Getting to Hope Town
Hope Town is the main village on the island of Elbow Cay, just a few miles off the mainland of Great Abaco. Great Abaco is conveniently less than 180 miles east of Florida, and about 100 miles northeast of Nassau. The major cities of Florida’s east coast and Nassau serve as the connection hubs to Marsh Harbour- Abaco’s main settlement.
The easiest way to get to Hope Town is to fly into Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH), catch a taxi to Albury’s ferry dock, and ride a 20 minute ferry boat to Hope Town or grab a taxi to one of the rental boat companies in Marsh Harbour and captain yourself across.
Airlines from Florida to Marsh Harbour:
From Atlanta: Delta Airlines
From St. Augustine : Whooshfly *** April – September only
From Tampa: Silver Airways
From New Symrna: Airgate Aviation
Airlines from Nassau to Marsh Harbour:
Bahamas Air- www.bahamasair.com
Sky Bahamas- www.skybahamas.net
Exclusive Aviation (Odyssey to Cherokee)
Airlines from Freeport to Marsh Harbour:
Western Air – www.westernairbahamas.com
Airlines from Eleuthera to Marsh Harbour:
Cherokee Air: http://www.cherokeeair.com/
Charter Flights to Abaco
Some airlines offer private flights to Marsh Harbour. In the past, charters were reserved for the rich and famous, but now a flight is great for large groups or those who enjoy a more convenient way of travel. Chartered flights are mostly from Florida and other Bahamian islands. It is best to call airline companies to get more information about chartering a plane.
Air Charter Bahamas: 866.359.4752 (toll free) .:. 305.885.6665
Air Flight Inc Charters : 954.359.0320 www.airflightcharters.com
Airgate Aviation: 386.409.0440 .:. 386.269.2222
Boomerang: 904.333.8949 www.flyboomerang.com
Cherokee Air: 242.367.1920
Craig Air Center: 888.277.6326 (toll free) .:. 904.641.0300
Tropic Ocean Airways www.flytropic.com 800.767.0897
Flying to Abaco on your private plane?
Flying the Bahamas is truly simple, well within the capabilities of the lightest single engine aircraft. Leaving the Florida east coast first landfalls occur at Grand Bahamas Island (60 NM) or Bimini (50 NM). Overlapping VOR/DME of NDB signals provide course guidance from the U.S. coast and throughout the most frequently traveled routes in the Bahamas.
All that is required for an aircraft to enter the Bahamas is an e-APIS manifest and an International Flight Plan, filed to any Bahamas airport of entry. Flight plans are mandatory for all operations at Nassau and Freeport, because of the density of traffic and the presence of FSS facilities at both locations. Operations between uncontrolled airports elsewhere in the Bahamas do not require a flight plan, however this protection is highly recommended when flying any appreciable distance over open water.
*NOTE: VFR night flying is prohibited in the Bahamas, during official sunset to sunrise. IFR is easily accomplished.
Direct flight Airport Codes to Know
Marsh Harbour: MHH
Ft. Lauderdale: FLL
West Palm Beach: PBI
Daytona Beach: DAB
St. Augustine: UST
Ferry boat to Hope Town
Albury’s Ferry Service is the major company serving transportation to Abaco’s smaller islands. They have a daily schedule from Marsh Harbour to Hope Town, and they also offer chartered ferries if advance notice is given. Charter ferries should be booked if your flight arrives later than the last scheduled ferry to Hope Town.
Albury’s Ferry Service Contact Info:
Cell: 242.359.6861 (for after hours charter scheduling)
VHF: Channel 16 call “Albury’s Ferry”
Schedule to Hope Town from Marsh Harbour:
7:15AM, 9:00 AM,10:30AM, 12:15PM**, 2:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:45PM Daily
Schedule to Marsh Harbour from Hope Town:
8:00AM, 9:45AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM**, 3:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:30PM Daily
** Not scheduled on Sundays Only between August 1st – October 31st.