Travel to the BVI – easier than you think!

Travel to the BVI is much easier than you think!

It’s easier to travel to the BVI for that dream sailing vacation than you might think!

Whether you’re traveling from North America or Europe, there are numerous options for getting to the British Virgin Islands. We’ve suggested a few here, there are many, many more.


The option of a ferry to travel to the BVI is particularly useful for our charter guests travelling from North America. Fly into St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands (airport code STT) and you’re just a short ferry ride from our charter base in Tortola!

Traveling from Europe? Maybe you could consider a routing via a US hub into St Thomas?

When you arrive in St Thomas just take a short taxi ride (don’t worry – the taxi operators will be waiting for your flight!) to one of the ferry terminals:

  • Charlotte Amalie (around 10 minutes by taxi)
  • Red Hook (around 30 minutes by taxi)

and then depending on your route it’s no more than a one hour ferry ride through some of the most picturesque islands in the world.

As well as being a relaxing alternative to flying, the combination of the St Thomas routing and ferry will usually save travelers a lot of money when compared to direct flights to Tortola (EIS).

If you arrive late or miss your ferry there are also plenty of water taxi operators such as Sea Lion water taxis.

Ferry Companies

To travel to the BVI from St Thomas, you can select from a number of companies, who will take you to either West End, Tortola or Road Town Tortola. Depending on your route the journey takes up to 1 hour. Please note that schedules are subject to change without notice. For the latest schedule as well as routes and departure times, passengers are advised to call the ferry company in advance of departure.

Native Son Inc Special rates apply for all Horizon Yacht Charter guests when you buy a return ticket. Please quote Horizon Yacht Charters for your BVI travel booking.

Road Town Fast Ferry

Smith’s Ferry Services

Speedy’s Ferry Service

BVI Ferry Schedules and Rates

Water Taxi’s direct transfer service from St Thomas airport.

Sea Lion Water Taxis

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If you would prefer to fly into the BVI, there are numerous carriers that serve the international airport (code EIS). These include:

  • Puerto Rico (SJU) – you can fly directly  into “PR” from the US, Canada or Europe (take a look at the Norwegian Airlines offering from London or Iberia Airlines). From Puerto Rico you can choose one of Seaborne AirlinesCape AirInterCaribbean Airways or LIAT for your final leg. It’s just 35 minutes to the BVI.
  • St Maarten (SXM) – world famous for its runway where planes come into land over Maho beach! Direct flights are available from North America and Europe, and it’s just 40 minutes to the BVI with WinairLIAT or Seaborne Airlines
  • Antigua (ANU) – a great option for UK travellers, LIAT, InterCaribbean Airways or VI Airlink form the final leg
  • Barbados (BGI) – travel to the BVI via Antigua with LIAT.
  • Private charters – Fly BVI and Island Birds offer private charter flights.


There are many international carriers serving the Caribbean region including:

If you need more detailed travel information for the BVI, visit our travel page here.

So, no more excuses! Isn’t it time to get that dream sailing vacation off the bucket list? Contact us today.

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