Taxi Rates in Roatan
Book your transportation in advance. Doing so may help you avoid competing with opportunistic drivers after you’ve arrived. Our drivers will pick you up and drop you back at your port if you are on Roatan for only the day.
PRO TIP: Once you book with us, you will not be required to tip your driver.
ROATAN TAXI RATES can be affordable and can make for an enjoyable way to get around Roatan Island. Roatan Taxi operators have an excellent reputation and are hard working individuals. As in all travels, public transportation can come with its set of challenges and Roatan is no exception. One of the challenges when traveling abroad is avoiding street hustlers and scams. For this reason, we're included rate sheet with destinations and estimates you can expect to pay when traveling around Roatan. There is one road traveling the center of Roatan Island. So Roatan taxi rides are not computed based on mileage driven. Instead, rates are computed based on destination town or destination zone. Here is a list of popular destination and an estimated tarrif.
Travel to East End
Roatan Taxi drivers Avoid traveling east. Most of Roatan's population lives on the west side of town, and most of the activities have developed in the west. West End and West Bay Roatan are high tourist attractions. So when traveling west, taxi drivers might be more lenient on what they'll charge because they usually know they can pick up another passenger their return. But when traveling too far east, this can be tricky, and Roatan taxi drivers try to capture their earnings on the one-way trip outbound towards the East End.
Plan in Advance
KNOW YOUR RATES
Plan your trip in advance and be prepared. It's both a safety tip and a good practice to know the going rate of taxi rides before visiting Roatan. Taxi drivers are unregulated, and if they smell an uninformed traveler, they'll have no problems asking you to pay a premium. Roatan taxi drivers are hard-working and honest. But it is important to come across as an informed tourist. Put another way round, it won't hurt you to be well informed, but it might cost you dinner if you're clueless.
MAHOGANY BAY TAXI ASSOCIATION
While Roatan Taxi drivers are by and large unregulated, many are unionized. And one of the largest unions is the Mahogany Bay Taxi Association (MBTA) which serves the incoming cruise ships to Roatan. The Mahogany Bay Taxi Association publishes their rates, and that gives travelers insight into what an appropriate rates should be.
Five Taxi Tips:
ONE: Print the pricing scheme from this website. It is a good idea to keep this handy so that you can show it to the taxi driver as you look to negotiate a fair rate.
TWO: Use a certified taxi. Taxi operators who belong to the taxi union hold themselves to a higher authority. The individual Taxi is normally white with a yellow cab number on the door. Avoid getting into a civilian vehicle offering you a cab ride. Especially in high season, too many are happy to pose as taxi drivers and not all are willing to abide by generally accepted union guidelines.
THREE: Get a reliable source to "call you a cab." If you're staying at a hotel or if you've just arrived on a cruise ship, there are many travel agencies who are in place to support your needs while on the island. These establishments will know who to call as they normally use the same operators for local runs.
FOUR: If at all possible, call you cab in advance and establish the rate when booking the service. You'll be less effective if you start this conversation after the taxi is in motion. Remember that your strongest bargaining power is when you are standing outside or when you call in advance.
FIVE: Try and use the same cab driver whenever possible. This is not always possible, especially in high season, but most of the time, cab drivers have time and know how competitive the market can be. So they are usually very interested in setting a return time for your pick up. Even if you don't plan on returning for a few hours, still make it a point to set a time for your return trip. Some cab operators will even hold off on charging you until they return as a sign a good fair.
Alternative Modes of Transportation
MORE SCENIC AND LESS EXPENSIVE
There are other ways of getting around Roatan island. Especially if you're on the westside. Roatan water taxi is an excellent transportation option for a short transfer from West End to West Bay. The short boat ride is enjoyable, and on protected water, so you won't have to worry about waves or turbulent waters. One of the highlights of taking a water taxi in Roatan is getting a front row seat to the crystal clear Caribbean waters. The view of Roatan is also a new perspective as you can better appreciate the cost line of Roatan island from the boat. Roatan Water Taxi rides are usually on a small fishing boat, and this brings passengers closer to the water. The boats are stable and can accommodate groups of two to six passengers.
If you are traveling with a large group, consider taking a "Rapidito." These mini-buses can fit up to 12 passengers, and they will allow you to keep your group together as you get transported around Roatan.
Car rentals are also an option, but rates and deposits can be tricky to pin down. If you're considering renting a car in Roatan, we recommend calling well in advance and working out the details ahead of time. It is also advisable to establish a point of contact so that when you arrive, you'll have a specific person to ask for at the counter. Renta A Car companies are not as organized as they are in the US and many times the renter's service agreements is much different than the agreement for US based renters.
Motorcycles & Scooters
Finally, don't rule out the possibility of renting a scooter or motorcycle. We've all heard of "crazy drivers" in third world countries, but much of the narrative is miss-leading. The fact is, most vehicles travel at an average speed of 35- 45 miles per hour as the terrain and the road conditions do not allow for 75 miles an hour speeds. So motorcycles can out maneuver vehicles, and they don't have issues with finding parking. Remember that most of your community will be less than 20 miles, so the exposure is contained to a small area.
Cruise Ship Taxi
Taxi fares are usually by the person when traveling outside of Zone A. But within Zone A, taxi's charge by the cab ride. There is a minimum of $20 per taxi inside of Zone A, and if a cab leaves Zone A, then they switch to a per person rating scheme. Taxi drivers usually call an audible on individuals traveling alone as they want to ensure that rates increase as distances increase, so don't try and be a wise guy if you're traveling alone. Be fair-minded and be prepared.
ESTIMATED TARIFF's (from:___ to:___)
|ROUTE||TAXI ASSOCIATION||NEGOTIATED||CAR POOL (pp)|
|Port of Roatan → Coxen Hole||$3-5||$2-3||$2-3|
|Port of Roatan → Flowers Bay||$10-15||$8-12||$8-10|
|Port of Roatan → West Bay||$35-50||$30||$20-25|
|Port of Roatan → West End||$40-50||$30||$20-25|
|Port of Roatan → Sandy Bay||$25-35||$20-25||$15-20|
|Port of Roatan → Lawson Rock||$25-35||$20-25||$15-20|
|Port of Roatan → Palmetto Bay||$50-60||$45-55||$25-30|
|Port of Roatan → Brick Bay||$15-25||$5-10||$5-8|
|Port of Roatan → Pristine Bay||$30-40||$20-30||$10-15|
|Port of Roatan → French Harbour||$20-30||$20||$10-15|
|Port of Roatan → Little French Key||$30-40||$20-30||$10-15|
|Port of Roatan → Iguana Farm||$30-40||$20-30||$10-15|
|Port of Roatan → Parrot Tree||$40-50||$25-35||$20-25|
|Port of Roatan → Politilly Bite||$50-60||$30-40||$25-30|
|Port of Roatan → Milton Bite||$50-60||$30-40||$25-30|
|Port of Roatan → Jonesville||$60-70||$30-45||$25-30|
|Port of Roatan → Oakridge||$60-80||$30-45||$25-30|
|Port of Roatan → Punta Gorda||$60-80||$30-45||$25-30|
|Port of Roatan → Diamond Rock||$80-100||$45-60||$25-30|
|Port of Roatan → Port Royal||$80-120||$45-60||$25-30|
|Port of Roatan → Camp Bay||$80-120||$45-60||$25-30|
|Port of Roatan → Old Port Royal||$80-120||$45-60||$25-30|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → Sandy Bay||$15-25||$15-20||$10-15|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → West End||$20-30||$30||$10-15|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → West Bay||$25-35||$30||$10-15|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → Palmeto Bay||$35-45||$35-40||25-30|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → French Harbor||$15-25||$20||$2-5|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → Parrot Tree||$25-35||$25-30||N/A|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → Diamond Rock||$25-35||$25-30||N/A|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → Camp Bay||$35-45||$35-40||N/A|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → Port Royal||$45-55||$40-$45||N/A|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → First Bay||$35-45||$30-35||$4-10|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → Flowers Bay||$35-45||$30-35||$4-10|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → French Key||$25-35||$20-25||$4-10|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → West End||$45-55||$35-45||$4-10|
|Galaxy Wave Ferry → Oakridge||$45-55||$35-45||$4-10|
|West End → West Bay||$10-20||$10-15||$4-10|
|West Bay → Sandy Bay||$15-25||$15-20||$10-15|
|Coxen Hole → Brick Bay||$25-35||$25-30||$2-5|
|Coxen Hole → Dixon Cove||$15-25||$15-20||$2-5|
|Coxen Hole → Mega Plaza||$30-40||$30-35||$2-5|
|Coxen Hole → French Harbor||$30-40||$30-35||$2-5|
|French Harbor → Dixon Cove||$25-35||$25-30||$2-5|
|French Harbor → Mega Plaza||$15-20||$10-15||$2-5|
|French Harbor → Milton Bight||$35-45||$30-40||$2-5|
|French Harbor → Politilly||$35-45||$30-40||$2-5|
|French Harbor → Punta Gorda||$45-55||$40-50||$2-5|
|West End → Sandy Bay||$10-20||$10-15||$2-5|
|West End → coxen hole||$15-25||$20||$2-5|
Prices based on declared Taxi Association Rates.
Prices may increase after hours (8:30 pm to 5 am).
Drop off on main road. Detours are considered add ons.
When Paying dollars, round up to the nearest dollar.
Highly recommend to pay in Lempiras.