U. S. Virgin Islands Transportation

  • Transportation
    by cjg1
  • Transportation
    by cjg1
  • Transportation
    by cjg1

U. S. Virgin Islands Transportation

  • Travel on Your Own

    When you come to the Virgin Islands on a cruise ship, it may be tempting to take one of the local taxis or tour buses to see St. Thomas and St. John but please don't. Yes, the taxi's and buses are the easy way to see the highlights of the islands but how much fun can you really have when you visit each place for a few minutes. Instead of doing...

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  • Dependable Car Rental

    A great car rental agency in St. Thomas is Dependable Car Rental. They will pick you up at the airport and take you to their site which is five minutes away. They are always courteous and have good pricing. They also have a good variety of four wheel drive cars including my favorite, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

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  • Driving in St Thomas

    We rented car while in St Thomas to have flexibility to go all over the place. If you like to explore, you are much better renting a car. Cab fares add up pretty fast.Be aware that driving is on the left side. Roads are narrow and you really can not speed up there. There is no need to and you are on vacation after all! Take your time and enjoy the...

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  • ROAD SIGNS TO GUIDE ISLAND VISITORS

    Tommy the Starfish Routes: On St. Thomas - the Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association has posted Tommy the Star Fish signs to help guide you around the island. Just follow the signs to get to the most popular areas for visitors to St. Thomas:Orange Route: Airport, Downtown Charlotte Amalie, Havensight Cruise Terminal, Morningstar Beach, Bolongo...

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  • INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

    Most visitors from other countries will need visas & passports to enter the USVI’s. Make sure you check well in advance to get your documentation in order for your trip. Check with your airlines for detailed information, or have a look at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website. Once there, you may feel more at home than the visiting...

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  • TAXIS ON THE USVI'S

    Cabs are a great option, all considered, even though they are spendy, especially if you expect to be drinking any alcohol, or to be tired from an exhausting day of fun in the sun. Fares are set at fixed rates, so it’s a good idea to keep a print out of the rates with you to avoid arguments over what they should be. Also, try to share cabs when...

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  • DRIVING ON THE USVI’S

    While car rentals are not cheap, they are certainly available. Check as much information as possible online before you go, don’t wait till you get there. During the peak tourist season (December thru mid-April), you may need to book the car in advance to get what you want, especially if you have a family or group & you wish to rent a larger car or...

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  • FERRIES TO ST. JOHN & ST. CROIX

    St. John (STJ) does not have a major airport, so it is best to just fly in to St. Thomas (STT) & plan to catch the ferry from either Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, either for a day trip or an extended stay. If you want a longer boat ride, catch the ferry from Charlotte Amalie. To minimize water time and take a bit of a drive on STT, head for Red...

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  • NOTE for US Visitors to the USVI’s:

    Even though these islands are US Territories, you will still have to go through customs when you leave, because this is considered an “open port”. On arrival from a US flight, you can just claim your baggage, but when you leave remember to allow some extra time for customs clearance. You'll need your passport or an original birth certificate plus...

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  • FLYING TO ST. THOMAS & ST. CROIX

    I won’t list the major airlines that fly into St. Thomas (STT) & St. Croix (STX), but you can often get discounted flights direct from cities on the eastern seaboard & in the southern states. San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJD) is also a US Territory, so many offer connections thru SJD. I’ve always found direct flights myself, but my Mom tells me the SJD...

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  • SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO RENT A...

    Hah! I can't count how many half-mangled tourists-on-motor-scooters I've seen on these islands, it's an everyday occurrence. The locals drive like madmen, the Americans aren't used to driving on the left side of the road (so they forget routinely and lean right), the road conditions are appalling, there are usually no shoulders, and these islands...

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  • Rental Car vs Taxis

    Since we traveled the islands with two small children it was much more conducive for us to rent a car. This also proved much more conducive for us to see more of the islands. On St. Thomas we were able to drive anywhere, as most of the roads there were paved. Granted, there are many sharp turns and extremely steep inclines/declines to travel – you...

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  • Van Taxis

    The best way to get around the islands is to hire one of the giant van taxis that prowl its roads. They're usually reasonably priced (by zone, rather than time) and have friendly drivers. It may seem odd, but they also tend to pick up fellow islanders for free along the roadsides as a courtesy service (the taxis are primarily for tourists). Also,...

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  • The Indispensible Taxi

    First, I think it would be important to realize this is not an easy island to hike around. Roads tend to be steep in areas, often narrow, sometimes rocky and generally not pedestrian friendly. Necessarily, taxis become your friend.The Volendam docked at the end of the pier with Norwegian Cruise Line's Nordic Empress and Celebrity's gigantic...

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  • Safari taxis

    You'll see them everywhere around the island, but especially at certain tourist stops, such as Charlotte Amalie, Magens Bay and by the cruise ships around Havensight Mall. The prices are quite steep from what I've experienced ($6 for a 5 minute drive down the hill to Charlotte Amalie). But, the more people in your group, the cheaper the price is...

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  • St. John car rental

    Our advice for a rental car on St. John is to rent on St. Thomas and take the car over on the car ferry. We got a car for a week for $200 from Budget at the airport, vice $350 to rent on St. John. Plus, you save transportation costs by driving yourself to the ferry dock. It wasn't that hard to figure the roads from the airport to the car ferry....

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  • Air boat from Puerto Rico to...

    Air boat from Puerto Rico to the Virgin Island. Here is a photo of the wonderful actress Maureen O'Hara Blair. She was the first woman to be elected President of this scheduled American Airline named Antilles Airboats.

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  • We drive on the left. Why? ...

    We drive on the left. Why? Well, because most everyone else here does. The taxis seem to drive down the middle of the road so watch out on curves. Also, we tend to stop in the road to 'visit' with someone on the side of the road quite often. Accept it. You don't have to be anywhere in a hurry. And go around if the 'visit' is protracted. It's one of...

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  • Fly to St Thomas. You can...

    Fly to St Thomas. You can reach St John by ferry from Downtown (6 trips a day) or from Red Hook (every hour on the hour 6am to 12pm).Fly to St Croix.There are public busses (VITRAN) which cost $1. There are safari busses on St Thomas which follow the bus routes and cost $1. VITRAN is also on St Croix and St John, but on St John it does not run the...

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  • By Air: you can fly into...

    By Air: you can fly into St.Thomas with commercial airlines (long distance) or charter flights (from other islands).By Sea: ferries run from Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands. Make sure to confirm the schedules.Ferries: Run several times a day between different islands. A fun way to get around.Rental Cars: It is not necessary to rent a car...

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  • Well we took a air-pass with a...

    Well we took a air-pass with a local airline, LIAT (Leeward Islands Air Transport), which allowed us to do 'island hopping'. This kind of pass can only be purchased outside the Carribean and is subject to a lot of restrictions. But it's worth !!!Other mean of transportation would be a boat, but that's slow.....If you can afford it, rent-a-car as it...

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  • Fly into Charlotte Amalie in...

    Fly into Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas and either take a ferry from there to St John, or a taxi to Red Hook and a ferry from there.Rent a car or preferably a jeep (it's very hilly) on St John if you plan on exploring. There are a ton of pristine beaches in the National Park and I had fun visiting most of them.

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  • Fly. You'll arrive at Cyril E....

    Fly. You'll arrive at Cyril E. King airport. They give you free rum punch in the terminal. Also, notice the mountains around the airport and try to find the one that has been hit by so many planes during takeoff that it's been permanently altered.The best way is to rent a car. If you want to be really hip and happening in a far out way, rent a jeep...

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  • Take the ferry from Red Hook...

    Take the ferry from Red Hook on St. Thomas. It takes about 20 minutes and runs frequently. Put your luggage on last or it will be at the bottom of a huge pile and you will have to wait for it to be unloaded at the other end. Be advised if you rent a car that the roads are steep and windy with many switch backs and driving is on the left. You don't...

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  • We took American Airlines down...

    We took American Airlines down to St. Thomas and then took a taxi to our hotel. Beware, the prices in taxis are per person, unlike in NYC. So, there may be a cost of $8.00 per person to get to your hotel instead of $8.00 per group. There is also a $1.00 per suitcase charge when going to or from the Airport.The taxis were the best way for me and my...

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  • Flying in to St. Thomas, and...

    Flying in to St. Thomas, and then taking a 40 minute water taxi is the best way to get the Caneel Bay, St. John. The water taxi really drives home the fact that you are in this beautiful, tropical paradise!Taxis are very easy to find throughout St. John. But be prepared, you'll be riding in a covered truck bed with thinly padded benches.

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  • Air to St. Thomas, ferry from...

    Air to St. Thomas, ferry from Red Hook or Downtown (take a taxi to Red Hook inorder to see why you are glad you are not staying on St. Thomas. Denzil Clynesrental for the best price and jeep (we use Suzuki's) Remember we drive on the left side of the road although we use American vehicles.Rent a jeep from Denzil Clyne (809-776-6715 on St. John or...

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  • I think we flew American...

    I think we flew American Airlines. It was fine.We took the taxis in to town almost every night. They are so quaint with their little striped canopies. However, we rented a car for one day & drove to remote parts of the islands & found some awesome snorkeling spots. Some of the locals will tell you where they go, so that's your best bet. We left our...

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  • The best way to go in...

    The best way to go in St-Thomas is the plane or the cruise ship.To get around the Virgin Islands, you must have a car because it's only mountain there. There's not a lot of place where you can walk or something. You can walk in downtown or near the waterfront but if you go in the mountain, it's more difficult to walk or to do bicycle.

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  • They drive on the other side...

    They drive on the other side of the road so take it easy when you pick up your car. If you plan to go to St John, you can't take the car over with most rental companies. If they let you take it, there is a hefty fee to take ity on the ferry. it is almost easier to rent one for the day on St John or use a taxi.

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