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Travelling from Negril to Montego Bay is not as difficult as you may think. There are quite a few public or private options for travelling between both places.

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There is no denying that both Negril and Montego Bay, Jamaica are two of the best cities in Jamaica to experience the full “Jamaican tourist experience”. While both offer similar experiences and features, the general atmosphere of both towns is polar opposites.

Many would say that Negril provides more of a luxurious, relaxing experience while Montego Bay caters more to those who love to get out and party it up in the clubs. So it is very understandable that while you visit the western side of Jamaica, you might want to take the opportunity to explore both cities.

Is Negril better than Montego Bay?

Both cities have a lot to offer with only a few key differences. If you would rather enjoy the beach, water sports and stay at the resort, Negril would cater to your needs. But, if you are the life of the party, love dining out, socialising and club-hopping through the night then Montego Bay would be the better option for you.

How far is it from Negril to Montego Bay?

If you are driving, which you will most likely be doing, it will be around 48 miles. It will take you approximately an hour and 30 minutes from Negril to get to Montego Bay, and this is without making any stops.

Getting to Montego Bay from Negril

So you have decided you want to take on the journey and travel to Montego Bay. Now, you just need to figure out how to get there. First, you need to decide what route to take. You have two options:

  • The first option is also the main choice of most travellers. It is also the fastest and most scenic route. This would be travelling along the west coast. The first thing you would have to do is leave Negril and head to Lucea. This will bring you through smaller towns like Orange Bay and Green Island. When you get to Lucea, continue your journey to Montego Bay by venturing through the towns of Sandy Bay and Hopewell.

  • Your second option is to travel from Negril through the town of Savanna-la-mar then pass small communities such as Haddo, Mount Peliar and Anchovy. This is not the preferred route for most because the roads are narrow with deep corners, and your journey might be quite bumpy.

Once you have decided on the route you prefer to take, the next most important thing is, how will you get there? The most common options would be to go by bus, taxi or private car.

  • Bus - This is the cheapest way to get to your location, that is, if you are travelling like most locals. Head to a transportation park and get a bus. Private services such as Knutsford Express, offer a more relaxing ride from Negril straight into Montego Bay, which eliminates having to take multiple vehicles.
    On Knutsford Express, the journey costs JMD 2,200 (US 14.28) for adults. Senior citizens and children usually get a discount.
  • Taxi - as with buses, you can choose to get transportation from the local transportation centres. You may also seek out private taxi services that will make your journey more comfortable but be a bit more costly.

  • Private Car - The next choice would be to rent a car and drive. While many visitors are nervous to drive themselves around Jamaica, it might be more sensible depending on the kind of vacation you plan to have.
    If you are an explorer and would like to be able to stop at random beaches, bars, historical landmarks and more during your journey, driving yourself would be your best option.
    The cost to rent a car depends on the type of car and the duration you plan on having it for but, it usually starts at JMD 15,000 or US 100 for a day or two.

In addition to those options above, you can broaden your options to air and sea if your budget allows. Have you been wanting to go for a helicopter ride, boat ride or take a mini-cruise? Well, this is the perfect opportunity for you to experience the beauty of Jamaica from a different vantage point. A simple google search will provide you with quite a few options such as Jamaica Quest Tours, which offers both services.

How much is a taxi from Negril to Montego Bay?

If you are travelling the most common route by taxi from Negril to Montego Bay, Here is what it would cost:

  • From Negril to Lucea - $200 JMD (US 1.29)
  • From Lucea to Montego Bay- $250 JMD (US 1.62)

If you decide that Savanna La Mar is the best route for you, this is what it will cost you:

  • From Negril to Savanna La Mar- $250 JMD (US 1.62)
  • From Savanna La Mar to Montego Bay- $350 JMD (US 2.27)

Does Negril Jamaica have an airport?

No, it does not, the closest airport to Negril is the Sangster's International Airport in Montego Bay.

Even though your destination might be Montego Bay, the journey from Negril will provide you with a whole new experience, regardless of the route and method you decide to take. Your trip from Negril to Montego Bay will be just as exciting as your destination itself.

I see you are heading to Montego Bay. By any chance, are you on your way to Kingston? Here are the options for getting from the second city to the capital.

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