Bus tips to Castara from Airport

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Bus tips to Castara from Airport

Post by Kerita11 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:15 pm

Hello,

I will be flying to Tobago from Guyana by myself and staying in Castara. The hotel offers airport pick-up, but at $40 USD I'd prefer to investigate other, cheaper options. Is there bus service from the airport in Tobago or do I have to get to Scarborough first? And if I do need to get to the bus station in Scarborough, what's the easiest way to do so? Similarly, can I buy a ticket for the bus in the airport? Does the bus charge extra for a luggage bag? From researching online it looks like there might be a bus that leaves at 5pm and of course I wouldn't expect it to leave on time.

If you wouldn't recommend traveling by bus, do you have another suggestion for how to get up there on a Friday afternoon? I won't be renting a car, but if a taxi would be cheaper than $40 USD (and I'm not going to be hassled too much) I'd consider that too.

Thank you for your help,
Kerita

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Re: Bus tips to Castara from Airport

Post by Steve Wooler » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:09 pm

Hello Kerita

A very special welcome aboard to our first forum member from Guyana - well, second, given that that was where I grew up and where my love of Tobago originated from. :D

US$40 for a transfer from the airport to Castara seems reasonable, although I'm a little concerned by your mention of "hotel". There are no hotels in Castara and I would hate for you to think that you are going somewhere with hotel-like facilities.

There are no direct buses from the airport to Castara (as far as I know). There are regular services between the airport and Scarborough bus terminal though and a fairly frequent service from Scarborough to Castara. It will be a LOT cheaper than the US$40, but will take 4-5 times as long; i.e. a 45-minute hassle-free journey will probably take up to 3 hours total time.
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Re: Bus tips to Castara from Airport

Post by Kerita11 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:50 pm

Thank you, Steve for your informative response. The whole forum has me really excited for my visit!

And rather than hotel, I guess I could have said The Naturalist Beach Resort in Castara.

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Re: Bus tips to Castara from Airport

Post by Nicole » Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:52 am

Dear Kerita,

if I were you, I would rent a car. Reasons: You can not go to Castara by bus. Even if there should be a bus, you could never rely on it. So you need to spend that 40 USD. But instead of getting a transfer you could do it on you own for the same (or nearly same) price with a cheap rental car. Than you can enjoy the trip more and stop at any point you like (not to many - you have to get to Castara!). Invest 40 Dollars more and keep the car one more day to explore the island! You wont regret it.

Enjoy your trip!
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Re: Bus tips to Castara from Airport

Post by Chris Runciman » Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:39 am

Ancle the owner of Naturalist also does car hire!
You could also arrange with Taylor's Car Rental , also in Castara , to pick up a hire car at the airport.
The taxi rate to Castara is set by the taxi association.
Ancle's $US40 / $240TT is slightly less than their rate.
Use the bus for a trip to town while you are in Castara but be prepared to wait. You will meet some interesting people along the way........

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Re: Bus tips to Castara from Airport

Post by Kerita11 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:17 am

Thank you all for your suggestions. I decided to go with Ancle's rate since it did appear to be cheaper. We will be renting cars once we're there.

Thank you again - you all have been so helpful!
Kera

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