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Air

intercaribbean Airways (www.intercaribbean.com) operates a daily service between MoBay’s Donald Sangster International Airport and Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport and Tinson Pen (US$61 each way).

TimAir (www.timair.net), an ‘air taxi’ service, offers charter flights to Negril (US$229), Ocho Rios (US$392), Port Antonio (US$619) and Kingston (US$515).

Boat

Cruise ships berth at the Montego Bay Cruise Ship Terminal in the Montego Freeport, about 3km south of town. Taxis to downtown MoBay cost US$15. The savvy walk out of the port gates and flag cheaper route taxis.

Montego Bay Yacht Club has hookups, gasoline and diesel, and will handle immigration and customs procedures.

Car

Car rental companies with offices at Donald Sangster International Airport:

Budget

Hertz

Island Rental Car

Avis

Thrifty

Companies with offices in Montego Bay:

Dhana Car Rentals

Efay

Ace Rent-a-Car

Bus, Minibus & Route Taxi

Public buses other than Knutsford Express, minibuses and route taxis arrive and depart from the transportation center at the south end of St James St. Destinations are written on the bus/van/taxi and people will direct you to the correct vehicle if you ask around.

Minibuses (ie vans) and shared taxis run directly to Ocho Rios (J$500, two hours; onward transfers to Port Antonio and Kingston), Lucea (J$225, one to 1½ hours; onward transfers to Negril), Negril (J$350, 1½ hours), Kingston (J$950, five hours), some inland villages and also Ironshore and Rose Hall (J$150, 30 minutes).

Montego Bay Metro Line bus service links MoBay with the suburbs and outlying villages, such as Anchovy and Grange Hill.

You can almost always find a route taxi early in the morning or around 4pm to 5pm (ie commuting hours); there will likely be a wait at other times of the day, and long-distance taxi service slacks off after sunset. It’s always easier to get a ride to towns on the coast compared to towns in the interior.

Knutsford Express Buses

Comfortable Knutsford Express buses run from their own bus terminal next to Pier One near downtown MoBay. Book tickets more than 24 hours in advance for a small discount. Be at the bus station 30 minutes before departure to register your ticket. Services include the following:

Falmouth

Cost (J$)

850

Time (hr)

35min

Frequency

9 daily

Kingston

Cost (J$)

2650

Time (hr)

3¼–5½

Frequency

10 daily

Mandeville

Cost (J$)

2250

Time (hr)

Frequency

daily at 1.30pm

Negril

Cost (J$)

1600

Time (hr)

Frequency

2 daily

Ocho Rios

Cost (J$)

1850

Time (hr)

Frequency

9 daily

Port Antonio

Cost (J$)

3100

Time (hr)

Frequency

daily at 9am, 5pm

Savanna-La-Mar

Cost (J$)

900

Time (hr)

Frequency

daily at 1.30pm

Private Taxi

Jamaica Union of Travelers Association 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: Falmouth (US$60), Kingston (US$250), Negril (US$100), Ocho Rios (US$120) and Port Antonio (US$300).