Flight and Transfer
Virgin Atlantic operates two direct flights from Gatwick on Friday and Saturday with the flight taking approximately 9 hours. It also offers an indirect flight via Barbados on Wednesday with the flight taking approximately 11 hours. British Airways operates a daily service from Gatwick with the flight taking approximately 9 hours.
Regional flights connecting with Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick are available with Flybe from Guernsey, Jersey, Belfast City Airport, Isle of Wight, Inverness, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford and Newquay. Regional flights connecting with British Airways flights are available from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Manchester and Newcastle. Due to connections times it may be necessary to overnight at Gatwick when booking regional flights.
Antigua is not a large island and the distances are generally quite short. Transfers to a majority of the hotels should not take any longer than half an hour.
No visa is currently required for British or Irish passport holders. This should be re-checked on booking for any changes. Your passport must be valid for six months after departure from this country, and all children and infants must also have their own passports. All travellers should check full entry requirements prior to travel by visiting the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website or by contacting the relevant embassy.
English is the official language and is spoken by everyone on the island. Local dialects can occasionally be heard when venturing into the town centres.
Car Hire: Driving in Antigua is relatively simple, as they drive on the left and the roads are in pretty good condition. There are so many beaches to explore in Antigua, renting a car on this island is highly recommended. Our car hire starts at £250 per week for a medium size air-conditioned car, which includes delivery to your hotel or villa. You’ll need to remember your UK drivers licence and a credit card, and drivers must be 25 years or older. You’ll also need to pay for CDW which is $15-$25 a day, and have a local drivers permit which is $25 per driver. Baby and child seats will need to be pre-booked and cost $10 per day.
Taxis: Cabs are plentiful and fairly efficient in Antigua, and are a convenient way of exploring the island. Taxi drivers often double up as local guides, so you can have a fun day or night out and experience Antigua.
Buses: A slightly cheaper way to get around, with two terminals in the capital of St John’s (East and West) which have a variety of routes around the island, however if there’s a group of you it’s as cost effective to hire a car or hop in a taxi.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the official local currency although in practice the US Dollar is also widely accepted, as are credit cards.
110V-220V, two and three-pin plugs are standard.
Vaccination & Health
As health requirements change please consult with your GP or specialist travel clinic well in advance of your holiday for specific information related to your travel and medical history. Additional information can be found by visiting NaTHNaC or MASTA Travel health.
When the sun gets high in the sky, Antigua gets very hot. Drinking plenty of water is essential, as is wearing a high factor sun cream.
GMT -4 hours (-5hours in summer)
Antigua Travel Guides
- Useful facts
- A beginner's guide to Antigua
- Top 10 things to do in Antigua
- Recommended hotels for your Antigua family holiday
- Family holidays in Antigua for all budgets
- Luxury holidays in Antigua
- Planning your Antigua honeymoon
- Dickenson Bay beach holidays
- Hawksbill, Antigua beach holidays
- Eating, drinking and nightlife
- Things to do and excursions
- Pre-bookable excursions