Note: there are no direct flights from the USA, Canada, Europe, or South America to the British Virgin Islands’ main airport (Tortola’s Terrence B. Lettsome Airport, a.k.a. EIS). However, several excellent connecting airports surround the islands. All flights to the BVI connect through another Caribbean island airport (such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, or St. Maarten). Your travel agent or international airline will be able to assist with booking flights.
If you plan to continue on to Virgin Gorda (VIJ), Anegada, Peter Island, or Jost van Dyke, we recommend that you check with your hotel, resort, or villa to make sure that charter flights or ferry service will be available (especially if arriving after 4pm). Private boat charters can also be arranged via St. Thomas, Road Town or Beef Island. Otherwise, plan to spend a night or two in Tortola before exploring the rest of the archipelago.
The BVI’s major airports are:
via St. Thomas connection
If you choose to arrive via St. Thomas, you can catch regular flights to Tortola and Virgin Gorda on Cape Air and Seaborne Airlines. Antilles Helicopter Services and Caribbean Buzz Helicopters also offer airport transfers to/from Beef Island (EIS) and St. Thomas (STT).
Many travellers opt to take one of the frequent ferries that travel between downtown Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook, St. Thomas and the BVI. Ferry service is available to Virgin Gorda on select days and to Tortola every day via West End or Road Town.
Getting to the ferry from St. Thomas Airport is easy via taxi. Simply let the driver know that you need to take the next ferry to Tortola or Virgin Gorda (with connections to Anegada and Jost Van Dyke). The taxi drivers are well-versed in, schedule changes and will make sure you reach the proper terminal for your connection.
Please note: Ferries from St. Thomas to Tortola and Virgin Gorda (with connections to Anegada and Jost Van Dyke) only operate during daylight hours. The last ferry is usually around 4:30/5pm. When booking travel, ensure that your flight arrives in time for the transfer to Charlotte Amalie (approximately 10 minutes) or Red Hook (approximately 45 minutes). If this isn’t possible, it’s advisable to make arrangements for an overnight stay in St. Thomas in order to catch the ferry the following morning (service begins at approximately 7:30 a.m.).
The most direct way to arrive to the BVI from North America is via San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Frequent connecting flight service is offered by:
Charter airline service can be arranged from almost anywhere in the Caribbean, as well. See our Inter-Island Aviation section for more information on airline charter companies.