When looking for flights to Tobago, you'll probably discover you will have to make a connection. Unfortunately, there are not many direct Tobago flights.
Of course, this is what keeps the island somewhat less developed than other Caribbean islands - which is a good thing in my opinion.
The most common place for a connection is its sister island Trinidad, which is just a short plane ride away.
Trinidad has quite a few direct flights from other gateways so this will likely be a stop for you.
Trinidad and Tobago Airports
The airport on Tobago is the Crown Point International Airport (TAB), located on the southwestern end of the island and about 7 miles from the main city of Scarborough.
Flights from Trinidad to Tobago
If you do have to make a connection from Trinidad to Tobago, there are frequent flights to get you there.
The main airline making these runs is Caribbean Airlines (formerly BWIA) with over 20 flights scheduled per day.
The first departure is scheduled at 5:45 am from POS and the last flight from Trinidad to Tobago is scheduled for 9:30 pm.
The flight takes about 25 minutes.
Tobago Flights From the US and Canada
If you arrive on the later flight you will have to stay overnight in Tobago since you miss the last scheduled transfer from Trinidad to Tobago.
(We had to stay overnight when we went to Tobago since we were on the second American flight.
I for the life of me can't remember the name of the place we stayed. It was a little guesthouse and was close to the airport. The owner picked us up (for an extra fee if I remember correctly) and dropped us off in the morning.
If you do have to stay overnight in Trinidad, just inquire with the hotel you are staying at on Tobago. They usually have an affiliation with someplace in Trinidad and should be able to recommend a few options.)
American also offers a direct flight from San Juan to Port of Spain, Trinidad. If you get this flight, you will also have to stay overnight in Trinidad.
Continental currently offers 1 non-stop a week from Newark (EWR) on Saturday afternoon with more frequent direct service from its hub in Houston (IAH).
Caribbean Airlines also offers daily non-stop flights from Miami, New York (JFK), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Toronto (YYZ).
Delta is currently flying a non-stop flight from Atlanta (ATL) to Tobago on Saturday with the return flight on Sunday. Note, however, that this service is only once a week and there are reports that it will soon be canceled.
If you are coming from Canada, Skyservice offers weekly non-stop flights on Tuesdays from Toronto to Port of Spain with a return flight also on Tuesdays.
Caribbean Air offers daily non-stop service from Toronto.
Tobago Flights From Europe
British Airways offers flights to Tobago from London (Gatwick) via Antigua on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Virgin Atlantic flies from London (Gatwick) to Tobago weekly on Thursday with return flight on Thursday also.
Monarch Airlines in conjunction with Golden Caribbean has announced they will start new weekly non-stop flights to Tobago service from London Gatwick (south terminal). The flight will run on Wednesdays and begin on December 17, 2008.
Tobago Flights From Other Points
If you are flying from another point in the Caribbean, the two major airlines offering flights to Tobago are Caribbean Airlines and Liat.
Liat flies to Trinidad from Curacao, Grenada, Antigua, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Barbados. It offers flights directly to Tobago from Grenada and Barbados.
Caribbean Airlines offers direct service to Tobago from Grenada and Barbados.
From South America, the most flights to Tobago are offered from Caracas and Porlamar, Venezuela and Georgetown, Guyana.
So, as you can tell, it may take a bit of an effort to get to Tobago. Whether you are going for some Tobago diving or not, you will probably find that it is worth the effort.
As you know though, things can change frequently in the airline industry. So while the information is currently accurate, you will have to check to see what is still operating when you want to go. But the above flights to Tobago are good places to start.
You might find some of our other pages on Tobago useful while you are planning your trip:
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