Module 1: Local Transport / Getting Around
Getting Around by Vehicle
Both East and West Falkland have excellent internal road systems linking key settlements and areas of interest. Outside Stanley the majority of roads are unsurfaced (gravel), and therefore require a vehicle capable of dealing with unfinished surfaces (such as a 4WD).
If taking to the road as part of a holiday, visitors should set aside anywhere from 1-4 hours to drive between settlements and points of interest. Visitors may also choose to hire an experienced guide to drive them to points of interest.
The speed limit in Stanley is 25 mph (40 km/h) and some settlements display speed limits on entry, usually 15 mph (25 km/h). 40 mph (65 km/h) is the maximum on open roads.
Unpredictable weather, high winds and unsealed isolated roads means that driving in the Falklands is always a challenge. Seatbelts must be worn by all passengers and infant car seats are mandatory. A valid driving license from your home country is required. Hire cars are not permitted off road.
More details on drive times between key locations are given in Module 2.
For a list of hire car providers, visit http://www.falklandislands.com/contents/view/23/get-here/get-around/vehicle-hire.
Moving between destinations is half the fun of travelling in the Falklands, and no visit is complete without a flight (or two) with the Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS). FIGAS operates a fleet of five Britten Norman Islander aircraft to 29 destinations across the archipelago from Stanley Airport - just five minutes drive from the centre of town.
FIGAS operates a range of services for tourists and residents alike:
- Shuttle flights
- Air charters
- LAN transfers (Saturdays only)
- Scenic Air Tours
- Round-robin flights
Aircraft land on grass strips, beaches or all-weather airstrips. FIGAS offers a personal luggage allowance of 20kg per person.
FIGAS recommend that flights are booked well in advance due to limited seat availability, particularly in summer. Flights can be booked with local travel agents or by contacting FIGAS directly.
Tel: +500 27219
For a full list of destinations served by FIGAS visit http://www.falklandislands.com/contents/view/116/get-here/get-around/internal-flights-figas
A ferry service operated by Workboat Services Ltd runs between New Haven on East Falkland and Port Howard on West Falkland. The MV Concordia Bay transports vehicles and passengers with facilities for up to 30 day-passengers. The crossing takes approximately 2 hours. In order to travel on the ferry passengers must have made a booking and have a valid ticket. Bookings must be made before 4pm on the day before travel. Tickets can be obtained directly from the office in Stanley or arrangements can be made for collection at the vessel on the day of travel. Driving time from Stanley to the ferry terminal at New Haven is 2 hours.
Tel: +500 22300
Taxis are readily available around Stanley at an affordable rate, operating seven days a week. Some may take passengers further afield on request. Taxis are not metered so it is important to confirm the price in advance.
Airport Shuttle Bus
Falkland Islands Tours and Travel operate a door-to-door bus service between Stanley and Mount Pleasant Airport to meet inbound and outbound international flights. Visitors must call ahead to reserve a seat.