Hiring a car is a great way to get around the island, and many companies offer three-day specials for such excursions; however, travellers planning to stay on or near their resort will quickly find they don't really need a car. Aruba has a good bus system that connects most hotels with downtown Oranjestad, running roughly every 20 minutes from 8am to 6pm and every hour from 6pm to midnight, Monday through Saturday. Single fares start at AWG 2.25, and schedules are available at the Arubus office. Taxis are also available (although hard to hail, so it's best to have the hotel or restaurant call for one), and a preferable mode of transport after dark. There are no metres but drivers have a list of official fares. Minimum fares start at US$5, with a surcharge of US$3 on Sundays, holidays, and after midnight.
Electric current in Aruba is 127 volts, 60Hz. Flat two- and three-pin plugs are standard.
The official currency is the Aruban Florin (AWG), which is divided into 100 cents. The Florin is tied to the US Dollar. US currency is accepted everywhere and other major currencies can be exchanged at banks. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted and there are ATMs in Oranjestad.
The international dialling code for Aruba is +297. City codes are not required. A GSM mobile network covers the island. Cellular phones are available for rental and internet cafes are widely available in tourist areas.
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|Carnival Monday||3 Mar||16 Feb|
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Oranjestad has a temperate climate with average daily highs reaching 82°F (28°C). The temperature never gets too high due to the cooling trade winds, but the best time to visit Oranjestad is in the peak tourist season between mid-December and mid-April. Rainfall is infrequent, but likely to occur between October and January, if at all.
Local buses leave regularly to Oranjestad from bus stops just outside the airport property. Tour buses can take passengers to their required destination. Taxis are also available.
There are 26 local and international car rental companies represented at the airport, including Avis, Alamo, Budget and Hertz.
Taxis are available from the airport, and most hotels are within a US$20-30 fare. Additional fees may be levied for extra luggage, public holidays and nighttime travel.
The airport has a variety of shops including duty-free shopping, and several restaurants and snack bars. A bank offers banking services seven days a week. Internet stations and wifi are available.
Short and long-term parking is available.
There is pay-as-you-go wifi available in the Departures Hall.