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.
When flying from the U.S. the following table may come in handy. Online booking engines don't consistently identify the least costly options so it can be helpful to realize which airlines actually fly direct 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|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||AirTran, Jet Blue|
The table below indicates which airlines have direct service out of the Great White North.
|Halifax, Canada||YHZ||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
|Winnipeg, Canada||YWG||Air Canada|
If you're flying across the Atlantic this table is the one you need.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines|
Check below for a listing of scheduled air service from other airports in the Caribbean. If there aren't any flights directly from an airport near you, making a connection through a regional airport could be a very good solution.
|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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