We get a lot of questions regarding transportation possibilities on Curacao. "Should we rent a car?", or "Is public transport on Curacao safe and reliable?" and"Are taxis easy to take and are they expensive?".
You'll find a stretch mall full of car rental agencies at the airport, in a building left from the arrival area. We suggest you place a reservation for your car in advance online. This will save you time and money when you come to pick up your car. Nothing worse than having to stand in line, only to find out that the car you want is no longer available.
The buscompany on Curacao is Autobus Bedrijf Curacao. The public transport on Curacao is very limited. The two major bus stations are at Punda (tel +5999 - 641 6257) and Otrobanda (tel +5999 - 462 8359). We recommend you strongly to rent a car, or to take taxis!
Taxis in Curacao are easily recognized by having a license plate that is marked with the letters "TX". Taxis fares are unmetered, and drivers may have fare-sheets available. A 25% surcharge will be added to taxi fares if there are more than four passengers or if it is before 06:00am or past 11:00pm. There can also be small fees for large or an excessive amount of luggage. Many taxi drivers can also act as tour guides and will take passengers to different parts of the island. Fares are per taxi, not per person!!!
Call a Taxi: +(5999) 869 0747
From Airport to Jan Thiel area: USD 38 - USD 45
From Airport to Otrobanda (Marriott, Floris Suite, Hilton): USD 20 - USD 28
From Airport to Lions Dive & Beach Resort (Mambo Beach): USD 30 - USD 35
Driving is on the right in Curacao, so there won't be many problems for North Americans, Europeans and most South Americans when zipping around the island.