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Short of sailing your own boat – or hitching a ride – the only way to and from Barbados is by air. Every so often there is talk of a ferry service to neighboring islands such as St Lucia or St Vincent, but it never materializes. Air links are comprehensive and frequent.

Airports & Airlines

Grantley Adams International Airport is on the island’s southeast corner, about 16km from Bridgetown. It's the largest airport in the Eastern Caribbean and the major point of entry for the region.

Barbados is served by major airlines flying from North America and the UK.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in all flights from Barbados.


Barbados has no land borders.


Cruise Ship

About 450,000 cruise-ship passengers arrive in Barbados each year as part of Eastern Caribbean itineraries. Ships dock at Bridgetown Harbour, about 1km west of the city center. The harbour has the usual duty-free shops and a branch office of the Barbados Tourism Authority.


The Windward Islands are among the most popular places to sail in the world. Yacht harbors and charters abound. Barbados, however, is the one exception – its easterly position and challenging sailing conditions keep it well off the main track for most sailors.