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How to get to Anguilla


At the time of going to press (June 2022) all of this information is accurate.  We recommend you always check with any of the services listed below to ensure the timetables and schedules are still in operation for your travel dates.


Aerial view of anguilla

The mesmerizing Caribbean island destination of Anguilla is one of the most stunning locations for a perfect vacation.  Here is a list of the best / easiest ways to get to Anguilla from just about anywhere in the world.


By Air


Clayton J Lloyd International Airport (IATA:  AXA. ICAO: TQPF) is Anguilla’s only airport.  Anguilla is 16 miles long and less than four miles at its widest point.  So, when you land at this airport, you are only a short transfer distance to wherever on the island you might be staying.


Scheduled Airlines that fly in/out of Anguilla


Here is a quick list with links to the airlines that operate a direct service into Anguilla.

Air Sunshine: Dominica – Douglas-Charles, San Juan, St Maarten, St Thomas.

With an extensive schedule in and out of Anguilla, scheduled flights operate in a 9-seater cabin.  A 10-seater+ aircraft can be chartered to accommodate a larger group.

American Eagle (a subsidiary of American Airlines):  Miami.

Daily services to/from Miami.  Flying time is 3.5hours.  Aircraft:  E75-Embraer 175.

Anguilla Air Services: Antigua, St Barts, St Maarten.

Meeting virtually all the international carriers that arrive at these three centers, you can easily connect with this scheduled shuttle service to Anguilla.  Aircraft:  Britten-Norman Islanders – BN2.

Silver Airways:  San Juan.  Thursday and Saturday service.  Aircraft:  Saab 340B.

Sky High:  Santo Domingo-Las Americas.  Monday and Thursday service.  Aircraft:  Embraer ERJ 145.

Trans Anguilla Airways:  Nevis, St Barts, St Eustatius, St Kitts, St Maarten, Tortola, Virgin Gorda.  Aircraft: several aircraft, Britten-Norman BN2A21, Islander A/C, and Cessna 402C.


Charter Flights


It's easy to charter a plane from St Maartin or Antigua to Anguilla.

So many travelers wishing to connect to Anguilla opt for this service as it ensures a transfer time that matches seamlessly with the scheduled flight’s arrival time.

The charter service generally provides a Meet and Greet service that gets you and your luggage onto your charter flight as soon as possible, thus reducing any unnecessary flight transfer delays.


How to Get to Anguilla from NYC


You can get to Anguilla from NYC by hiring a private jet directly to Anguilla or by taking an American Airlines flight to either St Maartin or Antigua and getting a connection to from there to Anguilla.

The runway in Anguilla is 5,400 feet long and can easily accommodate a mid-sized private jet.

Let your Private Jet company or crew reach out to Clayton J Lloyd International Airport to confirm a landing/take-off slot.

American Airlines operate flights from NYC to St Maartin and Antigua and from those islands it is easy to arrange a connecting charter flight to Anguilla.


Airlines providing Charter Services in/out of Anguilla


Air Sunshine:  St Croix

Anguilla Air Services: Barbuda, Nevis, Saba, St Kitts, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Dominica – Canefield. NOTE: some night charters can be arranged with permissions for the connecting airport.

Caribbean Charter Flights: Antigua, Nevis, San Juan, St Barts, St Kitts, St Maarten, St Thomas, Virgin Gorda.

St Barth Commuter:  St Barthelemy.

Trans Anguilla Airways:  Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Bequia, Canouan, Dominica – Canefield, Dominica – Douglas-Charles, Forte-de-France, Grenada, Montserrat, Mustique, Port of Spain, Pointe-a-Pitre, St Lucia – Vigie, St Martin, Tobago, Union Island.


International Travellers – Easiest / Shortest Connections


If you are wondering how to get to Anguilla from the US, there are lots of wonderful options that connect either via St Maarten or Antigua.  Also, there’s one direct, non-stop service from Miami to Anguilla with American Eagle.

Via Antigua, VC Bird International Airport welcomes direct flight services from:

USA:  JFK, Newark, Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, Charlotte.

Europe:  London (Gatwick and Heathrow).

Via St Maarten’s, Princess Juliana International Airport welcomes travelers direct from:

USA:  Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington.

Europe:  Amsterdam, Paris.


Flying Times


When on a direct flight/shuttle service into Anguilla, these are the approximate flying times (in alphabetical order):

Regional Flying Times

Antigua:  45 minutes.

Dominica:  1 hour.

Dominican Republic: 2.3 hours.

Miami:  3.5 hours.

Nevis: 30 minutes.

San Juan: 1 hour.

St Barts:  15 minutes.

St Kitts: 30 minutes.

St Maarten/St Martin: 10 minutes.

St Thomas:  1 hour.

International Flying Times

The best connections for Anguilla for European passengers are from Antigua or St Maarten.  Here are the non-stop flying times into these centers from European cities.

European Travelers

Amsterdam (KLM) to St Maarten – 8 hours 50 minutes.

London (British Airways, Virgin) to Antigua – 8 hours 40 minutes.

Paris (Air France) to St Maarten – 9 hours.

US Travelers

There are many Caribbean connection points for US travelers (see Regional flying times above), but the easiest by far is via St Maarten.

(Here are some examples of the non-stop flying times into St Maarten from US centers)

Atlanta (Delta)– 3 hours, 50 minutes.

Charlotte (American Airlines) – 3 hours, 40 minutes.

Chicago (United Airlines) – 5 hours.

Ft Lauderdale (American Airlines, Spirit Airlines) – 3 hours, 15 minutes.

New York (United Airlines, Jet Blue) – 4 hours, 50 minutes.

Orlando (Frontier Airlines)– 3 hours, 20 minutes.


By Sea


Blowing Point Terminal is the ferry point on Anguilla’s southern coastline with a good road network to take you anywhere on Anguilla.


Ferry Services to/from Anguilla


If you are wondering how to get from St Maarten to Anguilla by sea, here are some of the scheduled and charter boat options for you to consider.  There is a French side (St Martin) and a Dutch side (St Maarten) to this island, and both offer a ferry port that serves the Anguilla route.

St Martin

Marigot Bay Ferry Terminal on the French side of the island offers multiple daily public, shared and private ferry services to and from Anguilla.

St Maarten

The St Maarten Ferry Terminal is located directly opposite Princess Juliana Airport and offers multiple daily shared and private ferry services to and from Anguilla.


Shared or Private Transfers boat services from St Martin / St Maarten to Anguilla.


There are a number of companies that specialize in private or shared boat transfer services for travelers to and from Anguilla.  The crossing by water takes about 25 minutes and can be a really enjoyable part of the journey to your dream vacation in Anguilla.

Here are a few of the private / semi-private transfer companies:

Link Ferry Services.

GB Ferries.

Funtime Charters

Note:  It’s recommended that Private or Shared Semi-Private transfers be booked in advance.  Also, if you avail of the services of porters or vans to transfer your luggage from the airport to the ferry port, please have small bills on hand for tips.


Island Hopping


If you are wondering how to get from Anguilla to St Barts, the best recommendation is by air.  Scheduled flights take no more than 10 minutes.  If you prefer to run your own timetable, there are a number of charter air services that can take you on a very scenic route across the nearby islands.  Although a crossing by sea is possible, the passage is notoriously rough and not very comfortable for vacation day-trippers.

The easiest island-hop from Anguilla has to be to St Martin / St Maarten.  Twenty-five minutes by ferry, you and your group can enjoy some excellent retail therapy, a gorgeous beachside lunch, or a historical stroll around this French/Dutch island.


Important Traveler Information


Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory.  A visa is not required to enter Anguilla, but you do need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months.  You also need to have confirmed accommodation in Anguilla for the duration of your visit.


Local Taxes


Travelers departing from Anguilla Airport or Ferry Terminal are required to pay a departure tax, the amount of which depends on whether you are departing finally or departing on a day trip to another island.


Vaccinations for Anguilla


At the time of going to press (June 2022) the requirements around Covid vaccination were still in place around the Caribbean.

For visitors to Anguilla, please follow this link to ensure you have up-to-date information on the required vaccination and supporting paperwork.

For visitors to St Maarten, please follow this link to understand the vaccination requirements for entry into St Maarten.

For visitors to Antigua, please follow this link to understand the vaccination requirements for entry into Antigua.


Local Currency


The East Caribbean Dollar is the local unit of currency, but you will find that the US Dollar is not only accepted but welcomed pretty much everywhere.  Credit card payments are accepted in larger establishments, but it’s advisable to have cash for smaller restaurants or bars.


Conclusion


Anguilla is one of those unspoiled, laidback Caribbean destinations.  Its beaches are divine, the water sublime.  Getting to Anguilla has become a much more straightforward process in the past few years.  Anyone who has made the trip will tell you that you simply make the journey all part of the experience!  Anguilla awaits!

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