|Bahamas :: Ground Travel|
Travel by Road: Taxis are readily available and are your option on the smaller islands. Rates for the (metered) taxis in New Providence are government controlled. In Nassau and Freeport, you may get anywhere except to the airport by private "jitneys" (minibuses). There being no public transport on any of the Family Islands, you must rent a car.
Traffic drives on the left. Freeport and Nassau are served by jitneys (minibuses) which provide inexpensive touring. No public transport is available on any of the smaller islands except for a bus which stops at every hotel on Paradise Island. Thoroughgoing tourists see Nassau by way of a horse-drawn carriage which takes three passengers.
What Side of the Road?: Driving is on the left side of the road.
Speed Limits: Congested area - 40 kph; school zone - 25 kph; outskirts - 72 kph
International Driving Permit: Your drivers license is accepted.
What is an International Driving Permit? The 1949 (IDP) is a special licence for tourists, authorised by a UN treaty among nations of the world, for the purpose of allowing motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications. It is proof that the holder possesses a valid driver's licence issued by a competent authority in their country of residence.
How do I obtain one? You can obtain an application by either contacting your local Automobile Association office to pick-up or have an application mailed to you. Links to the Automobile Association sites for the following countries are provided below.
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