Your trip to Jamaica will not start and end in Mandeville simply because there is no airport located within city limits. Fortunately, the nearest airport is still within reasonable driving distance, at just 47 miles away in the capital city of Kingston.
The Kingston is the airport nearest Mandeville. Tourists traveling from the United States, Canada, and many places in Europe have a good chance of flying directly to this airport if they live near a major air hub. There are 14 airlines that travel here internationally as of May 2013, including such big names as and .(KIN), 20 minutes outside of the city center of
The following table informs you of which airlines are flying directly from the U.S. and the places they fly from. Not all of the flight combinations you will be shown on the internet make a lot of sense so it helps to see a summary of which airlines fly directly to this airport.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Jet Blue|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
If you will be flying from a European city the following table is relevant.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Iberia|
Although Norman Manley International Airport is more frequently utilized by business travelers and freight cargo transporters, the airport sees its fair share of tourists as well, and between two and four thousand people walk through the halls on a weekly basis.
For direct contact with the Norman Manley International Airport, you can call 876-924-8452-6, or call toll free in Jamaica at 888-AIRPORT.
Kingston will not only be used by those flying from the Americas and Europe. Even if you are flying from within the Carribean, Norman Manley International Airport will likely be your best bet. There a flights coming in daily from a number of Caribbean islands, as well as a few major cities in Jamaica.
Look below for scheduled air service from airports in the region. If there aren't any flights directly from your local airport, connecting through another regional airport might prove to be a very viable option.
|Castries, Saint Lucia||SLU||Caribbean Airlines|
|Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands||CYB||Cayman Airways|
|Georgetown, Grand Cayman||GCM||Cayman Airways|
|Montego Bay, Jamaica||MBJ||AirLink, Caribbean Airlines|
|Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands||PLS||Intercaribbean Airways|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||Caribbean Airlines|
|Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago||POS||Caribbean Airlines|
When you arrive in Kingston, you will only have completed the first leg of your trip. From there, you will have to travel 47 miles to your final destination in Mandeville. The trip could take up to 90 minutes depending upon current road conditions and traffic, and you have two options with regards to how to get there.
The first is to rent a car. You can reserve your rental in advance and pick up your vehicle at the airport. You must be at least 23 and have a valid driver's license, plus the means to pay between $35 and $250(USD) a day. Once the rental is in your possession, your Jamaican driving adventure will begin.
Driving in Jamaica can be stressful. The road conditions are often poor, and local drivers are definitely what one would call aggressive. For this reason, most tourists feel more comfortable hiring a driver to take them to their accommodations in Mandeville. There is a whole industry based around airport transfers, and there are plenty of options available to you. You'll be able to shop around and find the best rate, as well as choose a company that looks like it the right fit for you. The trip will cost anywhere from $125 to $200 (USD) for four passengers. You can learn more about driving in Jamaica by clicking here, and the alternative, taxi services, by clicking here.
Although your flight to Jamaica will not land you directly in Mandeville, it doesn't take much further travel to get there. Whichever option you choose to complete the last leg of your trip to the lovely Jamaican town, a tour of the countryside is a bonus.
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