Island Safari on Antigua Transportation

Island Safari is a great way to see Antigua attractions; credit Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua Transportation

VC Bird International Airport is situated on the outskirts of St John’s and to the north of the island. It has regular flights from the United Kingdom and America, along with smaller planes from elsewhere in the Caribbean. It has WiFi capabilities and is currently expanding. LIAT has a hub in Antigua, operating flights to various destinations in the Eastern Caribbean. The following international airlines serve the airport:

Caribbean Airlines (Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad)
American Airlines (Miami)
United Airlines (Newark)
Delta Airlines (Atlanta)
US Airways (Charlotte)
JetBlue (New York City)
Air Canada (Toronto)
British Airways (London Gatwick)
Virgin Atlantic (London Gatwick)
XL (London Gatwick)
Condor (Frankfurt)

You can also connect to Paris on Air France and Amsterdam on KLM) via the nearby island of St. Maarten.

Taxis are available throughout the island. Fares between the airport harbor and many hotels and destinations are fixed and can be obtained upon arrival. The most popular modes of transportation are by car or taxi.

Renting a Car is another way to discover more of Antigua. A valid driver’s license and a EC$50 fee are required to obtain a permit to drive in Antigua. But unlike in America, people drive on the left side of the road. But be prepared for driving island-style, meaning many of the roads are poorly paved and some street names are nonexistent.

Local Bus
Have unpredictable island schedules, but they are cheap and a good way to meet locals. They cost only US$1-2 per person. All buses start at St John’s, in the well-ordered bus station on Market Street.

Cruise ships docked in Antigua Transportation

Cruise ships docked in Antigua; credit Antigua & Barbuda Tourism

Cruise Port
Cruise ships dock at Heritage Quay in St. Johns. As one might expect, there are many tourist shops and street performers on Heritage Quay. Cruise ships offer a variety of shore excursions that require advance reservations. The most popular tours fill up fast, so book them early. Many cruise lines have shore excursion information available on their websites and allow reservations before you leave home. We have listed some sample shore excursions. The length of the tours, price, and what’s included vary by cruise ship.

Antigua Historical Tour
The guided tour includes Nelson’s Dockyard, Dow’s Hill Interpretation Center, Shirley Heights, and wonderful views of the island.

Cedar Valley Golf Club
Play golf on this 18-hole, par 70 course with great views of Antigua.

Dolphins and Stingrays
Guided tour of Dolphin Fantaseas includes swimming with dolphins and stingrays.

Stingray Village
Tour includes snorkeling at Stingray Village, snorkel equipment, and instruction.

Caribbean Helicopter Tours
offer a variety of truly amazing panoramic delights, priceless memories, and photographic opportunities for everyone. Their friendly Antiguan flight attendants and highly-skilled Canadian pilots ensure your complete safety and satisfaction while onboard. Visitors can sign up for a full island tour, half island tour or a tour to neighbouring volcanic island Montserrat;

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