Getting there & away
Jamaica Union of Travelers Association (JUTA; 952-0813) has taxi stands on Gloucester Ave at the Gloucestershire and Coral Cliff hotels and at Doctor’s Cave Beach Hotel, downtown at the junction of Market and Strand Sts, and by the bus station. Identify JUTA members by the red plates and JTB decal emblazoned on their vehicles.
A list of official JUTA fares from Montego Bay is posted at the airport. At last visit, certified fares from the airport for up to four passengers were US$40 to Falmouth, US$100 to Negril, US$100 to Ocho Rios, US$200 to Kingston and US$250 to Port Antonio.
Buses, minibuses and route taxis arrive and depart from the transportation station off Barnett St at the south end of St James St. There’s an inspector’s office (7am-6pm) inside the gate where you can ask for the departure point of the bus you’re seeking.
The following approximate fares apply for minibuses and route taxis:
Montego Bay Metro Line (952-5500; 19A Union St) bus service was introduced in 2001, linking MoBay with the suburbs and outlying towns (a flat fare of US$0.35 applies).
Avis (952-0762), Budget (952-3838), Hertz (979-0438) and Island Rental Car (952-5771) all have offices at Donald Sangster International Airport.
Companies with offices in Montego Bay include Efay Car Rentals (952-8280; Shop 6, Chatwick Plaza) and Sunbird Car Rentals (952-4975; 19 Gloucester Ave).
Cruise ships berth at the Montego Free-port, about 3km south of town. Taxis to downtown MoBay cost US$10.
Montego Bay Yacht Club (979-8038; fax 979-8262; Montego Freeport) has hookups, gasoline and diesel.
Air Jamaica (922-4661, 888-359-2475, in the USA 800-523-5585; www.airjamaica.com; 9 Queen’s Dr; 8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri) operates jet and prop-plane services between MoBay’s Donald Sangster International Airport and Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport and Tinson Pen (US$60 each way, several flights daily). Get tickets at the Montego Bay office or at the airport.
TimAir (952-2516, 979-1114; www.timair.net; domestic terminal, Donald Sangster International Airport), an ‘air taxi’ service, offers charter flights to Negril (US$179), Ocho Rios (US$362), Port Antonio (US$599) and Kingston (US$483).