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Tour the City with JUTC

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 12:25 AMAbigail Cameron
JUTC buses

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Kingston City Tours as part of its first  anniversary celebrations will offer a special discount for customers throughout the summer.

“The JUTC Kingston City Tour was launched on August 1, last year. It has been fairly successful and we are finding new ways to improve it,” Michelle Ching, tour coordinator at the JUTC told The Gleaner last Tuesday.

“All packages are discounted for the summer. Guests are advised to dress comfortably; flat shoes and caps are recommended; we provide them with bottled water and snacks,” she continued, noting that tour packages start from as low as $1,000.

The JUTC took over public transportation with the aim to excellence. With a roll-out of an average 450 buses taking an average 250,000 passengers daily, The JUTC is the single largest carrier of passengers in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMTR) .

JUTC is now offering new services, such as cricket lovers and park service and the Denbigh ride service; in addition to the Kingston City Tour. Since its launch, the Kingston City Tour has been fairly successful. Its main aim is to expose patrons to places of interest in Kingston that contribute to Jamaica's rich history and culture.

Currently there are four tours available with a different theme and atmosphere for each: Spirit of Reggae - The Foundation;  Yo Ho Ho and A Bottle of Rum, Jamaica Heritage and Kingston Drive-Out. 

The ideal number of guests for any tour is 40 persons while the minimum number is 10. Guests are asked to check in 45 minutes prior to departure time. Security personnel provides directions to the tour desk upstairs the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre from where the bus departs. Friendly, informative, and helpful guides and drivers along with outstanding customer service are provided.

“During the tour, the JUTC will provide guests with a bottle of water and a snack, compliments of Peak Bottling and Continental Bakery. The tour also operates on Saturdays and Sundays depending on bookings and is available to groups that wish to take the tours during the week-Mondays –Fridays,” Ching said.

Each tour lasts for approximately five  hours and  the cost ranges between $1,000 to $3,700 per person depending on whether guests are  locals or foreigners.

To enjoy the JUTC City tour make reservations by calling 1-888-991-6684 or 1-876-593-8687 (Michelle Ching). You can also go to the Half- Way Tree Transport Centre, the JUTC Downtown Kingston office, the JUTC Greater Portmore Office and the Spanish Town Lay-By. Payments may be made by using cash, credit, debit, or smarter card. Payments must be made at least two days in advance of the tour.