There are three ways to get to Grantley Adams Airport.
If you don't want to be restricted by public transport with no timetables and want to travel around the island, hiring a car directly at the airport is the best option.
Prices for renting a smaller car for a week in high season (December to April) rise to around 450 usd. In low season, you can rent a car for a week for under 300 usd.
We strongly recommend booking your car well in advance. The capacity of local rental companies is small and it happens that cars are sold out for up to 2 months.
In Barbados, drive on the left.
For detailed information on driving on the island, please refer to the Barbados driving guide.
The offices of many car rental companies can be found after leaving the arrivals hall about 20 metres to the left.
Only officially licensed taxis are available at the airport, and they are located just outside the arrivals hall exit. Walk up to the pricing desk and a staff member and you will be directed to the nearest taxi. Although the cars are not equipped with meters, you will know the price in advance thanks to the posted price board.
Taxis can be paid for in cash only, both Barbadian and US dollars can be used.
For example, to the centre of Bridgetown you can pay 74 bbd, to the resorts around Hastings and Rockley 67 bbd and Holetown 125 bbd.
Bus and ZR
You can also use public transport to the airport, which is provided by conventional buses (blue or white), minibuses (yellow with a blue stripe) and 'ZRs', shared taxis that run on a regular route. They take the form of small white vans with a burgundy stripe.
Buses, minibuses and shared taxis (ZRs) always cost 3,50 bbd for one ride, whether you go one stop or across the island. You can only pay in cash and only in Barbadian dollars.
For regular buses, you must have the exact amount or travel at a higher fare. This is because the money is dropped into a box with the driver, who has no way of returning it. For minibuses and ZRs, the inaccurate amount is refundable.
For shared taxis (ZRs), payment is made to the driver at the exit or to the yellow-shirted conductor during the ride. Minibuses then usually have a conductor (again in a yellow t-shirt) who you pay during the ride.
The bus stop is on the main road about 100 metres from the terminal. If you exit the arrivals hall, you will pass the taxi rank and walk across the car park. The bus shelter is visible from the terminal. The direction to Bridgetown is to the left.
- ZRs - the 3D line runs on Highway 7 (via Oistins, St. Lawrence, Worthing, Rockley, Hasting, Carlisle Bay) to the Constitution River Terminal in Bridgetown. Runs at irregular intervals (when full) from about 6:00 a.m. to midnight, usually at least once every 15-30 minutes
- Minibuses - many of the lines follow the same route as the 3D line's ZRs, except that they also continue from the airport the other way towards Sam Lord's Castle or Six Roads. Minibuses also run at irregular intervals, usually at least 1-2 times per hour
- Buses - these are the only ones that have exact departure times from the terminals, but only run to/from the airport a few times a day, specifically line 27 via Bridgetown to Speightstown and line 54C via the motorway to Speightstown
Detailed information on travelling by public transport can be found in the Barbados travel guide.
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