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Most popular car hire types

Below are the most popular car hire types in Barbados and the cheapest cities in which to rent them
Small
Small

Best value

Bridgetown

£33/day
Small

No. 1 most popular

Christchurch

£33/day
Medium
Medium

Best value

Christchurch

£28/day
Medium

No. 1 most popular

Bridgetown

£42/day
SUV
SUV

Best value

Christchurch

£35/day
SUV

No. 1 most popular

Bridgetown

£46/day
Large
Large

Best value

Bridgetown

£62/day
Large

No. 1 most popular

Saint James

£123/day

Hiring a car in Barbados

Before you book your car hire, here are a few tips and rules you should know about driving in Barbados

Does Barbados have any unique traffic laws?

If you're interested in using rental cars while visiting the island of Barbados, you should keep in mind that texting or talking on the phone is illegal while driving. Hands-free and Bluetooth functions are allowed, but you can't use headsets or earpieces as they can distract you from the road. If you are stopped and fined by the local police for illegally using an electronic device, the fine will be expensive and you could face imprisonment for up to 18 months. It is a legal requirement that you use your headlights during the night in Barbados, and honking the horn is not always bad as it's a local way of saying hello or thank you to other drivers. The roundabouts in Barbados are simple but may be different to what you are used to, as you must always give right of way to traffic coming from the right.

What are the legal and documentation requirements for renting a car in Barbados?

Some car hire companies will require you to be at least 21 years old to rent a car, and you will be expected to have your driving license for at least two years, although some rental car companies may require up to five years of experience. If you are 25 years old or younger you can expect to receive an extra charge from car hire companies, and while most will accept both credit or debit cards when paying or making a deposit, some rental car companies in Barbados may ask for a cash deposit. Car rental companies will require you to provide a valid driver’s license from your country of origin, but you will also need to obtain a locally issued Barbados Visitor License, which is very cheap and covers up to two months.

Which areas of Barbados have the most traffic?

Bridgetown, the capital city, is the home of most car hire companies, and it's also where you will encounter the most traffic while driving around the island. In general, driving around Barbados is easier than in most countries, but traffic in the capital is on the rise, especially with an increase of people commuting to the city for work while living in the smaller towns surrounding it. If you are planning on travelling around Bridgetown for a day, then we suggest walking, cycling, or taking the bus as the city is small enough that you may not need to use a rental car. Public parking is generally easy to find, and it's common to park on the sides of streets, as long as you are not blocking any roads or exits. If you are travelling outside the city of Bridgetown, then a car rental is the perfect way to see the incredible beaches and small towns that have made the island country famous.

What are the best scenic roads in Barbados?

Driving around the entire island of Barbados only takes about three hours in total, which is possible to do in one day or even an afternoon. Many travellers take the island bit by bit, driving to a new area and staying the night, but if you plan on making a road trip out of the whole island, we recommend driving clockwise around the coast, starting at Accra beach, beside Bridgetown. You can visit Pebbles Beach, which has clear water and the opportunity to go snorkelling with wildlife, before stopping in Bridgetown or Speightstown,  which has colourful houses, shops and plenty of bars and restaurants to visit. We also recommend heading up north to see the Animal Flower Cave, where you can pay for a tour and swim in a natural pool of water inside the cave and see out across the ocean.

What is the cheapest car hire agency in Barbados?

The most affordable car hire agency in Barbados is Alamo. Travellers have found Alamo rental cars for as little as £22/day at some locations, which is a cheaper deal compared to the national average price of £30/day. Keep in mind that prices tend to vary depending on your car hire needs.

What is the most popular car hire agency in Barbados?

If you plan to hire a car in Barbados, we recommend booking with Stoutes Car Rental, one of the most popular agencies in the country. In the past month, 26% of our users selected Stoutes Car Rental for their car rental needs. The agency also has a customer satisfaction rating of 8.8 out of 10 from 1 reviewer.

What car hire company in Barbados has the most locations?

Drive A Matic is the car hire company in Barbados that currently has the most locations. With 7 car rental centres across the country, you should have no issue finding one of their locations at your destination. Not sure what city you want to visit but know that you want to hire a car from Drive A Matic? Bridgetown is the most popular city to visit in Barbados, with 5 Drive A Matic car rental locations.

What side of the road do people in Barbados drive on?

People drive on the left in Barbados. If you are travelling to Barbados from a country that drives on the opposite side of the road, then this may take some getting used to, especially if you intend to hire a car during your stay.

What is the drink driving limit in Barbados?

3.81 mg/l is the maximum Blood Alcohol Concentration you can have to legally drive a car in Barbados. Both residents and visitors of Barbados can face legal penalties for having a BAC higher than this amount. If you are younger than 16, which is the legal drinking age in Barbados, then you may face strict penalties if you are caught drink-driving. Keep in mind that it is never a good idea to drink-drive no matter how old you are.

What is the most popular type of car to hire in Barbados?

The most popular type of car to hire in Barbados is a Economy. 21% of our users also chose this type of car for their travels to Barbados. If a Economy fits your needs during your stay, then you can expect to pay around £21 per day for your rental. Keep in mind that prices may vary depending on what city you visit and what car hire company you choose.

How much does petrol cost in Barbados?

On average, the price of petrol last week in Barbados was £1.43 per litre. In comparison, the country with the cheapest average petrol price is Algeria at £0.25 per litre, whereas the country with the most expensive average petrol price is Hong Kong at £1.90 per litre.


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