December 3rd, 2009, 09:28 PM
Taking a plane from Montego Bay to Negril?
Has anyone flown from Montego Bay to Negril? I've heard its only about a 15 minute flight instead of the 1 1/2 shuttle ride. Just wondering if anyone knows how much the flights are and what company you go through?
December 4th, 2009, 09:21 AM
December 4th, 2009, 09:41 AM
We fly to via Tim Air every year (www.timair.com). The cost for two people round trip to/from Negril was $400 in March. You can make a reservation by visiting its website.
After you arrive, proceed to the Couples lounge. There are a row of desks/counters outside of the lounge; one of them is for TimAir. We check in with both Couples and TimAir and have a drink at the bar in the Couples lounge until a TimAir agent arrives to escort us to the transport to the terminal out of which TimAir flies.
If you don't make a reservation, there's no guarantee that a plane or pilot will be available when you arrive, so it's likely that you wouldn't save much time.
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December 4th, 2009, 11:24 AM
I might be a cheapskate but $400 to save a couple of hours (1 to 1 1/4 hours each way) is a little excessive. The hour and a half bus ride with other guests can be fun. The driver puts Bob Marley in his tape deck and explains many spots along the way. If you never leave the resort it may be the only time you get to see some of the real Jamaica.
If you don't mind spending the money and really need to get to the resort fast go for it, I'll be on the bus.
December 4th, 2009, 12:20 PM
Think about it. All the waiting to be transported to the Tim Air terminal,checking in and waiting for the plane to take,plus when you arrive in Negril you have to wait for a Couples van to pick you up you really don't save much time vs the Couples bus.
Now lets talk abut Ocho Rios. The airstrip is a 15 to 20 minute ride to either CSS or CTI and it is a 30 minute flight. With new roads to Ocho Rios it is now about a 1 hour 45 mintue trip by bus. The fare roundtrip for two from Mobay to Ocho Rios is now $800. To make up the lost time stay an extra night of two.
With all that said the plane ride is still a great experieince with spectacular views
December 4th, 2009, 05:46 PM
TIMAIR saves you lots of time, lots of time.......The shuttle back from couples to Mobay is required to leave 4hrs before you are scheduled to depart. When we flew, we beat the shuttle by an hour to couples.....the view was fantastic and being on the beach so quickly is great.......think about it, if your flight leaves at 11am, you must be on the shuttle no later then 7am on your last day......the extra money you save doesn't buy you extra days really. As most of us take as much time as we can....more money doesn't equate to time... for us anyways.....April can't get here quick enough!!
December 5th, 2009, 05:39 PM
If you are taking the flight to Mobay and it is an 11 AM flight departing Jamaica. You still are required to be @ Mobay airport at least 2 hours in advance. What time would you have to leave the resort to be there more then 2 hours before the flight?
Would you agree 8:00 AM?
Is one extra hour each way worth $400?
We are paying less then $350. for a suite @ Couples. So to me it is better to stay an extra day.
As far as Ocho Rios goes the fare is $800. for two both ways and at best you also save one hour each way. So you can stay two extra nights for less money then flying
I understand that everyone does not have the extra time off to add extra days. So flying to Ocho or Negril maximizes your time at the resorts.
Remember your connections to the Timair terminal are not always perfect
I am just giving the plus and minus of flying vs taking the free van
The most important thing is that we are all going to the 4 greatest all inclusives resorts in the world
December 7th, 2009, 12:41 PM
There's always a lot of debate about how much time people save in flying versus taking the shuttle, so that last two times we've stayed at CN, I've kept track of the time. In 2008, we arrived at the resort 55 minutes after stepping off of the plane in MoBay; in 2009 it took a little bit longer--65 minutes. That being said, things ran very smoothly both times, and we had almost no wait. The TimAir agent suggested we grab a beer, walked to the Couples lounge with us, then immediately walked us outside where the transport was waiting. We were driven to the other terminal, paid for our flights, were escorted outside, were greeted by Curtis, and were on our way. There are always cars waiting for incoming flights, and we just accepted a ride from one of them. CN is right across the street, so close you could actually walk to it.
Originally Posted by Richli2
If you fly back to MoBay at the end of the vacation, your departure will be scheduled two hours later than if you chose to take the shuttle. I'm certain of the two-hour time period b/c, without fail, we are always scheduled on the shuttle despite indicating on the intake form that we'll be flying TimAir and we always have to address the issue with the front desk on our last full day.
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December 7th, 2009, 01:30 PM
There is simply no right or wrong in this situation. For some, saving money is more important or perhaps they want to enjoy the scenery from the ground, thus the free shuttle works best. For others, the sooner they get there the better, with the added bonus of seeing that scenery from the air is the only way to go, and it's worth the added $$$. I can honestly see both sides of the coin on this issue.
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December 7th, 2009, 01:41 PM
please note i do not believe tim air flys after dark
we used to used it BRC (before road completion) and one time our arrival flight was delayed causing us to land after dark .... at which time we learned no lights on the airstrip lol just a heads up
December 7th, 2009, 05:46 PM
OK, so at least it is not just us. The same thing always happens when we take TimAir. Also when the later departure (b/c of TimAir vs bus) allows us to put the bags out at a later time, Franklin or Herbert will show up anyway at the earlier time looking for our bags. We'll come back to the room and if the message light is blinking we laugh because we know what it concerns - they're looking for our bags. We find it amusing - I guess b/c we need all the amusement one can find on the day of departure.
Originally Posted by Pamela
December 8th, 2009, 11:28 PM
we flew from montego bay to ocho in December of 2006 and loved it. We were there way ahead of the bus. We will also be flying to CN this next monday, the 14th.