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(@love2travel)
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Hi

I have been to St Thomas many times in the last 15 years. The last time being a few years ago. Taxi rates were always so good that I felt no need for a rental car. I have booked a two week stay at the Elysian Beach resort for this next winter.

I notice from researching the web and resort posts that to get a cab from the airport to the resort is $90.00 which is really high for my budget. I thought this use to be around $20.00. I am traveling by myself. Has something happened in the last few years that have made rates go up or has this always been the cost? Is there any budget cab that is on the island that is helpful for someone like me who needs a lower transportation rate? Would anyone have any helpful tips on transportation to and from the resort? Thanks 🙂

 
Posted : May 9, 2012 1:22 am
(@exit-zero)
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Taxi rates to Elysian from the airport are $12 in a taxi with other people loaded by the dispatcher at the airport taxi stand.

This is the standard taxi rate sheet:

Hotels To/From: Charlotte Amalie Cyril E. King Airport
1 Person 2+ / Each 1 Person 2+ / Each
Anchorage 15.00 10.00 18.00 12.00
Blackbeard's Castle 5.00 4.00 8.00 7.00
Bluebeard's Castle 5.00 4.00 8.00 7.00
Bolongo Bay 10.00 8.00 12.00 9.00
Carib Beach Resort 7.00 6.00 4.00 4.00
Compass Point 12.00 9.00 14.00 10.00
Cowpet Bay 15.00 10.00 18.00 12.00
Danish Chalet Inn 7.00 5.00 8.00 6.00
Elysian Resort 15.00 10.00 18.00 12.00
Emerald Beach Resort 7.00 6.00 4.00 4.00
Frenchman's Reef 8.00 6.00 10.00 8.00
Holiday Inn 4.00 4.00 7.00 6.00
Hotel 1829 4.00 4.00 7.00 6.00
Islander Beachcomber 7.00 6.00 4.00 4.00
Island View Mountainside Inn 9.00 7.00 8.00 6.00
Limetree 10.00 8.00 12.00 9.00
Mafolie Hotel 8.00 6.00 10.00 8.00
Magen's Point Hotel 10.00 7.00 12.00 9.00
Palms Court Harborview Hotel 7.00 5.00 8.00 6.00
Pavillions and Pools 13.00 10.00 15.00 11.00
Point Pleasant 13.00 10.00 15.00 11.00
Renaissance/Pineapple Beach 13.00 10.00 15.00 11.00
Ritz Carlton Resort & Club 15.00 10.00 18.00 12.00
Sapphire Beach Resort 13.00 10.00 15.00 11.00
Secret Harbor Resort 15.00 10.00 18.00 12.00
Thatch Farm 7.00 6.00 5.00 4.00
Wyndham Sugar Bay 13.00 10.00 15.00 11.00
Yacht Haven - Havensight 4.00 4.00 7.00 6.00

Miscellaneous To/From: Charlotte Amalie Cyril E. King Airport
1 Person 2+ / Each 1 Person 2+ / Each
Airport Terminal 7.00 6.00 -- --
BlackPoint 10.00 8.00 8.00 6.00
Bonne Esperance 11.00 9.00 10.00 8.00
Bolongo 10.00 8.00 12.00 9.00
Bordeaux 15.00 9.00 11.00 9.00
Bournefield 7.00 6.00 5.00 4.00
Bovoni 10.00 8.00 11.00 9.00
Brookman Estate 10.00 8.00 11.00 9.00
Canaan Estate 9.00 7.00 10.00 8.00
Caret Bay 12.00 9.00 11.00 9.00
Cassi Hill 10.00 8.00 12.00 9.00
Coki Point 12.00 9.00 14.00 10.00
Crown Mountain 10.00 8.00 9.00 7.00
Crown Bay 5.00 4.00 5.00 4.00
Dorothea Estate 12.00 9.00 12.00 9.00
Drake's Seat 7.00 5.00 9.00 7.00
Elizabeth Estate 8.00 6.00 10.00 8.00
Flagg Hill 9.00 7.00 10.00 8.00
Fort Mylner 8.00 6.00 9.00 7.00
Fortuna Mill 12.00 10.00 10.00 8.00
Frenchtown 4.00 4.00 7.00 6.00
Fredenhoj 12.00 9.00 14.00 10.00
Frenchman's Bay 10.00 8.00 12.00 9.00
Havensight (crossroad) 6.00 5.00 8.00 7.00
Hawk Hill 11.00 8.00 12.00 9.00
Hull Bay 12.00 8.00 15.00 10.00
Louisenhoj Castle 7.00 5.00 9.00 7.00
Lovenlund 10.00 7.00 12.00 9.00
Lower John Dunkoe 7.00 5.00 7.00 6.00
Magens Bay 10.00 8.00 12.00 10.00
Mahogany Run 10.00 8.00 13.00 10.00
Mandahl Bay 12.00 9.00 14.00 10.00
Market Square East 8.00 6.00 10.00 8.00
Mountain Top 11.00 8.00 12.00 9.00
Nisky 5.00 4.00 5.00 4.00
Paradise Point 9.00 7.00 11.00 9.00
Peterborg 12.00 9.00 15.00 11.00
Estate Pearl 11.00 8.00 9.00 7.00
Raphune Hill 6.00 5.00 8.00 6.00
Red Hook 13.00 10.00 15.00 11.00
Rosendahl 9.00 7.00 12.00 8.00
Scott Free 9.00 7.00 8.00 6.00
Smith Bay 12.00 8.00 13.00 10.00
Solberg Lookout 7.00 5.00 8.00 6.00
Solberg Upper 9.00 7.00 10.00 8.00
Sorgenfri 11.00 8.00 12.00 9.00
St. Peter Mt. 10.00 8.00 12.00 9.00
Tabor/Harmony 11.00 8.00 13.00 10.00
Tutu 9.00 7.00 11.00 8.00
University of the Virgin Islands 7.00 6.00 5.00 5.00
West Indian Dock 4.00 4.00 7.00 6.00
Wintberg 10.00 8.00 12.00 9.00

To/From From/To 1 Person 2+ / Each
Within Town Limits 4.00 4.00
Bolongo Coki 9.00 7.00
Bolongo Market Square East 9.00 7.00
Frenchman's Reef Mahogany Run 12.00 9.00
Frenchman's Reef Mountain Top 12.00 9.00
Frenchman's Reef Limetree 7.00 5.00
Frenchman's Reef Market Square East 10.00 8.00
Frenchman's Reef Magens Bay 12.00 9.00
Magens Bay Coki 12.00 9.00
Magens Bay Bolongo 12.00 9.00
Magens Bay Mountain Top 10.00 8.00
Magens Bay Limetree 12.00 9.00
Magens Bay Sapphire Beach 12.00 9.00
Magens Bay Ritz Carlton 15.00 10.00
Mahogany Run Bolongo 12.00 9.00
Mahogany Run Cowpet 12.00 10.00
Mahogany Run Limetree 12.00 9.00
Mahogany Run Mountain Top 10.00 8.00
Red Hook Bovoni 7.00 6.00
Red Hook Bolongo 8.00 7.00
Red Hook Bordeaux 20.00 14.00
Red Hook Caret Bay 16.00 12.00
Red Hook Crown Mountain 15.00 11.00
Red Hook Market Square East 9.00 7.00
Red Hook Dorothea 15.00 10.00
Red Hook Frenchman's Reef 12.00 10.00
Red Hook Hull Bay 15.00 10.00
Red Hook Limetree 10.00 8.00
Red Hook Mafolie 13.00 10.00
Red Hook Mandahl 11.00 8.00
Red Hook Mountain Top 15.00 10.00
Red Hook Paradise Point 15.00 11.00
Red Hook Tutu 8.00 6.00
Red Hook Wintberg 11.00 8.00
Red Hook Magens Bay 12.00 9.00
Red Hook Peterborg 15.00 11.00
Tutu Bolongo 8.00 6.00
Tutu Bovoni 8.00 6.00
Tutu Bordeaux 18.00 12.00
Tutu Caret Bay 15.00 10.00
Tutu Cowpet 9.00 7.00
Tutu Crown Mountain 13.00 10.00
Tutu Frenchman's Bay 9.00 7.00
Tutu Coki 7.00 6.00
Tutu Limetree 9.00 7.00
Tutu Mafolie 9.00 7.00
Tutu Magens Bay 10.00 7.00
Tutu Mountain Top 12.00 9.00
Special Provisions for Taxi Operators

The charges to areas not listed in the above schedule shall be arrived at by using the nearest tariffed place crossed to the next tariffed place ahead, based on one nearest to the passenger's destination.

Taxi operators with On-duty sign on shall not refuse a passenger, unless the passenger is intoxicated and disorderly or in possession of a pet or animal (other than a seeing eye dog) that is not properly secured in a kennel case or other suitable container. There shall be no extra charge for seeing-eye dogs.

Kennel Charges: Large Kennel - $30, Small Kennel - $20.

Round trip fares: double the one-way fare plus waiting charges.

Waiting charges: $1.00 per minute. First five minutes free.

Radio/Phone Call: One person, the fare plus one third of the basic fare. More than one person; add $1.00 to each passenger.

Between midnight and 6:00am, there shall be an additional charge of $2.00 per person.

Any person requesting a taxi exclusively for themselves are as follows:
Airport to Red Hook: $90 for 1-4 passengers, (5 or more passengers add $15 for each additional person).
Within Town Limits: $55 for 1-4 passengers, (5 or more passengers add $7 for each additional person).
Airport to Frenchman's Reef, Limetree or Bolongo: $65 for 1-4 passengers, (5 or more passengers will pay an additional fare each).

Luggage: A flat rate of $2 per bag shall be added to the fare for each passenger. The rate for items greater than 30"x20" shall not exceed $4 per item.

Hourly Rates (1-4 passengers): Sedan/Mini Van $40; Van/Safari(14 passenger capacity) $55; Safari $80. Rates for additional passengers will be negotiated between the taxi operator and passenger(s).

All passengers must be discharged at their precise requested locations when fare is accepted and agreed to.

Sightseeing Tours: 2 hours - One passenger $50; two or more passengers $25 per person. 3 hours - One passenger $60; two or more passengers $30 per person.

 
Posted : May 9, 2012 3:07 am
(@stt-resident)
Posts: 3316
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No idea where you got the $90 rate from! The taxi rates are posted on this site. Go to the "St Thomas" (or St Croix or St John) bar at the top of this page and scroll down to "transportation" and you'll find them right there. As you'll see, the 1-person rate from the airport to Elysian is $18 per person. Add in tip and any baggage charges and you'll be there at the $20 average rate you're used to. The rates haven't changed in several years. Enjoy a wonderful vacation!

 
Posted : May 9, 2012 6:30 am
(@a-davis)
Posts: 563
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that is for a private taxi, that does not pick up other passengers, and is dedicated only to you and those in your party. i see that someone has posted not only the rate chart but also the notes below which state this.

exit zero wrote:

Any person requesting a taxi exclusively for themselves are as follows:
Airport to Red Hook: $90 for 1-4 passengers, (5 or more passengers add $15 for each additional person).
Within Town Limits: $55 for 1-4 passengers, (5 or more passengers add $7 for each additional person).
Airport to Frenchman's Reef, Limetree or Bolongo: $65 for 1-4 passengers, (5 or more passengers will pay an additional fare each).

 
Posted : May 9, 2012 7:38 am
(@love2travel)
Posts: 14
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Hi

Many thanks to everyone who has posted here for me.

I know it shows the Elysian rate as low but then at the bottom it shows a private cab of $90.00. In my case I fly in on a Thursday and out on a Monday through a direct WorldMark by WN exchange. So I am fearful that I won't get any group rate, but will get the higher private rate. I was not aware it was $90.00. It just seems like that is really high as even a tour is much less than that and takes longer.

On a recent Elysian resort review someone said he had taken a cab to the airport at the higher rate. I know in the upper States rates for that same distance are much lower in a Taxi. I'm not knocking Taxi drivers as I've had some really great ones on the island in the past.

Maybe I'll just need to ask the driver if I can be put in a cab with others and get dropped off at the end of the line to get a lower rate? :S

 
Posted : May 9, 2012 8:35 am
(@exit-zero)
Posts: 871
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You do not need to be part of any group to share a common taxi -- as I mentioned: tell the taxi dispatcher at the airport your destination and he will put you in a van with people who are all headed East - you may be 1st or last off the taxi depending on where the other folks are headed. It will be $12 as stated on the rate sheet + $2 a bag as shown.

 
Posted : May 9, 2012 9:45 am
(@bobob1916)
Posts: 7
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I know I have asked this question in the past and sorry for the repeat. Since I got two different answers last time I will try again. I need to take a taxi for 2 people on a Sunday morning in September from Mafolie to the airport for a 8:10AM flight.

What time would we have to leave and is the taxi considered a private taxi or just regular fare with maybe a $2 /pp up charge? Last time I asked I was told both options were correct.

Thanks.

 
Posted : May 9, 2012 5:00 pm
(@a-davis)
Posts: 563
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bobob1916 wrote:
I know I have asked this question in the past and sorry for the repeat. Since I got two different answers last time I will try again. I need to take a taxi for 2 people on a Sunday morning in September from Mafolie to the airport for a 8:10AM flight.

What time would we have to leave and is the taxi considered a private taxi or just regular fare with maybe a $2 /pp up charge? Last time I asked I was told both options were correct.

Thanks.

you would be able to get to the airport within 20 minutes in a private taxi. there is no way to estimate time with a non-private taxi, as it would be able to pick up or drop off passengers along the way (hence the much lower rate). my guess is that at the time of morning you are traveling, there is little chance of much extra action.

you should be able to schedule a car in advance, but that may be considered "private" because you are taking a driver out of circulation with an appointment. if you call as you desire the car, whomever is in the area would be able to get you... but there may be some extra delay as that person takes care of current passenger(s) on the way to you.

so, with a number of variables at work, it's best to check with your concierge or guest services person to determine the norm for the place you are leaving.

 
Posted : May 14, 2012 3:48 pm
(@fl-barrier-islander)
Posts: 568
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I had a taxi driver charge me higher than the non-private rate and when I questioned him, he said it was because I called the dispatch and asked for a taxi. Now.....I did call and ask for a taxi but never did I specify a "private" taxi.....I supposed because I was 'silent' on the words "private" versus "non-private" was the reason? Is it an automatic if you call the taxi dispatch that they automatically apply the "private" taxi rate? I was perturbed at the time but let it go but I would really like to know if there's something I should actually say when I call to make sure there's a taxi waiting at the taxi stand.

 
Posted : May 14, 2012 6:41 pm
(@a-davis)
Posts: 563
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FL Barrier Islander wrote:
I had a taxi driver charge me higher than the non-private rate and when I questioned him, he said it was because I called the dispatch and asked for a taxi. Now.....I did call and ask for a taxi but never did I specify a "private" taxi.....I supposed because I was 'silent' on the words "private" versus "non-private" was the reason? Is it an automatic if you call the taxi dispatch that they automatically apply the "private" taxi rate? I was perturbed at the time but let it go but I would really like to know if there's something I should actually say when I call to make sure there's a taxi waiting at the taxi stand.

i will have to ask about that. if anyone else knows please post. as soon as i know, i will post. i'll have to ask someone at the taxicab commission itself.

 
Posted : May 14, 2012 10:12 pm
(@ms411)
Posts: 872
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Copied from the VI Now Taxi Rate Sheet:

"Radio/Phone Call: One person, the fare plus one third of the basic fare. More than one person; add $1.00 to each passenger."

 
Posted : May 15, 2012 9:29 am
(@blu4u)
Posts: 295
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[Also from the rate sheet:

Waiting charges: $1.00 per minute. First five minutes free.

Radio/Phone Call: One person, the fare plus one third of the basic fare. More than one person; add $1.00 to each passenger.
Between midnight and 6:00am, there shall be an additional charge of $2.00 per person.

Any person requesting a taxi exclusively for themselves are as follows:
Airport to Red Hook: $90 for 1-4 passengers, (5 or more passengers add $15 for each additional person).
Within Town Limits: $55 for 1-4 passengers, (5 or more passengers add $7 for each additional person).
Airport to Frenchman's Reef, Limetree or Bolongo: $65 for 1-4 passengers, (5 or more passengers will pay an additional fare each).

]So if you "call" at 5:30 am for a taxi to take you and a friend from Malfolie to airport at 6 am, what do you pay?

1) After hours private
$65.00 private rate
$04.00 after hours rate
$04.00 bags
$73.00 total

2) or if they dodn't nail you for the private rate
$10.00 standard rate
$08.00 extra person
$04.00 after hours
$05.00 call fee
$04.00 bags
$31.00

3) or maybe you'll just be charged the pr1vate rate
$65.00

4) or maybe the taxi will pick you up at 6, then drive around and pick-up 9 other folks from various other hotels located arround the island
$10.00 standard
$08.00 extra person
$04.00 bags
$22.00

This is one of those situations where you prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

What I find most annyoing are the "waiting charges". If the taxis charge waiting, why don't they credit back "waiting" for all the time passengers spend sitting in hot cab "waiting" " for the drivers to fill-up or finish lunch or arrgue about who goes where, etc?

 
Posted : May 15, 2012 10:57 am
(@r0add0c)
Posts: 1
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I am tired of always getting over charged by taxi drivers in st Thomas.  The rate card stars the price i should pay (although it's the most expensive taxi service i have experienced). The new rate card states that from red hook to Cyril King airport is 23 for the single rate plus bags and the 2+ person group rate is 17 per person plus bags.  After a brief dispute over the fee for my wife and I, i decided to to end the dispute and just give it (23 per person) to him although he tried to charge me for luggage too and all we had was a back pack that sat in our laps so i refused to pay for that and as far as the tip goes... i think the 12 extra dollars you just took from me was enough! 

Its so frustrating to deal with this everytime we come here which is normally about 5 or 6 times a year.  I wish whatever department regulates the taxi industry on the island would stop letting the tourist get hussled for every nickle and dime. 

 
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