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Transportation in St Kitts & Nevis


A light, narrow-gauge railway of 50 km on St Kitts is operated by the government to transport sugarcane from fields to factory and processed sugar to the pier at Rawlins Bay. The railway is now used as a tourist attraction. The "St Kitts Scenic Railway" train currently runs from Sandy Point to Basseterre, travelling east.

In 2002, there were 383 km of roads on the islands, of which 163 km were paved; the main roads circle each island. Basseterre is the hub for all major roads on the island of St Kitts. Charlestown is the equivalent hub for Nevis.

Basseterre is the location of all official harbouring services on St Kitts. The Deep Water Harbour at Basseterre is capable of both hosting and berthing of cruise ships or the handling of cargoes. It is located to the extreme East of Basseterre Bay. Port Zante, in the centre of Basseterre Bay, is for use of docking cruise ships only. There is a deep water port on the southern coast of Nevis for cargo ships.

The bay is also home to the popular ferry connection between Basseterre and Charlestown (Nevis). There are about four trips daily. A relatively new car ferry, which can take up to 35 cars and also takes pedestrian passengers, is called the "Sea Bridge" ferry, and is in operation between the two islands. This ferry traverses the narrow, 2-mile wide straight named 'The Narrows' in 15 minutes, from Major's Bay in St Kitts, to Cades Bay in Nevis (six trips a day).

In 2010 there were two airports, both with paved runways. The Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport serves the city of Basseterre, and by extension the island of St Kitts. The airport is located in the south of the parish of St Peter Basseterre on the north-eastern periphery of the city of Basseterre. The airport has direct flights to London, New York and Miami, and seasonal flights to Charlotte, NC, and Philadelphia, PA, in addition to other major cities in the USA and Canada during the tourist season. The Vance W. Amory International Airport serves the island of Nevis. Many flights connect from here to other Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico.


Airports : 2 (2010)
Airports - with paved runways : total: 2
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2010)
Railways : total: 50 km
narrow gauge: 50 km 0.762-m gauge on St Kitts for tourists (2008)
Roadways : total: 383 km
paved: 163 km
unpaved: 220 km (2002)
Merchant marine : total: 159
by type: bulk carrier 10, cargo 109, chemical tanker 7, container 1, liquefied gas 1, passenger 1, passenger/cargo 2, petroleum tanker 19, refrigerated cargo 7, roll on/roll off 1, specialised tanker 1
foreign-owned: 121 (Belgium 1, Cyprus 1, Egypt 2, Estonia 3, Finland 1, Greece 3, India 1, Italy 1, Japan 3, Kuwait 1, Latvia 5, Malaysia 1, Pakistan 3, Romania 1, Russia 19, Singapore 1, Spain 1, Syria 7, Turkey 35, Ukraine 9, UAE 18, UK 3, Yemen 1) (2008)
Ports and terminals : Basseterre




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