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1. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Has anyone ever traveled from Montego Bay to Kingston? I'm assuming the best way would be to do so on a bus. How long would this trip take and how much? I'm aware I can look this up on Google but I'd always rather have input from actual travellers :)

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Hi NantesFC!

I was hoing that someone with a bit more current knowledge would post, but... So, you are stuck with me!

There are basically three different modes of travel from MoBay to Kingston - car, bus or airplane.

TRAINS:
There is a rail system between the two cities but it is NOT in operation at this time. The service was suspended in 1994. The Jamaican government is in talks with companies in China and another European country to help reinstate the rail service. There is no proposed date for getting the trains back on the tracks.

CARS:
This would be renting a car on MoBay and making the drive yourself. This can be expensive and at times, a harrowing experience. We have driven from Ocho Rios to Kingston (RT) and it was interesting. Jamaicans drive on the left-hand side of the road. The majority of the roads are very narrow, not well kept and the locals actually make 3 lanes of them. They also like to pass on blind corners, honk to let you know what they plan to do and literally have a "horn language" that only Jamaicans understand. It is also not wise driving these roads at night. There will be school children walking along the side and goats/cows tethered to signs or fences. (The goat mortality rate is high from being hit by cars/buses/trucks.)

BUSES:
The "local" bus system if iffy at best. The schedules are not strictly held to so you could be stuck waiting for hours, if it shows up at all.

The JUTA bus (Jamaica Union of Travelers Association) travels the route very effectively. They are more like mini-buses and It is the bus system used to transport visitors from the airports to their particular diestination. I can't tell you how much this service would cost between the two destinations. The time frame will be about 10-12 hours to get from MoBay to Kingston depending on the number of stops in between.

The Knutsford Express runs from MoBay to Kingston and leaves MoBay three times daily at 5:00am, 10:00am and 4:30pm. The cost is approxiately $25-30USD one way. The bus makes 1-2 stops between the two cities and the trip is approximately 3.5 hours in duration. The buses are standard Greyhound sized vehicles and air-conditioned.

PLANES:
Air Jamaica Express is how most traelers go between cities. It's quick and runs about $60USD one way. there are several flights daily.

Keep in mind that prices will be listed for the buses may be in Jamaican dollars which is currently $1.00 USD = ~$49.50 Jamaican.

Hope this helps!

3. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Yes it does, thanks a bunch! I'll be in MoBay with my family for two weeks @ some resort and I've already made it known that laying around for 2 weeks is not my style lol.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Since you're going to be in MoBay - eat at least once at the Pork Pit on Gloucester Avenue. It was just a small local jerk pork joint when I first starting going to MoBay. It has grown but the food has remained unchanged - great jerk chicken and pork. There is also Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Sir Winston's Night Club in the same area.

If you are interested in local history then I recommend a visit to Rose Hall Great House on the outskirts of MoBay. It's the remains of the Rose Hall Plantation owned by Annie Palmer in the 1700s. The Great House is reported to be haunted (didn't see or hear ghosts during my visit). Annie was a witch and reportedly killed 3 husbands, burying them close to the beach under 3 palm trees.

In Kingston, visit the Bob Marley Museum. Prices are listed in Jamaican dollars but it is $10-12USD for adults.

Hope you enjoy your trip and travels around Jamaica!

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

Isadora gave you best advice,let me add one place,maybe Isadora has not seen.

the Bobsledge Cafe. Opposite Doctors Cave.
Go there,have a cold RED STRIPE beer and watch the video "Cool Runnings"
the movie is about the famous Jamaican Bobsledge team who surprised the world 1988 at the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary.there is also the original bobsledge
to see.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting marlis

Isadora gave you best advice,let me add one place,maybe Isadora has not seen.

the Bobsledge Cafe. Opposite Doctors Cave.
Go there,have a cold RED STRIPE beer and watch the video "Cool Runnings"
the movie is about the famous Jamaican Bobsledge team who surprised the world 1988 at the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary.there is also the original bobsledge
to see.

Nope - I haven't been there, Marlis - but will definitely check it out next time we visit!!!

Interestingly though.... We were in Calgary, Alberta, Canada last summer for a wedding. Our hotel was across from Canada Olympic Park so we stopped in for a visit. In their museum area, they also state they have the original Jamaican bobsled. I took a picture of it but the lighting was dim so not a very good one. Looking on the internet, it does seem that the original sled is in MoBay. Makes me wonder what sled is really on display at COP...

Also Marlis, have you ever seen the Jamaican (Dry Land) Dogsled Team? Just curious!

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Nantes, can I ask at which hotel you will be staying at in MoBay???

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

@ Isadora,
really cool stuff

8. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Haha, Red Stripe and Cool Runnings. What a great combination that will be. Cool Runnings is actually one of my top movies! I'll make it a MUST to go there.

"Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time!!"

lol