Getting to Tortola and the British Virgin Islands


Richard Branson's Galactic Girl Falcon FX900 at Tortola's Beef Island airport

Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport aka Beef Island Airport (airport code EIS) is located on Beef Island, a separate island connected to Tortola's East End by a bridge. This is the main airport that services all of the British Virgin Islands.  If you're going to Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke or any other BVI destination, you'll probably go through Tortola. 

Unfortunately, there are no current direct flights from the States to Tortola.  American Eagle is the most prominent airline that services Tortola/Beef Island.  There are daily flights from both San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas on American Eagle.

US Airways also serves Tortola, flying through St. Martin (Sint. Maarten).

Starting winter of 2017/18, BVI Airways will begin daily, non-stop service from Miami to EIS on 80 passenger jets. As of writing this, we do not know the costs.

 

Ferry to Tortola:

The Tortola Fast Ferry (http://tortolafastferry.com) runs from St. Thomas to Road Town (and back) and takes only 50 minutes.  

Smith's Ferry runs between St. Thomas and Tortola and St. John and Tortola.  (340) 775-7292.  Takes about 90 minutes.

Native Son Ferry (http://www.wix.com/archiecoenterprise/nativeson) runs another "fast ferry" between Tortola and St. Thomas.  Takes about an hour.
 

Taxis around Tortola: 

Taxis meet every arriving flight. Government regulations prohibit anyone from renting a car at the airport -- visitors must take a taxi to their hotels.  

The fare from the Beef Island airport to Road Town is $15 for one to three passengers. Quick's Taxi Service (284/494-1594 or 284/496-7127). It's about $50 from the airport to West End.

 

Rental Cars

Typically your hotel can help you rent a car or rental car companies will deliver your car to your hotel. There are the usual US rental companies located at Beef Island Airport and their are a variety of local ones. Make sure to book your car in advance during the high season. Prices start at $60/day, depending on the time of year and size of vehicle. All agencies just require a valid US driver's license. Remember to drive on the left. Roads are narrow and poorly lit, driving can be difficult. Often the roads are in poor shape and they are ridiculously hilly. It can be quite an experience - just remember to go slowly. The speed limit is like 35 MPH throughout the island.