how to get to barbuda

by plane

There are no international flights straight to Barbuda, all visitors must travel to our sister island Antigua first. A large number of international carriers from the US, the UK, Canada and the wider Caribbean have flights to Antigua. In most cases you will need to stay at least one night in Antigua until you can get on a local flight or the ferry to Barbuda. You can also charter a plane or a helicopter, which is sometimes cost effective if there are five or more people with luggage and if there is a charter readily available. Coco Point organise their own flights for guests. 

Codrinton airport, BarbudaCodrington airport

SVG operate Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air (ABM) who are currently one of the carriers to Barbuda. Changes to their flight schedules are made almost every day and often without notice.You can book online or try their number (268) 562-7183 (Antigua) and (268) 562-8089 (Barbuda) bearing in mind that they may be on the ground with a plane and not in their office.

The ticket price is now EC$175 one way - approximately US$65. Please re-confirm your flight with the airport before the day - and be advised that if you are late checking in they will give away your seat. They also cancel and alter flights without warning or compensation so leave a local contact number and they might let you know. The plane will be a small 7 seater so luggage space is restricted and everything (including you) will be weighed. The allowance is 1 hand baggage not exceeding 10lbs and one checked-in baggage not exceeding 50lbs. Additional or overweight bags will be charged and may be delayed overnight until a flight is able to carry them. If you have very heavy luggage the ferry may be able to assist with this for a small charge, or it will have to go on one of the cargo boats, see below for info on both. The flight takes about fifteen minutes, and if all the above goes well, it can be a great service. The airport is in the village so it is a short walk to the centre of Codrington.

Barbuda Airways - since the election there were rumours of a new and much cheaper airline for Barbuda with fares at half the above price. It existed purely for the transport of Antiguans to our Caribana over one long weekend and hasn't been heard of or seen since.

by ferry

unloading the ferry in Barbuda on the ferry going to Antigua

The Barbuda Express is a local ferry and is often preferred by Barbudans because of the greater capacity to carry shopping and luggage back over to Barbuda in one go, and the large number of seats (56) available. It is also cheaper than a flight at EC$220 return and offers frequent traveller and Senior Citizen discounts. The crossing can be rough but the ferry does not run in risky conditions so safety is a priority and if the weather is too bad it will be cancelled. There is music to take your mind off the waves, friendly helpful staff and you can get a travel sickness tablet on board if you think you might need one. Most of the people who complain about the trip have not taken this advice, may be better off on the flight, or should have lived in Barbuda when we didn't have a ferry. It takes about 90 minutes although it passes quickly in good weather and we have sometimes seen whales on the crossing. If there are not many bookings the ferry doesn't travel at all so it is better to book in advance and you will then be contacted if anything changes - and all e mails and phone calls are answered. The ferry leaves from the dock in the centre of St. Johns, Antigua and arrives in Barbuda at River Wharf, a fifteen minute taxi ride into the village. For an up-to-date schedule visit the Barbuda Express web site at www.barbudaexpress.com or look at their Facebook page for last minute advice. For reservations call (268) 560-7989 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The ferry also offers a day tour package that includes lunch, the caves and the Frigate bird sanctuary.

with cargo freight

loading the cargo in AntiguaSilver Seal at River Wharf

All other village supplies including everything we buy in Antigua for our shops and houses comes to Barbuda on three or four small cargo boats that make the return trip to Antigua twice a week, usually leaving on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and one other day, depending on the weather, arriving at River Wharf above. To arrange cargo transport speak to Fabian Jones who runs Silver Seal on (268) 772-5028 or go to Point Wharf in Antigua and speak with a captain there. Barbudans drop off their goods to the boat early in the week while it's being loaded and collect it again when it arrives in Barbuda later in the week.

There is also a barge that comes every few weeks to collect sand, bringing with it larger items such as blocks, cars and containers. To speak to someone about using this transport call Knackbill Nedd.

on excellence

This Antiguan catamaran sometimes comes to Barbuda and offers a six hour day tour that includes lunch on the beach and a free bar.

by private yacht or plane

On arrival by private boat or private plane into Barbuda, you are required to complete clearance immediately through the Port Authority, Customs and Immigration. Updated information with contact details for clearing in and out of Barbuda, along with the most popular places to anchor are given on the next pages.

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