Getting Around, Montego Bay Travel, Transport and Car Rental

(Montego Bay, St. James, Cornwall, Jamaica)

Aerial photo of the coastline around Montego BayTourists visiting Montego Bay enjoy a range of transportation options that includes taxis, minivans and intercity buses. Rental cars are a practical way to get around for seasoned drivers who can hold their ground on Jamaica's roads.

For travel into Montego, the major transport gateways are Donald Sangster International Airport and Montego Freeport. The latter serves cruise ship passengers, who alight for a day to the see the sights and enjoy the beach before returning to the ship.

Montego Bay Sangster International Airport (MBJ) image

Sangster International Airport (MBJ) / Arriving by Air

Address: Sunset Boulevard / A1, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica, JM
Tel: +1 876 952 3124
Virtually everyone who visits Montego Bay, excepting cruise-ship passengers, arrives via Sangster International Airport. This facility sees an annual throughput of over three million passengers and is serviced by a long list of international carriers. Flights connect with destinations across North America and Europe. Facilities in the airport include several shops and restaurants, along with plentiful ATMs and an information desk.

Sangster International Airport (MBJ) Guide

View of transport and palm tree-lined road leading into Montego Bay

Car Rental

There are several car hire agencies on hand in Montego Bay, both at the airport and around the city centre. Bear in mind that driving conditions in Jamaica can be poor, and that this country has a relatively high roadside fatality rate. Foreign drivers are advised to proceed with caution, stay off the road at night and lock their doors from the inside while driving through town.

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Further view of the coastline around Montego Bay

Buses and Coaches

Montego Bay is served by an excellent network of bus routes. Express bus transport is operated by tour agencies and these buses are air-conditioned and comfortable, with reclining seats and televisions. The main bus station is located off of Barnett Street, near the southernmost stretch of St. James Street. Of note, there is a new Montego Bay Metro Line, which is a bus that connects the city centre with the suburbs.


There is no railway service in Jamaica.


Taxis are widely available in Montego Bay city centre and can be chartered to local destinations, as well as those along the coast, and this is the most common means of getting around the city. Ranks are located on Gloucester Avenue and by Doctor's Cave. Taxis also queue outside the Arrivals hall at Sangster International Airport.