Getting around in Haiti is no easy feat. There is no elaborate public transportation system set up for the locals much less for tourists so it boils down to you getting where you need to go however you find fit.
Motorbike: This is an awesome and fun way to travel short distances. I found that the overall driving in Haiti is very safe once outside of the capital. Motorbikes were our main mode of transportation throughout our trip and I loved it! The cost is usually about 5 USD. depending on where you are going it could be more or less.
Taxi / Jitney – There are taxis running up and down the main streets almost everywhere in Haiti. They are extremely cheap and a great way to get around if you know where you are going. For most of them there are no set stops so you are responsible to tell the taxi where to stop. Unless you are familiar with where you are going i would not recommend it. I did not ride any taxis on my last visit but i definitely plan on it on my return to Haiti. Cost for a ride is about 25 U.S. cents.
Private driver – Getting a driver is the easiest way to get around in Haiti, the only down side is that it can be quite costly. When traveling from Montrouis Haiti to Petionville which is roughly a 31/2 hour drive It cost us 225.00 U.S. dollars one way! After spending a day there for us to get to Jacmel cost us an additional 150.00 U.S. Dollars.
How do you find a driver? You can have your hotel set that up for you but form personal experience the rates are more expensive than you finding one! I ended up asking our motorbike taxi if he knew of anyone who could take us to Petionville. He stated he had a friend who runs a taxi so we basically rented out his jitney for the trip. Because we were with the same motorbike driver for 3 days we felt totally comfortable with him and trusted him completely to get us to our destination.
Finding a driver from Petionville to Jacmel proved to be more challenging since we were only there for a short period of time. I asked one of the bus boys who was extremely helpful and pleasant to us throughout our stay if he knew of someone who could drive us and he recommended his close friend who is not a taxi driver but has a truck and could take us. It was much cheaper than going with the hotel taxi and it was more personal. We were able to make stops, he pointed out different cities and sites to us on the drive to Jacmel, our whole experience was amazing!
I am in no way saying that one should go to Haiti and just get in a car with anyone, I am only speaking of MY PERSONAL experience.