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Public Transportation in Grand Bahama

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Grand Bahama is an important step in adjusting to life in Grand Bahama. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.
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Grand Bahama, the northernmost island of the Bahamas, offers a variety of public transportation options for both locals and tourists. The island’s public transportation system primarily consists of taxis, buses, and ferries. While the island is not as densely populated as major cities like New York or London, its public transportation system is efficient enough to allow residents and visitors to comfortably navigate the island without a car. However, the convenience and flexibility of having a personal vehicle cannot be completely ruled out.

Taxis

Taxis are a common mode of transportation in Grand Bahama. They are readily available at the airport, hotels, and popular tourist spots. The taxis in Grand Bahama are not metered, and the fares are usually fixed based on the distance. It’s always a good idea to confirm the fare with the driver before starting the journey. Taxis are generally considered safe, even at night, and are often used by women traveling alone. However, during peak tourist season, availability might be an issue, and one might have to wait a while to get a taxi.

Buses

Buses, locally known as jitneys, are another popular mode of public transportation in Grand Bahama. They operate on specific routes and are a cost-effective way to travel around the island. The bus service starts early in the morning and continues until late in the evening. However, the frequency of buses decreases after sunset. The buses are safe and are used by locals and tourists alike. They are also a great way to interact with the locals and experience the Bahamian culture. However, the buses do not have a fixed schedule, and waiting times can vary.

Ferries

Ferries are a fun and scenic way to travel in Grand Bahama. They operate between the island and its neighboring cays. The ferry service is reliable and offers breathtaking views of the Bahamian waters. However, the service is weather-dependent and might be suspended during bad weather. The fares are reasonable, and the ferries are safe for all travelers. However, they might not be the best option if you are in a hurry as the journey can be quite long.

While the public transportation system in Grand Bahama is efficient, having a car can provide more flexibility and convenience, especially for those living on the island. Car rentals are readily available, and driving around the island is relatively easy as traffic is usually light. However, one must remember that driving is on the left side of the road in the Bahamas.

In conclusion, an expat living in Grand Bahama can comfortably live without a car by relying on the island’s public transportation system and walking. However, having a car can provide more flexibility and convenience. The choice ultimately depends on one’s lifestyle and preferences.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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