Renting a Car in Fort de France

Book your car rental in advance when you say in Fort de France

Whether you need the trunk space to store all of the duty-free luxury goods you pick up shopping, or you plan to do a lot of sightseeing, having a rental car on hand can be extremely beneficial for a number of reasons during your visit to Fort de France.  Plus, with the high cost of taking a taxi, choosing this option can be a money saver as well.  

Renting a Car

You'll find that there are both international chains and local rental agencies in Fort de France, though there have been complaints about mechanical issues that have been renting from local companies, and many of them only offer vehicles that are on the older side and with manual transmission.  If you don't feel comfortable driving stick, it is best to confirm that you will be renting an automatic.  Still, these locations tend to have lower rates.  While operating hours will vary by location, for the most part you'll find the businesses in town to be open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily, although the kiosks in the Aimé Césaire Airport base their hours around flight schedules.

In order to rent here, you'll need to be over the age of 21 and have a valid driver's license from your country of origin.  Some spots will even require you to be over the age of 25 and have at least one year of driving experience. 

View the following table which identifies the various area vehicle rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Budget (059) 670-2275 30 Rue Ernest Desproges - Downtown Forte de France
Budget (059) 666-0045 Pointe du Bout
Europcar (059) 673-3313 28 Rue Ernest Desproge - Downtown Forte de France
Europcar (059) 666-0429 Hotel Bakoua Martinique - Pointe du Bout
Europcar (059) 666-0429 Pointe du Bout
Europcar (059) 673-3333 Hotel La Bateliere - 1.7 mi. (2.8 km) West of Fort de France
Hertz (059) 642-1690 Pointe du Bout
Rent a Car (059) 666-1155 Pointe du Bout

The Cost of Renting a Car

There are two different types of rental contracts to be aware of in Fort de France.  The first is the standard contract which costs renters a base price of between $40 and $100(USD) a day depending on the vehicle.  The second brings prices down by about 30 percent, but charges drivers mileage when the vehicle is returned.  Most agree that unlimited mileage contracts are the way to go, but if you won't be driving very much you may save money with the second package.  Be aware that you will also have to pay an 8.5 percent value added cost and if you have the vehicle delivered to you at your hotel it will cost extra as well.  

As shown below, prices vary, depending on the season and size of the vehicle. The low rates in the tables are usually only available from the lowest cost firms during the off season. The highest rates are what you can expect during the peak season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 30.00 $ 50.00
Mid Size Car $ 34.00 $ 65.00
Light SUV $ 50.00 $ 75.00
Full Size Car $ 50.00 $ 90.00
Mini Van $ 85.00 $ 140.00
Standard SUV $ 125.00 $ 135.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 175.00 $ 322.00
Mid Size Car $ 240.00 $ 420.00
Full Size Car $ 330.00 $ 535.00
Light SUV $ 335.00 $ 525.00
Mini Van $ 605.00 $ 935.00
Standard SUV $ 750.00 $ 945.00

Driving in Fort de France

Rush hour traffic will likely be the biggest challenge you face when driving in Fort de France. Otherwise, the road conditions are great.  The great majority are paved and well-maintained and patrolled by the local police force to keep drivers in check. 

Traffic moves on the right side of the road like in the United States, but speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour.  You can expect to see 50 kilometers per hour in town, but between 90 and 110 kilometers per hour on the expressway.  Be sure to follow the posted speed limits because there are cameras set up to enforce them.  

Forte de France may perhaps have the most public transportation options of any town on the island, but renting a car is still a top choice.  


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