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Getting to and around Antigua and Barbuda

Travelling By Air

Travelling By Sea

Travelling on Land      

V.C. Bird International Airport is located on the northeast corner of Antigua, is the point of entry for visitors arriving by air to Antigua & Barbuda. There are both direct flights and connections from North America via San Juan and St. Martin and several weekly flights from Europe. Scheduled and charter service is available to many of the neighbouring islands. Flying times: New York—4 hrs.; Miami—3 hrs.; Baltimore—4 hrs.; Toronto—4 hrs.; Puerto Rico—1 hr.; London—8 hrs.; Frankfurt—9 ¼ hrs.; Paris—8 hrs.

Airlines Serving North America

Air Canada
(800) 422-6232
(268) 462-1147

American Airlines
(800) 433-7300
(268) 462-0950

Caribbean Airlines
Reservations & Information: + 800 744 2225 (toll free)

Continental Airlines
(800) 231-0856
(268) 462-5355

(800) 532-4777
(800) 337-4777
Flights out of Atlanta on Wednesday and Sunday.

US Airways
(268) 480-5601 Extension 5704
(800) 622 1015


Travelling By Air From The UK

Special Fares to the Caribbean.
(Twice weekly)
Reservations: 020 8577 1100

British Airways
Reservations: 0870 850 9 850 (24hrs)

Virgin Atlantic
(Twice Weekly)
Reservations: 01293 747 747  

Airlines Serving Europe:

British Airways
(800) 247-9297
(268) 462-3219

(800)-JET-BWIA (US)
(268) 462-0262/3, 462-0934 (St. John's)
(268) 462-3101/2 (V.C. Bird Airport)

Virgin Atlantic
(Twice Weekly)
Reservations: 01293 747 747

Sunsail Airways
An exclusive year round service to The Virgin Islands and Antigua with Air 2000
Tel: (800) 6526520,  +44 (0) 23 9222 2226
Fax: +44 (0) 23 9221 5125 


Inter-Island Airlines:

Scheduled service from the Caribbean and South America.
(268) 480-5601 
Air St. Kitts/Nevis
Charter service to most neighbouring islands.
(268) 465-8571 (Call collect)

Carib Aviation

Charter service to most neighbouring islands.
V.C. Bird International Airport
(or PO Box 318, St. Johns)
Antigua, West Indies
Tel: (268) 462-3147 or 462-3452
Fax: (268) 462-3125
After-hours calls: (268) 461-1650 

Montserrat Airways
Charter service to most neighbouring islands.
Caribbean Star Airlines Ltd
Scheduled service to most neighbouring islands.
(268) 480 2561~5/67
Web site: 


Travelling By Sea

Cruise ship ports are located at St. John's Harbour and Heritage Quay, in the heart of the country's capital, and minutes away from Antigua's great beaches and water sports.
Private boaters can enter at St. John's Harbour on the west coast, English Harbour or the St. James' Club in the south, or Crabbs Marina in the northeast.
Bare-boat or crewed chartering is available through:
Nicholson's Yacht Charters
Sun Yacht Charters

Nicholson Yacht Charters Inc.
For further information click on one of the above Charter Companies.

Barbuda Express
The Barbuda Express is an innovative wave-piercing design giving maximum passenger comfort at high speed and a journey time of 90 minutes in nearly all weather conditions. 

It runs 5 days a week between St Johns and Barbuda: 

As a Barbudan you could spend the day in St Johns for business, shopping or just fun with a very reasonable allowance for personal goods carried on board by hand 
For Antiguans a visit to Barbuda for the day or longer can be made at reasonable rates. A time to enjoy the amazing beauty and tranquillity of this smaller but no less delightful sister island. 
Tourists can economically visit Barbuda with a selection of packages to explore and discover this undeveloped and little-visited island 
Freight can be regularly and reliably moved between the islands

Further information on times etc. at Barbuda Express


Travelling around Antigua

Taxis are available throughout Antigua. Fares between the airport, harbour, and many hotels and destinations are fixed and can be obtained upon arrival. Sample fares from V.C. Bird International Airport to: Nelsons Dockyard--US$21; Shirley Heights--US$21; St. John's--US$7. Taxi drivers are also qualified as tour guides for sightseeing trips. Tour rates can be obtained beforehand through hotels.
Click here to Download the Official Taxi Fare document (PDF-format).

There is some local bus service; schedules and routes can be obtained through the hotels.

Rental Cars
Renting a car is the best way to discover more about this wonderful island during your holiday. Rental costs are about US$40-50 per day. As well as your valid driver's licence from your country of residence, or an international driver's licence, a permit to drive in Antigua is required. The rental agency you choose will assist you in getting this temporary licence. It will be valid for three months and cost approximately $20 US. Don't forget that driving here is on the left side of the road!

To help you please find below a list of some of the car rental agencies on the island.

Tropical Rent                                                       Budget Rent A Car
Capital Car Rentals and Tours                            Carters Rent A Car
Dions Rent A Car & Taxi Service                        Dollar Rent A Car
Hertz Rent A Car                                                 Huntley Car Rental
Hyatt Rent-A-Car                                                Ivor’s Car Rental & Taxi Service
Jacob’s Rent -A-Car                                           Jeeps R US Rentals

If you would like us to arrange your car hire in accordance with your wishes, and budget, then please click here. If you feel that you would like to sort out the arrangements for yourselves then please feel free to click on any of the above rental companies for further information.
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