On the move

It is easy to get around the islands with all modes of transportation readily available. From regularly scheduled flights and ferries, to rental cars, taxis and even bicycles, exploring should always be apart of any visit.

 

For a community spread across eight islands and dozens of miles of sea, travel on and between the islands is easy given the numerous options available to get around. Rentals, taxis, ferries, and flights are all readily available to get residents, guests and business owners from place to place, including island to island.

Ferries and flights run regularly between islands.

Providenciales is well served as the international hub of the islands, with access to all islands via various modes of transport. Ferry service is available three times a day for the 30-minute ride from Provo to North Caicos, which offers further access via a causeway to neighbouring Middle Caicos. Service to South Caicos via ferry from Provo, a 1.5 hour ride, has recently been expanded to three times a week.

Regularly scheduled flights are also available to reach South Caicos, as well as the further destinations of Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Chartered flights can also provide transportation to Ambergris Cay, as well as act as an alternative to using the ferry for North and Middle Caicos.

Car rentals, boat charters and taxi services are available on the larger islands.

Rental cars are available on Providenciales, North and Middle Caicos, Grand Turk, and South Caicos (in limited quantity). Rental options include long standing local establishments, as well as more familiar international brands such as Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty.

Outside of car rentals, you will find taxis at most airports and docks. The drivers of these vehicles have a thorough understanding of the islands’ roadways and pricing is government mandated. The fare pricing list can be found at the airport or by asking a driver. Bikes, scooters and golf carts are also available for rental in some locations. For further afield driving on Providenciales, North and Middle Caicos a rental car for transportation is generally the most economical option. However, on smaller islands like Grand Turk and Salt Cay, the alternatives offer a both eco-friendly and economical option given the limited distances and lack of paved roads.

Island traffic follows the U.K. drive-on-the-left standard.

When driving in Turks and Caicos please remember to drive on the left hand side as is standard in the U.K. and most of its territories. Also when renting, be sure to note a preference as to what side of the vehicle you would like for the steering wheel to be on as most rental companies have vehicles that cater to both varieties.

The speed limit on island is 40 mph at its highest and there are no traffic lights to direct traffic. Traffic at major intersections is managed via roundabouts. These circular intersections usually require drivers to yield to any traffic coming from the right, however there are some exceptions so it is recommended to slow down when approaching one and observe the traffic before proceeding.

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