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Peterborough
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private transfers

Can anyone recommend a reliable fair priced transfer from airport to Smugglers Cove resort and what should I expect to pay. Are these liscenced companies or individuals and do they charge flat fees per person or by vehicle?

Rocky Mountain...
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for St. Lucia, Castries
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1. Re: private transfers

Charges are per vehicle for up to 3 passengers. We always use Kimbert at www.phvtours.com He's a delightful young man, timely and efficient. Transfer should be in the vicinity of US $75 to $85 each way. They are a licensed operator.

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St. Lucia
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for St. Lucia
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3. Re: private transfers

nevera gave you great advice. Just to add about how to know whether they are licensed, etc. Licensed taxi operators have TX license plates on their vehicles. Hire drivers will have either H for Hire or also TX taxi vehicles. Buses have M license plates.

If someone offers you a "taxi" in a vehicle with a P license plate - this is not a licensed taxi operator and they are pirating the route. Same goes with the M license plates - these are bus drivers and are pirating the taxi routes - a polite no works just fine.

If you are traveling around in the north of the island, buses are a cheap and easy way to get around from Rodney Bay to Castries or whatnot - only about $1.50-$2EC on way as opposed to $20-$35US one way in a taxi. They are much less frequent around Smugglers Cove, but a walk down to Gros Islet will bring you into easy bus range.

Enjoy!

houston tx
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reviews: 7
4. Re: private transfers

We just recently used real st. Lucia tours Sammy was our driver there were 10 of us charge was 120.00 he brought piton beer and water , also stopped for groceries and scenic views , they were fantastic. On time both ways and friendly. Send them an email quick answers.

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5. Re: private transfers

Hi. Thanks for your reply. How safe are the buses? We would like to do abit of travelling to explore the beautiful island at the same time taking a bus would seem more " local " and intinate

St. Lucia
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6. Re: private transfers

The buses are perfectly safe. Most all locals use them for daily transportation. Around the north end of the island, they are pretty frequent, so easy to use. Around the rest of the island - not so much, I would recommend taxi or hire driver or tour operator for those trips.

Buses do not run on a set schedule - they go when their seats are filled. If they have space in the vehicle, they will stop for you. Be prepared to flag them down like a taxi cab. When you get near where you want to be let out, just call out "Stopping Driver" and the driver will pull over in the next safe spot to stop. They are great for going back and forth between Rodney Bay and Castries.

As noted above, they are very infrequent up as far north as Smugglers Cove, but you can walk down to Gros Islet town and catch one there or take a cab down to Rodney Bay and catch them there (the easiest spot) There are few designated bus stops with markings in the British manner, but mostly, you just stand by the side of the road and flag them down - if they have space they will stop. They are frequent during the day, but not as much at night. And again -not recommended for heading down to other areas of the island. Getting there may not be a problem, but getting back would be difficult.

Enjoy!

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