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Getting Around in Guyana
 
 
 

By Air

The only reliable means of travelling into the interior is by air and it is readily available. Several local airlines depart from both Ogle Aerodrome (OGL) on the east coast of Demerara and from CBJ International Airport in Timehri. A number of different airlines and charter companies offer flights to most destinations; enquire locally for details.

By Sea/River

Government steamers communicate with the interior up the Essequibo and Berbice rivers, but services can be irregular owing to flooding. The Government also runs a coast-hopping service from Georgetown to several northern ports. Smaller craft operate where there is sufficient demand throughout the country.

Many parts of Guyana are separated by large rivers. These areas can be traversed by way of river taxi. Go to the port village and ask from where the speedboats launch. Ask other passengers what the fare is while travelling as boat operators tend to seek higher fees from tourists. Do not take "specials" without first negotiating the price.

By Road

Traffic drives on the left. All-weather roads are concentrated in the eastern coastal strip, although there is now a road inland as far as the Brazilian border and a bridge linking to the two countries is nearing completion. The coastal road linking Georgetown, Rosignol, New Amsterdam and Crabwood Creek (Corentyne) is fairly good, but generally road conditions are poor. Because of Guyana’s many rivers, most journeys of more than a few miles outside the capital will involve ferries and the attendant delays. Avoid driving at night. Seatbelt must be worn at all times, this law is enforced and failure to abide could lead to a fine.

Bus

Georgetown’s Stabroek Market is the terminus for minibuses. These are regular but generally crowded. Buses run to all areas, departing whenever they are full. The first buses leave at around 5 am, and services continue until about 9 pm. Within Georgetown, buses run all night. Services from Vreed-en-Hoop to Parika operate in conjunction with the passenger-ferry service across the Demerara to Georgetown; services from New Amsterdam to Crabwood Creek operate in conjunction with ferries across the Berbice River.

Taxi

At night, it is advisable to travel by taxi. Vehicles are plentiful. There is a standard fare for intercity travel; night fares are extra. For longer trips, fares should be agreed before departure. A 10% tip is usual in taxis. Travellers are advised to only use taxis from reputable companies and not to hail one from the roadside.

Car Rental

Limited availability from local firms in Georgetown.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit is recommended. A one-month local driving permit can be obtained from the 'Licence and Revenue Office' in Georgetown, after showing a valid foreign licence.

Urban Transportation

Minibuses are the most common way to get around town. There are also numerous taxi services which are listed in the telephone directory. Not all taxis are safe to enter so it is wise to ask at your hotel to recommend a driver. Once you have found a driver that you trust, ask for their cell number. A little tipping will ensure that you get prompt service.

 

 
 

 



 


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