It's fairly easy to find your way around the island of Antigua, with the several means of transportation available. It depends on how adventurous you are, and the amount of money you are willing to spend for convenience. The main options one would have when attempting to get from point A to point B are:
This is obviously the most convenient mode of transport by far. There is no need to wait for a ride, or no limitations on where you can go depending on the time of day. There are several car rental agencies in Antigua, but they do charge at a rather hefty fee. Some of the agencies are:
Big's Car Rental: Located in English Harbour, has quite a large variety of vehicles.
Titi Rent-A-Car: Offers free delivery and collection of rented car, jeep or mini van.
ATS Car Rental & Limousine Service: Located close to the V. C. Bird airport.
Others: Budget Rent-A-Car, Dollar Rent-A-Car, Hertz and Thrifty.
On average, one can expect to pay anything from US$40 to $50 per day for the car rental while on vacation. Along with a valid driver's license from your country of residence, an international license or a valid permit to drive internationally is needed. If you do not have a temporary license, one can made available to you at the rental agency for a fee of US$20 and is valid for three months.
For transport to fixed destinations, taxis are widely available. Unlike in certain countries, taxis in Antigua are not metered. Most destinations such as hotels, the airport and harbours have fixed fares, but to residential properties and other such destinations, the price depends on whatever the driver quotes.
Of course, you as the paying customer will decide if you find the quote to be reasonable or not, and there is no pressure to pay more than you think is adequate. There are taxi stands in St. John's and at the aiport, while several taxis can be found near popular hotels.
To sum it up, hiring a taxi is the most expensive way to get around in Antigua. However, if you are short on time, or prefer the convenience of sitting back and allowing someone else to take the wheel, it may very well be the easiest option of all.
This is the best option for very short stays or in the case of cruise ship visitors. The main advantage of a tour is that you not only get from point A to B, but you also receive an opportunity designed to pack as much as possible into a few hours. Tours vary in price, depending on what the customer is interested in seeing, but one can expect to pay anything from US$25 per person for a regular island tour.
There are two bus stations on the island, which all public buses leave from and return to. There is the West Bus Staion, located on lower Market Street and the East Bus Station, located on upper High Street. The bus routes which most visitors would need to know originate from West Bus Station:
Bus # 17: This bus route ends in the historical village of English Harbour.
Bus #22: The bus route passes through several beach communties and most persons staying at hotels in the area of Jolly Beach would find this route quite useful.
Bus #42: Buses on this route will pass into Coolidge, if you need to go to the airport.
The public buses are by far the cheapest way to travel in Antigua. It is very safe for visitors and costs anywhere between USD $1 to $2. Simply take a moment to confirm with the bus driver that his bus route will take you where you need to go, then hop on. Most drivers are very willing to help visitors, and will stop at your destination, letting you know that your journey is completed.
Things to keep in mind:
The road network in Antigua is very simple. (no bridges, tunnels and numerous lanes)
Roads tend to be on the narrow side.
Divers are not always courteous, and traffic can be crazy during rush hours.
Roads in the country can be bumpy and dotted with potholes.