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    No they are not. The vans don't take smartcards as payment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    So many Aruba visitors rely on the bus system.
    Really, one can rely on the bus and not have to rely on taxi or car rentals.

    (However...there is no public bus from the airport to the hotel areas)

    Here is the bus website which gives much information. http://arubus.com
    You can take a public bus from the airport to the hotel areas. There is a bus stop on Route 1B which is the road that goes by the airport.
    You have to walk to the road, cross and look for the bus stop (and bench).

    However, you will need to transfer buses at the downtown terminal and take the one which goes to the hotel area.
    The only problem is that they do not allow luggage. But if you just have a carry-on, you should be ok.
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    In order to purchase a smart card you need to go to the Arubus office at Sabana Blanco 67, (3 minute drive/15 minute walk from the airport) with a government issued picture ID. (Preferably a passport)
    They will take your picture and issue a card valid for 3 years.

    There is a $9 fee for the card + whatever amount you want to load into it.
    Once you have the card you can recharge it at several locations on the island. http://arubus.com/arubus-smartcard-recharge/

    Aside from the convenience of using the card, you pay $1.60 per ride rather than the $2.50 cash rate
    You can also use the card for others who are traveling with you, just make sure you get on the bus before them and let the driver know that you are paying for them as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skbrandon View Post
    No they are not. The vans don't take smartcards as payment.
    That is correct.
    The small vans will stop at the bus stops but do not accept smart cards.
    They charge $2.00 rather than the $2.50 rate that the public buses charge.

    However, if you are coming from the south part of the island they will not take you as far as the main downtown bus terminal. So, if you are looking to transfer to a public bus, you will have a 10 minute walk to the terminal.
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    when one leaves the airport building there is a fairly lengthy walk hauling luggage.
    then, there is the roundabout which makes crossing the road rte 1 very very difficult.

    then if the person is able to cross safely, find the bench/bus stop, there is the good chance that they would be denied passage due to the "no luggage allowed" ruling.

    yup, imo the public bus to and from the airport is not a realistic option.




    Quote Originally Posted by JohnMtl View Post
    You can take a public bus from the airport to the hotel areas. There is a bus stop on Route 1B which is the road that goes by the airport.
    You have to walk to the road, cross and look for the bus stop (and bench).

    However, you will need to transfer buses at the downtown terminal and take the one which goes to the hotel area.
    The only problem is that they do not allow luggage. But if you just have a carry-on, you should be ok.

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    Ive taken the bus from there a couple of times after returning a rental car. It’s easier to cross south of the roundabout but definitely only without luggage.
    I’ve seen several people do it with just carryons as well
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