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Ocho Rios

Getting there & away

Local transport

Taxi

JUTA (974-2292) is the main taxi agency catering to tourists. A licensed taxi will cost about US$90 between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, and about US$80 between Ocho Rios and Kingston (US$100 to the international airport at Kingston).

Island Car Rentals (974-2666, 888-991-4255; www.islandcarrentals.com; Shop 2, Carib Arcade) offers chauffeured transfers to and from Kingston or Montego Bay.

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Public transport

Public transportation

Buses, minibuses and route taxis arrive and depart Ocho Rios at the transportation centre (Evelyn St). If you are coming from the east, you will be deposited at the taxi stand near One Love Park, up the hill from the harbor.

Buses operate throughout the day between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay (US$4), plus Kingston (US$4) and smaller towns along the way. Minibuses and route taxis are almost as cheap and more comfortable. It’s a two-hour ride from either Montego Bay or Kingston.

If you are heading to Port Antonio by bus, you will have to change buses at St Mary (US$1.50).

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Air

Boscobel Aerodrome (975-3101) is at Boscobel, about 16km east of town. No international services land here.

Air Jamaica Express (726-1344, 888-359-2475) serves Ocho Rios with scheduled flights to and from Montego Bay (US$66) and Tinson Pen Aerodrome (US$64) in Kingston.

Boscobel Aerodrome is also served by two air-charter companies. International Air Link (940-6660, 940-0195; www.intlairlink.com) serves Montego Bay (seat/charter US$87/244), Negril (US$122/364) and Kingston (US$180/554). TimAir (952-2516; www.timair.net) flies on ­demand to Montego Bay (US$133/364).

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