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Driving and Public Transport

Gibraltar - Driving and Public Transport

Getting around in Gibraltar is fairly easy due to the compact size of the country although public transport is limited. There are just five bus routes in the territory and they do cover most areas, with the exception of the nature reserve at the Upper Rock. The buses are run by the Gibraltar Bus Company and the Calypso Bus Company. There are regular shuttles between the city centre and the airport. Services Monday to Friday are fairly regular, although less frequent at weekends.

Bus travel is reasonably cheap and is a good option for those who do not want the expense of owning a car. The standard of transportation is quite good, although some vehicles may be a little older than you would expect.

Taxis are also a regular sight in the territory and some exist solely to take tourists on tours of the area. Visitors can make use of the cable car which starts just south of the city centre and makes it way to the Ape's Den and the Top of the Rock.

There are no railways in Gibraltar. In the past the dock areas of the Rock made use of railway lines but these are no longer in use. The nearest railway station is at San Roque in Spain close to the border.

When driving in Gibraltar you drive on the right hand side of the road. The territory has only 31 miles of highways with an average speed limit of around 30 mph and most people in Gibraltar own a car. There are only 10 petrol stations in Gibraltar and fuel costs are lower than in Spain, which means that Spaniards living close to the border often visit Gibraltar simply to fill the fuel tanks on their vehicles.

All vehicles must be registered with the Gibraltan authorities and every vehicle over four years old must have a current Road Worthiness Certificate (MOT). An annual Road Fund License Fee is payable, but this will not be issued to a car that does not have a current MOT. There are a limited number of MOT testers and these should be booked in advance. All drivers must also have insurance to cover them in the event of an accident.

Those with a British Drivers Licence will be able to drive in Gibraltar without any problems. It is advisable for those of other nations to obtain an International Licence.

Due to the small size of the territory, it is also possible to get by without transportation. Those who like walking should be able to cover as much ground as they need to.

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