Public Transportation

Getting around the island

So, you’re on the island and you know your next adventure is just around the corner but how do you get there? No worries, we’ve got a great public transport system to keep you moving along.

In our capital city, Kingston, large air-conditioned luxury coaches run regularly on popular routes. These are easily accessible and comfortable to use. Outside the capital, the public transport services aren’t as regular, or fancy. Most of us islanders use the buses, minibuses and route taxis to get around and we’d love for you to join us!

For traveling between towns, minibuses are the way to go, and certainly make for an interesting experience. Along the way, you will see – and hear – the real Jamaica. But prepare to compete for a seat with luggage of varying sizes and contents. On longer trips, passengers almost become a community; somehow the shared experience of being so close to a complete stranger may create an unspoken bond.

Each town has a designated bus park, and although the destination stands are rarely marked, the conductor will find you. Keep your luggage close to you, and be sure to check fares and destination with the driver before you board.

A “route taxi” has a designated course, pick-up and drop-off zones. They are the cheapest and fastest way to get from place to place, and always one just around the corner. Just stick out your hand, and wave.

The Knutsford Express  offers daily scheduled service to all the island's resort areas. The daily service covers Port Antonio, Kingston, Mandeville, Negril, Montego Bay (including the Sangster International Airport) and Ocho Rios. Comfortable, air-conditioned coaches with luggage compartments are the standard. Complimentary bottled water, free wi-fi and restrooms are just a few of the amenities.