Planning Transportation for your stay on island
Renting a Car on St John
It is important to consider your on-island transportation needs at the same time you are booking your villa and purchasing your plane tickets. Especially in peak season, but very often all year, it can be difficult to arrange for a rental vehicle last minute. Reserve your vehicle as soon as you commit to your stay.
Though it is possible to rent a vehicle on St Thomas, we highly recommend reserving your car on St. John. For an explanation of that recommendation and much more information on rental vehicles, please look below at the Rental Vehicle section of our FAQ’s.
Most villas require a 4-wheel drive.
All vehicles are similar to US cars - driver is operating on the left. However, prepare to drive on the LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD.
Renting a Car on St Thomas
If you are renting your car on St. Thomas, your experience from the airport will be worked out with the car rental company, and you will be taking the Red Hook car barge dock instead of the passenger ferry. Please be aware that the car barges typically run less frequent and do not run past 6:30 or 7pm. Please confirm times for the day of your arrival.
Ferry Tip: If you have read anything about the Charlotte Amalie passenger ferry to St. John, please note it has not been operating since the 2017 hurricanes.
The Vitran Bus
The bus is not intended for arriving guests with any amount of luggage, but once on island the VIRTAN Bus ($1) may be a fun adventure to explore other ends of the island (when the family takes the car), get a break from driving, and explore some one-way hiking by getting dropped as a National Park Trail Head!
We will be outlining some our favorite one-way hikes soon! In the meantime, just ask.
Frequently Asked Questions
Throughout our Travel Planning Section, is a collection of our answers to questions we are frequently asked about travel to and vacation time spent in St John (STJ). Our “answers” are basically our opinions, informed by our experience living here and colored by personal preferences and quiet prejudices. They are never meant to represent the ultimate fact of the matter. We share them in the hope that they will assist our guests, especially the first time traveler to STJ, in making choices that will make their trip and their vacation as smooth and hassle free as possible. If you are a frequent visitor and have figured out your own preferred methods, good on you, you go.
Disclaimer: Things change here often. We will try to keep this document current but items like schedules and rates and hours of operation should always be checked for current status.
Island Host Concierge
We offer full concierge services at no extra cost to assist with travel planning, car rentals, boat charters, provisioning, massages, and more! Feel free to contact us directly with any questions or requests. We are here on island to help!