How To Travel Between Trinidad and Tobago

Travel between Trinidad and Tobago is super easy. There are two options to get between the two islands: you can use the inter-island ferry or take a short flight.

Trinidad and Tobago Ferry

Ferries run between the islands very regularly, leaving at least once per day. Tickets are $50 TT for a one-way trip, or $100 TT for a round-trip fare (1 USD = 6.4 TT). You can purchase tickets at the actual port or use a travel agency. The easiest travel agency to find is in Long Circular Mall, 51-53 Long Circular Road, St. James, on the first floor.

Unfortunately, ferries don’t leave at the most opportune times, and you have to be there two hours beforehand. Our ferry on Monday left at 6:30 a.m. so we had to be there by 4:30 a.m. Needless to say, I was taking a nap of the mouth open, head bobbing variety on the way there. The total trip on the fast ferry is about 2 to 2.5 hours.

The cool thing is that you can take your car on the ferry, which is an awesome idea if you want to explore more of the off-the-beaten path beaches and spots in Tobago without overpaying for a taxi on the island. The cost for taking a car is $150 TT each way. If you’re taking a car, be prepared to arrive at the terminal three hours before official departure to check in.

One important thing to note – bring a jacket! The ferry is really cold in some parts and I was forced to use my towel as a blanket the whole trip.

In Tobago

Tobago

The port on Tobago is located in Scarborough, the island’s capital. Private taxis are parked in front of the terminal and will approach visitors coming off the boat. Don’t expect the bright yellow kind though, as they don’t exist here. What you should do is check for the H on their license plate – H stands for hired. Other cars will start with the letter P, which means private – do not use these as taxis.

The cheaper way to get to your final destination is to take a route taxi. These are parked along the street in front of the terminal and drive to certain sections of the island, such as Crown Point. All you have to do is lean into the window and ask where they’re going, and the car will leave once it’s full. These are only $6 TT and will take you straight to your hotel (though you might be asked for a couple dollars more if it’s a little off their normal route).

In Trinidad

Trinidad signs

a Trini taxi sign (though not the same you'll see in the roundabout)

If you’re coming from Tobago to Trinidad, you’ll land within walking distance to downtown Port of Spain. From here, you can cross the road and you’ll see a row of vans with yellow stripes on the side, called maxi taxis. These are a form of public transportation that will take you to different parts of the island (kind of like the route taxis).

You can continue to walk straight in front of the terminal past the maxi taxis and you’ll see a large roundabout with a taxi stand in the middle if you want to arrange private transportation.

Plane

Caribbean Airlines offers several flights between Trinidad and Tobago daily. They cost only $150 TT and last about 15 to 20 minutes. The good part about taking a flight is that you don’t have to worry about waking up insanely early, and the airport is within walking distance from the Crown Point area, one of the more popular spots on Tobago.

You can buy tickets online or head over to the Caribbean Airlines office located directly in front of the airport.

On Trinidad’s end, you’ll land in Piarco, which is pretty far from Port of Spain. Arranging transportation beforehand is wise so you don’t pay a ton for a taxi from the airport.

Resources

Inter Island Ferry Schedule

Piarco International Airport (Trinidad)

Crown Point International Airport (Tobago)

  • I’ve taken a plane from Trinidad to Tobago and back, but never the ferry…sounds nice–are there other mini-things to see along the way–or just ocean ocean ocean?

  • Anonymous

    This is a really useful post. Hopefully I’ll have a reason to use it one day!

  • Just ocean really… though if you wanted to wake up super early to catch a bad movie on the ferry you could :)

  • It’s just ocean really.. The only thing to see on the ferry is a bad movie or 2 :)

  • Let me know if you do!

  • I love practical posts like these. I’ll probably never go there, but now I could get between the islands if I needed to!

  • Yeah someone’s gotta provide that nitty gritty info that travelers really need!

  • Thank you for the info Jasmine. I plan on spending a few days in Tobago and will be taking the car across with us.

  • Marina Wong Loi Sing

    Nice info.

    You should travel to Paramaribo (City of Smiles!) in Suriname (Beating Heart of the Amazon) and the beautiful islands of Indonesia too! :)