The famous Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica!

Everything you need to know about getting from Montego Bay to Kingston – and back, in 2023!

Get a taxi, find a private transport option, or a rental car, or take one of the bus routes – the options are many!

(Photo: from Emancipation Park in Kingston).

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Montego Bay To Kingston By Road

Horseback riding on the beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica. You might want to have your holiday up here, still visit Kingston 3-4 hours away?
Yours truly horseback riding on the beach in Montego Bay in 2022

Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish in Jamaica, and it’s located on the northwestern shore of the island.

From Montego Bay, you can either take a bus to Kingston or drive to reach Kingston in just under three hours if you choose the fastest way – and have a car.

The main roads connecting Montego Bay to Kingston are A1 and A2. The A1 highway is the main route, beginning in Montego Bay and leading to Kingston via Mandeville. It takes around four hours by car to reach Kingston by this route.

A second road connecting Montego Bay to Kingston is the A2 highway. This route begins at Ewarton and leads to Kingston via Ocho Rios It takes just under three hours by car to reach Kingston by this route.

You can easily book a rental car in Montego Bay, and head out for your own private road trip!

Private transport from Montego Bay To Kingston Jamaica

You can book private transport services from Montego Bay to Kingston if you don’t mind paying the bucks.

Private transport will pick you up at home, take you to the door of your next place, and provide refreshments and sometimes a bit of a guided tour on the way – and starting price for that is around $300.

Bus Services in Jamaica

The best option for a cheap and comfortable bus ride between destinations in Jamaica is the Knutsford Express.

Knutsford Express has 7 daily departures from Montego Bay Airport to Kingston (6 on Sundays), and the bus will take around 4 hours to reach Kingston.

The bus will probably pass by parts of the blue mountains of Jamaica, home of a spectacular coffee – and a place you should also visit while you are already on a road trip!

Montego Bay To Kingston By Air

Don’t do that! The slowest way to get from Montego Bay to Kingston is by air!

It is possible, but no direct flights, and will take at least 6 hours. So stick to mother earth for this trip!

Montego Bay To Kingston By Sea

You can book a private boat trip and sail from Montego Bay via Negril and down to Kingston – but that is more like a tour, than transport!

I am not sure how long time that would take, but probably a tailored trip as long as you want it to be!

Distances In Jamaica

Montego BayNegril80 km/50 mi
Montego BayOcho Rios100 km/62 mi
Montego BayKingston171 km/106 mi
Montego BayTreasure Beach95 km/ 66 mi

Montego Bay Map

This map was made with Wanderlog, a road trip planner app on iOS and Android

How far is Montego Bay From Ocho Rios

If you’re looking to make a day trip from Montego Bay, the coastal town of Ocho Rios is just a short drive away.

The route is along the northern shores, around 100 km/62 mi, and takes around 90 minutes to get there by road, with the route passing through Falmouth.

There are also regular buses running between both towns.

How Far Is Negril From Ocho Rios?

7 Mile Beach Negril Jamaica
7 Mile Beach Negril

Negril is located south of Montego Bay on the western side of Jamaica, while Ocho Rios is to the east of Montego Bay on the northern shores of Jamaica.

The distance from Negril to Ocho Rios along the northern coast is around 177 km/110 mi, and the drive will take around three hours by car.

You can also take a bus from Negril to Ocho Rios, a trip that will take longer than by car due to stops and slower driving.

Montego Bay Airport

Many travelers fly into Montego Bay Airport Sangster International, which receives flights from more than 25 airlines and travel companies daily.

Montego Bay To Kingston Tour

If you are staying in Montego Bay and want to visit Kingston without actually staying in Kingston, you can take a day tour!

Go by yourself with a taxi or a bus, or an organized tour to Kingston with everything done for you!

FAQs Montego Bay To Kingston

Distance from Montego Bay to Kingston

The distance from Montego Bay to Kingston is 184 kilometers, or 114 miles, via the northern route passing by Ocho Rios.

Montego Bay To Kingston Bus

The bus routes between Montego Bay and Kingston are with the Knutsford Express.

There are normally seven departures daily from Montego Bay, six on Sundays, in 2023.

Montego Bay To Kingston Taxi

A taxi from Montego Bay to Kingston will take around 3 hours driving the fastest, northern route via Ocho Rios.

The price for a taxi from Montego Bay to Kingston in 2023 will be

Taxi companies that do long haul-trips:

Montego Bay to Kingston flights

Don’t do that. It is theoretically possible but expensive, and takes four times as long time as a car or the bus!

How much is a taxi from Montego Bay to Kingston?

A private transport transfer from Montego Bay to Kingston in 2023 will start at around $300 for one way.

Knutsford Express Montego Bay to Kingston schedule

The Knutsford Express has 7 departures daily from Montego Bay to Kingston, and 6 on Sundays, in 2023.

Kingston To Montego Bay Drive Time

The shortest and fastest route between Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica will take around 3 hours in a car, around 4 if you take the bus.

Is it safe to drive from Kingston to Montego Bay?

As long as you are comfortable driving on the left side of the road, like in the UK, driving in Jamaica and from Kingston to Montego Bay is safe, and will not be a problem for you!


Now I hope you have all the information you need on how to travel from Montego Bay to Kington and back, and more importantly, how not to do it!

Happy Travel Planning!

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