Taxis are generally the way to get around, as there is no practical bus service in Montego Bay and no minivan shuttles except those maintained by hotels -- and they're usually reserved strictly for the use of registered guests. There is, however, a loose cohesion of quasi-official minivans (referred to as "route taxis") that follow vaguely predetermined routes, usually along major highways leading in and out of town. The best and most reliable of these communal vehicles bear red-colored license plates whose numbers contain the letters "PP" (an abbreviation for "public passengers") somewhere within their sequences, and the words "route taxis" will be written on the outside of their doors. There are no individual signs indicating anything approaching a clearly designated bus stop, but locals know the points where they should stand along traffic arteries heading in and out of town. Rides cost from US$2, and fares are usually collected before you get in. If you opt for this awkward and inconvenient mode of transport, predetermine the fare before you board.

You can walk to most places within the center of Montego Bay itself, especially along Gloucester Avenue. In other cases, summon a licensed taxi. These have red license plates. A few of them have meters, but more often, government-sanctioned fares between most commonly requested destinations and points of departure are prominently posted inside each vehicle. If you want to hail a taxi to go somewhere outside of town, most of the cabs can be found along Gloucester Avenue.

For the truly adventurous, getting around by bike or motorcycle is another possibility, but frankly, the country's narrow, deeply potholed roads, the many blind curves, and the general hysteria associated with road traffic make transport by bicycle hazardous. Two-wheeled bike transit isn't particularly popular even among Jamaicans, and it's much less so for foreign visitors. If you still want to risk life and limb on a two-wheeled conveyance (and we hope that you won't), your hotel might either lend you a bike or rent you one. Whereas the law requires the use of a helmet for motorcycle riders, no such mandate is necessary for pedal bikes.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.