Bus – the bus system that operates on Margarita Island is supposed to be public. In practice, the buses are independently owned (right down to the individualized paint job that each bus displays). Also, visiting foreigners need to be familiar with the geography of Margarita Island, in order to determine which buses to take (and not to take). In order to know a bus’ final destination (e.g. “Juan Griego”), you need to read the white lettering on its front window.
Most buses leave from Plaza Bolívar in the center of Porlamar, with Playa El Agua, the airport, Punta de Piedras, and Juan Griego as final destinations. One must ask where the stops are, since the locations often change.
The one advantage with taking locals buses is its cost: as little as US$.30 cents (which is presumably helped by the low cost of gasoline in Venezuela). The main disadvantage with the island’s bus service (from the viewpoint of visiting foreigners), is the fact these buses make frequent local stops along their routes (since prospective passengers can simply wave a bus anywhere). For that reason, a tourist taking a bus from Porlamar to Playa El Agua (for example) might be dismayed by seeing that ride last as long as two hours (as opposed to driving there by taxi or rental car – which takes only 20 minutes). Also, most bus drivers only speak Spanish (another disadvantage for non-Spanish speaking tourists)