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How to Get from Montego Bay Airport to Downtown

Montego Bay is an exotic destination in Jamaica with beautiful sandy beaches and numerous resorts for relaxing vacations. If you’re arriving by plane, you can choose your transportation from Montego Bay Airport to the hotel or resort you’ve booked based on what best suits your needs. If you prefer to get to your destination quickly and comfortably to avoid the sun and the heat, you can take a Montego Bay airport taxi, no matter what time your flight arrives. alternatively, you can use the shared shuttle service, which is a great choice if you’re travelling in a larger group.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Welcome Pickups €30 13min 24/7 Book
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Taxi €20 13min 24/7
Shared shuttle €20 15min 24/7

How to get from Montego Bay Airport to downtown by taxi

Montego Bay airport transportation to hotels or the downtown area is possible 24/7 by taking an airport taxi or booking a private transfer. It is a reliable and comfortable option, preferred by most tourists, as there is no public transportation directly connecting the airport to the city centre.

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxis in Montego Bay don’t operate with fixed rates or set fares; you usually need to negotiate the price with the driver before you start the ride. The average price from Montego Bay to the downtown area is $20 (€20) but it depends on the exact location you’re heading to.

Cost

$20 (€20)

Trip Duration

13 min

The price might differ among the different taxi operators, unless you book your taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Official taxis operate from Montego Bay 24/7, all year long.

Where do I get a taxi from?

There an authorised airport taxi desk right outside the customs exit at Montego Bay Airport; from there, you can take a registered taxi 24/7.

Convenience

If you’re looking for the most convenient Montego Bay airport transportation to your hotel or the downtown area, an airport taxi is certainly it. You will get to your destination quickly and comfortably in a private car, without making any intermediate stops along the way.

Editor’s Note

Since there is no public transport, choosing a taxi as your Montego bay airport transportation to your hotel is the most convenient option; whether you're travelling alone or as part of a group, the price will be more or less the same as using a shared shuttle service.

Useful Tips

Taxis don't operate with set fares so make sure to negotiate the price with the driver before you enter the taxi.
Look out for unlicensed taxis; official taxis have red license plates with white numbers and letters.
If you don't plan to book a taxi with a private company, you'll need to carry your own baby/child seat; regular taxis aren't equipped with one.

How to get from Montego Bay Airport to downtown by shared shuttle

A shared shuttle service is a common choice of transportation from Montego Bay airport to resorts, hotels, and the downtown area. It is basically the only alternative to taking a taxi, as there is no direct public transport from Montego Bay Airport to downtown. The cost and the travelling duration for the shared shuttle service vary, depending on the number of passengers.

How much does shared shuttle service cost?

The cost of your shared shuttle transportation from Montego Bay Airport to your hotel or downtown depends on the exact destination; there are fixed rates for the most popular resorts and hotels around the city. As a general rule, the more people share the shuttle, the lower the price. The average price per person for up to 4 passengers is $10 – $35 (€10 – €35) but if you’re part of a larger group, it might get as low as $5 (€5).

Cost

$5 - $35 (€5 - €35)

Trip Duration

15 min

The price per person may vary depending on whether you're travelling alone or you're part of a larger group.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Montego Bay Airport shuttle service is available 24/7 but you need to book your shared ride in advance.

Where do I take the shuttle from?

There is a dedicated spot in the ground transportation arrivals hall, right after customs clearance. A representative of the company you’ve booked with will be waiting for you there.

Convenience

Choosing the shared shuttle service is a convenient option if you’re travelling with your family or as part of a larger group. The more people are on board, the lower the cost per traveller. Keep in mind, though, that if you haven’t booked the entire vehicle, you’ll need to make additional stops for the rest of the passengers, which will increase the travelling duration.

Editor’s Note

Using a shared shuttle service for transportation from Montego Bay Airport to your resort or downtown area is a great choice if you're travelling in a larger group. If you're travelling alone, you could look for another group and ask to join them, otherwise, the price will be higher.

Useful Tips

Once you get onto the shuttle, you may have to wait for the vehicle to fill up with other passengers.
If the vehicle isn't full, you may have to pay a higher price per person.
If you haven't pre-booked your transportation, you could join another group using the shuttle service, so check if there are any seats left.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Montego bay. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€30.0
NIGHTTIME
€36.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Montego Bay airport to the downtown area?

MBJ Airport is located only about 7 kilometres north of the downtown area. Therefore, getting from Montego Bay Airport to your hotel in the centre by car or taxi takes 13 minutes in light traffic.

What are the options for transportation from the airport to the hotels in Montego Bay, Jamaica?

Transportation from Montego Bay Airport to hotels, resorts or the downtown area is possible in two ways. You can take an airport taxi from MBJ’s rank or book one in advance to avoid waiting in line. Alternatively, you can book a shared shuttle service, which is ideal for larger groups.

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