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Getting around Grand Turk

Grand Turk is a relatively small island at only six and a half miles long, so transportation is less difficult than Providenciales. Rental cars, taxis, golf carts and scooters are the main transportation options.

Many of the streets in Historic Cockburn Town are quite small, and most are one way only.

Because most of the roads are paved, the island wide speed limit is 20MPH, and the streets in Cockburn Town tend to be small, we generally recommend scooters or golf carts to most visitors. Be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen, as it's very easy to get sunburnt.

Golf Carts and scooters are offered for rent right outside the cruise center gates. No reservations are necessary, but vehicles are limited. If you're arriving by cruise ship, it's wise to either book in advance or arrange the rental without loss of time. The daily rate for a golf cart is $80 and each cart can carry four people. Airport pickup can easily be arranged.

Due to the many small street in Cockburn Town, scooters are an excellent way to get around Grand Turk.

Rental car and jeeps are available at the Cruise Center and for airport pickup. Prices range from about $55 for a small car to $100 for a minivan. The traffic on Grand Turk tends to be light and the roads are generally in good condition, so driving is relatively stress free.

The Cruise Center operates a hop-on hop-off bus service on days when a cruise ship is in. This is a relatively easy way to get around to the main sights, but it's pricey and tickets are only sold through the cruise lines.

Bicycles are offered, but really aren't suitable for exploring the whole island due to the heat and sun. Walking can be considered for getting around Cockburn Town, as most of the accommodations, restaurants and town attractions are located on a three quarters of a mile strip of waterfront. The cruise center is about three miles from the old part of Cockburn Town, so cruise ship guests will probably need transport to town.

Reference our Providenciales driving page for general information on driving and road safety in the country.


Taxis are usually waiting at the Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) and at the Grand Turk Cruise Center.

There's fixed fares from the Cruise Center, but not for return trips. You're advised to confirm your fare before setting off. We recommend you write down the number of a taxi in case one is needed on your trip.

Key Points

  • We drive on the left.
  • Many drivers do not exercise due care and attention, especially operators of taxis (both legal and illegal).
  • Don’t pick up hitch-hikers or provide assistance to other motorists. If you think they need help, call the police on 911.

Typical Rental Requirements

  • Minimum rental age is usually 21 or 24 (18 for scooters).
  • Valid drivers license required. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is not needed, unless your licence is not in English.
  • A valid passport and credit card are usually required.
Grand Turk Cruise Center
Grand Turk • Cruise Center
The only cruise port in the Turks and Caicos, this large complex on Grand Turk is located directly on an excellent beach and also offers a huge pool, quite a few shops and the largest Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville in the Caribbean.
Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT)
Grand Turk • Airport
The JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) is the only airport on Grand Turk and one of only two international airports in the country.
Nathan's Rentals
Grand Turk • Car Rental, Scooter Rental...
Car, jeep, scooter and golf cart rentals on Grand Turk. Complimentary pick up and drop off available from both the Grand Turk Cruise Center and the airport.
Patsy's Taxi & Tour Services
Grand Turk • Taxi
Informative taxi and island tours on Grand Turk by long-time local resident Patsy Taylor.
Mama Dea Taxi & Tour Servce
Grand Turk • Taxi
Mama Dea offers taxis and tour services on Grand Turk. Experience the sights and attractions of the island in air conditioned comfort. Complimentary Wi-Fi available in the vehicles.
Tony's Rentals
Cockburn Town • Car Rental, Scooter Rental
Tony’s Rentals offers scooter, jeep, car, bicycle and jet ski rentals on Grand Turk.
Wet Money Tours & Rentals
Grand Turk • Water Sports Operator, Scooter Rental...
Local water sports company specializing in snorkelling tours, whale watching, Gibbs Cay trips, fishing, scooter rentals and more.