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St. John Island Guide: Transportation

St. John’s beauty is in the island; in its beaches, forests and historical ruins, and they are best explored by motored transportation. There are many trails within the National Park, therefore hiking during the day is a good option for getting around the park. Roads are narrow and without sidewalks in most cases so walking on roads should be done with great caution. St. John is hitch-hiking friendly.

Car Rental Information and Agencies

Renting a car will allow you the freedom to see the island, beach hop, visit different restaurants and thoroughly enjoy your time on St. John. Most rental agencies are located in Cruz Bay and there are several to choose from. Click Here for More Information on Car Rentals

Inter-Island Ferry and Air Service

Inter-island travel is facilitated by ferry service between St. Thomas and St. John and commuter airlines on St. Thomas. Visit the Ferry Schedules for the USVI and Inter-Island Carriers for more information.

Scooters, Motorcycles, Bicycles

There are a few shops that rent scooters in Cruz Bay. Motorcycle rentals are not available. Bicycles are available for sport to ride on trails and are not used for transportation due to the steep, narrow nature of roads on St. John.

Taxis & Rates

Taxi Service is abundant on St. John. Popular spots like the ferry dock in Cruz Bay, Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay always have taxis waiting to assist you. Taxis can be called to pick you up at other destinations. Taxis charge per person and per destination, there are no metered taxis. Click Here for More Information on Taxis & Taxi Rates

Public Transportation

The Vitran Bus System services various areas of the island. Vitran buses run along Centerline Road. The buses travel from the Cruz Bay ferry dock, through to Coral Bay and then to Salt Pond Bay. From Cruz Bay the bus leaves at 6am, 7am, and then 25 minutes pass the hour until 7:25pm. From Salt Pond Bay the bus leaves at 5am, 6am, 7am, 8am and then 10 minutes after the hour until 8:10pm. The fare is $1 a person. Senior Citizens receive a discounted fare of $.55. The Public Bus system is not very reliable, if you are on a tight or limited time schedule it is not a good idea to depend on the bus.


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