Do you need a car in Nassau?

Should you rent a car in Nassau Bahamas > Nassau

Nassau Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

Well in Nassau they like to keep their naming simple, and this is where you will find Paradise Island, and on it the vast resort complex of Atlantis. The Bahamas are a collection of some 27,000 islands, but only a few of these have any form of access ability by road and ferry.

So is there any need to get a hire car to visit the Bahamas?

Why should you rent a car in Nassau?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Nassau?

Nassau Car hire summary

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Total 76 - of which 40 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • Island hop by car – ferries are available from Nassau to nearly a dozen other locations around the Bahamas. Why stick to just one island?
  • Public what? Terrible bus service – no bus from the airport for a start.
  • Unpleasant walking environment – the streets have been built for motorised traffic, and however beautiful the island itself is, this is not a particularly pleasant place to actually get around on foot.
  • Private property – Nassau is a densely populated city, but there is little by way of designated walking trails or hiking paths. In many cases, private villas have been built to overlook the sea, but there’s little by way of connected paths between them.

Why not? Visiting Nassau without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Nassau public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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  • Limited distances – it might well just be much easier to use a taxi to get to and from your resort.
  • Local buses – apart from actually getting to and from the airport, there are plenty of local buses milling around the island.
  • Island hop as a foot passenger.

Conclusion – because public transport is so poor and the Bahamas are really not conducive to walking, a hire car is just about recommended.


Car rental in - Nassau Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Nassau?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Nassau?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Nassau?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Nassau if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Nassau if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Nassau if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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