from $26

Shakespeare Cottage

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth
4.0
Church Street
Treasure Beach St. Elizabeth Parish JM
from $22

Germaican Hostel

Port Antonio, Portland
Unnamed Road
Portland Parish JM

Uche’s Foot Explore Jamaica

Gt George St, Kingston, Jamaica
Gt George Street
Kingston St. Andrew Parish JM
from $20

Pear Tree Cottage

Irish Town, Saint Andrew
5.0
B1
St. Andrew Parish JM

Tehuti Cafe

Links Ct, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Links Court
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $40

Abofa House

Lethe, Hanover
Unnamed Road
St. James Parish JM
from $85

Luna Sea Inn

Belmont, Westmoreland
4.0
A2
JM
from $90

Forres Park

Mavis Bank, St. Andrew
5.0
Unnamed Road
Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $99

Zimbali Retreats

Caanan Mountain, Westmoreland
Unnamed Road
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $35

Prince Valley Guest House

Middleton, St. Andrew
5.0
B1
Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $35

Riverside Retreat

Hope Bay, Portland
5.0
A4
Portland Parish JM

The Durham

Durham Ave, Kingston
Durham Avenue
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $30

Kingsworth Hostel

Jacks Hill, Kingston
Jacks Hill Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $23

Five Gables

Ironshore, St. James
5.0
Fairview Avenue
Saint James Parish JM
from $40

Zion Country

Muirton Pen, Long Road, Portland
5.0
A4
Portland Parish JM
from $25

Cedar Ridge Lodge

Bogue Hill, Montego Bay
4.0
Bogue Hill Road
Reading Saint James Parish JM
from $25

North Light

Skyline Dr, Kingston
4.0
Skyline Drive
Kingston St. Andrew Parish JM
from $14

Gibraltar Heights

Oracabessa, St. Mary
Ocean Terrace
Salt Gut Saint Mary Parish JM
from $42

Live like a Local

Ocho Rios, St. Ann
5.0
Ocean Ridge Drive
Ocho Rios Saint Ann Parish JM
from $32

Widcombe Guest House

Kingston, Jamaica
Widcombe Crescent
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $35

Spring Garden

Margarete's Bay, Portland
A4
Saint Margarets Bay Portland Parish JM
from $50

Paradise on the beach

Little Bay, Westmoreland
4.5
Unnamed Road
Little Bay Westmoreland Parish JM
from $23

Bird’s Nest

Ironshore, St. James
Patterson Avenue
Saint James Parish JM
from $16

Ital Village Budget Accommodation

Port Antonio, Portland
5.0
Campbell Avenue
Port Antonio Portland Parish JM
from $135

Camp Cabarita

Pennycooke, Westmoreland
5.0
Unnamed Road
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $24

Jardin D’Eden

Eden District, St. James
4.0
Unnamed Road
Saint James Parish JM
from $40

REM Guesthouse

Dulwich Dr, Kingston
Old Church Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $38

Palm Cottage

Port Antonio, Portland
5.0
East Palm Avenue
Port Antonio Portland Parish JM
from $28

Buschman Homestay

Port Maria, St. Mary
Banana Street
Port Maria Saint Mary Parish JM
from $30

Tina’s Guesthouse

Ocho Rios, St. Ann
5.0
Old Main Road
RioNuoya Saint Mary Parish JM
from $30

Farmhouse in the Blue Mountains

Penlyne Castle, St. Thomas
4.5
Unnamed Road
Penlyne Castle Saint Thomas Parish JM
from $35

Mango Ridge Cottages

Port Antonio, Portland
Sommers Lane
Port Antonio Portland Parish JM
from $23

Miss Bev’s B&B

Manchioneal, Portland
5.0
Unnamed Road
Portland Parish JM
from $25

Fisherman’s Bed & Breakfast

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth
4.0
Unnamed Road
Treasure Beach Saint Elizabeth Parish JM
from $45

River Lodge

Strawberry Fields, St. Mary
hike Route
Saint Mary Parish JM
from $35

Natural Mystic Cottages

Belmont, Westmoreland
5.0
A2
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $75

Sunset Heal Jamaica

Petersfield, Westmoreland
4.0
Unnamed Road
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $25

Jay’s Guest House

Jamaica
5.0
Saint Thomas Parish JM
from $30

Casa De Rasta

Orange Bay, Portland
5.0
Unnamed Road
Portland Parish JM
from $20

Uppa Country Guest House

Flamstead, St. James
5.0
Flamstead
Saint James Parish JM

Smurfs Cafe

Lewis Town Road, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
5.0
Lewis Town Road
Treasure Beach St. Elizabeth Parish JM
from $25

West Port Cottages

Negril, Westmoreland
Norman Manley Boulevard
Westmoreland Parish JM

Rastafari Indigenous Village

Montego Bay, St. James
5.0
Porto Bello Drive
Montego Bay Saint James Parish JM
from $35

Barry’s Rooms

Negril, Westmoreland
Norman Manley Boulevard
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $30

James Dennis Guest House

Section, Portland
5.0
B1
Portland Parish JM

Glistening Waters

A1, Jamaica
A1
Trelawny Parish JM

Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey

King St, Kingston, Jamaica
King Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Jamaica Music Museum

East St, Kingston, Jamaica
East Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Natural History Museum of Jamaica

East St, Kingston, Jamaica
East Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica

Ocean Towers Apartment, Ocean Blvd, Kingston, Jamaica
Ocean Boulevard
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Paint Jamaica

Fleet St, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Fleet Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Help Jamaica

Cassava Piece Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Cassava Piece Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

National Museum Jamaica

East St, Kingston, Jamaica
East Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

MiHungry Whol’-Some Food

Red Hills Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Red Hills Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

MiHungry Whol’-Some Food

Caledonia Rd, Mandeville, Jamaica
Caledonia Road
Mandeville Manchester Parish JM

National Gallery of Jamaica

Orange St, Kingston, Jamaica
Orange Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Life Yard

Fleet St, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Fleet Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Adwa Nutrition For Life

St James St, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Saint James Street
Montego Bay Saint James Parish JM

Veggie Meals on Wheels

Old Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Old Hope Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

New Leaf Vegetarian

Barbican Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Barbican Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Blue Lagoon

Star San Villa, A4, Jamaica
A4
Portland Parish JM

Winnifred Beach

Dragon Bay Road, Jamaica
Dragon Bay Road
Portland Parish JM

Alpha Boys School

Alpha Schools Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Alpha Schools Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Seven Mile Beach

Norman Manley Blvd, Jamaica
Norman Manley Boulevard
Westmoreland Parish JM

YS Falls

Unnamed Road, Jamaica
Unnamed Road
Saint Elizabeth Parish JM

Lime Cay

Norman Manley Hwy, Jamaica
Norman Manley Highway
Kingston Parish JM

Reggae Falls

Unnamed Road, Hillside, Jamaica
Unnamed Road
Hillside Saint Thomas Parish JM

Dunn’s River Falls

Unnamed Road, Jamaica
Unnamed Road
Saint Ann Parish JM

Somerset Falls

Lot 154 A4, Hope Bay, Jamaica
A4 Lot 154
Hope Bay Portland Parish JM

Boston Beach

A4, Boston Bay, Jamaica
A4
Boston Bay Portland Parish JM

Hellshire Beach

Cliff Blvd, Hellshire, Jamaica
Cliff Boulevard
Hellshire Saint Catherine Parish JM

Traveling by public transportation is a great way to explore Jamaica. An extensive transportation network links virtually every village and comprises several options. These range from standard public buses to private taxis, with minibuses and route taxis in between.

Below you find a list of all available transportation options, along with advice from our community.

Route Taxis

Route taxis are the most efficient way to travel in Jamaica. Cars with a red licence plate are officially registered with the Transport Authority. Please use them and avoid unlicensed taxis. The route of each taxi is usually printed on the sides of the car, but you’ll also hear them shouting their destination while trying to pick up passengers. Route taxis run for about 100JMD ($1) every 5 miles or so and you’ll see them everywhere on the island.

Keep in mind that your driver will pick up others along the way until the car is completely full. Expect frequent stops and up to four in the back seat. Depending on where you wish to go, you may need more than one route taxi to reach your destination.

You can wave down a route taxi by simply giving a hand signal. Although it’s not allowed for them to stop in certain places to pick up passengers (especially in cities), they might still make that stop for you. In the countryside it’s less of a problem, and they usually stop everywhere.

“Find out the route taxi fare from a local person before getting in the taxi because sometimes they try to overcharge you.”

If you’re interested in the routes, check these files from the Transport Authority: List 1, List 2

Charter taxis

Charter taxis – also called private or tourist taxis – are much more costly but also abundantly available. These will run for about 10000-13000JMD ($80-100) per hour. Remember to agree on a price, before getting in a private taxi, to prevent misunderstandings. Prices can be quoted in both, Jamaican or US Dollars.

Minibuses / Coasters

They have been the traditional workhorses of Jamaica’s regional public transportation system. All major towns and virtually every village in the country are served. Public coasters don’t run to set timetables, but depart from their point of origin when they’re full.

“Get early on your coaster bus to catch a good seat, bring snacks, and remember that only women are allowed in the front seat. Have your money ready and in your hand. Be smelling fresh and clean (everyone else will be). Relax into the squish and enjoy!”

Please be aware that they are often overflowing and driving very fast. Coaster buses get paid based on how many people they transport in a certain time.


JUTC City bus

Kingston’s municipal bus system operates a fleet of Mercedes-Benz and Volvo buses. These buses stop only at official stops and fares are 100 JMD for adults. You can view the timetable for each route on www.jutc.com, but please be aware that delays are common. Especially during rush hours in Kingston, you might have to wait a little.


The Knutsford Express

A worthwhile exception are the big comfortable, air-conditioned buses of Knutsford Express. Destinations include Kingston, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Falmouth, Montego Bay, Negril, Savanna-la-Mar, Sant Acruz and Mandeville. Sample fares/times are Kingston–Ocho Rios (J$1750, 3h), Kingston–Montego Bay (J$2700, 4h). Online booking is available, along with student, senior and child fares. For tickets visit www.knutsfordexpress.com


ANY QUESTIONS OR SOMETHING TO ADD?

4 comments

  1. Lydia
    Lydia

    The price given here for chartered taxis is much too low. A driver taking you on a drive for 1 hour will charge you 80 – 100 US $!

    1. Johannes Maier

      Thanks for the info Lydia, I updated it.

  2. Paul MacKay

    Upon arrival at Montego Bay airport, an airport taxi will cost upwards of $30 US to get to a local hostel/guest house. If you walk out of the airport and up to the roundabout you can get a local taxi for a few dollars.

    1. Johannes Maier

      Great advice Paul, thanks! I also heard that when you walk over to departure, you’ll find route taxis in the 2./3. lane, dropping off airport workers. These route taxis are also going back into town for the regular fare.

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