Traveling to Negril by Airplane

A flight into Montego Bay can easily connect to Negril for a low price

Flying commercial directly to Negril is not possible, however, tourists can make use of one of Jamaica's three international airports, then hire a domestic airline to fly them to the Negril Aerodrome.

Because there are no direct commercial flights to Negril, your point of entry into Jamaica will originate at one of three international airports in either Ocho Rios, Kingston, or Montego Bay. Montego Bay is your closest option, but some may choose a different airport to save money or because the flight leaves at a certain time from an airport close to their home town.

The closest international airport to Negril also happens to be the most visited airport on the island, the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Most major airlines offer direct flights into Montego Bay at reasonable prices and at regular intervals if not throughout the day than throughout the week. Form there, you can hire a driver or drive yourself if you don't want to take a smaller connecting flight into Negril.

The following chart tells you which airlines have flights directly from the U.S. and the airports they fly from. Not all flights you will find listed on line make a lot of sense so it can be handy to realize which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.

Sangster International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Baltimore, MD, USA BWI AirTran, Spirit Airlines
Chicago, IL, USA MDW AirTran
Detroit, MI, USA DTW Delta Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Caribbean Airlines, Jet Blue
Los Angeles, CA, USA LAX American Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO AirTran, Jet Blue

This chart shows which airlines fly directly out of Canada.

Sangster International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Halifax, Canada YHZ Air Canada
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada
Winnipeg, Canada YWG Air Canada

Flying to Negril from Europe

If you're going to be flying from a location in Europe the table below is relevant.

Sangster International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines

After arriving in Jamaica, you will then have to decide if you'll travel to Negril by ground transportation or by air.

Flying to Negril from the Caribbean

If you choose to fly, you'll head to the Negril Aerodrome, which is a little over five miles north of the main area of Negril. Most people who fly to this airport are tourists staying in Western Jamaica, which includes Negril and its surrounding areas. The Negril Aerodrome has one runway which measures 2,200 by 60 feet, almost 500 feet longer than its previous length to provide a safety area. The runway is made of asphalt.

Most people will fly into the airport in Montego Bay, then take a flight to the Negril Aerodrome, which will cost somewhere between $100 and $150(USD) per person for a flight that lasts well under a half an hour. This also works well if you are on the Cayman Islands, which also has flights to Montego Bay. An airport transfer from Montego Bay to Negril in a private charter taxi will cost approximately half that, but will save you about an hours worth of travel time.

See below for air service from airports in the Caribbean region. Even if you can't take a flight from an airport near you, taking a connecting flight from another airport in the Caribbean might prove to be a great option.

Sangster International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Georgetown, Grand Cayman GCM Cayman Airways
Jamaica OCJ AirLink
Kingston, Jamaica KIN AirLink, Caribbean Airlines
Negril, Jamaica NEG AirLink
Negril Aerodrome Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Kingston, Jamaica KIN AirLink
Montego Bay, Jamaica MBJ AirLink

You also have the option of flying into the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, which is between three and four hours away by car. There are approximately 14 airlines that fly into Kingston internationally, so this can be used as a back up option if for some reason you can't make a flight into Montego Bay.

Your final option is to fly into the Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios, then transfer to Negril. This route is almost never taken because despite being an international airport, Ian Fleming International Airport only welcomes chartered flights currently. The only reason one might first fly into Ocho Rios is to perhaps do some sightseeing before they transfer to their final destination in Negril. If for some reason you do decide to fly into Ocho Rios only to drive to Negril later on, know that the trip will take between three and four hours.

The trip to Negril is a pretty straight forward one. Montego Bay should be your original destination with Kingston serving as a back up, and then the option remains to either drive or fly to Negril via the Negril Aerodrome. One you begin to compare prices, travel times, and the fact that you may possibly be driving in a foreign country with not so stellar road conditions, you preferred choice will become clear to you pretty quickly.


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