxury condo or villa. You can also make arrangements for beach trips, shopping and sightseeing through a private transportation company. 


Things to Note: 

  • Private transportation companies typically charge a flat fee for all passengers and luggage.

  • Private transportation may be more expensive than taxis, depending on the number of people in your group. The benefit is that you’ll have a comfortable, air-conditioned ride directly to your destination. Often, taxis fill their vans or trucks with multiple groups and will make more than one stop.

  • Private transportation is a good option for visitors seeking a wheelchair-friendly vehicle. (We can help arrange a suitable ride!) We also find it works nicely for guests traveling with elderly people or small children who are in need of a fast, comfortable trip to their villa.


Ready to book private transportation in St. Thomas? Just tell us when you’ll arrive and we’ll handle all the details!


Taxi


There are many taxis on St. Thomas, and drivers frequent the airport, towns and beaches looking for visitors who need a lift. Taxis are licensed through the VI Taxicab Commission and charge standardized rates which must be posted in the vehicle. (To find a licensed taxi, just look for the placard in the windshield or the glowing dome light on top.) Licensed taxis are a safe and economical mode of transportation in St. Thomas.


Things to Note: 


  • Many taxis only accept cash

  • Rates are calculated per person and vary by destination, with an extra fee for luggage

  • Most taxis on St. Thomas are safari-style trucks with covered seating or large passenger vans. Multiple groups may be transported in one vehicle.

  • If you like your taxi driver, ask for their card. You can call the company if you need to schedule another trip. 


A taxi is one of the most common ways to find transportation in St. Thomas

Photo: A taxi in Charlotte Amalie


Transportation in St. Thomas: Something for Everyone


When it comes to transportation in St. Thomas, there’s something for every preference and budget! We’re happy to help you find the perfect fit, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to our complimentary concierge service for assistance. 

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