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How to get to Jamaica

Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean, located in the Western Caribbean about 145km (90mi) south of Cuba and 160km (99mi) west of Haiti.

The most convenient route to Jamaica is by air to one of three international airports…

Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) Located 18km (11mi) southeast of the capital, Kingston, this airport is the better option if you're visiting the capital city, Port Antonio or heading to the Blue Mountains.

Sangster International Airport (MBJ) Located in Montego Bay, this is the primary point of entry for visitors headed to Montego Bay, Ocho Rios or Negril.

For the most convenient flights to Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Montego Bay, check getting to Montego Bay.

Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ) Located in the Ocho Rios resort area this airport is a convenient entry point to Jamaica's north coast for small aircraft.

By sea, both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are favourite ports-of-call for several cruise lines.


Flight times to Kingston, Jamaica

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), Kingston.

From the United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Jet Blue and Cayman Airways (from Miami) offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Kingston, Jamaica.

Atlanta to Kingston is 2 hrs 52 min, direct flight
Boston to Kingston is 5 hrs 58 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Kingston is 6 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Kingston is 5 hrs 47 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Kingston is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Kingston is 8 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Kingston is 8 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Fly Jamaica, West Jet and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient scheduled flights.

Toronto to Kingston is 4 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Montreal to Kingston is 6 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Kingston is 10 hrs, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, American Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Australia, Delta Air Lines and Jet Blue offer the most convenient three stop scheduled flights.

Adelaide to Kingston is 26 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Kingston is 22 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Kingston is 23 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Kingston is 24 hrs, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient three stop scheduled flights.

Auckland to Kingston is 21 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines offer regular flights to the Kingston, Jamaica.

Singapore to Kingston is 27 hrs 56 min, with connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue and Fly Jamacia offer the most convenient daily scheduled two stop flights to Kingston, Jamaica.

London to Kingston, Jamaica is 12 hrs 43 min, with connecting flightˆ


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

Paris to Kingston, Jamaica is 12 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

The most convenient direct flights to Jamaica arrive at a Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), located 18km (11mi) southeast of the capital, Kingston, just 30 minutes by taxi or coach.

Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is just 3km (1.8mi) north of Montego Bay.

Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ) (previously known as Boscobel Aerodrome) is located in Boscobel, Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica, 10km (6.2mi) east of Ocho Rios, in northern Jamaica.

The airport is named for Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond novels, whose home – Goldeneye – is located in St Mary parish.

Taxis meet all arriving flights and hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement. Hire cars are available.


Entry requirements

Visitors must have a passport valid for at least six months after entry. All visitors must hold return/onward tickets and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.


Getting around Jamaica

Hiring a car offers the best way of exploring Jamaica. Scooters and motorbikes can also be rented, usually with the help of your hotel front desk. The island is around 235km (146mi) long and 82km (51mi) across at its widest point.

Air Jamaica Express offers scheduled flights daily between all the resort areas as well as the capital, Kingston. When taking a taxi, it's best to arrange the fare before setting off.


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Latest update: How to get to Jamaica: 24 May, 2019


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