A number of major airlines have regularly scheduled nonstop air service from cities all over North America into St. Thomas—the major international gateway to the Virgins. From St. Thomas you’ll take a ferry to St. John.
Public ferries between St. Thomas and St. John run at regular times all day long. Ferry services link the ferry terminal at Red Hook, on the East End of St. Thomas, with Cruz Bay in St. John.
The Red Hook ferry dock is approximately 10 to 12 miles from the St. Thomas airport. If you’ve just landed on St. Thomas, your best bet is to take a taxi from the airport. Depending on the traffic, the cab ride on St. Thomas could take 30 to 45 minutes, at a fare between $20 and $22. Build taxi time into your schedule when planning your itinerary.
Ferries to St. John (tel 340/776-6282) leave every hour on the hour from Red Hook ($6 per person) and last only 15 to 20 minutes; you can also catch less frequent ferries from the Charlotte Amalie ferry terminal ($12 per person).
Car ferries also run between Red Hook and Cruz Bay, traveling from 7am to 7pm daily every half-hour; book ahead on one of three carriers: Boyson (tel 340/776-6294); Love City (tel 340/779-4000); or Global Marine (tel 340/779-1739). Car-ferry rates run from $42 to $50 round-trip; arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.
You can also get to St. John via private water-taxi service. Contact Dohm’s Water Taxi (tel 340/775-6501; www.watertaxi-vi.com; St. Thomas to Red Hook, St. John: $25–$50 per person, five-person minimum), a private, full-service (pickup and transfer) inter-island water taxi service in custom-built catamaran powerboats. Dohm’s also offers direct water-taxi service between St. John and the Ritz and Marriott Frenchmans Reef on St. Thomas ($30–$50 per person; five-person minimum).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.