Unasuming travelers visiting Curacao opt to use taxi service as a supplement to either public transportation or car rental during their stay.  Few people opt to make taxi service a primary form of transportation during their Curacao vacation.  Taxi service is readily available, with taxis most easily found in Otrobanda and Punda, as well as at the airport and on the curbside of most popular hotels throughout Curacao.  Taxis are easy to recognize, as they all have signs on top of their cars, and the license plate numbers always start with TX for taxi. 

Taxi rates are standardized  by the government but few visitors to the island realize this. Rates are for one to four persons and if not agreed upon on forehand will be significantly higher (about 25%) than the standard farwes indicated below. Each aditional passanger (more than 4) ads 25% to the fare The standard fare is from 6 am to 11 pm but, as mentioned before, 25% is often added anyway. between 11 pm and 6 am the fares may go up by another 25%.

These are the official fares from the Airport: To Marriott hotel area: $25,- To Willemstad Otrabanda hotel area: $28.- To Willemstad Punda hotel area: $30.- To the Seaquarium hotel area: $35.- To Jantiel hotel area: $45.- To the Hyatt: $75.- To the Westside Kura Hulanda Lodge: $60.-  The shortest ride with a taxi is $10,- and if you call for a taxi when you are at the hotel but when the taxi arrives, you don't need the taxi service anymore, you still have to pay $10.- So make sure you need a taxi. Other fares are: From The Marriott hotel area to Otrabanda $15.- Seaquarium area to Punda $16.-  Mega ship pier to Seaquqrium area $20.- Marriott to Seaquarium $25.- Marriott to Hato Caves $25.-. Fares to other destinations are known by the taxi driver. Tipping is allowed.  Some taxi drivers will give island tours in addition to taking visitors between destinations. The tour fare is $40.- per hour for one to four persons. Additional passanger pays $10.- extra. 

The most economical way to get around the island is by public transport. This service is not comperable to what is offered in other countries. Coverage is limited outside Willemstad and travelers often end up waiting for up to 30-45 minutes. 

Car rental is the most cost effective and reliable option for travelers trying to figure out how to get around Curacao.  Many companies provide an airport pickup/drop off service.

Also available at the airport: all access taxi, airconditioned mercedes bens sprinter buses, fully wheelchair accessible. The company name is Joseph Cares and is based at the airport.