Buses:  There are two types of buses in Barbados.  Blue buses with yellow stripes are government-owned; their smaller, yellow and blue-striped counterparts are privately-owned.  Fares for both types are $2.00 Barbados (equivalent of $1 US) but use the local currency; no foreign coins are accepted on the bus and exact change is required.  Here is a link to the transport page to help you decide whether the bus is for you:  

The main difference between the two types of buses found on Barbados is that the privately-owned minibuses tend to have shorter routes, enabling them to pick up passengers more frequently. On the other hand, government buses take riders a little farther from the central hub of town - ideal for travelers interested in doing some sightseeing. 

Buses arrive at most bus stops every 20 minutes, and both types generally post their destinations on the front of the bus. Locals will tell you that it's a good idea to flag the bus down with your hand, even if you are standing at the stop. 

There are three bus systems running seven days a week (though less frequently on Sundays), and a ride on any of them costs $2.00 Barbados.  The smaller buses from the two privately-owned systems (“ZRs” and “minibuses”) can give change; the larger blue and yellow buses from the government-operated Barbados Transport Board system cannot. Most routes require a connection in Bridgetown.

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The daily rate for the fully auto and the semi auto is $55.00 US plus $5.00 US for a Visitors Permit. The daily rate for the Honda Phantom Cruisers is $85.00 USD plus $5.00 USD for a Visitors Permit.
Security deposit is required but is fully refundable, either via Cash/Credit Card and is returned at the end of the rental provided no damages were done to the Vehicle.

They have two Locations:
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Mason Hall Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael, opposite the St. Mary’s Primary School.

Delivery fee:  A minor fee may be applicable depending on location but you can avoid this by picking up the vehicle in person.
Telephone Numbers: +1 (246) 271-0286 OR 230-6452

Hours:  They are open Monday to Sunday and Bank Holidays at the Prospect Branch, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Monday to Saturday at Mason Hall Street: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

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Be careful navigating the roads on your scooter as roads are narrow with open drainage ditches in many places.

ZR Vans (so called because their license plates begin with the letters "ZR")

The photo at right shows a typical ZR van with markings indicating that it serves the number 11 route.

The ZRs (pronounced "Zed-Rs"), are privately-owned mini-vans that run on specific predetermined routes.  They are recognized by their white exterior and maroon stripe down the sides.  ZRs are independently owned but have a fixed fare of two Barbados dollars per person for one way.  According to travel agencies, ZRs are not only the most reliable form of public transportation, but they also provide entertainment to their customers.  ZRs move quickly and stop frequently to pick up the maximum number of paying passengers in the shortest amount of time.  Therefore, ZRs have a reputation for loud music and cramped spacing.