Getting Around St. John Island

Transportation

Getting here:

Airplane to St. Thomas

 

Airport Code STT

St. John island does not have an airport, so to get there, you must fly into Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. Airport code STT, the St. Thomas airport receives flights from down island, as well as San Juan (SJU) and direct flights from popular cities across the United States, including Miami (MIA), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte (CLT), Philadelphia (PHL), Newark (EWR), New York (JFK + LGA), Boston (BOS), Chicago (CHI) and more.

American Airlines, US Airways, Delta and United all fly to St. Thomas (STT). Local airlines that fly between the St. Thomas, St. Croix and San Juan, Puerto Rico include Cape Air and Seaborne Airlines. Smaller airlines (Air Sunshine) and charter planes cater to inter-island travelers.

St. Thomas Taxi/Taxi Fares

Taxis from the St. Thomas airport are big, air-conditioned vans. When you exit the terminal and get your bags, the taxi dispatcher will direct you to the van going in your direction.  The van typically will not leave until it is full, so if you pride yourself on packing lightly and being the first to the taxi, take a breather and grab a cool beverage from the airport bar while you wait for fellow travelers to grab their luggage from the carousel.

Most visitors to St. John will be looking to catch the people ferry out of Red Hook, St. Thomas, which leaves every hour on the hour from 6am to midnight.  Red Hook ferry terminal is a 30-minute drive from the airport, which can double in heavy traffic. Schedule permitting, visitors may also catch a ride on the downtown people ferry that leaves out of Charlotte Amalie, only a 5-minute ride from the airport.

While taxi rates are subject to change, expect to pay about $10/pp for you and your bag to get to Charlotte Amalie and $20/pp for you and your bag to get to Red Hook.  Cab drivers do not accept checks or credit cards, so be prepared to pay in cash.  The good ‘ol American dollar is the official (and preferred) currency of the US Virgin Islands.

Ferry to St. John

vm-ferryRed Hook Ferry Schedule + Fares

Both the Red Hook and Charlotte Amalie ferries to St. John arrive in Cruz Bay, the more developed area of the small tropical island. Ferry rates are also subject to change, but to get to St. John expect to pay $7 one-way trip from Red Hook. Bag fees are additional. When loading the ferry, bag handlers will stack your luggage in the back of the vessel with the others. When you disembark the ferry on St. John, they remove the bags and place them on the dock for you to pick-up.

Charlotte Amalie Ferry Schedule + Fares

To get to St. John from Charlotte Amalie, expect to pay $14 one-way.  Bag fees are additional. When loading the ferry, bag handlers will stack your luggage in the back of the vessel with the others. When you disembark the ferry on St. John, they remove the bags and place them on the dock for you to pick-up.

Getting around once you are here:

Car Rentals

vm-carrentalOne thing to remember is that here people drive on the left side of the road. You may wonder if it is better to rent a vehicle in St. Thomas or St. John. Get the opinion of a local. There are several car rental companies to choose from.

Cruise Ships Schedules

vm-cruiseshipA comprehensive list of the major cruise ships and their schedules, arrival and departure times.

Water Taxis

vm-boatrentalsHire a personal water taxi ride to and from your destination. A relaxing and comfortable way to go.

Be sure to read about the St. John Island bus