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Transportation on Aruba
Most trips between airport, hotels or downtown Oranjestad average US$10-$15. A trip from airport to high rise hotels is one of the longest and costs $20, or $25 late in the evening or on holidays. Taxi drivers usually own their cabs and most of them have participated in the governmentís Tourism Awareness Program. Check fares before you accept taxi services, and tip generously if you have a pleasant ride.
Most airport car-rental offices are open from 8 am to 8 pm, but a few operate from 7 am to 11pm. Others appear to open and close on a whim. When you make your reservation, verify that someone will be available at the times you wish to pick up and return your car. Some companies have a drop box for after-hours returns; others arrange for an adjacent office to handle the paperwork, if they plan to be closed during your arrival/departure times.
Rental rates vary season to season, but they average about $35 per day for a small car with manual transmission, air-conditioning and unlimited mileage. You pay about $65 per day for a lager car or one with automatic transmission or four-wheel-drive. Weekly rates are available and may work out to be less per day. Insurance add-ons begin at $10 per day, but you may be responsible for $500 worth of damage, anyway. Check before you sign up.
Bicycle, Scooter & Motorcycle
The beat way to get around is by car, but Aruba is flat and many roads are in excellent condition, so biking or motorbiking are also possible. Traffic in Oranjestad is heavy, especially when a cruise ship is in port, and the main highways are busy during rush hours.
Youíll pay about $5 per hour or $25 per day for a basic bicycle, $35 per day for a scooter, and $45 to $100 per day for a motorcycle.
You canít get everywhere on Aruba by public bus, but frequent scheduled service runs to many areas Monday through Saturday from 6 am until 6 pm, with less frequent service from 6 pm until midnight. On Sundays and holidays, buses operate a light schedule between 6 am and 6 pm.
Have the correct change when you board. A one-way ticket is $1.5 or 2 Afl, and round-trip fare is $2. Stops are marked by a yellow Bushalte road sign. You can pick up a schedule at the Arubus station in Oranjestad or at tourist information booths and hotel reception areas throughout the island. Regular routes run between San Nicholas on the southwest coast and the resorts along beaches on the northwest coast, with stops in Oranjestad.
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