LuceaCopyright: Jonathan Li
The most cost-efficient (yet least comfortable) way of getting around the island is using the public buses and minibuses ("coasters", with the initials PPV or JUTA (for tourists only) clearly on display). These normally do not run on set time schedules and depart when full. Transportation generally passes through a town's/village's main market/station area, and most vehicles can be flagged down from the side of the road. Make sure to yell out a request for a stop when you wish to get off. Route taxis (often white Toyota Corolla cars, with "route taxi" indicated on the door) are another way of getting around. They operate on a basis similar to minibuses but are smaller, faster and more comfortable. These start from a town's terminal and pick up passengers along the way, unless you clearly specify you wish to hire one for personal use - price will go up accordingly. Alternatively, consider hiring a driver/transport service from a resort or hotel and let them do the driving; rates are comparable to a rental car company with insurance.