Non-Stop To Nassau – Plan Your Escape

Go ahead and start planning for your trip now. Delta Air Lines is launching weekly non-stop service from RDU to Nassau in the Bahamas. Flights begin Saturday, Dec. 21 and give you an easy escape to the tropics all year round. I know I’m ready to go!

The Flight

The famous Atlantis Resort is just a few miles from Nassau on Paradise Island.

The famous Atlantis Resort is just a few miles from Nassau on Paradise Island.

Before I share some things to do in Nassau, here are details on the flight.

  • Saturdays
  • Flight 4929 (both directions of travel)
  • Departs RDU at 2:50 p.m.  arrives NAS at 4:10 p.m.
  • Return flight departs NAS at 11:40 a.m. and arrives at RDU at 2:10 p.m.
  • CRJ-900 aircraft

Visiting Nassau

My trip to Nassau was short and I’m itching to go back! Though located on a small island, there’s a lot to explore. And, that’s only if you want to get off of the beautiful white sand beaches or out of the picture-perfect Caribbean water!

  • Explore Paradise Island. Home to many resorts, most notably the world-famous Atlantis. Here, you can choose between any number of day passes to enjoy the resort’s water park, tour the aquariums (my wife loved the sea turtle exhibit) or test your luck in the casino.
  • Negotiate your deal. The Straw Market in downtown Nassau is an unforgettable experience, offering you the opportunity to pick up unique gifts for home while giving your negotiating skills a workout.
  • Experience the heritage. Many sites such as the Pompey Museum and Adelaide give you a taste of the rich African culture that is a major part of the Bahamas’ heritage.
  • Wander the gardens. Take a walk through the colorful 11-acre Retreat Gardens and see one of the largest private collections of exotic palm trees.

Travel Essentials

Nassau is our fourth international destination. As such, there are a few nuts and bolts to know before you go.

  • A U.S. Passport is required to enter The Bahamas and all tourists must be prepared to show Bahamian customs officers round trip tickets upon entry.
  • As you depart Nassau, you will pre-clear U.S. Customs so you will not go through this process when you arrive at RDU.
  • Currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar. Most vendors will accept U.S. cash, so there’s really no need for exchanging currency. However, if you use an ATM or make a purchase via credit card, it will be done in Bahamian currency.

Now, plot your dates and book your escape!

About Andrew Sawyer

Andrew Sawyer is the External Communication Specialist for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and is the main writer for RDU’s website, electronic communication and airport publications. He’s also the primary face behind RDU’s social media channels. Andrew also assists with many other things, from media relations to event planning. In fact, he has an advanced degree in "other duties as assigned."
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9 Responses to Non-Stop To Nassau – Plan Your Escape

  1. I love food and I liked walking to Arawak Cay (“Fish Fry”) to grab some fresh conch. One of the restaurants has been featured in the media, Twin Brothers. Glad to see RDU gaining non-stop International destinations!

  2. TK says:

    Why does the flight to Nassau take 1 hr. 20 mins., but the return flight takes 2 hrs. 30 mins.? We are in the same time zone, so that can’t account for it.

  3. Ben says:

    I called Delta today to consider this non-stop flight for an upcoming trip, however it only appears to be offered during December 2013 and January 2014. Any idea as to why this may have changed, from the originally advertised Year-Round Saturday Service?

    • We somehow missed your comment earlier and we apologize. Delta, after announcing and planning a year-round service, made a business decision to make it a short-term flight for the holiday season. This was beyond the airport’s control and we are glad they considered us for the service in the first place. We have adjusted our information in the terminals and on our web site to account for the change.

    • TK says:

      I’m still wondering about the schedule anomaly I inquired about above. Why does the return flight take 1 hour and 10 minutes longer than the outbound flight?

  4. Very nice post!
    I’m in Nassau, enjoying the local, the food, the beaches, everything!

  5. Mike says:

    I’ve never been able to find any evidence of this flight existing (other than press releases ?!)

    • Penny says:

      Oh really, yeah, I’m looking too. This link to “starting plainning now” is not working this year. 🙂 Hi Mike

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