This is a short guide to using local taxi services. There are plenty of licensed service providers who do excellent jobs, whether to take you to and from the airport safely and comfortably, or to give you a fabulous experience exploring Saint Lucia – which of course, we highly recommend! So read on for your info on getting around by taxi in Saint Lucia…
How to identify licensed taxis
All authorized taxis have a light blue number plate with a TX prefix. It’s that easy!
How to book a taxi to meet you at the airport
If you are coming to Saint Lucia and you accommodation doesn’t provide you with a courtesy bus from the airport, you can book a taxi in advance or you can pick one up from the ranks at the airport.
Where can I find a taxi?
When travelling around while visiting Saint Lucia, pick up taxi info from your hotel’s front desk, or if you’re in a town or commercial area, there will be various taxi stands, including at larger supermarkets. Or you can scroll to the end of our guide to find a list of taxi services with their contacts. (Note that Island Effect does not necessarily endorse any of the services on the list)
Taxi rates and fares
First off, taxis in Saint Lucia are not metered – your driver will estimate the charge for whatever journey or outing you ask for. What you’ll pay depends on a variety of things like time of day, or it it’s a Sunday or holiday, the number of people in your party, to the amount of luggage you are carrying, your destination or stops along the way.
For longer trips, or if you plan to explore for several days and plan on booking one taxi to take you out and about, take some time and shop around. Many of the visitors to Saint Lucia who take taxi tours are thrilled to bits – ask your driver to take you to some of his or her favourite spots…
Prices are not cheap because the cost of vehicles, fuel and maintenance are high is Saint Lucia. Prices are not fully regulated and change from time to time as our fuel prices fluctuate, so it is good to do research (there have been attempts to regulate but…)
Generally, a taxi from Hewannora Airport to Rodney Bay will cost you between $80 – $100 USD and takes a good hour and a half to two hours depending on whether you hit rush hour traffic in Castries.
If you are willing to travel with other people, you can get group rates for Maxi-Taxis – these are 11 to 14-seater vans that run as taxis. They will take about 10 persons plus bags if you are doing an airport-hotel run.
Always ask the fare before you go and ask if they are quoting you in US or EC dollars. Don’t expect to be able to pay by credit card – Cash, US or EC is what is accepted.
Some contacts for Taxi companies:
Note that this list does not imply any form of recommendation or endorsement by Island Effect – if we have reviewed any service, you will see a link to our advertorial feature. The list is ordered alphabetically
Garry’s Taxi Service
Rodney Bay, PO Box Choc8425
(758) 452-0231 / 488 3886
Gros Islet Taxi Association
La Place Carenage Taxi Association
US Office (1)-727-242-2112
New Frontier Taxi Association
North Lime Taxi Association
Northern Taxi Association
St Lucia Airport Taxi & Tours
St. Lucia Taxi Service
Soufriere Taxi Association
Southern Taxi Association
Hewanorra International Airport
(758) 454-6136 / 721 0007
Stewarts Executive Transfer & Tours
Vigie Airport Taxi Association
G.F.L. Charles Airport, Castries