Trinidad and Tobago Travel Overview
Capital: Port of Spain
Official language: English
Continent: Caribbean North America
Southern Caribbean Carnival
Many cultures meet in Trinidad and Tobago.
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.
Capital: Port of Spain
Official language: English
Dollars (100 cents)
ISO 4217 code
TTD / 780
Continent: North America
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
Dependency: Great Britain until 1962
UN member since: 1962
Other political affiliation: Commonwealth
Form of government: Presidential Republic
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%
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
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
Telephone connections: 379,000
Cell Phones: 688,000
Internet users: 240,000
Paved roads: 5,182 km
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 8th
Number of doctors: 1,290
Daily food intake: 2,780 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 45,000
Illiteracy: 1 %
Last sovereign since: 1962
Main religious group: Christians
Prison inmates: 3,800
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).
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.
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.