Bahamas Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In the Bahamas
Although traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road most vehicles are imported from the United States and are left hand drive.When driving abroad in the Bahamas you should therefore exercise caution, especially when overtaking. Roads in urban areas on most Islands are in good condition but rural roads can be narrow, winding, and somtimes in poor condition. Nassau and Freeport have traffic congestion issues and drivers occasionally drive aggressively and ignore road rules. Motorcyclists frequently swerve through slow traffic and drive between lanes of moving vehicles. Vehicles are often in a poor state of repair, especially in rural areas and may be badly lit at night so you should be cautious if driving after dark.Flooding frequently occurs on roads in many areas, including Nassau and Freeport, during and after storms.

Bahamas Car Rental-

Hertz, Alamo, National, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty,  all have outlets on the Islands. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as or Expedia. There are also various local options.

This company rent cars on Exuma-

These companies operate on Grand Bahama-

This company rent golf carts on Harbour Island –

This company operate on Long Island-

Bahamas Self Driving Rules

You will usually be allowed to take cars between Nassau and Paradise Island. Some companies, such as Budget, have offices at both locations so one way rentals should be possible for an additional cost. I was unable to find a company offering one way rentals between Islands other than Nassau and Paradise Island and given that only two ferries between Islands seem to take cars (and one of those only has space for 3!),taking a rental car between Islands doesn’t seem an easy option. It would seem to make more sense to rent a car separately on each Island you visit, though if there isn’t a rental option, this is the ferry company website-


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