By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Nassau?

Do you need a car in Nassau > Should you rent a car in Nassau Bahamas > Nassau ( NAS )

Do you need a car in Nassau? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? 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

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

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

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Nassau. 


  • 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 and walking/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 questions, if you are here for the first time AND 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?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Nassau if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

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

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Nassau on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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