Getting To and Around the Turks and Caicos Islands

Travel Team
By Travel Team 3 Min Read

Multiple international airlines serve Providenciales International Airport (PLS), with onward connections to Grand Turk and other islands. The main carrier is interCaribbean Airways, and British Airways flies from the UK with a brief stop in Antigua. However, Virgin Atlantic recently began non-stop flights from the UK and Europe twice a week. Otherwise, the remote location can be accessed from major US cities, Canada, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. Of course, there is also the option of a cruise with a list of leading operators calling at Grand Turk.  

Once there, you can travel between the islands via local airlines and ferry services. North Caicos and Middle Caicos are the only two islands connected by a causeway; for accessing the others, there are chartered interCaribbean Airways and Caicos Express Airways flights offered by both airlines to the country’s smaller islands. Small passenger ferry services operate between Providenciales and North Caicos, Providenciales and South Caicos, and Grand Turk and Salt Cay.  

On the islands themselves, cars are the main means of transport for residents and visitors alike. Note that the country has no train, bus, or subway service. As the distances between most attractions, sights, and beaches are often far apart, walking and cycling are not comfortably feasible, and taxis make for an expensive journey. Therefore, car hire is the obvious choice. Rental cars may not be needed for guests staying at an all-inclusive resort, and some luxury vacation villas also offer complimentary transport. A short stay in the central Grace Bay area may not warrant vehicle hire either.  

The minimum driving age is 25 and 18 for scooters. If your license is in a language other than English, then an International Driving Permit is required.  

As an extra special travel treat, booking a place in the Fast Track TCI fast lane is an option. It is a luxury service offering a diplomat experience at PLS, with expedited immigration and customs. Airport transportation is available for arriving and departing guests from the plane to your accommodation and vice versa. Helpful and friendly staff will assist you in booking the required service and ensure you are taken care of on your vacation. Now offering VIP transport via luxury and stylish SUVs, Fast Track TCI prioritises you while you prioritise convenience.

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