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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Montego Bay to Kingston, is one of the most frequently travelled routes in Jamaica, after all, these are the only two major cities on the island. Whether for business or pleasure, it is a journey that many simply have to take a lot.
There are two main routes to get to Kingston from Montego Bay, either via the north coast or the south coast. The north coast is the most popular and fastest way to get to Kingston.
This route takes you through the Trelawny and St. Ann parishes then on the toll road which eventually brings you through Spanish Town, St. Catherine. For most, this journey will take 2½-3 hours.
Driving the south coast route takes a bit more time, usually taking around 6 hours. This is a more scenic and relaxing route, with more interesting stops as well.
The route takes you through Hanover's parishes, bringing you through Negril and savanna la mar. Black River, Santa Cruz, Mandeville, May Pen and Portmore, are all major towns you will have to pass through when taking this route to Kingston.
Travelling from Montego Bay to Kingston by air
Helicopter flights to and from Montego Bay are an excellent way to arrive at your destination in minutes. There are numerous ways to travel around Jamaica, but if you want to see the island from above, you must take to the skies.
A helicopter ride is an excellent way to enjoy the scenery while avoiding traffic. While being flown by helicopter, you will see significant city landmarks. It can be quite costly, starting at around USD 2500 for a one-way trip. Travel time is usually around 25 minutes.
There are two major airlines in Jamaica, one in each city. The Norman Manley international airport in Kingston and the Sangsters international airport in Montego Bay. You can book flights from one to the other, this is a great way to travel to Kingston if you rather travel by air. It usually takes around 35 to 45 minutes, and prices fluctuate but can go as low as USD 250.
Travelling from Montego Bay to Kingston by land
The most popular means to get to Kingston from Jamaica is by bus. As early as 5 am to as late as 8 pm there are coaster buses located in the Montego bay transport centre.
In these coaster buses, a drive from Montego bay to Kingston usually takes about 3 to 3.5 hours. The current cost is about USD 8. This is the cheapest way to get to Kingston from Montego, however, these buses are usually tightly packed and the journey will most likely be an uncomfortable one.
Your next option is to travel with Knutsford Express, the island’s leading luxury city-to-city transport. These buses run on a tight schedule, so you must make it to their terminal before your departure time so you can check in.
You will enjoy spacious comfortable seats with a high back, air conditioning, bathroom access, Wi-Fi, cable TV, a complimentary bottle of water and snacks on occasion. It’s a bit more costly, with a single adult ticket starting at JMD 3800 or USD 32.20. Knutsford goes a bit slower and they do make drop-offs and pick-ups in Trelawny and st. ann, so the journey will take about 4 hours.
Another great way to get to Kingston from Montego bay is to rent a car. The route to Kingston from Montego bay via the south coast is quite simple and can easily be tracked by watching the street signs or just pulling up google maps. There are many car rental companies in Montego Bay and you can rent a car for as low as around USD 30 per day.
There are private charter companies that operate 24/7. Travel cost for these charters usually falls in the USD 200 or more price range.
When travelling to Kingston, the level of comfort you desire, your budget, and the time you are willing to spend on the journey will determine your experience.
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Mobay to Kingston Jamaica | Written: August 30, 2022