how to get to barbuda
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.
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 send them an e mail 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 have been rumours of a new and much cheaper airline for Barbuda with fares at half the above price. Hmmm...
with cargo freight
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.
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.