Arriving In St. Lucia - Transit Guide: Getting Around
St. Lucia is a beautiful, tropical paradise. Whether you choose to arrive via flight, stop in as part of a cruise, or visit as part of an island hopping excursion, St. Lucia is always waiting to welcome you with open arms. What she lacks in size, she makes up for in breathtaking beauty. From the twin Piton peaks to the rain forests to the stunning beaches, St. Lucia is beckoning- so what are you waiting for?
St. Lucia Departure Tax
Passengers over the age of 12 leaving the island via plane will find themselves subject to the St. Lucia departure tax. This tax is EC$33 or USD $13. The tax is typically included in the price of an airline ticket.
Arriving in St. Lucia by Ferry or Cruise Ship
There are many ferries and cruise ships that serve the island of St. Lucia, making it easy to island hop or visit during even a brief stay in the Caribbean. To save time, you can download and fill out an E/D card online at http://stluciastatic.com/simpleview/image/upload/v1/clients/saintlucia/International_ED_Card_a70c4797-8e03-4d68-b3a3-2a2a8d2a2faf.pdf. You can also check out www.express.des-iles.com to view the ferry schedule to and from St. Lucia and Martinique.
Flights Arriving in St. Lucia
International flights to St. Lucia arrive on the island at UVF, also known as Hewanorra International Airport. Located in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, Hewanorra Airport is about 45 minutes from Soufriere and about an hour and 15 minutes from Castries.
If you are visiting St. Lucia from Canada, you will find that Air Canada offers seasonal direct flights from Montreal and year round direct flights from Toronto. Toronto also directly services St. Lucia via Westjet.
Direct flights from Europe include flights from Gatwick via Virgin Atlantic or British Airways, and during peak season, direct flights can also be found via Condor from Germany and Fly Thomas Cook from Manchester.
If you are in the United States, American Airlines offers direct flights to Hewanorra Airport St. Lucia (UVF) from Miami, Philadelphia, and Charlotte. Delta offers direct flights from Atlanta, while United Airlines offers flights from Chicago and New Jersey. New York and Boston also offer direct St. Lucia air travel via JetBlue.
Other airlines serving St. Lucia include Air France, Corsair, Air Caraibes, and TUI.
Domestic/inter-Caribbean flights arrive in St. Lucia via George F.L. Charles (SLU) Airport, located in the island’s capital of Castries. Airlines serving SLU include Air Antilles, Air Caraibes, LIAT, and Caribbean Airlines.