Getting Around Turks And Caicos – Providenciales Guide


Getting around Turks and Caicos is a key part of planning your island getaway. In this guide, we'll discuss the various transportation options available in Providenciales to ensure you're prepared before you arrive.

If you're a first time visitor, you'll be happy to know that getting around Turks and Caicos is relatively simple and not much different than if you were visiting any new tropical destination. With the right information, you can enjoy a hassle free vacation.

Based on our extensive experience traveling to Turks and Caicos, we understand the importance of reliable transportation when visiting a new destination.

Our guide provides an essential overview of transportation options to help you better plan your trip, and even your budget, when visiting Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

A wide view of turquoise water with one road connecting one island in Turks and Caicos to the other. This is one way of getting around Turks and Caicos and it's the most beautiful drive with nothing but ocean on either side of the roadway. there is one car parked on the road to take in the view.

Is There Uber In Turks And Caicos?

One of the most common questions we receive at Corks and Tacos is about the availability of ride sharing services like Uber or Lyft in Turks and Caicos.

These popular services don't exist in Turks and Caicos. There was, for a brief moment, a local service, Conch Cabs, but unfortunately it was short lived.

For the time being, getting around Providenciales will require you to explore the other transportation options we've listed in this article.

Taxi Services

In Turks and Caicos, taxis are the most convenient way of getting around Turks and Caicos, especially for visitors who prefer not to rent a car.

Taxis in Turks and Caicos are typically large passenger vans. They are readily available at key locations like the airport, resorts, and popular supermarkets.

Unlike the metered fares you’re used to in North America, taxis in Turks and Caicos charge per person, per trip, which can make them an expensive option. A quick trip to the grocery store can set you back around $20.00 per person/per trip, adding another hefty price tag to your grocery shopping bill.

If you’re certain taxis are the way you wish to get around Providenciales, our comprehensive guide on taxi services in Turks and Caicos offers more detailed information, including pricing structure and tips.

Renting A Car

Renting a car in Providenciales has always been our preferred way of getting around Turks and Caicos. We enjoy the freedom to explore at our own pace without the hassle of organizing taxi pick ups and drop offs.

Car rentals start at around $40.00 USD per day, BEFORE necessary fees are added. This is pricier than what you see in North America, however, it is still a more cost effective option than the per person/per trip taxi rates.

The majority of visitors find that renting a car for their entire stay is the most economical and convenient transportation option.

Our full article on renting a car in Turks and Caicos provides a more detailed guide on car rentals, including insights into choosing the right vehicle and what to expect from vehicles in Turks and Caicos.

Luxury (Private) Transportation Services

For those in search of a more elevated experience for getting around Turks and Caicos, there are many luxury transportation services available. These services are ideal for those seeking comfort, style and privacy. 

They are a favored option for special events, offering amenities that cater to a luxurious and more comfortable experience.

Typically these services feature high end vehicles such as Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators. So clearly, luxury is certainly at the forefront.

Luxury transportation services also stand out for their fixed fee structure.  This pricing model can be particularly cost effective for larger families and groups. Especially those looking for a quicker, yet cost effective alternative, to getting from the airport to your accommodations.

Public Transit

When it comes to public transportation in Turks and Caicos, the situation is pretty straightforward – there isn't any.

While you might come across a few abandoned bus shelters on the island, there are no buses, cable cars, or other forms of public transit operating in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

A couple with their young kids are sitting on bicycles next to Grace Bay Beach looking out at the incredible water. This is a great way of getting around Turks and Caicos for free.

Cycling And Walking In Providenciales

If you’re staying in Grace Bay, you can cycle or walk to many of the top restaurants and shopping plazas in Providenciales, and of course, Grace Bay Beach.

Most resorts in Grace Bay offer complimentary bike rentals, making it easy for guests to hop on a bike and head to the grocery store or a little bit of light exploring around the area.

If you do head out on a resort bicycle to travel around Providenciales, it's important to remember that traffic in Turks and Caicos moves on the left. Always stay alert and be cautious, just as you would on foot.

We don't recommend cycling at night due to limited visibility, just common sense really. Plus there aren't as many street lights as you're used to back home, so best to stick to day time cycling.

If you’re content with a relaxing week on the beach and don’t want to rent a car, then staying in Grace Bay is ideal. There’s plenty of walk-able amenities in the area. And should you fancy a trip to a different beach, then a taxi would suit just fine.

While Providenciales is a safe and welcoming destination, it's always best to exercise common sense, especially when out at night. Just like in any new place, being mindful of your surroundings goes a long way. Avoid unlit areas when out for a walk in the evening and travel with a friend or group.

Ferry Service In Turks And Caicos

A popular option for visitors to Turks and Caicos is taking a day trip, or even spending a couple of days, exploring the neighboring islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos. If you're really looking for that off the beaten path adventure, you definitely need to add this to your Turks and Caicos travel plans.

The main way to enjoy this island hopping adventure is the reliable ferry service provided Caribbean Crusin. It's a straightforward way to travel, connecting you from Providenciales to the quieter, more untouched parts of the Turks and Caicos archipelago.

Plus, the ferry ride itself is part of the experience, offering beautiful views of the turquoise waters and a chance to see the islands from a different perspective.

Taking the ferry for a day trip or an extended visit to North and Middle Caicos is a fantastic way to expand your Turks and Caicos experience beyond the main island.

Cost Comparison – Finding Your Best Options

When planning your trip to Turks and Caicos, choosing the right mode of transportation for getting around Turks and Caicos often comes down to two key factors: Your budget and how adventurous you want to be. 

Each option has its own cost implications, and understanding these can help you make the most economical choice for your trip.

Taxis: Convenient but can add up in cost, especially for frequent trips. They charge per person, per trip, which can be pricey if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing.

Renting a Car: Often the most cost effective choice for those looking to explore extensively. While the initial rental cost might seem higher, the freedom to roam at your leisure can be invaluable, especially if you're keen on discovering hidden beaches or local eateries off the beaten path.

Luxury Transportation Services: For those prioritizing comfort and style for getting around Turks and Caicos, luxury services offer a premium experience. While more expensive than standard taxis or rentals, they provide a fixed fee structure that can be cost effective for groups or special occasions.

Cycling/Walking: If you’re staying in the heart of Grace Bay and planning a relaxing vacation, you will be a short walk or bike ride away from many restaurants and shops.

Ferries: Your only option for self catered day trips to North and Middle Caicos. They offer reasonable rates for the service ($65.00 round trip) and provide an extra element of fun to your trip to Providenciales.

Balancing cost with the type of experience you want is key. To help plan your transportation budget in Turks and Caicos, don't forget to use our Vacation Budget Calculator. It's a useful tool for estimating costs and ensuring you make the most of your trip.

Final Thoughts On Getting Around Turks And Caicos

With various options for getting around Turks and Caicos, it's evident that Providenciales offers a transportation solution for every type of traveler.

Whether you prefer the independence of a rental car, the convenience of taxis, the adventure of island hopping by ferry, or the simplicity of cycling and walking, there's a way of getting around Turks and Caicos to suit every traveler's style and budget.

For more detailed insights and practical tips, we invite you to explore our in depth transportation guides.

These resources are packed with valuable information to assist you in making the best choices for getting around Turks and Caicos.

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About The Authors

Hello, we're Kerry and Byron Glover, the founders of Corks and Tacos - Your one stop guide to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

We've been traveling to Turks and Caicos multiple times per year since 2014 and we created this website to share our love and passion for Turks and Caicos with you. We provide you with useful travel planning tips and give you a "real person" perspective on all the wonderful things this Island has to offer. We look forward to you exploring our site and gaining valuable knowledge within our resources for your next vacation. We’re sure you’re going to love Turks and Caicos just as much as we do! Read our full story...

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