When is the cheapest time to fly to Jamaica?
The best way to get cheap flights to Jamaica is to travel during low season, spanning from mid-April to mid-October. Between May and November, Jamaica receives a lot of rain, and June to November is hurricane season. But you can expect warm weather whenever you go, as temperatures in Jamaica are pleasant all year round, ranging from 21 to 32 degrees Celsius. For the best deals on flights, it's best to visit Jamaica during August. Also, try to avoid flying around Easter or Christmas, when prices are likely to rise. Flying midweek on Tuesday or Wednesday can help reduce costs.
When is the best time to book flights to Jamaica?
Booking your flight to Jamaica as far in advance as possible is the best is the best way to get a good deal. We'd recommend booking at least four months in advance to be in with a chance of finding cheap flights. You can try to find a last-minute bargain, but it's best to avoid waiting until last minute during peak times, like Christmas. If you know when you want to go, start searching early to find a bargain.
Which airlines fly to Jamaica?
There's a wide range of airlines offering flights from the UK to Jamaica. You can take your pick from big airlines like American Airlines, British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic. You can fly direct to Montego Bay from London Gatwick, but the majority of flights from the UK will have one or two stops – so it's likely that you'll have to change airlines at some point. Most flights will go to a city in the USA first, such as Atlanta, Miami or Orlando, before continuing on to Jamaica.
How long is the flight to Jamaica from the UK?
A direct flight from Gatwick Airport to Jamaica is your quickest option, lasting just under 10 hours. If you opt for an indirect flight with only one stop, your journey will take at least 12 hours. And the quickest two-stop flight – available from Belfast or Edinburgh – will reach Jamaica after 16 hours and 30 minutes.
Airports in Jamaica
Jamaica has a total of six airports that are used by the public, but only three of them are international. Most flights from the UK touch down in Montego Bay or Kingston, while Tinson Pen, Negril and Ken Jones Aerodromes all offer domestic flights.
Sangster International Airport (MBJ)
The Sangster International Airport is the busiest airport in Jamaica, and the most common option for tourists. Montego Bay is less than five kilometres away. You'll find that flights to Montego Bay are offered by lots of airlines, including British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic. All flights will have one or two stops in their itinerary, except for one non-stop flight that's available from London Gatwick.
Norman Manley International Airport (KIN)
Norman Manley International Airport is the second-busiest airport in Jamaica, and it serves the city of Kingston. The city centre of Kingston is approximately 19 kilometres away from the airport. Flights to Kingston are offered by airlines, such as American Airlines, British Airways and Delta. All flights to here will have one or two stops, except for the one direct flight available from London Gatwick.
Getting around the airports
The airports in Jamaica are easy to navigate as all the facilities are located in a single building. Both airports in Kingston and Montego Bay provide basic amenities, such as airport lounges, food, information services and currency exchange. The Ian Fleming International Airport also has customs, immigration and information services in addition to a passenger lounge.
Getting to the cities from airports
From Sangster International Airport, you can take a taxi, van or shuttle into Montego Bay or the surrounding resorts. To get into Kingston from the Norman Manley Airport, you can get a taxi, a tour operator service, or hire a car from various companies.
Don’t forget before you fly
Norman Manley and Sangster International Airports both have ATMs and currency exchanges, so you can have Jamaican Dollars on hand if you didn't exchange your money before you left. Keep in mind that US Dollars are accepted in Jamaica as well, but you shouldn't exchange your money into US Dollars once you're Jamaica. British nationals don't need a visa for stays in Jamaica up to 90 days. If you'd like to stay longer, you will need to contact the Jamaican Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency.