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.
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).
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.
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.
Inter Island Ferry Schedule