Airport Transfer


The prices are stated in USD, paid directly to the driver. 

 

$30 per trip 

(NOT per person)

Direct one way Montego Bay airport transfer.

$40 per trip
 

(NOT per person) 

Airport transfer with a stop at a supermarket.

 

We provide a 9 seater van for your comfort. Derrick is an authorized guide and driver. To book the transfer, contact us via AIRBNB with your FLIGHT number and the ARRIVAL time.

 

Once confirmed, the driver will be waiting for you at the airport with "CALYPSO VILLA" sign.


Private Driver


Sure, Derrick can be your private driver to take you around the island to the places you choose to see. You can also share trips with other guests at our villa to make them even more affordable.

You will find the list of all the places and detailed information in your guide book when you arrive. You can also view a few examples of Day Trips now.


UBER in Jamaica


There is still NO UBER in Jamaica (updated in August, 2017).

Taxi in Jamaica


You can call for Taxi service only in Kingston.

Other towns don't have official "call taxi" service. 

Car Rental


 

Here is the list of Car Rental companies, which have proved to be the cheapest, as well as reliable.

http://ucalscarrentals.com

https://www.thrifty.com

http://budgetjamaica.com

Please note, car rentals usually post the price without insurance, so with insurance it should be about $45 per day.

 

They also take a deposit of 1000 USD (sometimes less), so you need to have this amount on your card.

NOTE: You do NOT need 4x4 to travel Jamaica, even if you go to the mountains.


Route Taxi


Route Taxi is a Jamaican type of public transport. Usually it looks like a regular car with red plates. Please note, route taxis don't always have a taxi sign.

 

They follow a certain route and there are different prices depending on the distance, but usually between $1 to $2 per person (from 100 to 180 JMD).

 

You will find the list of prices in your paper guide book when you checkin, and you can view the list of Route taxi prices on the site.


Route Bus


Route bus is the same as route taxi, but bigger and operates on a route between towns.

 

For example, you can take a route bus from Montego Bay downtown to Falmouth, and ask the driver to drop you off by the turn to our house.

 

This costs only around $1.30 (160 JMD).

 

Route Taxis and Route Buses are the cheapest modes of transport in Jamaica and are widely used by the locals.


Safety and Route Taxis


We often get questions as to whether it's safe to use route taxis and other forms of transport in Jamaica. 

 

You are NOT going to be robbed, killed, raped or any other issues that people worry about when they ask about "safety". So, from this point of view it's perfectly safe to use route taxis/buses.

 

HOWEVER, there is one reason why it might NOT be safe to use Jamaican public transport - they drive like crazy! 

I call route taxis and route buses "suicide cars" because drivers speed up to 180 km/h (110 ml/h), never keep distance from the car in front of them, ignore traffic lights and in general break all possible driving rules. So, if there is any real danger in using route taxis - it is related to reckless driving.

The reason behind such horrible driving - the faster they finish the trip, the more trips they make, the more they earn. This is the true reason why they are the most unsafe form of transport in Jamaica. 


Chartered Taxi


Chartered Taxi is a route taxi that is hired for private ride.

 

To charter a taxi, just stop any route taxi on the road and ask the driver if he/she can take you to the place you need.

 

If the driver has no other passengers and agrees to take you, make sure you agree on the price before getting into a taxi, because there is a high chance that you would be ripped off.

Chartered taxis don't have fixed rates. To give an idea, it costs around 10 - 15 USD for 20 mins ride to downtown from our house.

 

Please note, if a Route Taxi driver understands that you're a tourist, there is a high chance he would assume you want to charter him and charges you "private taxi" prices. So, make sure you clarify to the route taxi driver if you want him as route taxi or chartered taxi.


Yellow Bus


In Kingston yellow bus is the most convenient type of public transport. It's safe and it will take you anywhere around the city.

We also have Yellow Bus that operates on the route between Montego Bay and Falmouth.

 

If you see it, use it, but it doesn’t make sense waiting for it on purpose, because its operation hours are highly unreliable and fluctuate somewhere from one bus every 45 minutes to one bus every 2 hours. Just get a Route Taxi instead.

 

Yellow bus costs somewhere around $0.70 (100 JMD) per person.


Knutsford Express


 

Highly reliable and most comfortable way to travel from city to city in Jamaica. Their prices range from $25 per person one way.

 

You can use their website to check availability, book and pay for tickets online: knutsfordexpress.com 

 

To go Negril/Treasure Beach: 

use Montego Bay Station

 

To go to Ocho Rios, Kingston, Port Antonio:

use Falmouth Station


You will find out more from the paper guide book

in your apartment when you arrive!