When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Port of Spain?
The best time to get cheap flights to Port of Spain is during the rainy, low season, which lasts from June to December. September is the best time to go as the rains slow during a weather phenomenon known as the Petit Carême. Peak season runs from January to March when temperatures are cool, and there’s little to no rain.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Port of Spain?
Book flights to Port of Spain around two to three months in advance to find the lowest rates. Being flexible on your travel dates and searching for last-minute flights can help you save money on airfare, especially during the peak season. If you want to partake in the festivities, it’s best to travel between January and March for the popular Carnival. March, coincidentally, is also the hatching season for sea turtles.
Flying to Piarco International Airport (POS)
Piarco International Airport (POS) is one of two international airports in Trinidad and Tobago. It is located 30 kilometres from the city centre of Port of Spain.
All major airports in the United Kingdom (UK) offer flights to Port of Spain. These include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. Book with several popular airlines, like Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Although there are no direct flights from the UK, you can find single-stop flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick. Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast offer itineraries with two or more stops, while Cardiff only offers Port of Spain flights with transfers between multiple airlines. Stopovers for return flights include cities like Barbados, Chicago, Miami, New York City and London.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Piarco International Airport is a small airport with two terminals. Its north terminal is reserved for both international and domestic Port of Spain flights, while the south terminal is mainly used for cargo. Th main passenger terminal is divided into three concourses and features a wide variety of amenities for travellers. Here, you will find basic services like ATMs, cash exchanges, banks, shops, family services, information desks, luggage storage, food and drinks, a mobile charging station and free Wi-Fi. Additional amenities include an arcade and art exhibits that display local artists, history and culture.
Getting to the City from Piarco International Airport (POS)
Travel from Piarco International Airport to Port of Spain either by taxi, bus or car hire. Taxis are situated outside the international arrivals area and are available 24 hours a day. Book a taxi with the dispatcher at the customs exit or with a registered airport taxi driver. For a cheaper option, opt for the daily bus service, which departs from POS every hour. Tickets can be purchased at the newsstand. If you prefer to drive to your accommodation, car hire agencies like Avis, Europcar, Budget and Hertz Rentals are available inside the airport.
Why visit Port of Spain?
Port of Spain is an extensive city that has plenty of sites to keep you busy during your 2020 / 2021 holiday. Begin your sightseeing at the Queen’s Park Savannah, the largest open recreational space in the city. Formerly part a sugar estate, today it is home to the ‘Magnificent Seven Houses’ and the Royal Botanic Gardens, which is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the Caribbean.
The Grand Stand in the southern area of the park comes alive every year during the colourful Carnival, which is largely considered to be one of the best in the world. Furthermore, it hosts competitions for the Calypso Monarch, Carnival King and Queen as well as the Panorama Steel Pan (drum) competition. After a day visiting the park, the Western Main Highway and Ariapita Road offer popular dining options, local eateries and nightlife activities.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Before leaving on your holiday, it is a good idea to bring some Trinidad and Tobago dollars with you to pay for transport at POS. British nationals don’t need a visa to travel to Port of Spain for stays up to 90 days. To stay beyond the 90 days, obtain an extension from the Passport and Immigration Department. Before travelling, make sure to have a valid return ticket and sufficient funds. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of entry.