Getting to the Virgin Islands

There are only two ways to get to the Virgin Islands; by air or by sea. Air travel is the most popular choice because it is really the only option for someone who wants to move here. There are no ferries or barges for people between the US mainland and the Virgin Islands. There are barges for cargo.

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Air Travel from the US Mainland to the Virgin Islands

There are two major airports in the Virgin Islands; the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. St. John and Water Island do not have airports and are connected to St. Thomas via ferries. Ferry service is reliable.

Non-stop service from the US mainland to St. Thomas and St. Croix is available, however most flights will make connections; primarily through San Juan. (San Juan, Puerto Rico is the principle gateway for the Caribbean.) Flights with inter-island carriers may be necessary from San Juan to St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Flying Times from Major Gateways to the USVI

Starting Point St. Thomas St. Croix
Miami, Florida
New York, New York
San Francisco, California
Houston, Texas
San Juan, Puerto Rico
2 1/2 hours
3 1/2 hours
10 hours
8 hours
30 minutes
3 hours
4 hours
10.5 hours
8.5 hours
20 minutes

*These are approximate times and are for reference only.

Airlines with service to the U.S.V.I from the mainland include American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and U.S. Airways.

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