Key information on getting to Roatan
Visa, Vaccination, and Passport Requirements
All travellers need a valid passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry. For US and Canadian citizens, as well as many other nationalities, you will be issued with a one month or three month tourist visa. Citizens of certain countries must apply in advance for a visa - please check with your local Honduran consulate to see if one is required for your country of citizenship. A certificate for yellow fever vaccination is required if arriving within 6 days of being in a country at risk for yellow fever. For a listing of countries with this requirement, please check with the Honduran consulate especially if you are backpacking in or arriving from South America.
Getting to Roatan by Air
Roatan is serviced by the Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport. We have direct international flights from Atlanta, Houston, Toronto, Miami and El Salvador. There are regular domestic flights from Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba on mainland Honduras. There are always talks of new airlines coming and new routes opening up, so watch this space for any updated travel advisories.
International airlines servicing Roatan
Delta Airlines Local tel: 2445 2181
Continental Airlines Local tel: 2445 0224
TACA Local tel: 2445 1088
Delta, Continetal, TACA, American and United Airlines fly directly from the U.S. to Roatan. Continental flies from/to Houston on Saturdays and Sundays, and from/to Newark on Saturdays. Delta flies from/to Atlanta on Saturdays. All three airlines, as well as United and American Airlines have daily flights to San Pedro Sula on mainland Honduras from various U.S. cities, with commuter flights and land and sea transportation available to Roatan. Cayman Airways also fly twice a week out of La Ceiba to Gran Cayman.
Domestic airlines servicing Roatan
Getting to Roatan by Sea
Roatan has a twice-daily ferry service, The Galaxy Wave, to the island from La Ceiba. The ferry terminal on Roatan is situated in Brick Bay, about a 30 min taxi ride to West End. Telephone, +504 2455 1795.
La Ceiba - Roatan 9.30am and 4.30pm
Roatan- La Ceiba 7.00am and 2.00pm
If you are coming to Roatan from Utila, check for the Lady Julia. Captain Dillard can be reached at 504-3216-5366 or 504-3200-7259 for reservations or information regarding daily trips. The cost is $50 per person and they arrive on our dock at around 11:00 AM. There is also the Utila Dream, running direct from Utila to Roatan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Travelling to/from the Islands over land
We recommend Hedman Alas buses whilst travelling in Honduras overland. Services between the following main destinations: Antigua, Guatemala City, Copan Ruinas, Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, San Pedro Sula Airport and La Ceiba and more. For more information on Copan Ruinas, consult Copan Connections.
Travelling by Car on the Island
If you are arriving from the airport or the ferry, hang left at the exit, and follow the road West by-passing Coxen Hole, through Sandy Bay until you arrive at the entrance to West End. We are right at the entrance, directly to the left of the roundabout - you can't miss the sign! Most taxi drivers will know where we are, so there is no need to give them specific directions. If your looking for a taxi on Roatan, you can visit Roataxi, the roatan taxi directory full of contact details for drivers.
If you are coming from West Bay, follow the West Bay road until you reach a T-junction: turning right will take you to Flowers Bay and Coxen Hole, turning left will take you to the West End entrance at the next T-junction (left to West End, right to Sandy Bay and Coxen Hole).