Private car service at Turtle Tail on Providenciales. Most services use luxury SUVs or spacious town cars.
Booking a car service has several advantages over a taxi. Rates are usually fixed per ride (due to the small size of the island) and rates are limited by law to be between $40 and $120 per car. Taxis instead are priced per person, so those in a large group will find the pricing model of car services more favorable than taxis.
Taxis typically use a Ford E-Series van, whereas car services usually use high-end luxury SUVs.
If you’re two people going from a
Grace Bay hotel or resort to a nearby restaurant, a taxi will be cheaper. If you’re a large group (4 or more persons) travelling between settlements, a car service may be a better, more comfortable choice.
The taxi fare for travel from the
Providenciales International Airport (PLS) to Grace Bay is between $28 and $32 for two people, and then an additional $14 to $16 per person. More than two bags may incur a fee of $4 per bag.
For 5 persons, each with two pieces of luggage, from the airport to Grace Bay will cost between $102 and $112. Note that this is the maximum fare, and it may be possible to negotiate a lower price. However, be advised that some taxis will charge higher than the Government-mandated fare.
A car service would charge a maximum of $120 for this trip, with up to 6 persons and no extra bag fees (provided they fit in the vehicle).
For those arriving at the
Providenciales International Airport (PLS), you won’t have to wait for a taxi (although taxi queues are typically not that long), and for those in a larger group the extra fee is minimal over a taxi.
The driver will typically meet you right outside the arrivals hall. For those who have booked an airport fast-track service, it’s possible to book a car service as part of the fast track service.
Rates, Drivers, and Availability
All private-hire car services must be licensed by the Road Safety Department and you’ll see an orange sticker on passenger door glass, showing the registration date and expiry.
All public service vehicles, including car services and taxis, must display the orange sticker. Licence plates will be either a blue lettering PSV (Public Service Vehicle), or colorful ‘TCI Taxi’ licence plate.
Car Selection and Type
Most car services use Chevrolet Suburbans or similar SUV body-style vehicles, although smaller town cars are also offered.
Car service companies in the Turks and Caicos have a smaller fleet of a couple vehicles, due to Government quotas.
Car Service at Villas
Many of the villas on Providenciales are located a distance from the main tourist areas. For travel between the main tourist areas and airport on Providenciales, there is a fixed rate sheet for taxis, but as the villas are outside of these areas, the standard fares generally don’t apply.
As such, using a car service can be cheaper than a taxi if going to and from a villa, as they are capped at $120 and charge per car, not per passenger (as with a taxi).
Booking and Reservations
Some companies allow you to book online via a debit or credit card. It’s recommend to book direct with a company for the best rates.