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Getting Around Jamaica

As with most of the world’s popular tourist destinations, there are numerous cars, motorcycles and other vehicles available for rent. However, for those on a budget or those who like to “go native” there are taxis and a bus service that can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go. Please note that Jamaican Public Transportation is known for a high sense of adventure which means it’s usually very crowded and the driving is edge of your seat exciting. All of the main towns on the island and most of the small villages are served by either taxis or minibuses and will run you about 1/5 of the cost of private cars. Public transportation typically runs between the hours of 6am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Service on Sunday is lighter between larger towns and sporadic at best for smaller villages. A route taxi runs a set route and picks up and drops off anywhere along the way. A charter is a hired car which does not stop for people along the way. As you reach your destination, yell "one stop" and the route driver will pull over to the side and let you off. On buses, you generally pay when you reach the half way point in the journey. The conductor will ask for 'all fares' at the appropriate time. In taxis, it is customary to pay when you reach your destination - never pay ahead of time.

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Jamaica Travel Guides
 Frommer's Jamaica
 Lonely Planet Jamaica
 Let's Go Jamaica
 Fodors Jamaica