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We love to brag that Jamaica is the “big, little island,” with over 4,442 square miles to explore. We have a range of transportation options to suit your budget. From taxis, to car rental services, buses and planes, we want you to get out there and experience the beauty of Jamaica.

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Domestic Flights

Taking your time and enjoying scenic drives around the island is a pleasure, no doubt about it. However, if you want to cut down travel time and see as much as possible, we recommend utilizing our domestic airplane and helicopter facilities.

Domestic airlines land at the international airports in Kingston, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, as well as smaller aerodromes in Kingston, Portland, Ocho Rios, the South Coast and Negril. When using chartered helicopter services, arrangements are made through the company to land at your desired destination.

Contact Information

InterCaribbean Airlines

Reservations & Information
International: 1-649-331-3404
Jamaica: 1-800-572-7628
Fax: (689) 941-5563
Website: http://www.intercaribbean.com/

Flying Times

  • Kingston to Montego Bay 35 min

Public transport

So, you’re on the island and you know your next adventure is just around the corner but how do you get there? No worries, we’ve got a great public transport system to keep you moving along.

In our capital city, Kingston, large air-conditioned luxury coaches run regularly on popular routes. These are easily accessible and comfortable to use. Outside the capital, the public transport services aren’t as regular, or fancy. Most of us islanders use the buses, minibuses and route taxis to get around and we’d love for you to join us!

For traveling between towns, minibuses are the way to go, and certainly make for an interesting experience. Along the way, you will see – and hear – the real Jamaica. But prepare to compete for a seat with luggage of varying sizes and contents. On longer trips, passengers almost become a community; somehow the shared experience of being so close to a complete stranger may create an unspoken bond.

Each town had a designated bus park, and although the destination stands are rarely marked, the conductor will find you. Keep your luggage close to you, and be sure to check fares and destination with the driver before you board.

A “route taxi” has a designated course, pick-up and drop-off zones. They are the cheapest and fastest way to get from place to place, and always one just around the corner. Just stick out your hand, and wave.

The Knutsford Express  offers daily scheduled service to all the island's resort areas. The daily service covers Port Antonio, Kingston, Mandeville, Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Comfortable, air-conditioned coaches with luggage compartments are the standard. Complimentary bottled water, free wi-fi and restrooms are just a few of the amenities.

Travel in style

If you are after a more relaxed Jamaican vacation, use our transport services especially for visitors. We offer a range of carriage operators that are equipped with a fleet of well-maintained, air-conditioned cars, buses, coaches and luxury vehicles, each piloted by friendly and experienced drivers. We can guarantee that you will reach all your destinations in style.

Our drivers will not only provide you with a stylish and relaxing trip, but also one full of trivia. From our history and culture, to flora, fauna and other local facts, our drivers have been on seminars to be able to act as your tour guides too. They’ll even stop along the way to show you scenic spots, fruit stalls and popular restaurants - all allowing you to experience local delicacies, beverages and vistas firsthand.

All of our approved tourist transportation drivers bear a Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) identification tag. Furthermore, all approved vehicles must adhere to strict standards, undergoing regular road fitness tests. As a result, we can safely say that our vehicles are always in the best condition, and ready to take you around our beautiful country, in style.

Rentals

Driving in Jamaica

Jamaica has over 17,000 kilometers of road networks, connecting all major towns and cities. Given our mountainous terrain, our rural roads are often winding, bumpy and narrow, while your town center streets are wider, but busier. The speed limit is 50kmph (30mph) in built-up areas and 80kmph (50mph) on highways.

The most important thing to remember is that we drive on the left-hand side of the road. But this is not the only thing you’ll have to get used to. On the island, quite often you’ll share the fast lane with goats, stray dogs, a whole variety of vehicles of all shapes and sizes and a generous helping of our infamous potholes. Potholes are an island style guarantee – there’s always one around the next corner. So, it’s always best to take your time, maneuver around whatever crosses your path, and enjoy the scenery.

Another thing to note is that we use car horns more than any other country in the world. Behind the wheel, there’s no stopping us. From a slight beep that says “hello,” two toots meaning “thank you” and a blaring horn telling you “to get out of the way” you’ll find that more often than not, your driving soundtrack is made up of hoots.

Should you get lost and need directions, any of our locals will be happy to help you out. Just bear in mind that you may hear “it’s just around the corner” or “you’ll reach it soon,” but these are all relative to island time. One corner may mean half an hour. But relax and enjoy. After all, you’re on holiday.

Driving Times

Kingston to Mandeville

98 km (61 miles)

1 1/2 hours

Montego Bay to Negril

83 km (52 miles)

less than 1 1/2 hours

Montego Bay to Ocho Rios

100 km (62 miles)

less than 2 hours

Ocho Rios to Port Antonio

97 km (60 miles)

less than 2 1/2 hours

Ocho Rios to Kingston

97 km (60 miles)

less than 1 1/2 hours

Port Antonio to Kingston

109 km (68 miles)

less than 2 hours

Roadside assistance

Jamaica Automobile Association provides free roadside assistance to members. Other benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Each person is entitled to one free tow per year, within a 5-mile radius.
  • Free basic repair, gas refill and battery boost.

Quick Rental Tips

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  • There are car rental agencies in most major towns and cities. Clients must be at least 25 years old to rent a motor vehicle.
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  • All drivers are required to carry a valid license. Jamaica recognizes valid International Driver's Licenses. North Americans may use their country's license for up to three months per visit. United Kingdom residents may use theirs for up to twelve months, and Japanese visitors may only use their licenses for up to one month.
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  • The driver and front passenger are required to wear safety belts, and children under 3 years old must travel in infant carriers.

Service stations are found island wide. Many are open every day.