Transport within the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts & Nevis (one country, a two-island federation) includes normal road traffic, public buses, taxis, ferries, airports, and one unusual railway.
Basseterre is the hub for all major roads on the island of St. Kitts. Charlestown is the equivalent hub for Nevis. Driving is on the left.
The speed limit in settled areas is 25 mph, with special caution to be taken around school zones. In rural areas the speed limit is 40 mph.
The grand total of roadways on St. Kitts and Nevis is 320 km. In 1999 it was estimated that 136 km were paved, and 184 km were unpaved .
The public buses are privately-owned, but government-licensed, vans. They usually have a decorative name on the front, and they all have a green license plate where the number starts with the letter "H".
A bus may be flagged down anywhere along its route (not only at bus stop shelters), and the bus will also stop anywhere along its route (on request) to let off a passenger.
All bus fees (in Eastern Caribbean or EC dollars) are $2.50 for a trip of 5 miles or under, $3.00 for a trip of 5 to 10 miles, and $3.75 for a trip over 10 miles. ($1 US = $2.7 EC)
Destinations off of the main route are often possible on request, at the discretion of the driver, on payment of a small extra charge.
There are 5 main bus routes on St. Kitts:
- Basseterre to Sandy Point traveling west, starting at the Ferry Terminal
- Basseterre to Capesterre traveling west, starting at the Ferry Terminal
- Basseterre to St. Peter's traveling north, starting at College Street Ghaut
- Basseterre to Molyneux traveling east, starting at Baker's Corner
- Basseterre to Saddler's traveling east, starting at Baker's Corner
(No public buses travel southwards to the main resort areas in Frigate Bay and the Southeast Peninsula of St. Kitts.)
In Nevis all buses run both ways various distances along the main ring road around the island. They terminate in the capital of Nevis, Charlestown.
Buses traveling north out of Charlestown wait to leave from the southwest end of D. R. Walwyn Plaza. Buses traveling south from Charlestown wait to leave from the northern end of Memorial Square.
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