The following information is believed to be accurate as at September 2018 however please check with the websites for the various airlines or send an email to us at bjmacdonald@rogers.com and we'll endeavor to verify for you.

Flying to Virgin Gorda:  

There are no direct flights to the British Virgin Islands from North America or Europe;  however it's only one small hop on a two engined prop plane to Virgin Gorda via a charter plane or scheduled carrier direct to Virgin Gorda (VIJ) or to Tortola’s Beef Island Airport  (EIS) (and then on a ferry from the airport/Trellis bay to Virgin Gorda) from many of the islands in the Caribbean.

From the USA, Canada and Europe via San Juan, PR (SJU), St. Thomas USVI (STT), St. Martin (SXM) or Antigua (ANU)    

There are several major airports near the British Virgin Islands which act as hubs for onward travel to both Tortola, BVI and Virgin Gorda, BVI.  San Juan (SJU) and St. Thomas (STT) are major international airports for North American carriers while St. Martin (SXM) and Antigua (ANU) are major Caribbean destinations for many European carriers.  European travelers going to Miami would still have to fly to SJU or STT.

Many charter carriers and US carriers fly directly to St. Thomas, USVI and San Juan PR, including: WestJet, Spirit, American Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest, Air Canada, United, Lufthansa/Condor and many other regularly scheduled, charter and discount North American airlines.  Others have  direct flights to St Martin, (SXM).  Many European carriers also land at San Juan and British Airlines has direct service to Antigua (ANU)  from London UK.  In the winter months it is not unusual to catch "charter" flights that are organized around cruise ship departures and arrivals - Arrivals are usually in the early afternoon and turnaround in the late afternoon.

Effective January 14, 2014 Jet Blue and Seaborne established code share flights allowing passengers to check their luggage through to Tortola or Virgin Gorda from San Juan.  Seaborne also operates from 14 different islands throughout the Caribbean.

San Juan is a major cruise ship departure harbor making it a very easy destination from most countries.  San Juan lies approximately 70 miles to the west of the BVI's while Sint. Maarten/St. Martin is about 70 miles to the east. 

Once in San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Martin or Antigua there are a number of smaller scheduled and charter carriers to get you to the BVI's.  Seaborne Airlines, InterCaribbean and LIAT fly throughout the Caribbean so if you are on any of the other islands you can get to BVI without going to San Juan.  Seaborne, LIAT, InterCaribbean, Cape Air, and Air Sunshine, fly from San Juan into Tortola.   

If you are coming from North America we advise flying into Virgin Gorda airport (VIJ) with Air Sunshine or Cape Air from San Juan or alternatively flying with Cape Air, LIAT, Air Sunshine or Seaborne into Tortola and then taking Speedy's or North Sound Express Ferry over to Virgin Gorda and arriving at Spanish Town (also known as "the Valley").  Flights landing in the morning to mid afternoon are able to use daylight flight regulations to land at Virgin Gorda.  Flights landing in Tortola may come in during the daylight or night time.

Scheduled Daily Flights to Virgin Gorda:  At the moment Air Sunshine, Cape Air and Seaborne are the only  scheduled airlines landing at the Virgin Gorda air strip (due to open following a short closure on October 29th 2018), however the strip is open to charter flights on one of the various charter carriers in the Caribbean - see below.

Charter carriers such as Del Air, Fly BVI, Virgin Gorda Air Charters and Island Birds also make the flight to Virgin Gorda or Tortola from San Juan, St. Thomas or St. Martin during daylight hours (a requirement).  For example Fly BVI will fly from St. Martin into Virgin Gorda.  See www.virgingordaaircharters.com , www.fly-bvi.comwww.delairways.com  or   www.islandbirds.com  for direct links to their websites.  Booking twin-engined planes operated by US government certified charter companies is economical if you have a group of five or more people arriving at the same time into San Juan or St. Martin.  Virgin Gorda Air Charters' rates are very competitive with Seaborne or Cape Air and you have the added bonus of a plane waiting for you as you arrive in San Juan (even if your aircraft is late).  If you tend to a more exciting trip to BVI,  Island Helicopters offers helicopter flights direct to Virgin Gorda's Airport - see  www.islandhelicopters.com



Tips about navigating San Juan airport are located here: http://adagiovilla.com/faqs.php  



An alternate route for travelers to Virgin Gorda is via St. Thomas' Charlotte Amalie - Cyril King Airport (STT) - flying into St. Thomas provides two ways to get to Virgin Gorda:


From St. Thomas to Tortola (Beef Island airport - EIS)  - Daily scheduled flights with LIAT, Seaborne and Air Sunshine

Ferry and Water Taxi's:

There are several water taxi services that can move you from STT to places in BVI including Virgin Gorda check out https://www.dolphinshuttle.com or http://www.foxyscharters.com/water-taxi/ - they are relatively much more expensive than the ferries mentioned below.

Several ferry companies operate out of Charlotte Amalie and go to Tortola a few times each day and three days a week route directly to Virgin Gorda.  Visitors must take a taxi from the St. Thomas airport to the dock in Charlotte Amalie.  Many people prefer this route because they start to relax the minute they're on the ferry.  The ferry ride does provide a sea level view of St. Thomas, St. John and many of the other islands in the Virgin Islands  chain.  If in doubt about ferry services and times please click on the following link for a form that will simplify your ferry choices;  as well below the map is a list of all the relevant ferry companies.



The St. Thomas Greeter Service which debuted in 2015, was created to guide travelers destined for the BVI”, said Sharon Flax-Brutus. “We are excited to offer this service to our guests creating a professional BVI experience even before they arrive on our shores. This saves our guests time and provides them with peace of mind”.

Below are the ferry schedules. We advise you to contact the ferry companies as schedules change.

Charlotte Amalie to Tortola

Road Town Fast Ferry

Tel: (284) 494-2323 (Tortola)
(340) 777-2800 (Charlotte Amalie)
Mon - Sat: 8:30 am, 12:00 pm, 4:15 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm, 4:30pm

Smith’s Ferry Services

Tel: (284) 494-4454 (Tortola)
(340) 775-7292 (Charlotte Amalie)
Daily: 3:30 pm

Native Son

(284) 494-5674 (Tortola)
(340) 774-8685 (Charlotte Amalie)
Mon - Sat: 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm
Sun: 13:45, 14:45, 16:00

Charlotte Amalie to Virgin Gorda

Ferry – Virgin Gorda Transport
Tel: (284) 495-5235 (Virgin Gorda)
(340) 775-7292 (Charlotte Amalie)
Tue: 8:45 am, 5:00 pm
Sat: 4:00 pm

Red Hook to Tortola

Island Boat Services Inc.
Tel: (340) 776-6597 (Cruz Bay)
Mon - Sun: 7:15 am, 1:30 pm

BVI companies which offer private charter services are:

Road Town Fast Ferry

Tel: 284 494 2323 Email: info@roadtownfastferry.com

Ocean Dreams LLC

Tel: (284) 346-2957 Email: info@oceandreamswatertaxi.com

Dolphin Water Taxi

Tel: (340) 774-2628 Email: info@dophinshuttle.com

Foxy’s Charters & Water Taxi

Tel: (284) 441-1905 Email: info@foxyscharters.com

For more information, please contact Ms. Esther Fraser at BVI Tourist Board by email: efraser@bvitourism.com or by phone: (284) 494-3134.

 Last Updated:  December 24th, 2018