Queen Beatrix International Airport
Aruba's Queen Beatrix International Airport is one of the Caribbean's most important travel hubs. Used by more than 2.7 million passengers and served by seasonal charter flights, international scheduled services and commercial flights, the airport can accommodate aircrafts up to Boeing 747 in size. The 4-km (2-mile) journey into Oranjestad can be covered by road in 15 minutes.
A fleet of state-run buses operate an efficient, frequent service between 4am and 1.30am. They pick up from stops outside the airport building and run every 15-20 minutes. Most drop off in Oranjestad or outside hotels. A ride costs US$2.25 one-way.
Book in advance (tel: (+297) 582 4400) for transportation between the airport and hotels in air-conditioned coaches. Rates are a fixed US$20.40 per person.
Taxis ply for trade outside Arrivals. Cabs, which take a maximum of five passengers, are un-metered and charge fixed rates. A journey into town takes around 15 minutes and costs US$18 (US$22-US$30 to beach resort areas). Add a tip of around 15%. The cost is higher after midnight.
Ten major car rental companies operate opposite Arrivals. The 4-km (2-mile) journey to the centre of Oranjestad takes less than 15 minutes, longer at weekends when the airport is busy.