Traveling to Runaway Bay by Airplane

Find your way to Runaway Bay via the airport in nearby Montego Bay

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.

If you're traveling from the states the following chart can be useful for planning purposes. The online booking services don't consistently show the best options so it can be handy to see which airlines actually offer direct service to this airport.

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 indicates airlines that schedule direct flights from airports in 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

If you're flying across the Atlantic the following list will be helpful.

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

Flying to Runaway Bay from the Caribbean

Look below for scheduled air service from other regional airports. Even if there are no flights from a local airport, taking a connecting flight from another Caribbean airport could be an excellent 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
Ian Fleming International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Jamaica POT AirLink
Kingston, Jamaica KIN AirLink
Montego Bay, Jamaica MBJ AirLink

...road conditions take a lot of getting used to...

 

The Road to Runaway Bay

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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