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How to get to St Barts

St Barts, or St Barths (short for St Barthélemy), lies 24km (15mi) southeast of St Maarten and 225km (140mi) north of Guadeloupe.

The most convenient route to St Barts is to fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on St Maarten island, followed by a short 15-minute connecting flight to Gustaf III Airport (SBH) located in the village of St. Jean on St Barts.

Given the size of Gustaf III Airport (SBH), there are no non-stop flights to St Barts from North America or Europe.

St Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) – the second-busiest airport in the eastern Caribbean, after San Juan, Puerto Rico – receives daily non-stop flights from the USA, Europe and other Caribbean islands.

By sea, St Barts is linked to either side of St Maarten/St Martin by fast hydrofoil, taking 45 minutes, and a ferry service taking 1 hour 30 minutes. Note: the short sea voyage is often choppy.


Flight times to St Barts

Winair and St Barth Commuter, make the 15-minute shuttle flight to St Barth's Gustavia Airport (SBH) several times daily from St Maartens's Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), while Tradewind Aviation fly direct from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

St Maarten to St Barts is 15 min, direct flight
Puerto Rico to St Barts is 1 hr 8 min, direct flight


Flight times to St Maarten

From the United States: United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Atlanta to St Maarten is 4 hrs 10 mmin, direct flight
Charlotte to St Maarten is 4 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Chicago to St Maarten is 5 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Fort Lauderdale to St Maarten is 2 hrs 58 min, direct flight
New York to St Maarten is 4 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Miami to St Maarten is 2 hrs 53 min, direct flight

Boston to St Maarten is 6 hrs 24 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to St Maarten is 6 hrs 56 min, connecting flightˆ
Houston to St Maarten is 6 hrs 44 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to St Maarten is 10 hrs 60 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to St Maarten is 9 hrs 42 min, connecting flightˆ
Seattle to St Maarten is 9 hrs 57 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: West Jet, Sunwing Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Toronto to St Maarten is 4 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Montreal to St Maarten is 4 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Vancouver to St Maarten is 10 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


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

Adelaide to St Maarten is 30 hrs 47 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to St Maarten is 27 hrs 18 min, connecting flightsˆ
Sydney to St Maarten is 28 hrs 49 min, connecting flightsˆ
Melbourne to St Maarten is 27 hrs 53 min, connecting flightsˆ


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

Auckland to St Maarten is 28 hrs 34 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Air France offer regular flights to the St Maarten.

Singapore to St Maarten is 24 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: KLM, British Airways, Air France, American Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient daily scheduled two stop flights to St Maarten.

London to St Maarten is 11 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Air France and KLM offer the most convenient scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Dublin to St Maarten is 11 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France and KLM offer the most convenient scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Paris to St Maarten is 9 hrs 05 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Air France, Eurowings and KLM offer the most convenient flights to St Maarten.

Berlin to St Maarten is 12 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to St Maarten is 12 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to St Maarten is 11 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to St Maarten is 12 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to St Maarten is 12 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Gustaf III Airport (SBH), also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport, Rémy de Haenen Airport and St. Jean Airport, can take only small STOL (short takeoff and landing) turbo-prop aircraft.

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

Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) is located on Sint Maarten island, 10km (6mi) west of the capital, Philipsburg – a 15-minute drive. St Maarten is part of the Leeward Group of the Lesser Antilles in the northeast Caribbean.


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 90 days.


Getting around

Hiring a car or 4x4 jeep offers the best way of exploring St Barts. Taxis are also available.


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Latest update: How to get to St Barts: 9 November, 2019


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