How To Get to the British Virgin Islands (BVI)

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 is because there are no direct, long haul flights from the US.  However, there are many, simple ways to get to the British Virgin Islands to begin your boat charter adventure with Virgin Motor Yachts!  If your starting point isn’t listed below, or if you have any questions give our customer service team a call and we would be happy to help you! (1.284.495.2526)

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.

Fly directly into Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Flying into the BVI


Puerto Rico is a hub for American Airlines, and Jet Blue flies directly into San Juan from Boston, Ft. Lauderdale and many other cities.  Spirit Airlines  also flies from many cities in the US into San Juan.  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, JetBlue, United.  Typically, Cape Air flies smaller, 9 seater Cessna aircrafts.

Seaborne Airlines code shares with American Airlines and Jet Blue, so you can check your bags all the way through. Seaborne typically flies larger, jet engine planes so this is a better option if anyone in your yacht charter group has a fear of small planes.

You actually fly into ‘Beef Island’ which is connected to Tortola by a bridge.  Once you land at the Beef Island airport you will clear British Virgin Island immigration and customs. Yes, you do need a passport to come to the British Virgin Islands!  Even though we are right next to the US Virgin Islands we are a different country and you must travel with the appropriate documents.  After you clear customs, you will take a taxi to our yacht charter base at Nanny Cay Marina.  Our customer service team will help arrange this for you in advance.  The cab  ride from the airport is ~$40 and takes aprox. 45 minutes.

Ferry from St. Thomas to Tortola, British Virgin Islands

St Thomas (STT) in the USVI, is served by many direct flights from major US cites and by multiple carries including;   American Airlines, Delta, United, Jet Blue , US Air and Spirit   Often the flights into St. Thomas are much less expensive and you have a wider variety of flights than if you fly directly into Tortola.

Once you land in St. Thomas you will take a taxi from the airport to the ferry terminal in Charlotte Amalie (aprox. 10 min).  There are multiple companies that operate water ferries to then transport you on a scenic and relaxing 45 minute trip across to either Road Town or West End 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 the last ferry from  St. Thomas to Tortola usually runs at around 4:30/5pm. Make sure that your flight arrives in time for the transfer to Charlotte Amalie (approximately 10 minutes) or  Red Hook (approximately 45 minutes) to make the last ferry.  Otherwise you can plan to spend an evening in St. Thomas and then catch the ferry to Tortola the following morning.

Private Water Taxi

If the ferry schedules do not accommodate your flight times to Tortola or you would prefer the comfort/convenience of a private water taxi, we recommend Dolphin Water Taxi in St. Thomas.  They can meet you at the airport and transport you to Red Hook St Thomas where your board their private water taxi.  Dolphin will then bring you to British Virgin Islands customs on the West End of Tortola, and then they can bring you right to our yacht charter company at Nanny Cay Marina.

  • Dolphin Water Taxi
    Rates from St. Thomas directly into Nanny Cay are $119/person, minimum of 4 people, each way.

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.

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