North America

Trinidad and Tobago Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Port of Spain

Official language: English

Currency: dollar

Continent: Caribbean North America

Southern Caribbean Carnival

Many cultures meet in Trinidad and Tobago.

Location

According to Countryaah, the island nation is located off the coast of Venezuela and is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Geographically, the archipelago is the foothills of the Caribbean.

Travel to Trinidad and Tobago

The two islands are a good tip for those interested in culture. The mixing of African, European and indigenous traditions is reflected like nowhere else. The carnival in particular attracts many tourists every year.

Located in the Caribbean Sea, you can count on pleasantly warm water all year round. The area is therefore ideal for diving and sailing trips and beach holidays. The region is also very popular among deep-sea fishermen.

Important facts

Capital: Port of Spain

Official language: English

Currency

Currency (sub-unit)

Dollars (100 cents)

ISO 4217 code

TTD / 780

Geography

Continent: North America

Region: Caribbean

Geo coordinates: N 10 ° 41 ‘30.5 ” W -61 ° -13’ -21″

Highest mountain: El Cerro del Aripo (940 m)

Total area: 5,128 km²

Mainland: 5,128 km²

Coastline: 362 km

Politics

Dependency: Great Britain until 1962

UN member since: 1962

Other political affiliation: Commonwealth

Form of government: Presidential Republic

Economy

Trinidad and Tobago GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Petroleum, asphalt, sugar

BSP: $ 17,074,000,000

GDP: $ 16,967,000,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 19,830,000,000

Economic growth: 5.7%

GDP share of agriculture: 0.9%

GDP share of industry: 56%

GDP share of services: 43.1%

Inflation rate: 6.2%

Unemployment: 7.7%

State budget revenue: $ 4294967295

State budget expenditure: $ 4294967295

National debt: 46.2%

Export: $ 12,470,000,000

Import: $ 10,360,000,000

Foreign debt: $ 2,886,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 5,348,000,000

Electricity consumption: 5,600 million KWh

Gas reserves: 733,000 million m³

Gas production: 25,000 million m³

Gas consumption: 12,960 million m³

Oil reserves: 990 million m³

Oil production: 158,000 million m³

Oil consumption: 29,000 million m³

Cultivation area: 23.78%

Fishing: 10,900 t

Demographic data

Residents: 1,065,900

Residents in cities: 806,700

Average age: 31.2 years

0-14 years: 20.1%

15-64 years: 71.3%

> 65 years: 8.6%

Population growth: -0.87%

Birth rate: 12.9 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 10.57 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -11.07 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.07

Fertility: 1.74 children / woman

Infant mortality: 25.05 ‰

Life expectancy men: 65.71 years

Life expectancy women: 67.86 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: TT

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: TTO

ISO 3166 numeric: 780

Top Level Domain: dd

IOC country code: TRI

UN / LOCODE: TT

Source: Abbreviationfinder

Communication

Telephone connections: 379,000

Cell Phones: 688,000

Radios: 710,000

TV: 520,000

Computer: 160,000

Internet users: 240,000

Transportation

Paved roads: 5,182 km

Cars: 174,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 8th

Pipelines: 1,848

Health

Number of doctors: 1,290

Daily food intake: 2,780 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 45,000

Education

Illiteracy: 1 %

History

Foundation: 1962

Last sovereign since: 1962

Religion

Main religious group: Christians

Crime

Prison inmates: 3,800

GETTING THERE

Arriving by plane

Caribbean Airlines (BW) (Internet: http://www.caribbean-airlines.com/) flies directly to Tobago from London.
Condor (DE) flies twice a week from Frankfurt / M. to Tobago. Lufthansa (LH) offers feeder flights to the Condor connections from numerous major German cities. Virgin Atlantic (VS) flies from London Gatwick to Tobago and back on Mondays. There are feeder flights to London from Munich, Hanover, Bremen, Vienna and Zurich. LIAT (LI) operates in the Caribbean. Between Port of Spain and Caracas (Venezuela) there are daily flight connections with Aeropostal (VH).

Departure fee

TT $ 100. Transit travelers and children under 5 years of age are exempt.

Arrival by ship

The main ports are Port of Spain, Point-à-Pierre and Point Lisas and are used by cruises, including those of the Princess (Internet: www.princess.com) and Silversea (Internet: www.silversea.com) shipping lines.
There are ferry connections from Windward Lines Ltd. to Venezuela and the neighboring islands of Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

ON THE GO

Traveling by plane

Several times a day flight connections (flight time 20 minutes) with Tobago Express and Caribbean Star / LIAT (8B) from Port of Spain to Tobago (Crown Point). Advance booking is recommended in the main season.

On the way by car / bus

The roads are winding and contain potholes. Particular caution is required because driving without lights or with only one headlight is a common occurrence. In smaller places there are often children or animals on the road because there are usually no sidewalks. The relatively good road network of Trinidad connects the larger towns. The two main roads run north to south and east to west. Side roads are bad and are difficult to drive in bad weather. The road network on Tobago is quite good. There are few petrol stations outside of Port of Spain.
Buses are operated by the State Public Service Corporation (PTSC)(Tel: (623) 23 41) and are cheap but unreliable. In Trinidad there are regular buses between Port of Spain (always from South Quay) and the cities of San Fernando (The Warf), Arima and Sangre Grande, which run every half hour.
Buses also run on Tobago, but there is currently no printed timetable. Information about routes and departure times can be obtained from the PTSC Main Terminal in Scarborough (directly behind the main post office), Tel. (639) 22 93. Taxis are usually without travel / time cost calculations, but there are fixed prices on many routes. In Trinidad driving route – taxis
on fixed routes (blue, green, red route, etc.), fixed prices apply. The inexpensive Maxi Taxis (minibuses, which are marked with colored stripes) do not have a fixed timetable, you should negotiate the fare before starting your journey. The number plates of the Maxi Taxis begin with “H” and in Trinidad they are color-coded according to their routes. There are many route taxis on Tobago that can be stopped at any street during the day.
Rental cars and motorcycles are available in Port of Spain, Scarborough, in numerous other locations as well as through hotels or at the airport. The rental car company often requires a deposit, which is not required if you pay with a credit card.Documents: German, Austrian and Swiss driving licenses are valid for up to three months. Visitors from other countries need a valid international driver’s license.
Traffic regulations:
left-hand traffic.

Traveling in the city

Since the bus route network is only small, shared taxis predominate in local public transport; they drive on fixed routes, which is indicated by the respective color. Apart from at bus stops, you can also stop them on the street; the driver honks when he still has space. The taxis usually wait for a full load, fixed prices apply. Most of the routes end near Independence Square, Port of Spain. Other taxis are more expensive and you should agree on the fare beforehand.

On the way by ship

There are ferry connections between Trinidad and Tobago (travel time: approx. 2 hours 30 minutes). Tickets are sold in the Port Authority offices in Port of Spain (7.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Scarborough (4 p.m. – 10 p.m.) as well as the Royal Bank branches in Arima, Chaguanas, San Fernando and Point Fortin up to two hours before departure. Vehicles must be on board two hours before casting off. Further information on Tel. (001) 868 623 29 01 / – 625 30 55 or Tel. (001) 868 639 21 81. There are no ferries on Saturdays. There are additional crossings at peak times and on public holidays. During the day you have a good view of both islands, the night drive is rather arduous. The flight is recommended for the way back, as the tickets are quite cheap.