With seven airports on the island of Jamaica, it may seem like a daunting task to decide how exactly you'll get to Runaway Bay. Only three of the island's airports see international traffic, and the closest one is located in the popular tourist destination of Montego Bay.
That airport is the Sangster International Airport (MJB), located on the island's northwest coast. Located within the vicinity of Jamaica's most popular tourist destination, this airport sees about 72 percent of all air traffic into the island. It is not only the busiest airport on the island, but one of the busiest in the Caribbean, which means you won't have a tough time finding a flight. Most major airlines offer direct flights from the United States, Canada, and Europe.
The following table indicates which airlines offer scheduled service from the states and the places from which they are flying. The online booking services don't always know about the best options so it can be handy to see which airlines offer direct flights to this airport.
|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 chart shows which airlines schedule direct flights from Canadian locations.
|Halifax, Canada||YHZ||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
|Winnipeg, Canada||YWG||Air Canada|
If you will be flying from across the Atlantic this table is the one you need.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines|
See the following chart for air service from airports in the Caribbean region. If you can't take a flight from a local airport, making a connection through a regional airport might prove to be a great option.
|Georgetown, Grand Cayman||GCM||Cayman Airways|
|Kingston, Jamaica||KIN||AirLink, Caribbean Airlines|
|Montego Bay, Jamaica||MBJ||AirLink|
...road conditions take a lot of getting used to...
Runaway Bay is located about 38 miles away from the Sangster International Airport, so you will have to make arrangements regarding how you'll get from the airport to your accommodations. The most recommended option is to hire a charter taxi for an airport transfer for less than $70(USD) for four travelers. There is a whole industry in Jamaica that revolves around getting tourists around, and airport transfers are a huge part of it. If you've made arrangements in advance, your driver will be aware of your arrival time and be waiting for you outside of customs at the airport. You and the group you are traveling with will be invited to take a seat inside a van as the driver loads your luggage, and then offers you a drink to help you relax during the trip. About an hour later you will reach your destination in Runaway Bay. Read more about taxis in Mongego bay by clicking here.
Because Runaway Bay is so close, many tourists think renting a car and driving themselves will be an easy option. Others will need to rent a car for reasons beyond their control, such as if they are traveling with a person with disabilities. At between $35 and $250(USD) a day, renting a smaller car for the trip will be the less expensive option, and the requirements are minimal: you must be between 23 and 75-years-old and have a valid driver's license. It is recommended that first time visitors not drive in Jamaica. The road conditions take a lot of getting used to and local drivers are known for speeding, tailgating, and passing – attributes that are the completely the opposite of the laid back personalities that locals are known for.
Its location close to Runaway Bay makes deciding to fly into the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay the easy choice to make.
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