PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN GIBRALTAR
Driving in Gibraltar is very difficult with its narrow streets one-way system. The only road that leads to Gibraltar from Spain crosses the runway of the airport.
Gibraltar has 49.9 kilometres (31.0 mi) of highways, all of which are paved. It has one of the highest levels of per capita car ownership in the world, with as many motor vehicles as people. Unlike the United Kingdom, traffic in Gibraltar drives on the right, as it shares a land border with Spain. Traffic formerly drove on the left; the change to driving on the right was made at 5.00 a.m. on 16 June 1929.
Gibraltar's international vehicle registration is GBZ, and Gibraltar car number plates consist of the letter 'G' followed by up to five digits (1-99999) or four digits (1000-9999) and a single letter. These are as standard, the same shape, type face and colours as those in the UK, however non-standard number plates have been permitted. The Chief minister's official car has the registration number G1, while the Governor's car, following tradition, has a crown, in place of a number.
There are five bus routes in Gibraltar (numbered one to five) and buses run to most areas of the territory apart from the Upper Rock, which is a nature reserve. The Gibraltar Bus Company runs routes 1 to 4 exclusively, with its distinctive modern fleet of blue-liveried Dennis Dart buses. These buses came into use on 28th May 2011, when the timetables and routes were also revised. Fares have increased on Route 5 busses from £0.60 to £1 for an adult single or £1.50 for a "Hoppa" All day pass, all other busses are free to residents and tourists.
There is also a 24 hour radio taxi service available.
Directly behind the border are bus stations and a taxi rank. Gibraltar's bus company provides 4 different routes which access most parts of the peninsula. Route number 10, the fifth bus route, belongs to Calypso Transport and also starts at the border. To save 25% you might take this bus and buy a return ticket. During the summer months busses are busy but still relatively cheap.
Numerous taxi stands are located in the town. There are a total of 112 taxis available, 24 hours a day. Taxis in Gibraltar are easily to spot. All of them are white and clearly marked. There are also special taxis which offer private rock tours. The official one takes approximately 90 minutes and takes you to the most interesting sights of Gibraltar. Most tours start at the frontier but there are also other points from which to set off for the rock: Casemates Square, John Mackintosh Square, Trafalgar Cemetery, Cruise Liner Disembarkation Point and the Coach Park.
Another way to get on top of the rock is to take the cable car. It offers you magnificent views of Gibraltar and takes you right to the Peak, the famous Apes, the Caves and the Siege Tunnels. Once on the rock and with good weather conditions you can even see Africa.
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