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Queen Beatrix International Aruba Airport (AUA) to Oranjestad

Aruba is a year-round sunny island lined with some of the world’s most beautiful sandy beaches and coves. The island is one of the three Dutch ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean and it’s the perfect getaway destination for those seeking peace and tranquillity or adventure.

Upon arriving at Aruba Queen Beatrix Airport, there are two transportation options to get you from Aruba airport to Oranjestad; you can either take a taxi or a public bus. Taking an Aruba airport taxi is the fastest and easiest transfer option, taking about 10 minutes to reach Oranjestad city centre. Flat rates are set by the government, with the taxi fare from Aruba airport to Oranjestad costing $21 (€18.92). A cheaper option for transportation from Aruba airport to your hotel is to take the public bus, run by the company Arubus. A single bus ticket costs $2.60 (€2.34) and the bus journey, not including the wait time, takes around 15 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €18.92 10min 24/7
Bus €4.68 15min 05:15–00:30

How to get from Aruba airport to Oranjestad by taxi

Taking a taxi is the most convenient transportation option from Aruba airport to your hotel, and it is the only option if you are travelling very late at night when the buses aren’t running. Aruba Airport taxis are available 24/7 and their rates are set depending on the destination. Taxis can accommodate up to 5 passengers.

Taxi fare from Aruba airport to Oranjestad

In Aruba, taxi rates are flat and are set by the government. For airport transportation to Oranjestad city centre, the taxi fare is set at $21 (€18.92). Passengers are allowed one piece of luggage and one personal item each. For additional items, excluding equipment needed for passengers’ mobilization, there is a surcharge of $2 (€1.80) per item. There is also a surcharge of $3 (€2.70) for rides on Sundays, holidays, and between the hours from 23:00 to 7:00.


$21 (€18.92)

Trip Duration

10 min.

There is no wait for a taxi.

Value for Money

Taxis from Aruba airport to the Oranjestad city centre are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

You can find the taxi rank just outside of the Arrivals terminal. Just head outside and you’ll see the line of taxis.


Taking a taxi is by far the easiest, fastest, and most comfortable form of transportation from Aruba airport to Oranjestad. Taxis are available 24/7 and can be located just outside the airport terminal. The set fares make it easy to budget and prepare for your trip.

Editor’s Note

As well as taking a taxi from the taxi queue outside the airport, you may also want to consider pre-booking a ride with one of the local taxi companies or with Welcome Pickups. In that case, your driver would pick you up from inside the airport upon your arrival, just after baggage claim.

Useful Tips

Before beginning your taxi journey, double-check with the driver to confirm the rate to your destination.
In addition to accepting the local currency of Aruban Florins, drivers may also accept US dollars; if you want to pay in US dollars, check with your driver before taking your ride so that you’re on the safe side.
If you are eager to do some sightseeing, you can also rent a taxi for a fixed hourly rate.

How to get from Aruba airport to Oranjestad city centre by bus

If you are travelling on a tight budget, another way to go from Aruba airport to your hotel in Oranjestad is to take a public bus. The Arubus service runs bus lines L1, L2, and L8 past the airport and to Oranjestad city centre. Buses run from 5:15 to 00:30 and there is one every hour.

How much is the bus from Aruba airport to Oranjestad?

A single trip ticket for the bus costs $2.60 (€2.34). Tickets can be purchased with USD or the local currency of Aruban florins from the bus driver. You can also purchase a retour card – good for two trips for $5 (€4.51), or a day pass for an unlimited number of trips for $10 (€9.01).


$2.60 (€2.34)

Trip Duration

15 min.

There is one bus running every hour.

Value for Money

Buses run daily between 5:15 to 00:30.

Where do I get a bus from?

The Arubus buses do not stop directly in front of the airport terminal, but they stop just outside of the airport building. The main bus stop that services the airport, the Reina Beatrix Airport Bus Stop, can be found a short walk from the terminal behind the car park on the main road, Rte 1.


Once on the bus, the journey is fast and fairly comfortable, however, the bus stop is a short walk from the airport terminal, and you may need to wait up to an hour for the bus to arrive. If you have heavy luggage with you, taking the bus may end up being a bit tricky. Also, the bus does not run between 00:30 and 5:15.

Editor’s Note

Aruba boasts of having a safe and reliable bus service. Once in the Oranjestad centre, buses are readily available and can be a convenient way to get around Aruba.

Useful Tips

If you plan on being in Aruba for a while and you plan on taking the bus frequently, you may want to consider applying for a SMARTCARD for discounted ticket fares. This can be done through the Arubus website.
The Arubus buses are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and USB charging ports.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Aruba. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much does a taxi cost from Aruba airport to Oranjestad?

In Aruba, the government has set flat rates for the different destinations; to get from Aruba airport to Oranjestad, a taxi costs a flat rate of $21 (€18.92). If you have more than one piece of luggage per person, there is a surcharge of $2 (€1.80) for each extra item, and if you are travelling on Sundays, holidays, or overnight between 23:00 and 7:00, there is a surcharge of $3 (€2.70). For the same price, a great alternative is to pre-book a personalised ride with one of Welcome’s professional drivers.

How far is Oranjestad, Aruba, from the airport?

The centre of Oranjestad is just about 4 km from Aruba airport. By car, it takes about 10 minutes to reach the city centre, and by bus, it takes about 15 minutes, not including the wait time.

How do I get from Aruba airport to my hotel?

Taking a taxi is the easiest way to get to your hotel from Aruba airport. You can take a taxi from just outside Arrivals or you can pre-book a ride with Welcome Pickups’ top-rated transfer service. Alternatively, you can take a public bus from the bus stop located along the main road Rte 1 just outside the airport grounds.

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