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July 8, 2018

Getting to the B.V.I.

Connecting airports surround the BVI, making arrivals and departures an easy part of your travel itinerary. When travelling to the BVI, there are no direct flights from the USA, Canada, Europe, or South America to the British Virgin Islands’ main airport, the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (EIS).

All flights must connect through another Caribbean airport on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, or St. Maarten. Your travel agent or international airline will be able to assist with booking flights. If you plan to make reservations online, remember that you will have to request flights to Tortola (EIS). You may find as many do that it’s an excellent opportunity to spend a night or two in San Juan on your way to the BVI in which case you may find a hotel that suits you by following this affiliate link to  San Juan Hotels.

If you are travelling on to Virgin Gorda (VIJ), Anegada, Peter Island, or Jost van Dyke, check with your hotel, resort, or villa to make sure that charter flights or ferry service will be available if you arrive after 4pm. Otherwise, plan to spend a night or two in Tortola before exploring the rest of “Nature’s Little Secrets.” Boat charters can be arranged via St. Thomas, Road Town or Beef Island.

The BVI’s additional major airports are Auguste George Airport, Anegada (NGD); and Taddy Bay Airport, Virgin Gorda (VIJ). Regular service from San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) to Virgin GOrda (VIJ) is available with Cape Air. VI Airlink offers both commercial and charter flights from Beef Island, Tortola to Anegada (NGD). Many charter airlines also offer service to Anegada.

The most direct way to arrive to the BVI from North America is via San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Frequent connecting service is offered by Cape Air and Seaborne, with occasional service offered by other airlines and charter flights. Charter airline service can be arranged from almost anywhere in the Caribbean.

Flights via St. Thomas – Airport Code [STT]
If you choose to arrive via St. Thomas, you can catch regular flights to Tortola on Cape Air and Seaborne. If you haven’t already booked your flights you may find reasonable fares by clicking here to find International Flights on Expedia ,which we are an affiliate of.

Most travellers take one of the frequent ferries that travel between downtown Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, St. Thomas and the BVI. Ferry service is available to Virgin Gorda on select days and to Tortola every day via West End or Road Town.
Getting to the next ferry is very easy – just take a taxi at the St. Thomas Airport and let the taxi driver know that you need to take the next ferry to Tortola or Virgin Gorda (with connections to Anegada and Jost Van Dyke). The taxi drivers will know of any schedule changes and make sure you reach the proper terminal for your connection.

Please note: 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 is usually 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) or make arrangements to overnight in St. Thomas and catch the ferry the following morning. Ferry service starts at approximately 7:30am. Click here for more information on ferry schedules.

Flights via Antigua – Airport Code [ANU]
Travellers from the UK (from London, Gatwick) may find it easiest to travel directly to Antigua by way of the VC Bird International Airport. Connecting flights to Tortola can be booked with LIAT a regional airline. InterCaribbean Airlines (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. Check each airline’s website for any fares and schedules.