Transportation Options for San Salvador

Plan your trip to San Salvador Island by beginning with transportation

Despite its small size, San Salvador is a popular destination in the Bahamas amongst history lovers and adventurers alike. Widely accepted as the first place Christopher Columbus set foot on in the New World, there are memorials reflecting this important moment that visitors simply can't miss. The island's unique topography is enough to recommend it as well, since it is actually the top of a mountain jutting up from the ocean floor. Fewer than 1,000 residents who are decedents of slaves keep the island running, and tourism is the main industry. Because of the island's size, transportation options are limited.

Getting There

Flying and sailing are the two ways for tourists to travel to San Salvador Island. Each has its merits, and for most people it will come down to price, convenience, and comfort.

Getting Around

If you're staying at the Club Med Resort, all of your transportation is pretty much taken care of, down to a transfer from the airport. Others will have to make arrangements for when they arrive, whether that be with your hotel, renting a car, or hiring a taxi.

Air Travel

The San Salvador Airport (ZSA) is one of the busiest airports in the Out Islands. Not only can you travel to Nassau aboard a larger commercial airline then transfer to a smaller domestic carrier like Bahamasair to get to San Salvador, but there are international flights directly to this airport as well. Flights aboard Spirit Airlines from Ft. Lauderdale make the trip once a week. More specific information is available here.


...full service marina...


Yachting trips to San Salvador is made easy thanks to the fact that there is a full service marina and an official port of entry on the island. Both are located in Cockburn Town on the island's west side. When you arrive, sailing your yellow quarantine flag, you'll first dock at the Government Dock and meet with a customs official who will go over the boat's documentation and have everyone aboard fill out immigration paperwork. Then, you will pay between $150 and $300(USD) for a combo cruising and sailing permit, plus your pre-paid departure fee. The total you'll pay is based on the length of the boat, and covers five passengers including the passenger. The price will go up if you're sailing with more people. From there, you can head to the Riding Rock Resort and Marina where you have the choice of docking and sleeping aboard your vessel, or renting out a hotel room during your stay. You can contact the marina at 242-331-2631 and 242-272-1492.

Rental Cars

Car rentals are available on San Salvador Island to tourists in possession of a valid driver's license from their home country or an International Driver's License and is over the age of 21. All of the rental car agencies on the island are locally owned, and the rental process is very laid back. Expect to pay between $70 and $100(USD) a day, and be prepared to drive on the left side of the road like in Europe.


Taxis are available in small amounts on the island, mostly to provide airport transports. You'll find these taxis waiting outside of customs, or you can call for a ride.


Every Tuesday, the MV Lady Francis leaves Potter's Cay, New Providence Island at 1:00 p.m. and makes the 12 hour journey to San Salvador Island with stops in Rum Cay, Exuma Cay, Barraterre, Staniel Cay, Black Point, Farmer's Cay, and Highbourn's Cay. This trip is taken aboard a government-run Mail Boat, which transports not only people but mail and freight around the Bahamas. Prices vary based on where you're headed, but to travel to San Salvador Island it is $40(USD).

Transportation is one of the main subject to consider as you plan your vacation to San Salvador Island. Take your time, go over all of your options, compare, contrast, and then you will be ready to begin making arrangements.


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