Direct flights from Manchester to Barbados take just over eight and a half hours, while the return journey will take closer to eight. Due to the length of the flight and size of the island flight times are fairly limited, with minimal choice as to what time of day you will be able to travel.
It may be the case that there aren't any direct services available on the dates you wish to travel, so a connection may be necessary. Some Manchester to Barbados flights involve brief stopovers of around an hour at a London airport before another connection that requires a couple of hour’s wait in Miami.
Barbados enjoys a superb climate that sees average temperatures remain in the high twenties all year round, with the second half of the year seeing the most rainfall.
Grantley Adams International Airport is located in the southeast of Barbados, 8 miles away from the island’s capital, Bridgetown. Arranging a prior transfer to a final destination is a popular and convenient way to organise your onward travel.
If you'd prefer to use the island’s bus service, it is a highly inexpensive way to travel, with tickets costing only around 60p. There are hourly departures from the highway outside the airport for Bridgetown, while the tourist information desk at the airport can help you with getting to your hotel or resort.
There are a large number of authorised taxis at Grantley Adams, and you should stick to these vehicles that can be identified by a yellow sticker on their side panels. To ramp up the style limousine travel can be booked from the airport, usually through a tour operator prior to travel.
Three car hire companies, Courtesy Rent-A-Car, Drive-a-matic and Stoute’s Car Rental, operate from the airport with offices in the public area to the left of the arrivals hall once you exit.