Getting around Guyana article by: Guyana View
Getting around an unfamiliar neighborhood might be challenging; however, this guide will help
you get an idea about how not to find yourself lost and clueless in Guyana. The main
transportation modes in this beautiful country are by road, river, and air.
The capital city of Guyana, Georgetown, adopted its name in 1812, and it comes from Fort St.
George, which was near the Demerara River and was controlling the traffic. The city is the center
of Guyana’s government administration and is the most active part of the country, which can also
be said if we are talking about the economy. Despite all the commerce in the city, it is not that
complicated, and for a newcomer, Georgetown is quite easy to get around due to its almost
perfectly rectangular Dutch-style streets. The concentration of commercial properties is mostly
Downtown, bordered by Water Street, Vlissengen Road, Lamaha Street, and Brickdam.
Traveling both in the capital city and around it is manageable due to the well organized
structures of different forms of transportation.
Private owners of minibusses in Guyana provide different routes for public transportation. The
routes and time slots are structured well, so you can quickly get all the information about which
bus goes to your desired destination and how you can use them. If you are confused, however,
you can always spot a yellow taxi that moves around the city more freely. You can also rent
personal cars for US$35-50 per day, but you will have to pay US$200-250 as a security deposit.
In some cases, if you are lucky, it might have been arranged by your hotel already. Many locals
who have to travel around or outside the city regularly for work or school prefer minibusses as
they are more affordable. A minibus trip in the town will cost G$80, while the taxi drivers
require G$400. The buses have routes outside of Georgetown as well; a trip can cost G$100 to
G$500 depending on how far you are going.
With almost 1000 kilometer of navigable space due to the presence of Essequibo, Berbice, and
Demerara Rivers, Guyana gives you a chance to travel with a ferry or speedboat that fits 12 or 17
passengers at a time. If you choose marine transportation, you will be asked not to take your life
jacket off until you arrive at your destination. You can also reserve a speed or jet boat just for
yourself. The construction of the Berbice River Bridge in 2008 now allows people to get to East
Berbice by car. In the past, the only way of crossing the river was by a ferry, which is still the
case for bikers, large trucks, and pedestrians.
The Demerara Harbour Bridge takes you to West Demerara through road transport, or you can choose to have a speed boat trip from Stabroek Stelling to Vreed-em-Hoop. The West Coast of Demerara is the source of the highway linking
Parika on the East of the Essequibo River. The highway is always full of traffic since this is
where the economic activity of the region is mainly concentrated. If you need faster marine
transportation, river taxis might be the best option, although they are relatively more expensive
and not everyone can afford them. Water taxis in Guyana can take you as far as Bartica and back
on the same day. The more affordable option is the ferry service, which, however, is slower. It
takes approximately 4 hours for a ferry to transport the passengers to Bartica. The ferry service
functions from Supenaam to Parika and makes the river transportation available between Perika,
Leguan and Waenaam Islands, the capital city, and northwest District, Moleson Creek.
The operation is well structured, with fixed hours of departure being 9 a.m and 1 p.m.
Another method to get around in Guyana even faster than by speed boats and river taxis is
through air transportation. Multiple airlines operating in Guyana give you the opportunity to
travel from the two international airports, Eugene F. Correia, located on the East Coast of
Demerara, and Cheddi Jagan, in Timehri, to the hinterlands. All the information about ticket
prices, destinations, and schedules can be found through their offices and operators, as well as on
their websites. Eugene F. Correia International Airport currently hosts flights from the Caribbean
and surrounding regions by ATR 42s, ATR 82s, and Dash 8. The airport also accommodates
LIAT from Barbados. The domestic airlines are Air Guyana, Air Services LTD, Jags Aviation
Inc., Romaima Airways, and Trans Guyana Airways. You can check their websites for more