If you’re visiting St Lucia soon then you may be wondering if it’s possible to do a day trip from St Lucia to St Vincent.
When I was initially planning my trip to St Lucia, I really wanted to visit St Vincent as well given how close it is!
Doing a day trip ended up being impossible but I still managed to visit and make it work.
This complete guide details exactly how you can get from St Lucia to St Vincent including information about both flights and ferries.
Ferry From St Lucia To St Vincent
Unfortunately there is currently no ferry or boat service between St Lucia and St Vincent.
I was pretty surprised by this given how close the islands are, I guess I just assumed there’d be a regular ferry service between them but, alas, no there isn’t.
By delving deep into the internet archives, I found that 10+ years ago there was some talk of a St Lucia to St Vincent ferry being created however it never happened and there are currently no plans to start one as far as I can tell.
Basically, this means that you can’t get from St Lucia to St Vincent via boat unless you wanna charter a private boat which can be very costly.
Sugar Boat Charters may offer this service but you do need to enquire with them for exact prices and availability.
Although there isn’t a ferry between St Lucia and St Vincent, you can get there by plane which is ultimately how I traveled there.
💡Helpful Tip: If you’re interested in a day trip then check out my guide on the best day trips from St Lucia to other islands which includes several great alternatives!
Flights To St Vincent
It’s definitely possible to fly between these islands – I know that because I did it myself but the schedule is super limited.
There are very few direct flights from St Lucia to St Vincent but they do exist. The only airline that operates direct flights is LIAT.
LIAT operates one flight per week from St Lucia to St Vincent every Thursday. They also operate two flights per week from St Vincent to St Lucia every Monday and Friday.
Here’s the exact schedule:
I ended up taking the Thursday flight from St Lucia to St Vincent and, as I was island hopping around the Caribbean, I flew onwards from St Vincent to another island.
The flights depart from George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU) in St Lucia and arrive at Argyle International Airport (SVD) in St Vincent. It was a pretty quick and comfortable flight.
Overnight Stay in St Vincent
If you wanted to do an overnight trip then you could take the flight to St Vincent on Thursday morning, spend the day there and then get the return flight back to St Lucia on Friday in the afternoon.
InterCaribbean also offers some indirect flights between the two but they always end up taking between 3 and 8.5 hours due to stopovers.
I spent ages checking various different dates on their website and couldn’t find any direct flights between St Lucia and St Vincent at all.
They all looked something like this:
As you can see, this flight stops in Barbados for 3 hours. This was one of the best flights I could find with InterCaribbean as many of their other flights have longer stopovers.
You will need to enquire with them directly for prices and availability.
How Long is the Flight?
The flight from St Lucia to St Vincent takes just 30 minutes so it’s pretty quick. The return flight from St Vincent to St Lucia is slightly longer and takes 35 minutes.
This flight time is for direct flights. Indirect flights (which include a stopover on a different island) take between 3 and 8.5 hours in total.
How Much Does Flying Cost?
With LIAT, a return fare between St Lucia and St Vincent costs between $500 and $550 per person.
I ended up just booking a one-way ticket and paid around $200 for my ticket.
Take a look at the example itinerary below:
One-way flights from St Lucia to St Vincent cost between $190 and $210 per person.
One-way flights from St Vincent to St Lucia cost between $300 and $370 per person.
I checked various dates throughout the year and found that the return ticket price didn’t vary much.
The price didn’t vary much at all even when comparing peak season and off-peak season.
Why are the Flights so Expensive?
You may be wondering why it easily costs over $500 for a return flight between St Lucia and St Vincent when it’s only a 30 minute flight each way. I know I was!!
Well the reason is likely because there is only one company, LIAT, that operates direct flights between the two islands.
When a company has absolutely no competition, they can charge what they want and people have to pay it.
It’s unclear exactly why other airlines don’t fly this route but the most likely reason is lack of demand.
Not enough people regularly need to fly between St Lucia and St Vincent so it’s not worth it for airlines to offer the flight.
And that’s it!
Thanks for reading this post which covers the St Lucia to St Vincent ferry (or lack of) and flight options.
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