Last Updated: December 19, 2017 

Taxi service in Nassau & Paradise Island
Fares, Operators & Tours

 
 
Taxi Service 
In Nassau &áParadise Island, taxis are available in plenty. Other than in airports and cruise port, you can get them at several taxi stands and also call them over phone. Your hotel can also help in calling a taxi. 
 
In Nassau and Paradise Island you can find metered taxis. However most taxis in Bahamas operate on fixed fares. Both metered fare and fixed fares are government regulated. The Road Traffic Department of Government of Bahamas issues a fare chart showing fares between various destinations. 
 
 
 
Note that the Road Traffic Department published fares are the highest fares a taxi driver can charge you, and all such fares are negotiable. Before you get into a taxi, it is always better to confirm the fare for your destination in order to avoid dispute later. If you get used to the prevailing fares, you can even negotiate a fare with the driver based on your past experience, most locals do so. 
 
Taxis can be small cars/vans or large vans. Note that taxis here can operate in shared basis. This means that based on seat availability, the driver can pick up other passengers from the stand or along the way. You can however check with the driver before getting in and he can agree to offer you a private ride which too is quite common. 
 
If you are on the road and see a taxi passing by, you can stop it and take a ride if seats are available. When empty, the taxis usually wait at one of the stands for passengers. 
 
You can also call a taxi over phone. Here are few well known taxi contacts: 
 
  • Meter Cabs (Davis Street, Nassau): (242) 323-5111 
  • Bahamas Taxi Cab Union (Nassau Street): (242) 323-4555 
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    Taxi Fares 
    Here is a table showing fares between various places in Nassau and Paradise Island. 
     
    Taxi Fares (Nassau, Bahamas) 
    Nassau Int Airport
    Cable Beach
    Down Town
    Paradise Island
    Prince G Dock
    Nassau Int Airport
    $9
    $18
    $27
    $32
    $27
    Cable Beach
    $18
    $9
    $15
    $20
    $15
    Down Town
    $27
    $15
    $9
    $11
    $9
    Paradise Island
    $32
    $20
    $11
    $9
    $11
    Prince G Dock
    $27
    $15
    $9
    $11
    $9
     
     
     
    NOTE: 
  • The fares in the above table are applicable for two passengers and are the highest fares to be charged for two persons. You can negotiate the fare. 
  • Additional passenger would attract surcharge of $3 each. 
  • Only two small hand bags are allowed to be accompanied free. Additional bags would be charged extra at the rate of $1 per bag. 
  • The bridge toll is additional $2 for small cars and $4 for large vans. 
  • Children under 6 years age travel free. 
  • 15% tips on the fare is the usual norm. 
  • While availing transfer in a taxi, if you stop the taxi on the way for some reason such as for picking up groceries, withdrawing cash from ATM etc, the taxi driver can charge you extra. So mention about your stoppage time with the driver and work out the stoppage charge in advance. 
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    More sample fares from Nassau International Airport 
    Lynden Pindling International Airport (Nassau) to: 
  • Mount Pleasant: $15 
  • Lyford Cay: $20 
  • South Ocean: $22 
  • Cable Beach: $18 
  • Downtown: $27 
  • Paradise Island: $32 
  • Montague Shores: $34 
  • Prince George Cruise Dock: $27 
  • Coral Harbor: $20 
  • Englerston: $25 
  • Elizabeth &áEast End: $35 
  • Marathon: $25 
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    Taxi Tours  
    You can also hire a taxi by the hour. The hourly rate fixed by the Government is $60 for the taxi. Which means that irrespective of the number of passengers, you pay $60 per hour for the whole taxi - large or small. You can even negotiate the rate if you are hiring for several hours. 
     
    Hiring by the hour is very useful when you are in a group or family, and would either like to tour around the island, or like to shop or dine around or do pub hopping etc. The taxi will be exclusively yours for the hours you pay for. However you need to tell the driver in advance the duration you want to hire. 
     
     
     
    Look for the insignia showing 'BahamaHost' on the taxi (mostly on their windows - written on a blue circle). These taxi drivers have been certified by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and have special knowledge about the island, its attractions and history, and also about its people &áculture. So as you tour the island, the driver would provide you a lot of information along the way. 
     
    Guided Taxi Tours 
    While hiring a taxi from the stand or over phone at an hourly rate is one option, if you want a proper guided taxi / van tour, it is better to pay a little extra and avail a professional tour customized for you. There are taxi tour operators whose drivers are themselves great guides. 
     
    They will work out a tour plan for you according to your group or family choices. You can have half day island tour for 3-4 hours, or a full day island tour of 8 hours. You can specify the kind of places and attractions &áactivities you would like to pursue (like historical sites, beaches, swimming, snorkeling, visiting museums, sightseeing etc) and they would come up with several options. Not only that, they also include lunch, snacks and beverages as part of the package. 
     
    Such guided tour package usually works on a per person rate. The indicative pet person rate (would also depend on your group size) for an 8 hour tour in New Providence Island (i.e. Nassau and Paradise Island combined) would be around $75 per person including homemade lunch and beverages. 
     
    There are taxis with certified tour guides available for touring Nassau and Paradise island at a per person rate. Which means that even if you are not in a group and like to avail a taxi tour, you can pay a per person fare and avail the tour with other fellow passengers who too would book similarly. 
     
    The entry fee to the historical sites are usually outside the tour rates (admission fee to most historical sites in New Providence island is $1, entry to public beaches are free). 
     
    Taxi Tour Operators 
    Here are some well known taxi tour operators in Nassau: 
     
  • Cheryl's Taxi Tours 
  • She is registered under Bahamas Taxi and won Tripadvisor "Award of Excellence". She has three Luxury 15 Seater Hiace Toyota Taxi Vans and a 30 seater bus for tours &átransfers - all are air conditioned and very nicely maintained. The guided tours are available for touring Nassau &áParadise island. 
     
     
     
    Office Hours Phone (9am-5pm, 7 days a week): 
    1 (242) 423 4982; 1 (242) 393 9899 
    Phone during Out of Office Hours: 
    1-242-423-4982 or 1-242-525-5729 
     
  • Sandra Ferguson Taxi &áTours 
  • Sandra has air-conditioned vans and provides customized tours including historical tours, beach tours, cultural tours etc in Nassau / Paradise Island. You can design the tour with her help. Tours usually last from 3 to 5 hours. 
     
    Her drivers are 'Bahama Host' certified knowledgeable and professional tour guides. Tours can cover sites such as Historic downtown, Queens Staircase and Fort, Ardastra Gardens, Fish Fry at Arawak Cay, Graycliffs Chocolate tour, Gambier, Clifton Heritage Park etc. 
     
    She also offers transfer services, dinner pickup, transport for shopping etc in Nassau / Paradise Island area. 
     
    Phone: 242-525-9532 
     
  • Jermaine's Taxi &áTours 
  • Jermaine is a well behaved, friendly and knowledgeable driver with a lot of experience of touring in New Providence Island. He is never tired with questions. He has air-conditioned van. A typical 2-hour sightseeing tour for five or more persons will cost $36 per person which is quite economical. He will of course customize the tour and duration as per your choices. He also offers airport pick up / drop and transfer services. 
     
    Phone: 1-(242)-425-1789 
     
  • Taxis with Certified Tour Guides 
  • While entering the Festival Place (just outside the cruise terminal at Prince George Wharf in Nassau), look at the top corners of the large gate, you can see the rates and phone no. for certified taxi tour guides displayed by Bahamas Tourism. These taxi tours operate on a per person fare ($30 per person), show you the main attractions of Nassau and Paradise Island over a duration of 2 hours 30 minutes. 
     
    For booking one of these guided taxi tours, call: 242-302-2031, 502-9150, 322-7623 
     
     
     
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