BVI On Island and Inter-Island Transportation
Air: Regional airlines connect Beef Island with international hubs like San Juan, Puerto Rico (Luis Munoz Marin - SJU), Antigua (V.C. Bird International - ANU), St. Thomas USVI (Cyril E. King Airport - STT), St. Maarten (Princess Juliana International Airport - SXM) and other Caribbean islands. Small planes fly between Beef Island Airport on Tortola (EIS), Virgin Gorda (VIJ) and St. Thomas. Charter planes and helicopters are also available to the outer islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands from the airport on Beef Island.
Find airlines who fly to BVI and nearby airports:
For detailed information from the BVI Airport Authority.
For San Juan, Puerto Rico: www.prpa.gobierno.pr
For St. Thomas, USVI: www.viport.com/index.html
For St. Maarten, www.pjiae.com
Land: The British Virgin Islands have 150 roads, of which 118 are paved. The two main roads on Tortola are Blackburne Road, which runs along the seashore from the eastern to the western end of the island, and Ridge Road, which runs centrally over the hills. Both offer spectacular scenic views of the islands.
Buses: Mini and safari bus outings are usually arranged by the hotels and are also available for other long group trips and scenic sightseeing
Car Rentals: Renting a car is both economical and convenient. There are several agencies offering reasonable rates, unlimited mileage, emergency services and additional insurance. If visiting for more than a month, a temporary license must be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles in Pockwood Pond. The cost is $10. Bring your passport and a valid driver's license from country of origin. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.
Ferry Services: The main ferry docks on Tortola are in Road Town and at West End. Inter-island boat services operate several times per day between Tortola and several other islands in the BVI (including Marina Cay, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island and Jost Van Dyke) and the USVI (St. Thomas and St. John). Ferry services to Anegada are available daily except on Saturday. Departure and arrival information can be obtained at the front desk of your hotel.
Some ferry operators offer water taxi services for custom itineraries. Other operators post the ferry schedules on their websites. You'll find the main operators in the Transportation Directory.
Taxis: Taxis are available at the airport, hotels, taxi stands and other venues throughout the islands. Some hotels have a franchised taxi arrangement for guests or will quickly order a taxi from the front desk. Taxi drivers usually provide running commentaries on local history and other useful information. New government rates are now in effect. It’s a good idea to check the fare with your driver in advance.Taxi Rates
- Tortola: A fare for one person from the airport to Slaney is US$30. A chartered taxi from Road Town to any of the villages can range from $15 to $27 for one person depending on the distance, and the regular fare around town is $5. Farther out to the suburbs is $6, and the fare from Road Town to West End is $27. From the cruise ship dock to most beaches the range is from $24 to $27 for one person, but for three or more people the fare ranges from $8 to $12 each.
- Virgin Gorda: From The Valley to The Baths is $6, and from Gun Creek to the Yacht Harbour is $30.
- Anegada: From the airport to Loblolly Bay is $7, while to Setting Point is $14.
- Jost Van Dyke: One person going from Great Harbour to White Bay pays $10, and to Bubbly Pool, $20. Three or more people going to Bubbly Pool pay $10 each.
- Tours:A two-hour tour starts at $110 for up to two people. Waiting charges: First 15 minutes are free, but every subsequent block of 15 minutes is $10. Tour costs are the same for all islands.
Children three years or younger travel at no cost, children ages 4–10 pay half fare, and children 11 and over pay the full fare. Between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. there is a surcharge of 30 percent on all fares. Always discuss the rates with your driver in advance.
There is a limited bus service running from Road Town to East End. The fare is $3.
Get your bearings and plan your trip with road maps, Google maps of the BVI, virtual tours of BVI beaches, popular attractions and sights and a map of the most popular dive sites — all on our Maps page.
Antilles Helicopter Services Ltd. – VI
Web: ahs-vi.com or antilleshelicopterservices.com
The Virgin Islands are undeniably one of the most beautiful places on earth; a helicopter scenic flight adds an exhilarating and breathtaking dimension to your visit and will enhance your experience tenfold… guaranteed! Check the websites for available scenic flights that will unlock "Nature's Little Secrets," a must-do activity that your soul will thank you for.
660 Barnstable Road
Hyannis, MA 02601
Tel: 800-352-0714; 495-2100
Flying with Cape Air is like a new experience. Start your trip in a vacation state of mind. Island-hop to and from San Juan and spend less time waiting. You can even earn Continental Airlines OnePass miles on flights connecting with Continental.
Dohm’s Water Taxi
Red Hook, St. Thomas
Operating like a land taxi, Dohm’s Water Taxi leaves the dock of your choice at the time you choose and takes you exactly where you want to go — practically anywhere in the USVI and BVI.
Island Birds — Private Air Charter
Tel: 495-2002 or 877-515-5066
We invite you to experience our unparalleled, VIP service, transporting you seamlessly from the arrival gate to the paradise that awaits you. Up to nine passenger, direct service to Virgin Gorda or any other Caribbean destination. No lines, no delays... no worries. Yes, you can afford it. When traveling with four or more people, we often cost less than most scheduled airlines. So why fly any other way?
Mahogany Car Rentals
Spanish Town, The Valley
“Mahogany is especially helpful.” — Fodor’s Travel. Explore the crown jewel of the BVI with a dependable Jeep or car from Mahogany. Island-wide delivery is free in Spanish Town. Guided tours and open-air buses are available. Ask about year-round discounts and group rates.
Providing inter-island travel for more than 30 years, Speedy’s offers daily trips between Virgin Gorda and Tortola, with an evening schedule on Wednesday and Saturday so you can dine on a different island. Ferry service to St. Thomas is available three days a week. Jeep rentals, taxis and safari tours offered on Virgin Gorda. Transportation is the company’s specialty.
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