Water Taxi or Ferry in the Virgin Islands?

We take a look at the best way for you to meet your crewed yacht charter when you fly into St Thomas. Water Taxi or Ferry?

American Airlines now have direct flights to the BVI, however if you prefer to fly into St Thomas, figuring out how to get to your crewed yacht charter can be a daunting task. We have put together some useful information, to help you decide what the best option would be for you. We look at costs involved for taking the public ferry or a private water taxi. We are here to help you every step of the way. 

The following figures are based on 8 persons travelling from Red Hook, St Thomas to Nanny Cay, Tortola. Most of our crewed yachts are based in either Nanny Cay or West End which are close to one another. 

We took an overall average cost of using the public ferry for 8 people. This would amount to around $1,124.00, including taxes and one item of luggage per person. 

Operator

Adult 

Child

Senior

Luggage

RT Fast Ferry

$100.00

$60.00

65+ $80.00

Included

Smith’s Ferry

$100.00

$90.00

65+ $90.00

$5.00

Native Son

$120.00

$100.00

62+ $100.00

$10.00

Additional fees, per person, are $10.00 Development Fee when you leave St Thomas. $10.00 Environmental Tax on arrival to BVI. $20.00 per person Departure Tax when leaving the BVI. Passengers are allowed one small piece of carry on luggage for free. Each piece of additional luggage, up to 50lbs. Plus you will need to pay for your land taxi from St Thomas Airport (STT) to the ferry terminal in Charlotte Amalie and a taxi from the ferry terminal in Road Town, Tortola to your crewed charter yacht. 

Prices are correct as of June 2023. Epic Yacht Charters do not accept any responsibility for any changes. 
Photos courtesy of (left to right) Road Town Fast Ferry, Native Son and Smith’s Ferry

We would highly recommend using a private water taxi to get you straight to your crewed yacht charter. Here are some of the advantages: 

We would recommend these private water taxi companies.  

Island Time 

Round trip for 8 people, including all taxes/fees between USVI and BVI. $3,120.00.

For parties of 1-4 persons the flat rate is $825.00 each way plus $60.00 per person for international processing fees.

A private land taxi can be arranged to greet you at the airport to take you directly to the water taxi/and back to the airport on your return. Taxi fees are $25.00 each way, payable by cash to the driver. Minimum charge of $135.00 each way. 

Chillout Charters

Round trip for 8 people, including all taxes/fees between USVI and BVI. $2,640.00.

For 5 or less passengers the price is fixed at $630.00 each way, plus $60.00 per person for international processing fees.

A private land taxi from St Thomas Airport to your water taxi is $25.00 per person each way, payable directly to the driver in cash. A flate rate of $135.00 is charged for trips of 1-5 persons. 

Johnny’ Maritime Services

Round trip for 8 persons, including all taxes/fees between USVI and BVI. $2,815.00.

A land taxi can be arranged to get you from St Thomas Airport to the water taxi. Cash to be paid direct to the driver at $25.00 per person. 

Prices correct as of June 2023. Epic Yacht Charters do not accept responsibility for any changes.
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