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Queen Beatrix International Airport

The main gateway to Aruba, Queen Beatrix International Airport, is just a few miles south of the capital city of Oranjestad and brings in over a million passengers by way of the US, Canada, and Europe. American Airlines, Delta, and Continental all serve Aruba, along with the likes of US Airways, JetBlue Airways, and AirTran. Most flights in the US are from New York, Miami, Atlanta, and Chicago.

KLM also flies here from Amsterdam, while UK charter airline Thomson Airways serves London (Gatwick) and Manchester in peak season. In addition, there are regular shuttle flights from nearby Curacao and Bonaire, as well as from several Venezuelan cities (including Caracas) and from other Caribbean islands.

Queen Beatrix International Airport has one, modern terminal that has a currency exchange (but US dollars can be used in Aruba) and an ATM, along with duty-free shops. Snacks are also available, though eating is not extensive. There is an English-speaking information/tourist desk, as well as a cell phone kiosk and many car rental stands (near the taxi rank).

Ground transportation is quite limited on account of hotel shuttle buses being barred to keep taxi drivers busier. Rates are not exorberent, being laid down by the government, so the chance of being ripped-off is minimal, though it does happen. If you are booked on a package tour, however, you will probably have airport transfers included by way of a voucher so check with your provider ahead of time. Private, air-conditioned buses pick up these passengers. Trip time to the city and hotels takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes; the latter for Palm Beach (High Rise) and Noord-based holidaymakers.

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