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How to get to Barbados

Barbados is the Caribbean's easternmost island, located around 160km (99mi) east of St Lucia.

The most convenient route to Barbados is by air to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), located close to the southern tip of the island and around 18km (11mi) southeast of Bridgetown city centre.


Flight times to Bridgetown, Barbados

The following are the most convenient flights to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), Barbados.

From United States: American Airlines and Jet Blue offer the most convenient scheduled daily flights to Barbados.

Boston to Barbados is 4 hrs 54 min, direct flight
Charlotte to Barbados is 4 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Fort Lauderdale to Barbados is 3 hrs 41 min, direct flight
New York to Barbados is 4 hrs 46 min, direct flight
Miami to Barbados is 3 hrs, 35 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Barbados is 6 hrs 42 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Barbados is 7 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Barbados is 7 hrs 57 min, connecting flightˆ
Houston to Barbados is 8 hr 8 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Barbados is 11 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Barbados is 9 hrs 24 min, connecting flightˆ
Seattle to Barbados is 10 hrs 49 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, American Airlines and West Jet offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Barbados.

Toronto to Barbados is 5 hrs 15 min, direct flight

Montreal to Barbados is 7 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Barbados is 10 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Barbados from London Gatwick (LGW).

London to Barbados is 8 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Manchester to Barbados is 8 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Germany: Lufthansa, Eurowings, Condor Flugdienst, Easyjet, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Flybe offer the most convenient flights to Barbados.

Frankfurt to Barbados is 10 hrs, direct flight
Munich to Barbados is 10 hrs 5 min, direct flight

Berlin to Barbados is 12 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Barbados is 11 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Barbados is 11 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Ryanair, Aer Lingus, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer the most convenient flights to Barbados.

Dublin to Barbados is 10 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Flybe, Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Barbados.

Paris to Barbados is 11 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


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

Adelaide to Barbados is 28 hrs 9 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Barbados is 24 hrs 9 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Barbados is 24 hrs 14 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Barbados is 25 hrs 44 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: American Airlines offers the most convenient flights to Barbados.

Auckland to Barbados is 23 hrs 54 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic operate the most convenient flights to Barbados.

Singapore to Barbados is 25 hrs, connecting flightˆ


From United Arab Emirates: Etihad, Emirates, Condor Flugdienst, Eurowings and Virgin Atlantic offer the most convenient flights to Barbados.

Abu Dhabi to Barbados is 18 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Dubai to Barbados is 17 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer & layover time.)


Flying in

Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) is located around around 18km (11mi) southeast of Bridgetown, around 23km (14mi) southeast of Holetown and about 9km (5.5mi) east of St Lawrence Gap.


Public transport

Taxi: Taxis operate from the airport 24 hrs a day, with several authorised companies available, including Quintette (tel: +1 246 428 8735).

Taxis do not have meters and operate on a fixed-fare basis – fares should be agreed in advance. The average fare between Bridgetown and the airport is approximately BD$45-50.

Shuttle: Hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement.

Bus: Buses run between Bridgetown and the airport every 10 min from 0600 to 2400, departing from the main road outside the terminal building. Journey time is around 45 min, fare – BD$2.


Car rental

Courtesy Car Rentals, Stoute’s Car Rental and Drive-A-Matic are represented at the airport, and are located just outside the arrivals hall. Other car hire companies are located off-site and can deliver pre-booked vehicles to the airport.


Terminal facilities

Money: A bank and several bureaux de change points are available at the airport. ATMs can be found in the departures area, both before and after security.

Food: A bar and several restaurants, including an Asian outlet and a Caribbean grill, serve local dishes and international cuisine.

Shopping: Shops at Grantley Adams International Airport, include souvenir and gift shops, jewellers and a convenience store. Duty-free can be found in the departures lounge – there is also an inbound duty-free shop in the arrivals lounge for international flights.

Wi-Fi: Public telephones and free Wi-Fi internet hotspots are located throughout the terminal. Charging points for electronic devices are also available. There is a post office in the departures area, located just before security.

Others: A chapel is located on the mezzanine level. A pharmacy and a spa facility is available, as well as tour operator desks to book excursions.


Disabled facilities

The arrivals and departures halls are located on the ground floor of the airport and are easily accessible to disabled passengers.

There is a lift to the restaurant on the mezzanine level and disabled toilets are located throughout the airport.

Wheelchairs can be provided by individual airlines, which can also assist passengers onto the aircraft by ambulift.

Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should inform their airline prior to travel.


Entry requirements

All visitors must hold return/onward tickets, plus proof of sufficient funds, and all visitors must hold passports which are valid at least six months after entry. No visa is required for a stay of up to six months.


Getting around

Barbados is easily explored by car, bike or on foot. The island is small, measuring just 34km (21mi) long and 23km (14mi) wide.

Hiring a car is the best way to explore Barbados. You can hire anything from a mini moke to a limousine at the airport, at offices in Bridgetown or at the major hotels.

Roads in Barbados are generally quite narrow, with the exception of the ABC highway.

More information about how to get around Barbados


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Latest update: How to get to Barbados: 9 March, 2020


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