How to get to The Bahamas

The Bahamas' proximity to Florida means regular, relatively inexpensive flights from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, as well as other East Coast gateways. A few airlines fly directly to airports on the larger Out Islands, but the majority of flights arrive in Nassau or Freeport where passengers will connect to another flight before continuing to the Out Islands.

Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) The Bahamas’ number-one entry point, with direct services to the USA, Canada, the UK, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, Panama and Turks and Caicos.

Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) has direct flights to the US and Canada.

Flying via the US

If the direct flights to Nassau with British Airways don’t fit your schedule, or you don’t want to fly into Nassau, the best option is to fly via a US city. From Miami, you can hop on connecting flights to Nassau, Freeport or even some Out Islands such as Bimini (BIM) and the Exumas (GGT).

It’s also possible to reach the Bahamas via other cities including Fort Lauderdale, New York, Charlotte and Atlanta.

A number of airlines offer flights to the Bahamas via the US, so it’s best to shop around a bit to find the cheapest Bahamas flight option for you. JetBlue offers several daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, while US Airways offers daily flights to Nassau from Charlotte. 

Flying via the UK

Nassau (NAS) is the most popular point of entry into the Bahamas, convenient for visitors heading to New Providence and Paradise Island. British Airways offers direct Bahamas flights from London-Heathrow (LHR) to Nassau four times per week.

With a nine-hour flight time and a five-hour time difference between the Bahamas and the UK, it’s often possible to leave in the morning and be on the beach by the afternoon. Regular domestic flights to Heathrow from cities around the UK mean that Nassau is usually just two flights away, no matter where you live.

If Nassau isn’t your final destination, you can make connections from Nassau to Freeport (FPO) and many of the Out Islands via local airlines such as BahamasAir. A number of the Out Islands are just a 30-minute flight from Nassau.

Another option is to continue your journey by boat. Bahamas Ferries is the main company offering transport from Nassau to various popular destinations, including Exuma and Governor’s Harbour. The boats are quite comfortable, with air-conditioning and a food and beverage service, but the schedules have a reputation for changing unexpectedly. 

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