Ferries to Castries

Ferries play an important role in international travel to Castries

Port Castries has been a major point of entry for cruise ships and private yachts for years. Only recently has the port upgraded its facilities to include an inter-island ferry terminal. Now, not only can visitors travel between St. Lucia and Martinique aboard a fast ferry, but they will find comfort and plenty of amenities readily available to them the moment they arrive.

Features of the new ferry terminal include an Arrivals Lounge which has been set up to provide the same level of service that can be found at the airports. There are spaces for Immigrations and Customs, plus a baggage screening and claim area. In the Departures area, visitors will find banking facilities, a restaurant and bar, taxis, and clearly designated parking for drop-off and pick-up.

The ferry service offered out of this port is currently operated by L'Express des Iles, a French-flag flying catamaran service which offers crossings between Castries, St. Lucia and Fort de France, Martinique three times a week. The ferry also makes stops in Guadeloupe. Trips take about three hours and costs 67 Euros, which is about $90(USD), but varies depending on the current rate of inflation. A round trip ticket is 100 Euros, or around $137(USD).

Riding the Ferries

Port Castries Ferry Dock is the one dock we have listed on our guide. Visit this location in the eastern part of Castries.

L'Express des Iles change their schedule and fees regularly, so make sure to call and confirm these numbers before you travel. You can do so at 767-448-2181.

Another option that shouldn't be overlooked it the Channel Shuttle. This service travels between Le Marin, Martinique and Castries up to two times a day. It costs $77(USD) round trip for an adult ticket, though this does not include the additional $12(USD) departure tax. One way costs $55(USD). These boats carry only 15 passengers at once, for a more personalized experience. The schedules change often, so your best bet is to call 758-452-8757 for the most up-to-date listings.

There are a number of ways to make international travel to and from St. Lucia happen. One important way to consider is the ferry between Castries, St. Lucia and Fort de France Martinique. With a new and modern ferry terminal standing ready to welcome guests, this service is one that you won't want to overlook.

Ferry Routes, Castries
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Fort de France Port Castries Ferry Dock Fort-de-France Ferry Terminal Channel Shuttle 3 to 4 days per week
Roseau Port Castries Ferry Dock Roseau Ferry Terminal L'Express des Iles 1 to 2 days per week

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