Air: Regional airlines connect Beef Island with internationalhubs (e.g., San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Antigua) and other Caribbean islands. Small planes fly between Beef Island and Virgin Gorda and St. Thomas, USVI. Charter planes are alsoavailable to the outer islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands from the airport on Beef Island.
Land: The British Virgin Islands have 150 roads, of which 118 are paved. The two main roads on Tortola are Blackburne Road, which runs along the seashore from the eastern to the western end of the island, and Ridge Road, which runs centrally over the hills. Both offer spectacular scenic views of the islands.
Buses: Mini and safari bus outings are usually arranged by the hotels and are also available for other extended group trips and scenic sightseeing. Car Rentals: Renting a car is both economical and convenient. There are several agencies offering reasonable rates, unlimited mileage, emergency services and additional insurance. If visiting for more than a month, a temporary licence must be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles in Pockwood Pond. The cost is $10. Bring your passport and a valid driver’s licence from country of origin. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.
Ferry Services: The main ferry docks on Tortola are in Road Town and at West End. Inter-island boat services operate several times per day between Tortola and several other islands in the BVI (including Marina Cay, Scrub Island Virgin Gorda, Peter Island and Jost Van Dyke) and the USVI (St. Thomas and St. John). Departure and arrival information can be obtained at the front desk of your hotel.
Taxis: Taxis are available at the airport, hotels, taxi stands and other venues throughout the islands. Some hotels have a franchised taxi arrangement for guests or will quickly order a taxi from the front desk. Taxi drivers usually provide running commentaries on local history and other useful information. New government rates are now in effect. It’s a good idea to check the fare with your driver in advance.
Taxi Rates Tortola: A fare for one person from the airport to Slaney is US$30. A chartered taxi from Road Town to any of the villages can range from $15 to $27 for one person depending on the distance, and the regular fare around town is $5. Farther out to the suburbs is $6, and the fare from Road Town to West End is $27. From the cruise ship dock to most beaches, the range is from $24 to $27 for one person, but for three or more people the fare ranges from $8 to $12 each.
Taxi Rates Virgin Gorda: From The Valley to The Baths is $6, and from Gun Creek to the Yacht Harbour is $30.
Taxi Rates Anegada: From the airport to Loblolly Bay is $7, whilst to Setting Point is $14.
Taxi Rates Jost Van Dyke: One person going from Great Harbour to White Bay pays $10, and to Bubbly Pool, $20. Three or more people going to Bubbly Pool pay $10 each.
Tours: A one-hour tour for up to two people is $55 (fixed rate), whilst for up to three people the cost rises to $70. A group of five persons is $100 (each ad-ditional person over the five pays $15). A two-hour tour starts at $110 for up to two people. Waiting charges: First 15 minutes are free, but every subsequent block of 15 minutes is $10. Tour costs are the same for all islands. Children three years or younger travel at no cost, children ages 4-10 pay half fare, and children 11 and over pay the full fare. Between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. there is a sur-charge of 30 percent on all fares. Always discuss the rates with your driver in advance. There is limited bus service running from Road Town to East End. The fare is $3.