Due to the small size of the BVI’s main airport, the islands have been kept wonderfully preserved, earning them the name “Nature’s Little Secrets”, this also means that there are no direct long haul flights but there are numerous ways to get here. If your starting point isn’t listed below, get in touch, and our experienced staff and help you with your travel plans.
Getting to the BVI from the United States and Canada
There are several options open here. You can either fly to San Juan (SJU) Puerto Rico and hop on a commuter flight directly into Tortola (EIS) or fly into St Thomas (STT) in the US Virgin Islands and take a public ferry or a private water taxi to Tortola.
Getting from St Thomas over to Tortola is now easier than ever with Sea Lion Charters. They offer quick and private transfers from the Cyril E. King Airport in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas airport directly to our dock in Nanny Cay Marina: http://www.sealionbvi.com/index.php/charters
Please contact our Customer Service Department for further travel information and ferry schedule.
Fly into Tortola
Puerto Rico is a hub for American Airlines, Jet Blue flies directly into San Juan from Boston, Ft. Lauderdale and many other cities as well as Spirit Airlines. Once in Puerto Rico you can take one of four airlines to fly directly into Beef Island, Tortola at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS):
Cape Air has ticketing and baggage agreements with the following Airlines:
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- United Airlines
- US Airways
Seaborne Airlines code shares with American Airlines and Jet Blue, so you can check your bags all the way through
There are also a few smaller, private companies offering flights from Puerto Rico/St. Thomas to Tortola:
- Air Sunshine
- VI Airlink
- Fly BVI
- Island Birds
- Tortola grows airlift with interCaribbean Airways set to begin service from Terrance B. Lettsome airport (EIS) to Puerto Rico (SJU) on June 1st 2016:
JY638 Tortola to Puerto Rico Tue Thu Sat 10:35am 11:15am
JY637 Puerto Rico to Tortola Mon Wed Fri 2:45pm 3:25pm
Once you arrive at the Beef Island airport you will clear immigration and customs. Then you can grab a taxi to Nanny Cay – we will help you arrange this in advance. A cab ride from the airport is ~$40 and takes aprox. 45 minutes.
Ferry from St. Thomas
St Thomas (STT) in the USVI is served by American Airlines, Delta, United, Jet Blue , US Air and Spirit from many US cities. Once you land in St. Thomas you will take a taxi from the airport to the ferry terminal in Charlotte Amalie. There are multiple companies that operate water taxis, and it’s a scenic and relaxing 45 minute trip across to Road Town, Tortola. Ferry schedules from St Thomas may vary by day and season, so its best to ask us as we help you with your travel plans.
Please note that ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola and Virgin Gorda (with connections to Anegada and Jost Van Dyke) only operate during daylight hours – so the last ferry usually runs at around 4:30/5pm. Make sure that your flight arrives in time for the transfer to Charlotte Amalie (approximately 10 minutes) / Red Hook (approximately 45 minutes) or make arrangements to overnight in St. Thomas and catch the ferry the following morning.
If the ferry schedules do not accommodate your flight times, there are also two private water taxi services available. They will take you through customs in the West End where you will take a land taxi to Nanny Cay.
Getting to the BVI from Europe
If you are flying from the UK, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer convenient flights into Tortola (EIS) with only one stop in Antigua. From Manchester you can opt for the flights via France and Saint Martin into Tortola with Air France.
Connecting flights from Antigua to Tortola can be booked with LIAT, the regional airline. interCaribbean (Sundays only) and VI Airlink (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) offer non-stop flights for passengers on Virgin Atlantic and British Airways with Coast to Coast World Wide Travel. Private charter flights are also available.
Another option for those traveling from Europe is flying to San Juan (SJU) Puerto Rico and hopping on a commuter flight directly into Tortola.
Fore more options on flying into the BVI from Europe please click here.