Transportation Options for Martinique

How to travel is an important decision for your vacation

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Once you've decided on spending your island getaway on Martinique, getting there is the next step. Arrival should be the method of transportation that is most comfortable and accommodating for your trip, as should your choice of transportation once on the island.

Air Travel

Air travel is the most popular way to get to the island. Travelers will find that several major airlines, including American Airlines and Air France, are scheduled to fly into Martinique's Lamentin International Airport near the island's capital Fort de France. For the most part, planes are the quickest way to get to the island from most parts of the world, but you may have to catch a connecting flight from Puerto Rico or one of the other islands in the Caribbean like Antigua. Over 500,000 tourists arrived in Martinique via plane in 2004. With numbers like that, it is important that the airport be kept in top notch condition and that it have state-of-the-art equipment. Martinique is purposeful in making sure to maintain a high quality airport for just that reason.


Read more about flying to Martinique by reading our Martinique Air Travel Guide


Another method of water travel that has become increasingly popular with visitors of Martinique is sailing and yachting. Fort de France has one of the safest and beautiful marinas in the Caribbean, and it is easy for water lovers to charter a boat on the island. The island also hosts a number of annual boat races, like the Yole Racing, which is exciting for both spectators and participants.

There are six marinas on the islands where sailors can park their watercraft. Port de Plaisance is the largest and best equipped, while Pointe du-Bout Dock is the closest to Fort de France. Yachters planning to make the trip on their own should familiarize themselves with Martinique's official rules of entry, and be prepared to provide customs officials with any necessary documents. If this seems a little much, you can hire a crew familiar with the island to sail your vessel for you and take care of all of the legal requirements while you just enjoy the ride.


Travel time can also be a relaxing and enjoyable part of your vacation time if you decide to take a luxury cruise to Martinique. Cruise ship passengers will find that this particular stop on their tour of the Caribbean Islands to be very exciting and eventful. After coming ashore from the gorgeous blue waters that surround the island, cruise ship passengers will be welcomed and greeted by a few of Martinique's locals, and then the choice is up to you, whether you want to take a guided tour of one of the many attractions or explore the island's historic sites.

Note, that there are several ports of call in Martinique, and the one you arrive at will depend upon the discretion of your cruise line. Pointe Simon Cruise Dock lets out directly into the middle of Fort de France, offering even easier access to shopping, dining, and touring opportunities.

Getting Around

Martinique offers many attractions, shopping, and activities, and casinos and nightlife that provide vacationers with ample entertainment. In order to explore every site that interests you, you will need to choose among rental cars, taxis, buses, bikes, or mopeds to take you where you want to go.

Rental Cars

Rental cars provide the independence to come and go as you please. Although they may cost more than other methods of transportation, many travelers find the convenience of rental cars well worth the price. You must present a valid driver's license from your home country and meet age requirements – usually you must be older than 25 – and the rest is a breeze. Also, many vacationers may be pleased to learn that drivers stay to the right side of Martinique's roads, unlike some islands in the Caribbean.

Bikes and Mopeds

For vacationers who want to experience a little of the outdoors while touring the island, bike and moped rental companies are plentiful on the island. Mopeds are a good way to travel on narrow and winding roads with the island breeze in your hair, but bicycles are often reserved for those who have much experience mountain biking due to the sometimes steep and bumpy roads. There are plenty of bike tours available, however, with a guide that knows which roads are easy to manage around some of the area's more popular attractions.


If you want to sit back and enjoy the scenery while someone else takes the responsibility of driving, you have are a few options. Taxis can be a comfortable and uncrowded way to get around. You will find cabs at the airport, in downtown Fort de France, and outside most major hotels. Taxis are also metered, so it's easy to understand the rates. Buses are not allowed to drive up to the airport, so unless you plan on renting a car, you'll have to take a cab to your resort or another location outside of the airport area.


Collective taxis and buses are another way to see the island without having to drive. The eight-passenger limousines are an alternative to riding the bus, which can be a little hectic and confusing if you don't speak French. Both of these forms of public transportation are inexpensive and travel to most parts of the island. Larger buses that hold around 40 passengers at a time seem to only be available in Fort de France, but they are known for their unreliable service.


Many vacationers opt to take a ferry around Martinique and to neighboring islands like Guadeloupe and Dominica simply for the novelty of it. But ferries can be a much more affordable option than a plane, especially if you're transporting a large group. Most ferries take off from Fort de France at a cost of around 6 Euros per person, and are comfortable and safe.

Whatever method of transportation you choose, remember that in Martinique car safety laws are strictly enforced. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers at all times, children under 12 must ride in the back seat, and children under the age of 6 must ride in a car or booster seat.

When you get to Martinique, there will plenty of things to see and do on the island. With so many ways to travel, getting where you want to be should not be a problem.


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