Trinidad and Tobago Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Trinidad and Tobago
Driving is on the left of the road and cars are largely right hand drive. You can drive for up to 90 days on the licence of most countries. Trinidad has several good four-lane highways but the high speeds and poor local driving standards cause regular accidents. Secondary roads tend to be in worse condition with plenty of pot holes. Traffic congestion can be a problem in Port of Spain as can security. Night travel should be avoided other than on major roads in the City. The Beetham Highway is dangerous if your vehicle has broken down. If your vehicle is still drivable you should get out of the area before seeking help. There have also been incidents of stones being thrown at cars to get them to stop and rob the occupants. Keep driving if this happens . Elsewhere in Port of Spain, especially in Laventille, there have been car jacking reported where a vehicle will bump your car and when you get out you are attacked. If you are involved in an accident in Laventille or on the Beetham Highway, if your car still drives, you should get to a public area before stopping. Drivers in Trinidad and Tobago are not normally aggressive but often ignore road rules and drinking and driving is common, especially at weekends and on holidays. You should always drive with caution and avoid night travel.
In Tobago, driving is relatively easy on this small Island (26×8 miles). The roads are in fairly good condition especially by Caribbean standards, especially in the more built up areas of Crown Point and Scarbrough. However expect the occasional pot hole. Roads tend to be winding and narrow and poorly lit so drive with caution at night. There are very few sign posts but as the Island is small with few roads its hard to get lost. Scarbrough does have its own version of rush hour and does suffer from minor congestion at time but nothing to compare to cities in Europe and USA.
Trinidad and Tobago Car Rental –
Hertz, Alamo, Europcar ,National, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, have branches at Piarco airport or in Port of Spain in Trinidad. Trinidad (but not Tobago) seems to be covered by the bigger broker sites such as Argus Car Hire.
Thrifty are the only one of the big companies with a branch in Tobago . Also below are some local options-
This is a broker dealing with Tobago car rental companies –
This website lists a large number of local companies some with email addresses.
Trinidad and Tobago Self Drive Rules-
None of the big companies mention being able to take cars from Trinidad to other islands so I would assume this isn’t possible.