The Abacos are a collection of islands within the large Bahamas island chain – they are at once each independent islands, but also a group that is known for similar attributes. Still, it takes a different plan of action to get to each different island in the group.
There are a few options available to you when you plan your original flight into the Bahamas. Nassau and Grand Bahama both have International Airlines that foreign travelers can utilize, but there are also two international airports in the Abacos. For a quicker travel time overall, it is recommended that tourists first fly to one of these, then transfer by a smaller plane or ferry to their island of choice.
... take the earliest flight available...
Moore's Island, Sandy Point, Scotland's Cay, and Spanish Cay all have small airstrips, so tourists are able to charter a flight aboard a small hopper plane to get them to their final destination. This can get very pricy, so most tourists rely on ferry transport to get them to their final destination.
Local treasure Marsh Harbour, depositing tourists on Man-o-War Cay, Elbow Cay, Great Guana Cay, and Scotland Cay on a regular basis, with fewer services available in the off-season of tourism. Most trips last between 20 and 30 minutes and cost $17(USD) one way. Learn more about this service by reading our guides to ferries in the Abacos, which includes a full schedule. Guests who don't want to fly, but are staying on all other islands in the Abacos will have to hire a private charter to sail to your tropical getaway.is the company that offers this service. The ferry travels from
No matter which airport you fly into, it is wise to make arrangements to take the earliest flight available. This way, you can ensure that you don't run into any delayed flights, and if you do, you won't miss the last ferry of the day.
The following chart tells you which airlines have scheduled flights from U.S. cities and the places they fly from. The online booking services don't always list the most logical options so it can be helpful to realize which airlines actually provide direct service to this airport.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Silver Airways, SkyBahamas, United Airlines|
|Jacksonville, FL, USA||JAX||Silver Airways|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Eagle|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Silver Airways, United Airlines|
|West Palm Beach, FL, USA||PBI||Silver Airways, United Airlines|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Silver Airways, United Airlines|
Check the following table for a complete list of air service from other airports in the region. If there aren't any flights from an airport near you, connecting through a regional airport could be a good solution.
|Abaco, Bahamas||MYAO||Abaco Air|
|Eleuthera, Bahamas||ELH||Abaco Air, SkyBahamas|
|Freeport, Grand Bahama Island||FPO||Flamingo Air, Regional Air, SkyBahamas, Western Air|
|New Providence Island, Bahamas||NAS||Abaco Air, Bahamasair, SkyBahamas, Western Air|
|New Providence Island, Bahamas||NAS||Bahamasair|
Yes, getting to the Abacos can take some doing, but it is rare that you'll find a tourist who has visited this group of islands who would say it wasn't worth every step you have to take. Map out your plan of action now, book your flights and charters, and you'll be happier when the time comes to head out on your getaway.
The following chart enables you to contact a regional air charter service.
|(242) 367-3450||Marsh Harbour International Airport - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) South-Southwest of Marsh Harbour|
|(242) 351-4963||Marsh Harbour International Airport - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) South-Southwest of Marsh Harbour|
|(242) 367-0400||Marsh Harbour International Airport - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) South-Southwest of Marsh Harbour|
|(242) 367-0446||Marsh Harbour International Airport - 2.4 mi. (3.8 km) South-Southwest of Marsh Harbour|
|(242) 365-8945||Treasure Cay Airfield - 24.2 mi. (38.9 km) Northwest of Marsh Harbour|
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