How far from the airport and what should I expect to pay for 2 people? Do you have to have this lined up before hand or are there taxis at the airport? Thanks!
Apologies for not getting back to you sooner, have been away. We booked a taxi through The Ginger Lily, USD80 each way, which seems to be the going rate. When we arrived in St Lucia our taxi was not there but the staff were very helpful at the Airport and contacted them for us. Unfortunately, a taxi had not been booked but there were plenty around at airport and we paid the same rate. When we checked in at the hotel they apologised but I had requested a taxi about three months before we went and they had overlooked our request. Was not a problem. The journey takes about 90 minutes although it is not a great distance the roads don't permit fast driving. Hope this all helps.
On the costs for taxis..... here is a guideline of what to expect getting to Gros Islet and the Rodney Bay area --
From George Charles (Vigie) airport - (30 minutes). Approximate cost: 1-3 pax $25: extra passengers $10 per person, each way.
From Hewanorra International airport - (85 minutes) Approximate cost: 1-3 pax $90: extra passengers $25 per person, each way.
There are two airports on St Lucia -- George Charles (Vigie) airport - 30 minutes from the Gros Islet and Hewanorra International airport - 90 minutes away. Depending on where you originate your travel (and if there are any connections) will generally determine at which airport your arrive. At both airports there are always taxis available as well as rental cars (best to arrange either ahead of time for a better rate). If you desire transportation during your visit (and don't mind driving on the LEFT side of the road and with a vehicle with the steering wheel on the RIGHT side of the car), renting a car for a couple of days may actually be cheaper than the cab fair from the south airport and about a wash from Vigie airport. Getting around on the island to different locales can be a challenge but can be part of the adventure. Going to a rum factory tour, or to Marigot Bay for dinner on the bay, or to hike the Pitons are all part of the experience on St Lucia. Taxis are NOT cheap and driving yourself is NOT with its challenges. BUT we ALWAYS rent a car for the first 3-5 days of our visit (which is usually 2-3 weeks).
The ride from the airport was about 2 hours; the room was about USD180 or so.
Thanks you for all the input! So glad to have tripadvisor for these types of questions!
ABSOLUTELY pre-arrange or you will get ripped off and don't know with whom you are getting into a car with. We recommend UVF Airport Taxi THOMAS. Tel. 758-484-4265. Best bet is to call him by phone vs email.
1hr15 minutes ride with NO TRAFFIC and up to 3+ hours with traffic. The island traffic is very bad, there is only one real through-road and it is narrow with congested traffic through Castries up to the north, especially when the cruise ships are in town.
We were very happy with Thomas. He is well-reviewed on TripAdvisor and that is how we selected him. He offers BEST price of all we researched, including the hotel, great driver, felt safe, comfortable BMW SUV for up to 4 people; has larger van for larger groups. He was there waiting for us upon arrival and showed up promptly (actually a little early ) at the hotel to be safe. Thomas also does day tours but we used him just for the airport transfers. You can pay him in US or XCF but as with everywhere we went, paying in US$ cash was cheaper than paying in Eastern Caribbean because we got a good exchange rate in the US before arriving. Evidently the locals prefer US$. Quoted rate for airport transfer to Gros Islet/Rodney Bay was $75 each way in US$ or 200 local currency which translated for us to more than $75.
Absolutely would hire Thomas again if we ever returned to St.Lucia.
From Castries is about 25 mins, by taxi is about $25 - $30 US depending on the season and the driver, from Vieux Fort is about an hour and a half and about $125 US same conditions
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