Getting There in Saint Lucia

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St Lucia is served by Air Canada (AC) American Airlines (AA) British Airways (BA) and by British West Indian Airways (BWIA).

Approximate flight times

From Castries to London (via Barbados) is 10 hours 20 minutes to Barbados is 30 minutes to Los Angeles is 9 hours to New York is 5 hours and to Singapore is 33 hours.

International airports

Vigie (SLU) and Hewanorra (UVF) 3km (2 miles) and 67km (42 miles) from Castries respectively. Taxis or buses are available from both airports to Castries. Both runways are equipped for jets. Airport facilities at Vigie include a bar/restaurant and car hire; at Hewanorra there is a bar/restaurant left luggage and lockers (0800-1600) shops tourist information outgoing duty-free shop and car hire (Avis Budget Dollar Hertz and National).

Departure tax

EC$40. Transit passengers and children under 12 years are exempt.


Caribbean Express a high-speed catamaran service operates between St Lucia and Martinique Guadeloupe and Dominica. St Lucia is also served by a number of cruise lines as well as local passenger/freight lines. Lines include Cunard Costa P&O and Sun Line. The main ports are Castries Vieux Fort and Soufrière. The duty-free port at Pointe Seraphine offers 2-berth cruise ship facilities duty-free shopping restaurants and bars; it may be visited by anyone although a current passport and an airline ticket are required to make duty free purchases (further information in the Shopping section). There are plans for the construction of two additional cruise-ship berths at Pointe Seraphine.

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