St. Jean Airport, St. Barths Transportation

Gustaf III Airport, also called St. Jean Airport, in St. Barths; credit Atout-France

St. Barths Transportation

Most people fly to nearby St. Maarten via Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) accommodates direct flights from North America and Europe. Most guests headed to St. Barths transfer to smaller planes for short inbound flight or transfer by 45-minute ferry.

There are frequent flights from NY (JFK & Newark), Toronto, Montreal, Fort Lauderdale, Washington DC (Dulles), Chicago, Newark Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Paris to SXM Airport. United, American, Delta, Air France, Air Canada, Air Caraibes, Caribbean, Copa, JetBlue, Air France, KLM, WestJet and Spirit airlines fly to SXM Airport for small connecting flights to Gustaf III Airport (SBH) in St. Barths. Occasional turbulence in small plane makes adventuresome landings. That is also what makes the island more exclusive.

Guests then take taxi rides directly to their hotels. A valid driver’s license is sufficient to rent a car from St. Barths Airport: Hertz, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Maurice Car Rental, Sixt and Turbe Car Rental. You can get to any other part of the island in less than 20 minutes. Driving on St. Barths unimpressive roads can also be an adventure. There are only two taxi stations in St. Barts, one at the airport and one in Gustavia. Residents often take mini-bus rides around the island. Check there route before riding.

Rapid Explorer ferry to St. Barths

Rapid Explorer ferry to St. Barths; (c) Soul Of America

If you’re nervous about small plane landing at St. Barths’ airport, the ferry round trip will cost you from 50 Euros to 75 Euros, which may convert to US $55-82.

The Edge
There is also a high speed ferry named The Edge that comes to Gustavia once a day from Tuesday until Saturday. It leaves from Pelican Marina in Dutch-side St. Maarten at 9 AM. The passage lasts around 45 minutes.

MV Voyager
MV Voyager departs from St. Martin at 9:00 AM and at 6:45 PM avery day except Wednesday and Sunday from the waterfront in Marigot, to arrive in Gustavia around 75 minutes later. Wednesday and Sunday it departs from Oyster Pond to Gustavia around 45 minutes later.
PHONE: +590-590-27-54-10

You can also catch a Rapid Explorer ferry from Anguilla.

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