Jost Van Dyke Transportation Options

You're just a plane, a ferry, and a cab ride away from your dream vacation on Jost Van Dyke

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At just a total of three square miles, Jost Van Dyke is the smallest inhabited island in the British Virgin Islands chain. Getting to the island can take some extra planning, but if you are looking for a quiet, secluded vacation in which you can truly get away from it all, this is the perfect locale to do so.

Getting There

Jost Van Dyke is so small that there is no airport on the island – not even one that can accommodate small charters. Because of this, the only way to get directly to the island is by sea. Most travelers choose to fly to a larger nearby island then catch a ferry in, but sailing your own chartered yacht is a possibility as well.

Getting Around

Because of its size, many tourists choose not to utilize local transportation at all. Paved roads and well-marked paths allow tourists to make walking their transportation of choice. However, if you have a disability, or simply don't want to waste a moment of time walking when you could be riding, there are several other options available.

Air Travel

In order to get toJost Van Dyke, there are four airlines that come into play. The first three are the Princess Juliana International Airport in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten and the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport near San Juan, Puerto Rico. These two airports are regional hubs and can handle air traffic from around the world, including Europe and Asia. The third is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport on St. Thomas, USVI. This airport can also handle international flights, but rarely sees traffic outside of the east coast of the United States and the Caribbean.

Tourists have the opportunity to fly into either of these three airports and then connect to the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, BVI. This airport only sees regional air traffic on small air crafts that seat less than 100 passengers at a time. It is for this reason that connections are possible. After arriving on Beef Island tourists can than catch a ferry to Jost Van Dyke. This last step can be skipped all together when you take a ferry from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas to Jost Van Dyke instead.


Jost Van Dyke has a lot of things going for it with regards to sailing, including two jetties run by Port Authority as well as several locations where anchoring is a possibility. It is important to know; however, that you can enjoy the perks of the crystal clear waters and smooth sailing even if you don't captain your own vessel. Charters are available direct from this small island, a fact you can learn more about when you click here.


Most tourists will land on Jost Van Dyke as part of a cruise hitting all of the main islands in the Virgin Islands. Cruising to Jost Van Dyke is an option thanks to the facilities at Great Harbour. As the most populous area on the island, cruisers can deboard and spend the day shopping and dining here, or they can venture out on foot to find a secluded beach to relax on or take a hike in the mountains.

Rental Cars

...driving a smaller vehicle is too risky...


Even though walking from place to place makes the most sense for the majority of travelers who visit Jost Van Dyke, others will still need to be in possession of a rental car. There are two locally owned rental car companies on Jost Van Dyke, which don't actually rent out cars. Rather, they offer a selection of jeeps, trucks, and ATVs. This is because the roads on the island are quite crude and driving a smaller vehicle is too risky.

You can expect to spend about $80(USD) a day to rent a vehicle on Jost Van Dyke. Learn more about rental cars on the island when you click here.


There are only a few taxis on Jost Van Dyke, so tourists will find that calling ahead and reserving pick up by a driver in advance is the way to go. Most feel comfortable riding in a cab on this island because the rates are set by the government, so it is easy to find out in advance exactly how much you'll be paying and be prepared with exact change. For example, a ride from Great Harbour to Little Harbour is just $6(USD) per person when there are three or more passengers.

Prices are set based upon distance and the number of passengers, so the more people you can get to ride with you, the cheaper your ride will be. Transport from White Bay Centre to Bubbly Pool is $25(USD) when there is just one passenger, while it is just $10(USD) per person when three or more guests travel together. This sliding scale encourages drivers to fill up the vehicle and tourists to make room for strangers. Click here for a complete listing of taxi rates on Jost Van Dyke.


Once you've arrived on either St. Thomas or Beef Island, you will then have to take a ferry to Jost Van Dyke. From St. Thomas, you can head to the ferry terminal in Red Hook to catch a ride aboard InterIsland Ferry to Jost Van Dyke via Cruz Bay, St. John. The ticket costs $50(USD) one way or $70(USD) round trip. Make sure to schedule your arrivals early in the morning unless you plan to stay overnight on St. Thomas. The last ferry of the day will leave no later than 4:00 p.m.

Those who arrive on Beef Island can cross the Queen Elizabeth Bridge onto Tortola and take a cab to Soper's Hole. There, New Horizon offers four trips a day to Jost Van Dyke at $15(USD) one way and $25(USD) round trip for an adult ticket.

Because Jost Van Dyke is such a small and secluded island, tourists will have to take extra efforts to get there. Once on the island, however, these comfort of getting away from your busy life back home and the ease of getting around make it all worth it.


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