The Bahamas Transportation
Paradise Island is connected to Nassau and New Providence Island proper by twin bridges across the harbor. Buses and taxis take travelers across the bridge for a small fee.
Taxis are available all over the island. The fares are set by government. It is best to make sure the driver turns on the meter once you get into the cab.
You can either go to a taxi stand and get a cab or have the hotel call you one.
Make sure you ride in a registered taxi. In addition, make sure you negotiate the fare before you ride; this will avoid potential arguments and conflicts later. Taxi fares can be very expensive, especially during the high season.
Taxis to Paradise Island will take you across the bridge from Nassau. They shouldn’t cost more than $5 per person. Rides are about 5 to10 minutes depending on Bay Street traffic.
If coming by cruise ship to Nassau, you can get a taxi at the taxi stand outside the wharf. When going back to Nassau, you can easily get a taxi outside the Atlantis.
Mini buses (jitneys) run round the island, connecting Nassau to everywhere else.
Jitneys are small minibuses that can carry about 20 or so people and cost a set price of $1 for any single journey. They are very useful if you’re staying on Cable Beach for getting in/out of downtown Nassau (No’s 10 & 10A). They terminate on the corner of Frederick St and Bay St near the Straw Market. My only gripe with them is that they stop at 7 or 8pm which means you have to take a taxi back if spending the night in Nassau.
A ferry to Paradise Island leaves every half hour between 9pm and 6pm daily from the area near Prince George Wharf off Woodes Rogers Walk. Rides cost $3 each way and take about 10-15 minutes. You will get dropped off underneath the bridge to Paradise Island – a short walk from the Atlantis.
A little warning – the operators of the boat will ask for tips before letting you off.
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