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Tourist Taxis:
This type of local cab is coloured green with a white diamond sign on the sides and bonnet as well as their unique tourist number on the sides. They are regulated by the GTA (Gambia Tourism Authority)  and are fully insured. They are to be found usually in a rank near to the major hotels or parked near the front of Banjul Airport.

The charges are fixed and are calculated for the majority of distances & can be found on boards posted at the rank. If you use one for an excursion the waiting time prices are also fixed. Always confirm amounts levied with the taxi driver before your departure. Lots of these taxis can be found in Senegambia and make regular routes up to Kairaba Avenue as well as towards the airport.

Standard Bush Taxi:
These cabs use regular routes have set prices and thus are the cheapest method of hiring transport, widely used by Gambians from all walks of life. Flag one down from anywhere along their route—you may also be dropped whenever you please along this route. You can get to practically any town in The Gambia using this type of transport—anywhere as close as Serrekunda or further than Basse up-country.

From Kairaba Avenue, you can take cabs to Serrekunda (usually vans) or Westfield (usually yellow cars), from whence you can join taxis to other towns. You can also catch them going the other way, towards Bakau. To get to Banjul, stand on Sait Matty Road at the junction of the log pile (number 42)—though given the often crowded sitting conditions, it is usually wise to stand on the opposite side of the street and ride it into Bakau and then make your cab trip from there. On a bush carrier, pay your charge (“pas”) a few minutes before you plan to get off, giving more time for bills requiring massive change (which you should by all means avoid). It is courteous to tell the apprentice (the boy who opens the door and collects money) where you wish to get out when you are getting close to your destination. In Wolof, “Meyima fii” means “Let me down here”; for other useful phrases, see the Language section. To catch the driver’s attention, either to hand him your money or request a drop off, you can simply call out “Driver!”

These are standard 4 door cars which are coloured yellow with a green stripe running along the sides and bonnet. These are the ones that the majority of Gambians use and offer a cheaper alternative than the tourist taxis above and can be found on most main roads. However they are kept away from the entrances  of the hotel resorts by the authorities to prevent the drivers from hassling tourists. Such transport is usually shared and the cost for short trips when shared is about 20 pence.

Mini Vans
These kinds are also known as Bush Taxis and such vans come in all colours and sizes but have yellow number plates and some operate mainly between the resorts connecting up to the urban areas while the majority of the routes make connections between the major urban centres.

This mode of transport is shared with other passengers though you can book one exclusively for you and your friends. It is possible to rent the van on an exclusive basis if you are part of a large group but yet again negotiate prices and confirm before your departure. They can often be hired for the whole day for tours around the country. Please note that many bush taxis are in a terrible state of repair. If you are a seat belt user you will find that the seat belts are often dusty due to lack of use by passengers so take along a small damp cloth with which to wipe it down.

Town Trip:
You can hire rides on what is called a "town trip" which means you get exclusive use of it but expect to pay more than for a shared cab. If you want a “town trip,” you want a taxi that is hailed for your services alone. When you hire a cab for a town trip, the driver will take you directly to your destination without stopping for anyone else. The catch is, you must bargain for your ride. Ask a Gambian for advice on what a town trip should cost for a specific destination before hailing a cab; the driver try to charge you an exorbitant price for being a visitor to The Gambia. If a driver refuses to reduce his charges, you can always try another. The price will be per trip rather than per person, so the more the merrier and cheaper. Watch out for the green tourist taxis however, as during the holiday season they have set meters for high prices you should never pay.

In the off-season, they sometimes operate as regular taxis. One idea to save money is to note down what the official green cabs are charging then negotiate with one of the yellow taxis for an amount of about 1/3 of this sum.

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