Although there are three international airports in Jamaica, it won't be difficult to decide which to choose to get you the closest to Rose Hall. Located just 10 minutes from Montego Bay, it is easy to fly into Sangster International Airport, which is also the largest airport on the island.
Known as one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean, the Sangster International Airport (MJB) in Montego Bay has been open since 1940 and today welcomes more than 70 percent of all of the people who fly into Jamaica. This may seem like an overwhelming number for tourists who prefer to fly into a smaller airport, but you can get around the huge crowds by planning your flight early in the morning. The airport's peak operating hours are between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., so if you avoid those times you shouldn't have to fight a crowd as you walk to claim your luggage or to find a restaurant.
Just outside the air conditioned building are two asphalt concrete runways, both of which measure 2653 by 46 meters and are large enough for Boeing 747 jets to land here. This allows international flights, of which there are dozens a day. Most major airlines have direct flights from the United States, Canada, and Europe.
The following chart tells you which airlines offer flights from the U.S. as well as which airports they fly from. Booking services don't consistently recognize the least costly options so it can be useful to see at a glance which airlines offer direct flights to this location.
|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|
The following table indicates which airlines offer direct flights from locations in Canada.
|Halifax, Canada||YHZ||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
|Winnipeg, Canada||YWG||Air Canada|
If you're going to be flying from a European city this list is relevant.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines|
See below for a listing of scheduled air service from airports in the Caribbean region. If you can't take a flight directly from your favorite airport, taking a connecting flight from another airport in the Caribbean might be a fine option.
|Georgetown, Grand Cayman||GCM||Cayman Airways|
|Kingston, Jamaica||KIN||AirLink, Caribbean Airlines|
The drive between the airport and Rose Hall is a very short 10 minute trip, and you can very easily find a ride or rent a car and get behind the wheel yourself.
Renting a car in Jamaica will be fairly easy for anyone between the ages of 23 and 75 who are in possession of a valid driver's license and a major credit card. You can rent anything from a convertible to a van for between $35 and $250(USD) a day, and you will also be responsible for fuel, which can be expensive. Those planning to rent a car should be aware that road conditions are poor and drivers in Jamaica are known for their speed and aggression. Learn more about renting a car and driving and Rose Hall when you click here.
Because many people staying in Rose Hall will be guests at an all-inclusive resort and won't have much use for their own vehicle, it may make more sense for them to hire an airport transfer. The cost to hire a taxi for this route is around $35(USD) one way, though the price will vary depending on the company you hire. Tourists who hire an airport transfer will be greeted by their driver as they exit customs, then invited to take a seat and enjoy an ice cold beverage as they make the short drive to their hotel.
With its location so close to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, flying into this regional hub and making a quick drive to your hotel is the optimal travel plan.
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