Getting around on Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

Getting around on Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

This travel tip gives you some information about the different kinds of transportation on Curacao.

- Rent A Car - Cars can be had for about $40 US per day, from a variety of merchants across Willemstad. Driving in Willemstad is pretty similar to most Caribbean locations, with aggressive drivers and loosely enforced traffic laws. If you are involved in an accident, local laws prohibit moving your car. You'll need to dial 199 for road service.

- Taxis - Taxis are available all over the island and cost between $8 and $20 US (15-35 NAf) for a three mile fare. Prices are typically negotiable

- Bus - There are two types of buses on the island, BUS and Konvoi. The easiest way to ride is to go to one of the two bus stations in Willemstad. These include Otrobanda Station, located across the street from the Rif Fort and Punda Station, at the post office, across from the Circle Market. For the most part, the Punda bus station serves stops along the Eastern side of the ring, and to the East including Salina, Zelandia, Mambo, while the Otrobanda station serves destinations West of the Bay, to include the Airport, Piscadera and even Westpunt. The destinations do not typically overlap, so a 10-15 minute walk between stations may be necessary for cross island trips.

Konvoi are large metro-style buses which run infrequently between major points in the city. Prices and routes are set at about 2 NAf.

BUS on the other hand, are 9-12 passenger vans which look a lot like a taxi. You can spot a BUS by a cardboard cutout in the front windshield listing a number of its stops, instead of the yellow Taxi sign in the windshield or on the roof.

Unlike taxis, the BUS prices are not negotiable (1-3 NAf), but the route is. A common practice with bus drivers is to negotiate how close the driver can take you to your destination. Be sure to ask the bus driver if the bus stops near your desination before entering. You can pay the driver while the BUS is en route, or before exiting the bus. You can board a bus anywhere on the island by waiting at one of the ubiquitous yellow 'Bushalte' signs and waiving at a coming BUS or Konvoi. Taxi drivers will also try to lure you in. So make sure to look at the sign in the window or a license plate (that says BUS) to avoid paying high taxi fares. The bus schedule varies, from about 6am-8pm for most stops, and until 11pm or even midnight (and sometimes later) to Salina and Mambo. If you are ever lost during daylight hours, just find a yellow bushalte sign, and the bus should take you to either Punda or Otrobanda.

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