Taxis can be flagged down on the road, called by a hotel concierge or hailed at the taxi stands at Owen Roberts International Airport and at George Town seaport.
In central George Town, there are two designated ranks to get a taxi - at Albert Panton Street and Cardinal Avenue. You can also call in at the bus depot and the officer will summon a taxi for you.
All taxi and bus drivers should be displaying their public transport IDs in their vehicles and should be in their blue uniform shirts.
If a visitor is concerned with any public transport service, he or she can call the Public Transport Unit at (345) 946-1323 or (345) 946-1099.
Rates vary according to distance and the number of passengers, and taxis are permitted to levy a 25 percent surcharge between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Examples of taxi fares from Owen Roberts International Airport (for up to three persons):
- George Town Central:$12
- Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
- (Seven Mile Beach):$18.24
- Turtle Farm (West Bay):$30
- Pedro St. James (Savannah):$24
- Morritt’s Tortuga Club (East End):$55.20
- Rum Point (North Side):$57.60
Catch the bus
The bus system on Grand Cayman is efficient and serves all districts. Look out for the minibuses with colored circles on the front and back. Buses can be boarded at the central bus depot next to the public library on Edward Street in George Town or they can simply be flagged down. Similarly, passengers just let the driver know when they want to be dropped off. Call the bus depot at (345) 926-8814 for inquiries.
Buses are dispatched from the depot on Edward Street from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. You can catch a district bus as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 10 p.m. on weekdays, although the service is limited. Regular bus service is from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Buses depart the depot in George Town every five minutes for West Bay i.e. 9 a.m., 9:05 a.m., 9:10 a.m. etc. Buses are dispatched from the depot to the eastern districts every 10 minutes.
Customers are catered to on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, the bus depot is now open on Saturdays 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on the last Friday of every month until 9 p.m., to support the George Town music and food event event “Culture shock.”
If visiting the outer districts of North Side or East End, it is advisable to ask your driver when another bus is likely to be in the area for your return journey into George Town later that day. Call the bus depot at (345) 926-8814 for inquiries.
A bus trip costs from $2 to $3.50 one way, depending on the route.
Route 1 WB1: runs between George Town and West Bay via Eastern Avenue
Route 2 WB 2: runs between George Town and West Bay via North Church Street
Route 3 BT3: runs between George Town and Bodden Town
Route 4 EE4: runs between George Town and East End to The Reefs Resort
Route 5 EE/NS5: runs between George Town, East End and North Side via Queen’s Highway
Route 6 WB6: West Bay via Elgin Avenue, Esterley Tibbett’s Highway, passing by Camana Bay on to West Bay
Routes 7 GT7: serves George Town
Route 8 NS8: runs between George Town and North Side
Route 9 NS/EE9: George Town, North Side and East End via Queen’s Highway (this route runs opposite the #5 route)
You can rent a car or scooter while on island and explore in your own time and see places off the beaten track.
There are several car and scooter rental companies which offer a variety of vehicles.
To rent a vehicle, visitors must have a valid driving license from their home country and are required to obtain a visitors’ driving permit, which is issued by the car rental agency or the Cayman Islands Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing. The permit costs $16 and visitors should present their driving license and passport for the process.
Always drive on the left and, at roundabouts, vehicles should give way to traffic approaching from the right. At four-way stops, the protocol is to give way to whichever car is at the junction first. If renting a scooter or a bicycle, be sure to wear a helmet.
The Sister Islands can be reached daily by scheduled links with Cayman Airways and Cayman Airways Express, or by private charter with Cayman Airways Express and Cayman Islands Helicopters.
The Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre run by the Cayman Islands Tourism Association is a great source of information, whether you are visiting for the first time or are a regular visitor to the Cayman Islands.
The concierge will gladly make suggestions on what to do, where to go, dining options and upcoming events for all three islands. Be sure to ask what their top picks are for snorkel spots, beaches, evening outings and more.
Pick up written information as well, including a Cayman Islands map, flyers and informational publications that will help make everybody’s stay in Cayman fun and adventurous.
Located at 1320 West Bay Road, just beyond Governors Square toward West Bay.
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tel: (345) 949-8522.