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How to get to Aruba

Aruba lies in the southern Caribbean, just 20km (12mi) off the coast of Venezuela.

The island is one of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao), an autonomous part of the Netherlands. The islands sit outside the hurricane belt.

The most convenient route to Aruba is by air to Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), is located 3km (2mi) southeast of the capital, Oranjestad.

Oranjestad is also a major port of call for many Caribbean cruise ships.


Flight times to Aruba

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), Aruba.

Within ABC Islands: Aruba Airlines, TUI Airlines Netherlands and KLM offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Aruba.

Bonaire to Aruba is 45 min, direct flight
Cuacao to Aruba is 40 min, direct flight


From United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Jet Blue offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Aruba.

Atlanta to Aruba is 3 hrs 43 min, direct flight
Boston to Aruba is 4 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Charlotte to Aruba is 4 hrs 14 min, direct flight
Chicago to Aruba is 5 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Aruba is 4 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Houston to Aruba is 4 hrs 43 mins, direct flight
New York to Aruba is 4 hrs 39 min, direct flight
Fort Lauderdale to Aruba is 2 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Miami to Aruba is 2 hrs 50 min, direct flight

Los Angeles to Aruba is 9 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Aruba is 9 hrs 33 min, connecting flightˆ
Seattle to Antigua is 10 hrs, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, American Airlines, West Jet and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient flights to Aruba.

Toronto to Aruba is 5 hrs 2 min, direct flight

Montreal to Aruba is 7 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Aruba is 10 hrs, connecting flightˆ


From Netherlands: KLM and TUI Airlines Netherlands offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Aruba.

Amsterdam to Aruba is 9 hrs 55 min, direct flight


From Australia: Qantas, American Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient flights to Aruba.

Adelaide to Aruba is 27 hrs 28 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Aruba is 24 hrs 13 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Aruba is 24 hrs 3 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Aruba is 25 hrs 3 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Aruba is 30 hrs 48 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: American Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Aruba.

Auckland to Aruba is 23 hrs 3 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: KLM, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Aruba.

Singapore to Aruba is 24 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Arab Emirates: Etihad, Emirates, KLM and Virgin Atlantic offer the most convenient flights to Aruba.

Abu Dhabi to Aruba is 21 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Dubai to Aruba is 19 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: KLM, British Airways and American Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Aruba.

London to Aruba is 12 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Aruba is 11 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: KLM and TUI Airlines Netherlands offer the most convenient flights to Aruba.

Dublin to Aruba is 12 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: KLM and American Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Aruba.

Paris to Aruba is 12 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: KLM, Ryanair, Easyjet, British Airways, Lufthansa, Eurowings, Condor Flugdienst and Flybe offer the most convenient flights to Aruba.

Berlin to Aruba is 12 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Aruba is 13 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Aruba is 12 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Aruba is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Aruba is 12 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer & layover time.)


Flying in

Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) is located 3km (2mi) southeast of the capital, Oranjestad, and is a 20-minute drive from the hotels on Eagle and Palm beaches.


Public transport

Taxi: Taxis are available from the airport. Taxi fares vary but in general expect to pay US$18 to Downtown, US$22 to the Cruise Ship Terminal and hotels from Dutch Village to La Quinta and Eagle Beach, and around US$25 to Palm Beach hotels.

Note: USD is widely accepted.

Additional fees may be levied for extra luggage, public holidays and night time fares: Add US$3 on Sundays, holidays and nights from 11:00pm to 07:00am. One item of luggage per person is allowed; for every additional piece add USD$2.

Shuttle: For visitors on a package tour, the ground transportation voucher provides a seat on one of the privately operated, air-conditioned buses that take arriving passengers to the hotels.

Bus: Local buses, Arubus (tel: (+297) 5827089; www.arubus.com) offer a frequent service to Oranjestad from bus stops located just outside the airport property. From Oranjestad to most hotels costs less than US$2.


Car rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Alamo, Budget and Hertz.


Terminal facilities

Money: There are several ATMS and a bank in the terminal.

Food & Shopping: A variety of shops include duty-free, clothes and souvenir shops. Several restaurants and snack bars are available.

Wi-Fi: Free wifi is available in the terminal building.

Other: Two VIP lounges are available – at Gate 2 and Gate 8 – offering passengers a quiet area with amenities including free wifi, television, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. The VIP lounges are open from 06:00am to 10:00pm, daily.


Entry requirements

All visitors require a passport that is valid for at least six months after entry as well as return/onward tickets, plus proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days.


Getting around

Roads in Aruba are good and touring by car or 4-wheel drive jeep is one of the most pleasant ways to explore the island.

Driving is on the right-hand side of the road. Seatbelts must be worn. The speed limit is 40kph (25mph) in urban areas and 80kmph (50 mph) outside towns.

Most of the major car hire companies, including Avis, Budget and Hertz as well as several local agencies have offices at the airport and at major hotels. Most agencies offer 3-day specials, as well as a free delivery and pickup service.

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Latest update: How to get to Aruba: 11 March, 2020


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