The Bahamas comprise a chain of more than 700 islands (of which less than 30 are inhabited) and 2000 cays (small isles) that stretch for 96km across the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Florida.
By air, Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport is just a 55-minute flight from Miami and less than 3 hours from New York.
There are several options in getting to the Bahamas. The two main international airports are Lynden Pindling International Airport on New Providence Island and Grand Bahama International Airport on Grand Bahama Island.
In addition, the islands of Abacos, Eleuthera and the Exumas have direct flight connections from Miami International Airport and Nassau.
The Bahamas are also a popular cruising ground, with cruise ships making frequent stops at Nassau and Grand Bahama – most from Florida. A ferry – Discovery Cruise Line – runs daily between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama.
From Australia and New Zealand: The most convenient flights are with Qantas, Air New Zealand or V Australia to the USA, with connecting one- to two-stop flights via Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami.
From the UK: British Airways operates direct flights from London Heathrow to Nassau as well as connecting flights from all major UK airports. Delta, US Airways and Continental operate services from London Gatwick and Manchester as well as other cities such as Glasgow, Belfast, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
From the USA: US carriers including American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jetblue and US Airways operate daily direct flights to Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau and Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport from all the major US cities.
In addition, American Eagle operates from Miami to the Abacos, Eleuthera and the Exumas; US Airways flies nonstop daily from Fort Lauderdale to Eleuthera; and US Airways flies every day from West Palm Beach to the Abacos, stopping in both Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour.
Brisbane to the Bahamas is 25 hr 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to the Bahamas is 24 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to the Bahamas is 24 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to the Bahamas is 29 hrs 04 min, with connecting flightˆ
Auckland to the Bahamas is 24 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Miami to the Bahamas is 55 min, direct flight
New York to the Bahamas is 2 hrs 52 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to the Bahamas is 7 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
London to the Bahamas is 9 hrs 35 min, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)
Lynden Pindling International Airport (formerly Nassau International Airport) is located 16km west of Nassau. Grand Bahama International Airport is situated 5km outside Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.
All visitors must hold return/onward tickets, plus proof of sufficient funds, and with the exception of nationals of Canada and the US, all visitors must hold passports which are valid at least six months after entry.
Australian, New Zealand and UK nationals do not require a visa for a stay of up to three months.
United States and Canadian passport holders do not require a visa for travel to the Bahamas for visits not exceeding eight months; however, they must have a valid passport or a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document, or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.
Land – Hire cars and taxis are available in Nassau, Freeport and the Outer Islands. Private mini-buses are available only on Nassau and Freeport. Golf carts can be rented on the smaller islands and cays. Bicycles are also easily rented from most resorts and are a fun way to see the smaller islands.
Between islands – Interisland air travel is centered on Nassau; Bahamasair offers frequent flights to all the islands and is the most convenient and quickest way to travel within the Bahamas.
By ferry, Bahamas Ferries operate high speed ferries linking Nassau to Andros, Abacos, Eleuthra and the Exumas. Water taxis connect Nassau and Paradise Island. Offshore islands are also serviced by private air and water taxis.
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Latest update: How to get to the Bahamas: 18 November, 2018
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