Public transport from kingston to port antonio
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Jan 24, 2013 10:36 AM Last Post By: scottygeneral
Oct 12, 2012 12:16 AM
Public transport from kingston to port antonioHi, I heard from a lot from crime in Kingston recently. I would stay in Kingston for a stopover (4 days). It's possible to go from Kingston to Port Antonio by public bus during the day? I am looking for an authentic travel and try to avoid private taxis or something like that. Is it possible in Kingston or should I move more carefully?
Are there any experiences from traveller with public busses in Kingston? How long takes a drive from Kingston to Port Antonio by public bus?
I would be pleased to get some helpful experience.
Oct 12, 2012 4:47 AM
1Kingston to Port Antonio by public transport is cheap and easy. One bus from the side of the modern Half Way Tree Transportation Center will take you to Port Antonio for the equivalent of US$4. The trip takes about 2.5-3hrs. Buses line up and leave as soon as they are full. No schedule just a stream of buses leaving in succession.
A ride on a Jamaican bus is usually a colourful and authentic experience. You will often hear laughter and singing, music and a host of flamboyant if not rambunctious characters.
Jamaica as well as many developing countries and struggles with crime issues however, the record of crime targeting tourists in Jamaica is very weak and does not suggest that there is any reason for panic. Common sense safety rules that apply in any normal city would be relevant in Jamaica and Kingston in particular.
The vast majority of Kingstonians are extremely friendly and helpful toward visitors based on informal surveys and general feedback that I have received.
Enjoy your trip to Port Antonio!
Oct 12, 2012 5:57 AM
Oct 12, 2012 9:22 AM
3Remember to travel lightly. Take only one bag, preferably NOT a suitcase. There is limited space for luggage on these vans.They usually store them under the seat,back of the bus or in your lap.Other times, they will charge you another fare if yu put the bag on a seat beside you. Be sure to ask for a direct bus to Port Antonio so you dont have to change buses. Last yr I took this ride . Look for the Burger King across the street from where the Port Antonio bus parks! Follow the advice of Scotty General and you will be
Oct 12, 2012 3:30 PM
4I'm agreeing with all the above advice. Sit on the left side of the bus, if possible, so you can enjoy the scenery.
If the bus is about to leave as you arrive, catch the next bus, even if it means about an hour wait. Otherwise you probably won't have a seat. Getting on early also helps you avoid being put in a jump-seat in the middle of the aisle. They usually don't have a back-rest are are very uncomfortable. While you wait you can checkout the ever-active, ever-entertaining scene at the bus stop.
Are you sure you need 4 days in Kingston?
Oct 13, 2012 1:53 PM
5did yu have to go there, Weaver?? hehehhaha
and if yu do decide to go there , you should post a disclaimer.."like Weaver is partial to the luscious,greenery,beautiful beaches and quiet lifestyle in Portland" :))
maybe the poster wants the hustle and bustle of KGN ..nitelife(clubs or street dances),music studios,people watching in Half Way Tree or one of the Portmore beaches,or the interesting museums ,art shows or eateries
Oct 13, 2012 5:12 PM
Oct 15, 2012 11:06 PM
7If you are only going to Port Antonio as a day trip from Kingston, then I advise that it it to far to go by local bus for just the day. Plus Port Antonio is better for 4 days then Kingston. Of course I am partial to Porty for the same reasons as Weaver ! I think if you go to Porty you will agree with me and Weaver.
ONE LOVE !!
Oct 23, 2012 5:49 PM
Jan 21, 2013 1:18 PM
9Buses leave frequently ( about every 30-40 mins) from just outside the Half Way Tree transpotation centre. It's a 2hr drive to Port Antonio. The cost is the local equivalent of us$3 per person. it's the cheapest way to get from Kingston to Port Antonio. Walking around Kingston in well trafficked areas is quite safe.
Jan 21, 2013 3:53 PM
10scotty, make that 3 hrs from Half Way Tree to Port Antonio. Cost is a bit more -- around $5 or $6 -- but still very cheap. Catch the Porti buses on the side street, directly across from the Burger King. Get a bus going all the way to Port Antonio, via Annatto Bay and Buff Bay.
But if hfiuds is asking about going and coming in a day I suggest it's a bad idea. hfiuds: if you are uncertain about Kingston you definitely don't need 4 days there. You can easily walk and see what you want, in the areas that are safe for walking, in a day or 2. Then catch the bus and spend the rest of the time in and around Port Antonio. You need more than a few hours to catch the Port Antonio vibes and you don't want to return to Kng. after dark. Forget the to day-trip idea.
Go to Port Antonio, stay at Ivanhoe Guest House 9 Queen St. 876 993-3043 don't get involved with the guys in the green house on the corner of Queen and Musgrave and have a wonderful trip.
Jan 22, 2013 7:51 AM
11The trip by bus is about 3 hours.
If I was you, I would spend only a day in Kingston and then move on to Port Antonio.
I am sure you will enjoy Port Antonio much more then Kingston.
I agree with Weaver. It to far to go and come back in one day.
Also, Ivanhoe's Guesthouse is a good place to stay.
ONE LOVE !!
Jan 22, 2013 7:48 PM
12Since you want to get real specific Weaver, I went down to the Half Way Tree Transportation Centre myself today and asked a bus driver. The fare is the equivalent of us$4 and travel time to Port Antonio in his estimation was 2 hours and 30 mins. I was aware of the local rate for transportation but got the foreign exchange conversion rate arithmetic wrong.
As for Kingston not worth more Than a day or three..it's by far the most interesting and diverse destination on the island. I'm seeing more and more independent travelers in Kingston apparently word is getting around.
Jan 23, 2013 9:53 AM
Jan 23, 2013 11:10 AM
14I hope you're not a betting man Mikey because you are flat wrong. Many that I encounter use Kingston as their base staying up to months and do excursions to the countryside. Other than that many return before planned because there is more to do in Kingston. Also people find the lack of harassment and tourist traps in Kingston to be a refreshing. I recently had a guest comment that Kingston has changed a lot since his visit in 2009 he said that now he walks on the street as if he was back home, he feels Kingston has become more cosmopolitan. I am Jamaican, born and raised, I have lived in Montego Bay and in the Treasure Beach area. I have explored the island extensively and have family and friends everywhere. I love my entire country but Kingston is a Cinderella story and I have an opportunity to share the truth. Within the last month we have had P.diddy hold a concert here, international DJ Major Lazer in concert last Monday, rapper Eve hosting a party at Fiction. We go out and see and sometimes meet the likes of Sean Paul, Usain Bolt, Damian Marley and Shaggy who all live in Kingston. There is surfing, rasta camps, art galleries, educational symposiums. Cuisine is more varied and rich than anywhere else in Jamaica. We have various food festivals, botanical garden and parks. universities and training grounds for our top Olympic athletes. The national Stadium which hosts massive athletics meets and international football, netball. We have a vibrant fashion scene with Caribbean Fashion Week and Style week happening on a major scale each year. I'm not even gonna get into the reggae and dancehall. I should mention though that February is Reggae Month and there will be a ton load of concerts in Kingston including a massive Dennis Brown tribute. Mikey if I were you I would leave advice about Kingston to those who know because the mo try to discredit this city is the more you discredit yourself.
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