Dominica may be a small island, but there is certainly much to see. Fortunately for travelers, there are lots of easy ways to navigate the island and experience an incredible array of activities.
Vacationers should choose a method of transportation that fits their budget while it allows them to explore the rich and diverse landscape in Dominica.
Dominica’s 300-plus miles of roads allow travelers to do most of their exploring by car, bus, or taxi. If you are making a long journey within Roseau or travelling outside of the capital city, the most affordable way to get around Dominica is the public bus system.
Dominica has a fairly reliable public transportation system that allows travelers who are doing limited touring of the island to move from place to another. All the bus routes in Dominica originate in the capital of Roseau, though there bus drivers operate from locations throughout the island. Buses can also be picked up at the airports (Melville Hall & Canefield) and outside the larger hotels.
The easiest way to find a mini bus is to look for letter ‘H’, ‘HA’ or ‘HB’ on both the license plate. If you’re planning on traveling to remote area around the island, expect to wave down a number different buses in other to get from one place to another. Some bus drivers may simply not go beyond a point, so be prepaid to walk the final stretch to get to your final destination. You should also note that Buses run from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and are most widely available Monday through Saturday.
Fares can range from $1.50(EC) up to $10.25(EC). If you’re traveling with a family to a number of locations, these fares can add up very quick. Below are some examples of bus fares from Roseau to popular destinations around Dominica.
Bus Fares From Roseau:
|Calibishie (via Portsmouth)||11.00|
|Carib Reserve (via Layou)||11.00|
|Castle Bruce (via Layou)||9.00|
|Marigot (via Layou)||11.00|
|Rosalie (via Layou)||7.00|
Bus travelers in Dominica can use bus service to travel inexpensively to locations, such as Calibishie in the far north of the island or Scott’s Head Village in south. Bus travelers can also use the buses to reach more remote locations such as Laudat. With reasonable fares and easy access, buses enable travelers to save money while seeing and experiencing Dominica in a way that most visitors never experience.
If you need help understanding bus routes, contact the Dominica Taxi Association (tel# 767 235-8648), the Dominica Division of Tourism (tel# 767-448-2045 or email: [email protected]) or get your hands on a copy of Dominica (Bradt Travel Guide) – it’s filled with valuable information on how ways to get around Dominica.