Because Gibraltar is less than seven square kilometres in area, walking is often the best way of getting around. That said, many people living in Gibraltar use cars and motorcycles to get from one point to another. There is a sparse public transport system, consisting only of a bus service.
Public transport in Gibraltar
Gibraltar has a reliable, relatively inexpensive bus service consisting of a handful of bus routes. Buses are mostly run by the Gibraltar Bus Company, a government entity, with a few exceptions being operated by Calypso Transport (a private company). Gibraltar Bus Company buses are blue, while Calypso Transport runs red double-decker buses.
Taxis in Gibraltar
Taxis are easily found in Gibraltar and locals generally use them as their daily mode of transport. They can be caught at taxi ranks all around Gibraltar and can also be used for tourism purposes.
Driving in Gibraltar
Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road in Gibraltar. Most residents own a car, even though it’s fairly easy to get around solely on foot. All vehicles have to be registered with the authorities.
Expats with a driving licence from an EU country can drive in Gibraltar on this licence until it expires. Once it does, they can easily swap it out for a local Gibraltar licence. Expats with a non-EU driving licence should get an International Driving Permit before moving to Gibraltar. Once they have been in the country for six months, they'll need a local licence. Non-EU expats cannot do a direct driving licence swap and will have to take a two-part driving test to obtain a local licence.
Cycling in Gibraltar
Owing to its small size, Gibraltar is well suited to travel by bicycle. Expats can either buy their own bicycle (new or pre-owned) or can make use of the bike-sharing scheme known as Redibike. Redibike is managed by automated terminals and is operational 24 hours a day. Bicycles can be rented from and returned to any combination of terminals throughout Gibraltar.
►For tips on finding housing, read Accommodation in Gibraltar
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