how to get to barbuda

by plane

There are no international flights straight to Barbuda, all visitors must travel to our sister island Antigua first. A large number of international carriers from the US, the UK, Canada and the wider Caribbean have flights to Antigua. In most cases you will need to stay at least one night in Antigua until you can get on a local flight or the ferry to Barbuda. You can also charter a plane or a helicopter, which is sometimes cost effective if there are five or more people with luggage and if there is a charter readily available.

Codrinton airport, BarbudaCodrington airport

SVG operate Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air (ABM) who are currently one of the carriers to Barbuda. Changes to their flight schedules are made almost every day and often without notice.You can send them an e mail online or try their number (+268) 562-7183 (Antigua) and (+268) 562-8089 (Barbuda) bearing in mind that they may be on the ground with a plane and not in their office.

The ticket price is now EC$175 one way - approximately US$65. Please re-confirm your flight with the airport before the day - and be advised that if you are late checking in they will give away your seat. They also cancel and alter flights without warning or compensation so leave a local contact number and they might let you know. The plane will be a small 7 seater so luggage space is restricted and everything (including you) will be weighed. The allowance is 1 hand baggage not exceeding 10lbs and one checked-in baggage not exceeding 50lbs. Additional or overweight bags will be charged and may be delayed overnight until a flight is able to carry them. If you have very heavy luggage the ferry may be able to assist with this for a small charge, or it will have to go on one of the cargo boats, see below for info on both. The flight takes about fifteen minutes, and if all the above goes well, it can be a great service. The airport is in the village so it is a short walk to the centre of Codrington.

Barbuda Airways - since the election there have been rumours of a new and much cheaper airline for Barbuda with fares at half the above price. Hmmm...

by ferry

unloading the ferry in Barbuda on the ferry going to Antigua

The Barbuda Express is a local ferry and is often preferred by Barbudans because of the greater capacity to carry shopping and luggage back over to Barbuda in one go, and the large number of seats (56) available. It is also cheaper than a flight at EC$220 return and offers frequent traveller and Senior Citizen discounts. The crossing can be rough but the ferry does not run in risky conditions so safety is a priority and if the weather is bad it will be cancelled. There is music to take your mind off the waves, friendly helpful staff and you can get a travel sickness tablet on board if you think you might need one. Most of the people who complain about the trip have not taken this advice, may be better off on the flight, or should have lived in Barbuda when we didn't have a ferry. It takes about 90 minutes although it passes quickly in good weather and we have sometimes seen whales on the crossing. If there are not many bookings the ferry doesn't travel at all so it is better to book in advance and you will then be contacted if anything changes - and all e mails and phone calls are answered. The ferry leaves from the dock in the centre of St. Johns, Antigua and arrives in Barbuda at River Wharf, a fifteen minute taxi ride into the village. For an up-to-date schedule visit the Barbuda Express web site at www.barbudaexpress.com or look at their Facebook page for last minute advice. For reservations call (+268) 560-7989 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..The ferry also offers a day tour package that includes lunch, the caves and the Frigate bird sanctuary.

with cargo freight

loading the cargo in AntiguaSilver Seal at River Wharf

All other village supplies including everything we buy in Antigua for our shops and houses comes to Barbuda on three or four small cargo boats that make the return trip to Antigua twice a week, usually leaving on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and one other day, depending on the weather, arriving at River Wharf above. To arrange cargo transport speak to Fabian Jones who runs Silver Seal on (+268) 772-5028 or go to Point Wharf in Antigua and speak with a Captain there. Barbudans drop off their goods to the boat early in the week while it's being loaded and collect it again when it arrives in Barbuda later in the week.

There is also a barge that comes every few weeks to collect sand, bringing with it larger items such as blocks, cars and containers. To speak to someone about using this transport call Knackbill Nedd.

on excellence

This Antiguan catamaran sometimes comes to Barbuda and offers a six hour day tour that includes lunch on the beach and a free bar.

by private yacht or plane

On arrival by private boat or private plane into Barbuda, you are required to complete clearance immediately through the Port Authority, Customs and Immigration. Updated information with contact details for clearing in and out of Barbuda, along with the most popular places to anchor are given on the next pages.

anchorages on Barbuda

A helicopter's view of Coco PointWhite Bay (Spanish Point)
As far as we know the informal anchorages listed here are still safe after Hurricane Irma. There may be some debris under water in places, but sites such as Noonsite may have updates posted on them.  The most popular anchorages are at Coco Point and Spanish Point above, which are both on the south coast. The road from Spanish Point into the village was made nearly impassable by Hurricane Irma, so if you are moored here it will be a considerable distance to cycle or get a taxi into the village. But a phone call to the tour guides or taxis will eventually bring someone out to your boat. What was Coco Point Lodge hotel is currently being cleared and re-built by it's new owners.
Yachts at Low Bay River Wharf May 2016

There are also anchorages at Low Bay (above - before Irma) on the west of the island, where you will see the closed Lighthouse Hotel in front of you and a huge new gap created by the hurricane. From here you will need to call a boat (sea taxi) to get across the Lagoon into the village or you can use your dinghy. But please note that it is forbidden by the Barbuda Council to use your own dinghy to visit the Frigate bird sanctuary from here.

Some boats also come to River Wharf  which has recently been improved for mooring but there isn't much space to get in and out here, as it's the harbour used by the ferry and by fishing and cargo boats, but it is nearer to the village to cycle or for a taxi.

A new mooring at Uncle Roddy's was marked out by Chris Doyle with buoys to assist those who want to arrive and leave from Coral Group. Uncle Roddy's will re-open in December 2018.

Contact any of the land or sea taxi operators to meet your boat, they are familiar with the needs of visiting yachts and can carry you to all the essential services quickly. Their prices are set by the Barbuda Council and you can ask to see a copy of these rates if you wish. Some things you need in the way of everyday items can be bought in the village and can be found on the shopping page or on the business page.Barbuda can be very expensive as we have to import nearly everything ourselves, but we really appreciate your visits to support our shops and services. We ask you to contact the Council waste disposal team to get rid of your rubbish if necessary - too many casual yacht visitors leave their garbage on our beaches. 

Information for yachts on clearing into and out of Barbuda is given on the next page.

clearing in and out of Barbuda

There has always been some confusion about visitors to Barbuda having to clear customs in Antigua first, and leave Barbuda within 24 hours - this is not always the case; some details of what to do are listed here on Noonsite Antigua and Barbuda. Although this site has been updated since the hurricane, it may be inaccurate about leaving Barbuda within 24 hours. This is obviously not good for Barbuda, we would like you to stay here for as long as you like! So those wishing to come to Barbuda before Antigua or stay longer, can contact the Controller of Customs in Antigua at least 48 hours before, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on (+268) 462 0829 and get the required permission.  For more information on this also try Matthew John, our own Customs Officer at Barbuda Customs on his cell phone (+268) 722-7210

Checking the weather - here are our links to Windy and Windguru

Barbuda is regularly visited by experienced sailors who like to keep the secret to themselves, but the island also has almost 200 historic wrecks around the coast which are enough to put off casual sailors. We have lost boats in recent times too, it is so flat that it is very difficult to see until you are dangerously close to the reefs. A regular visitor to Barbuda, Chris Doyle is very familiar with the coastline and was here last year to update his essential guide. Most of those who do make the effort to visit us are delighted when finally anchored off a stunning beach without a soul in sight. But please ask a local person for advice if you are new to Barbuda and need to know where to moor your boat, and please do not anchor to our reefs, fish in the restricted areas or use jet skis, spear guns and other destructive equipment.

staying in antigua

We often have to stay at least one night in Antigua before we can get to or from Barbuda on the busy local flight or the ferry, so we recommend that you plan for this and spend a more relaxing time there.

Guest houses and Hotels

There are many guest houses in Antigua listed on Airbnb and on booking.com and we have stayed at several of them. Airbnb has more listings than any other 'homestay' sites but does not list the accommodation separately for Antigua and for Barbuda, so although it 'suggests' homes on Barbuda, they are probably not on Barbuda at all. So if you are looking for Barbuda Airbnb's make sure you double check which island it is actually on. 

Come on a Day Tour

Roby and Melania their logo

Antigua +39 Tours  are run by Italians Melania and Roberto who come to Barbuda on a regular basis. They are very familiar with the best places to see on Barbuda, and bring delicious picnics with them. This a great day tour to do while you are on holiday in Antigua, especially if you are from Italia!

Or if you want to stay longer on Antigua...

Antigua Timeshare

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Choosing a timeshare on your next vacation to Antigua and Barbuda is a fantastic way to save money, and the resorts here on Antigua are some of the finest found anywhere in the Caribbean. The Village at St. James’ Club is nestled on its own private peninsula and is made up of two bedroom villas complete with climate control, private patios, a master suite with soaking tub and absolutely gorgeous views of the Caribbean. At Tranquility Bay Antigua you’ll find on-site restaurants and vehicle and sailboat rentals. You’ll also enjoy being conveniently close to a golf course, shopping plaza and horseback riding tours. Both of these resorts offer Antigua and Barbuda timeshares so for more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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