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How to get to Montego Bay

Montego Bay, locally known as MoBay, is located on the northwest coast of Jamaica.

The most convenient route to Montego Bay is by air to Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Jamaica's largest and most popular airport, located around 5km (3mi) from the city centre.

By sea, both Montego Bay is also a favourite ports-of-call for several cruise lines.


Flight times to Montego Bay

The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to Montego Bay, Jamaica

From United States: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and Jet Blue offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Atlanta to Montego Bay is 2 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Boston to Montego Bay is 4 hrs 19 min, direct flight
Charlotte to Montego Bay is 3 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Chicago to Montego Bay is 4 hrs, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Montego Bay is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay is 1 hr 45 min, direct flight
Houston to Montego Bay is 3 hrs 20 min, direct flight
New York to Montego Bay is 3 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Miami to Montego Bay is 1 hrs 45 min, direct flight

San Francisco to Montego Bay is 8 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Montego Bay is 7 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Seattle to Montego Bay is 9 hrs 6 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, American Airlines, West Jet and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient scheduled flights.

Toronto to Montego Bay is 4 hrs, direct flight
Montreal to Montego Bay is 4 hrs 20 min, direct flight

Vancouver to Montego Bay is 8 hrs 44 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Virgin Atlantic and Thomson Airways offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

London to Montego Bay is 9 hrs 45 min, direct flight
Manchester to Montego Bay is 10 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From Germany: Virgin Atlantic, easyJet, Condor Flugdienst and Lufthansa offer the most convenient flights to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Frankfurt to Montego Bay is 11 hrs, direct flight
Munich to Montego Bay is 11 hrs 50 min, direct flight

Berlin to Montego Bay is 12 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Montego Bay is 12 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Montego Bay is 13 hrs, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Dublin to Kingston is 12 hrs 23 min, connecting flightˆ


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

Paris to Montego Bay is 13 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


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

Adelaide to Montego Bay is 23 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Montego Bay is 22 hrs 36 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Montego Bay is 21 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Montego Bay is 23 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


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

Auckland to Montego Bay is 22 hrs 21 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and United Airlines offer regular flights to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Singapore to Montego Bay is 24 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is located 5km (3mi) north of Montego Bay city centre.


Public transport

Taxi: Two taxi companies serve the airport: JUTA Taxi (tel: +1 876 952 0813; www.jutatoursltd.com) and JCAL Taxi (tel: +1 876 952 7574; www.jcaltours.com).

The taxi-booking desk is located in the arrivals hall, after exiting the customs hall. Fares to Montego Bay start at around US$15.

Shuttle: Hotels can arrange courtesy shuttles by prior arrangement.


Car rental

Car hire companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Island Car Rentals and Thrifty. Booking desks are in the arrivals hall, after customs.


Terminal facilities

Money: ATM services and currency exchange offices can be located in the departure lounge, arrivals hall and ground transportation area.

Food: Restaurants range between fast-food eateries to full-service restaurants. Several bars offer smaller meals while kiosks provide pizza, ice cream and yoghurt.

Shopping: Shopping opportunities include duty-free outlets and specialist shops selling designer clothes, perfume, local foods and gifts, books, music and jewellery.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi internet access is available at the airport's Club MoBay airport lounge, located near Gate 9.

Other: The Club MoBay lounge provides a business centre and showers among its facilities, while the VIP Lounge also provides basic business services. There is a smoking lounge in Departures.

Baby changing facilities are available within the toilets in the departures and arrivals concourses. The airport police station can be found in the arrivals hall.


Disabled facilities

All the toilets in the terminal are accessible to wheelchair users. Wheelchair assistance is available from the individual airline counters in the check-in and arrivals halls.


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 long and 82km 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 Montego Bay, Jamaica: 16 March, 2020


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