Transportation Options for Basse Terre

Transportation options on Basse Terre are plentiful

Photo credit: © Sylvain Abdoul Photographi

One of the two main populated islands in Guadeloupe, Basse Terre is the larger, more eco-friendly sister to Grande Terre's more commercially distinct nature.  There is so much to see and do on this island that knowing your transportation options are essential to making the most of your time.  

Air Travel

Despite having an airport on the island, international travelers fly to Le Raizet Airport across the bridge in Pointe a Pitre.  Flights are available weekly from Miami in the United States, London in Europe, and Montreal in Canada, as well as daily connections through several countries in the Caribbean.  Find out more, including which airlines make the trip, air travel


Basse Terre is one of the ports of entry in the Caribbean that benefits from an enhanced clearance process which allows international sailors to use a computer to get through customs.  If you have any problems, you can always visit the customs office in town, but most prefer this method.  Find out more about clearing in by clicking here


On the southwest tip of Basse Terre is where cruise ships headed to this destination dock, right in the center of town.  Although most liners head to the terminal in Pointe a Pitre, you can count on Windstar and a few others to dock here.  Seabourne is also known to dock on the island in the Deshaies harbor. 

Rental Cars

Basse Terre is large and there are a lot of scenic roads that are pleasurable to drive on.  For this reason, renting a car is the recommendable course of action.  Expect to spend anywhere from $40 to $100(USD) a day, though you can get better deals the longer you rent.  You can also pick up your rental when you arrive on the island at the airport, or have your vehicle delivered to you by the agency you rent with as a free benefit. 


If you're hoping to make taxis your main form of transportation on Basse Terre, make sure to leave a lot of room available in your budget for the service.  It costs 1 Euro per minute to hire a taxi here, which can add up very quickly.  Still, the drivers are great and there is something to be said for not having to drive yourself around in a foreign country.  Learn more about this service by clicking here


There are several different bus companies that travel between Pointe a Pitre and Basse Terre, making stops in all major towns.  The buses are available between 5:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and only a small number keep to their schedule on Sunday.  The cost of the trip depends on where you're going. 


A ferry from Trois Rivieras on Basse Terre travels to Terre de Haut each day at 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. With CTM Deher.  The cost of the ferry is 14 Euros one way, which comes to just under $20(USD) a person.  If you're considering traveling internationally, you can do so with L'Express des Isles or Brudey Freres from Porte a Pitre on Grande Terre.  These ferries travel several times weekly to Martinique, St. Lucia, and Dominica

Basse Terre may not be as busy at Grande Terre, but with so much natural terrain to cover, being aware of all of your transportation options is just as important.  Take your time to decide which works best for you and you'll be sure to have a great getaway. 


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