Taxis - Negril Jamaica

Legitimate, legal taxis in Negril all sport red license plates which signify that they are properly licensed, insured and safety inspected by the government.

Route Taxis

These are taxis that cruise the roads of Negril picking up and dropping off passengers. Locals use them a lot but so do knowledgeable tourists because they are a very economical mode of transportation.

If you desire a taxi to drive you anywhere in Negril just go out to the road and flag one down. They are always looking for new passengers so they normally stop quickly if they have room for you. If they don't have room or on a charter they will blink their lights to signal this to you. Then just wait a moment and another taxi will come right along.

Before you get in a taxi be sure to reach agreement on the price of the ride for each of you! But don't be afraid to add a tip!

If you call for a taxi from your resort's front desk they will charge you twice as much as if you flag one down on the road. After midnight all taxis automatically double their fares.

There are 2 government fixed price routes for taxis - $80 JD ($1 USD) per passenger;

The beach route up and down Norman Manley Blvd. to the beach resorts, shops, restaurants and bars and back to the roundabout .

The west end route to and from the cliff areas resorts, shops, restaurants and bars back to the roundabout.

Lowest Fares

To get the low $80 ($1 USD) fare you must get in or out at the roundabout or sooner. Beyond that usually goes up to at least $200 JD ($2.50 USD) per passenger. However during either low fare ride the driver may pickup more passengers as he goes. Usually for $500 JD ($6.25 USD) a taxi may be booked exclusively for your party of up to 4 people.

Some of Negril's taxi drivers "hook up" with a resort and transport their patrons exclusively for a higher price and many tourists prefer them because they feel safer with them than with a flagged taxi from the road. These are not route taxis.

Short Charters

If a Route Taxi is empty he can book you for a Short Charter to take you to where you wish to go - wait (if necessary) - and return all for a negotiated amount of money. This is like when you get a Beach Route Taxi and you want him to take you to Ricks on the west end. He is only supposed to take you to the roundabout or the Bus Park and you would then have to get another Westend Route Taxi from there but he can take you to Ricks (and come back to get you later) if you negotiate a Short Charter Price.

Speeding Route Taxis

A Route Taxi pays money to get assigned a route like the Beach Road or the the Westend, . They have to hump it back and forth as many times as possible to make a living. Often the drivers don't own the vehicles but rent them from the owner for around $2000 to $2500 JD per day. Sometimes an owner will have several Route Taxis running all over the place.

This need to rush here and rush there is part of the problem of the unsafeness of the roads in Negril. To meet their daily costs, taxis try to get from Point A to Point B as fast as possible and danger is a secondary consideration.

Driver Phone Numbers

Every taxi driver has a cell phone so if you like a particular driver that you encounter, then get his number to call him later to arrange for other rides. He's sure to come back for you anytime if you call him (and if you've tipped him). Taxi drivers are not getting rich in Negril so please be generous with them if you like them.

 

 


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