Frequently Asked Questions - Barbados car rentals and driving on the island

What are the requirements for hiring a car?

Our insurer requires that hirers be between the ages of 21 and 80 years old, with 4 years driving experience.  Drivers between the ages of 75 and 80 years old are required to provide a recently completed medical certificate.

Do I need an international driver’s license in Barbados?

No, but a Visitors Registration Certificate is required to drive in Barbados – we will issue this for you at time of delivery of the rental vehicle to you.  It is valid for 2 months and cost $5 US.

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

On the left!  Please see our Driving Tips section of our website for more info.

Are seatbelts mandatory in Barbados?

Yes.

Are child car seats required in Barbados?

Up to 4 years of age.

What is the speed limit in Barbados?

60 km on interior roads; 80 km on highways where posted; 20 km in industrial and school zones.

When is rush hour in Barbados?

Between the hours of 7:30  and 9:30 a.m. and 3 and 5:30 p.m. we think it’s better to be on the beach than on the roadways to and from Bridgetown; on and around the South Coast road; in and around the Warrens and Wildey areas!  The roadways in the North, the East and interior are not affect by rush hour traffic.

How much does parking cost in Barbados?

Parking is free of charge except at the airport ($1.50 US per hour or part thereof) and in the parking lots in Bridgetown ($1 US per hour).  You run the risk of getting a $25 US parking ticket if you park in a no-parking area in Bridgetown.

Can I use a cell phone while driving in Barbados?

No – there is a hefty fine ($1,000 US) for doing so.

How easy is it to drive in Barbados?

See our helpful hints in our Driving Tips section of this website!

What do I do in case of a car accident in Barbados?

We do not move the vehicles from point of impact here in Barbados until the police or Accident Response personnel arrive (so as to assist in assessing liability).  Call our office immediately and we will take care of calling the relevant personnel.

Do I need to hire a car in Barbados?

It’s not a necessity (there are public buses, private minivans, and taxis that will eventually get you most places), but it will certainly enhance your holiday experience being able to explore whenever and wherever at your leisure and convenience.