When travelling to the BVI, there are no direct flights from the USA, Canada, Europe or South America to the main airport in the British Virgin Islands, the Terrence B. Lettsome Airport, which is actually on Beef Island and connected to Tortola by a short land bridge. All flights connect through another Caribbean airport on islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, Barbados, St Kitts or St. Maarten. Airport codes:
EIS...Beef Island SJU...San Juan, Puerto Rico STT...St Thomas ANU...Antigua SXM...St Martin SKB...St Kitts BGI...Barbados
Connections to the BVI by Air
From San Juan to Beef Island Daily scheduled flights on American Eagle, Cape Air, Air Sunshine or by a private charter flight on Fly BVI or Island Birds. This is the most direct way for travellers from Canada and the USA to reach the BVI. rom St Thomas to Beef Island Daily scheduled flights on Air Sunshine and Cape Air o by a private charter flight on Fly BVI. From Europe to Beef Island BA and Virgin Atlantic fly from UK to Antigua and Barbados. Air France and KLM fly into St Maarten. Liat offers connections to the BVI from most Caribbean countries.
Connections by Sea
Dohm’s Water Taxi operates a private, fast, comfortable catamaran service from Red Hook in St Thomas to any point in Tortola. Call 1-340-775-6501 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most travellers arriving in St Thomas choose to connect to Tortola by ferry. The main ferry dock is in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, about a 10 – 15 minute taxi ride from the St Thomas airport. The last ferry leaves Charlotte Amalie around 4.45pm . If you have a late flight be prepared to stay overnight in St Thomas and take the ferry the next day.The ferries operate services to West End, Tortola and then on to Road Town. It takes 50 minute for the scenic trip from Charlotte Amalie to West End. The route takes you along the south coast of St Thomas, across the Pillsbury Sound to the north coast of St John and then through the narrow channel between St John and Great Thatch Island and so into Soper’s Hole at the west end of Tortola.
Smith’s Ferry Tel: (284) 495-4495 (the blue boat)
Native Son Ferry Tel: (284) 495 4617 (the green boat)
Road Town Fast Ferry Tel: (284) 494 2323 (Doesn't stop at West End)
TIP: Because Smith’s Ferry and Native Son alternate times of departure, it is a good idea to just buy a one way ticket. Then, you are not locked into using that same ferry company on your return to St Thomas – just in case the ferry has been cancelled! You will find there is no monetary saving by buying a round trip ticket against two one way tickets.
Arrival in the BVI
Whether you arrive by plane or ferry, you will need to go through BVI Immigration and Customs formalities. As you leave the custom’s hall, look for someone displaying an Endless Summer II sign.