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How to get to the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands lie in the northwest of the Caribbean Sea and are located about 800km (500mi) south of Miami, 300km (180mi) south of Cuba, and 315km (195mi) northwest of Jamaica.

The most convenient way of getting to the Cayman Islands is to fly into Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), the island group's main international airport, which is located on Grand Cayman.

At 36km (22mi) long and 13km (8mi) wide, Grand Cayman is the largest and most populated island of the three low-lying islands that make up this British Crown Colony.

Little Cayman and Cayman Brac lie around 130km (80mi) northeast of Grand Cayman and are separated from each other by a 90km-wide channel.

The Cayman Trough between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica is the deepest part of the Caribbean.

Grand Cayman receives daily non-stop flights from North America and other Caribbean islands.

By sea, Grand Cayman is also one of the most popular Caribbean ports of call for international cruise lines operating from North America, Mexico and Europe.


Flight times to Grand Cayman

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), Grand Cayman.

Within Cayman Islands: Cayman Airways offers the most convenient daily flights between all the Cayman Islands.

Little Cayman to Grand Cayman is 35 min, direct flight
Cayman Brac to Grand Cayman is 35 min, direct flight


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

Atlanta to Grand Cayman is 2 hrs 44 min, direct flight
Boston to Grand Cayman is 4 hrs 27 min, direct flight
Charlotte to Grand Cayman is 2 hrs 57 min, direct flight
Chicago to Grand Cayman is 3 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Grand Cayman is 3 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Denver to Grand Cayman is 4 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman is 1 hr 31 min, direct flight
Houston to Grand Cayman is 2 hrs 50 min, direct flight
New York to Grand Cayman is 3 hrs 53 mins, direct flight
Miami to Grand Cayman is 1 hr 27 min, direct flight

Los Angeles to Grand Cayman is 7 hrs 30 min, connecting flight via Houstonˆ
San Francisco to Grand Cayman is 8 hrs, connecting flight via Houstonˆ
Seattle to Grand Cayman is 8 hrs 14 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, WestJet and Cayman Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to the Cayman Islands.

Toronto to Grand Cayman is 3 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Montreal to Grand Cayman is 6 hrs 15 min, connecting flight via Miamiˆ
Vancouver to Grand Cayman is 9 hrs 20 min, connecting flight via Atlantaˆ


From Australia: Qantas, American Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Australia and Delta offer the most convenient two and three stop scheduled flights to the Cayman Islands.

Adelaide to Grand Cayman is 23 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Grand Cayman is 23 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Grand Cayman is 21 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Grand Cayman is 23 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Grand Cayman is 27 hrs 46 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and United Airlines offer the most convenient two stop scheduled flights to the Cayman Islands.

Auckland to Grand Cayman is 23 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient two stop scheduled flights to the Cayman Islands.

Singapore to Grand Cayman is 25 hrs 7 min, connecting flightˆ


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

London to Grand Cayman is 12 hrs, connecting flight via Nassauˆ
Manchester to Grand Cayman is 15 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Aer Lingus and Cayman Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to the Cayman Islands.

Dublin to Grand Cayman is 12 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France and American Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to the Cayman Islands.

Paris to Grand Cayman is 13 hrs 60 min, connecting flight via Miamiˆ


From Germany: Lufthansa, Eurowings, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Cayman Airways and Jet Blue offer the most convenient flights to the Cayman Islands.

Berlin to Grand Cayman is 16 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Grand Cayman is 15 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Grand Cayman is 14 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Grand Cayman is 15 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Grand Cayman is 16 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Owen Roberts Airport (GCM) lies east of the capital, George Town, on Grand Cayman island, just a short taxi ride from the hotels along Seven Mile Beach.

Interisland flights connect to Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (CYB) on Cayman Brac and Edward Bodden Airfield (LYB) on Little Cayman.

Taxis meet all arriving flights and hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement.


Entry requirements

Visitors must have a machine-readable passport (MRP) and is valid at least six months after entry. All visitors must hold return/onward tickets and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for stays of up to 6 months.


Getting around

Relatively light traffic, flat terrain and gorgeous sea views make cycling a pleasure in the Caymans. Hire cars, taxis and buses are all available.

By Caribbean standards, the road system throughout the Caymans is good – just beware of potholes on smaller roads. Everywhere is accessible by car. Traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road.

The Caymans feature a blend of American and British road configurations, including centre turning lanes, three- and four-way stops plus roundabouts, which means you have to pay attention at all times.

Enforced speed limits are generally 40-48kph (25-30mph) in built-up areas, 64kph (40mph) outside these, and 80kph (50mph) on Grand Cayman in rural areas east of Bodden Town.

Cayman Airways Express (www.caymanairways.com) and charter company, Island Air (www.islandair.ky), operate frequent flights between each island.

More information about how to get around the Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Map


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Latest update: How to get to the Cayman Islands: 18 March, 2020


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