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How to get to the Bahamas

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.

There are several options in flying into the Bahamas: The two main international airports are Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), located 16km (10mi) from the capital, Nassau, on New Providence Island; and Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO), just 5km (3mi) from Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.

In addition, the islands of Abacos, Eleuthera and the Exumas have direct flight connections from both Miami and Nassau.

The Bahamas are also a popular cruising ground, with cruise ships making frequent stops at Nassau and Grand Bahama – mainly from Florida.

Discovery Cruise Line runs a daily ferry service between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama.


Flight times to the Bahamas

By air, Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) is just a 55-minute flight from Miami and 3 hours from New York.

The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to Nassau, the Bahamas.

From the United States: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jetblue and Bahamasair offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Bahamas.

Atlanta to the Bahamas is 2 hrs 2 min, direct flight
Boston to the Bahamas is 3 hrs, direct flight
Chicago to the Bahamas is 3 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to the Bahamas is 3 hrs 26 min, direct flight
New York to the Bahamas is 3 hrs 8 min, direct flight
Miami to the Bahamas is 55 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to the Bahamas is 6 hrs 49 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to the Bahamas is 7 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Sunwing, WestJet and Delta offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Bahamas.

Toronto to the Bahamas is 3 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Montreal to the Bahamas is 5 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to the Bahamas is 9 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia : Qantas, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Bahamas.

Adelaide to the Bahamas 24 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to the Bahamas is 21 hr 34 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to the Bahamas is 21 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to the Bahamas is 23 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Perth to the Bahamas is 27 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta and Bahamasair operate the most convenient flights to the Bahamas.

Auckland to the Bahamas is 20 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: British Airways, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Jet Blue offer regular flights to the Bahamas.

Singapore to the Bahamas is 24 hrs 13 min, with connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways offers the most convenient scheduled flights to the Bahamas.

London to the Bahamas is 9 hrs 20 min, direct flight


From France: Air France, American Airlines and Delta offer the most convenient scheduled flights.

Paris to the Bahamas is 11 hrs 53 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Lynden Pindling International Airport Nassau (NAS), formerly Nassau International Airport, is located 16km (10mi) west of Nassau.

Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) is situated 5km (3mi) outside Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.


Entry requirements

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.


Getting around

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: 12 June, 2019


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