Taxi Fares for Nassau / New Providence
There's no shortage of taxis in Nassau (or Freeport for that matter), where they can be hailed on the streets. Taxis are also the main local transportation on the Family Islands, though you'll need to summon one by radio or telephone. To experience knowledgeable, professional Bahamian hospitality, look for the Bahamahost decal in the taxi cab window.
Beware of "hackers" -- drivers who don't display their license (and may not have one). You can negotiate a fare, but you must do so before you enter the taxi.
Taxi fares are fixed by the government (but generally you are charged a flat fee for routine trips, and these rates can vary slightly) at $3 for the first ¼ mi and 40¢ for each additional ¼ mi, regardless of whether the taxi is a regular-size cab, van, or stretch limo. Additional passengers over two are $3 each. It is customary to tip taxi drivers 15%. You also can hire a car or small van for about $50 per hour.
Taxis are generally the best and most convenient way to get around New Providence. Fares are determined by zone. The fare is $6 for trips within downtown Nassau and on Paradise Island (which includes the bridge toll), $9 from Paradise Island to downtown, and $18 from Cable Beach to Paradise Island (including toll). Fares are for two passengers; each additional passenger is $3, regardless of the destination.
You can call a taxi or flag one down on the street. Taxi stands are also conveniently placed at most large hotels. Although metered rates vary by island, they are reasonable and are fixed by law. Below are the rates for Nassau.
Ministry of Transport, Aviation and Local Government
Zoned Taxicab Fares for Nassau / New Providence (as of Dec 2004)
Lyford Cay South Ocean Beach Cable Beach Downtown Paradise Island Montague Shores Prince George Dock Nassau
$6.00 $15.00 $17.00 $15.00 $22.00 $27.00 $29.00 $22.00 Lyford Cay $15.00 $6.00 $8.00 $21.00 $30.00 $35.00 $37.00 $30.00 South Ocean $17.00 $8.00 $5.00 $23.00 $33.00 $37.00 $39.00 $33.00 Cable Beach $15.00 $21.00 $23.00 $6.00 $12.00 $18.00 $19.00 $12.00 Downtown $22.00 $30.00 $33.00 $12.00 $6.00 $9.00 $12.00 $6.00 Paradise Island $27.00 $35.00 $37.00 $18.00 $9.00 $6.00 $8.00 $8.00 Montague Shores $29.00 $37.00 $39.00 $19.00 $12.00 $8.00 $5.00 $12.00 Prince George Dock $22.00 $30.00 $33.00 $12.00 $6.00 $8.00 $12.00 $4.00
- Fares are established for the conveyance of the first two passengers
- Each additional passenger is charged $ 3.00
- Bridge toll of $ 2.00 to Paradise Island is charged extra
- Up to two pieces of hand baggage, small bags or packages carried by passenger: No charge
- Charge for every additional regular piece $ 0.75
- Charge for every large duffle bag and boxes $ 1.00
Meter Cabs: Davis Street, Nassau - 242-323-5111
Bahamas Taxi Cab Union: Nassau Street - 242-323-4555
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