Getting to Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a small archipelago in the Caribbean with only one international airport and one international passenger port. However, the vast majority of passengers arrive in Antigua by plane.

By air to Antigua

The only international airport V. C. Bird ANU is located near the capital city of St. John's on the larger and more heavily visited island of Antigua. The island of Barbuda has only a domestic airport, which is not served by international flights.

Antigua and Barbuda does not have its own major international airline.

Connections around the surrounding Caribbean islands are mainly provided by InterCaribbean Airways, LIAT, Caribbean Airlines and Winair. However, several islands (e.g. St Lucia, Grenada and St Kitts) can also be served by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, which fly these routes on their combined services to/from London.

Compare prices for flights to Antigua

Typical prices for one-way flights from Antigua to the surrounding islands range from 150 usd to 250 usd, making them among the most expensive in the world relative to distance. The cheapest tickets are usually to Barbados or Trinidad and Tobago.

St. John's is also well served by airlines from the USA, Canada and the UK.

The nearest island, Montserrat, is served by local airlines BMN Airways and Fly Montserrat. The next neighbouring island of St. Kitts can be reached with British Airways and Trans Anguilla Airways.

When are the most expensive flights to Antigua?

Ticket prices follow the season. They are most expensive between December and March, when return prices from Europe hit 916 eur, while from the US/Canada 550 eur.

Flights to the surrounding islands are equally expensive all year round, but rise significantly as availability increases, usually a month before departure. It is therefore worth buying about 2 to 4 months before departure.

Ships and ferries

Many travellers arrive in Antigua and Barbuda as part of cruises on large ocean liners. Stopovers in Antigua usually last 1 to 3 days, and the ship's crew will always provide a full service from transport from the dock to the beaches to arranging customs checks.

Regular international ferries to Antigua operate only from the island of Montserrat, which is a British dependency.

The service is operated by the Montserrat Ferry Service 5 days a week, with the ferry running 1-2 times on any given day.

Tickets with Fly Montserrat are only around 30% more expensive, yet the planes fly up to 3 times each day.

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