Transportation Options for Rodney Bay

Find out how to get to Rodney Bay, plus how to get around

Set on St. Lucia's northwest coast, Rodney Bay is a place of unparalleled natural beauty and a great place to plan a quiet tropical getaway. A huge part of your travel plans will be to determine which form of transportation works best for you. Below, we'll help you decide by describing what is available.

Getting There

If you're adventurous, you may immediately lean towards sailing a private yacht, or even cruising to your getaway in Rodney Bay. Air travel is an option that tends to be the most popular, and those traveling from Martinique will even be able to take an inter-island ferry.

Getting Around

Rodney Bay offers tourists the typical rental car, taxi, bus options for their main forms of local transportation, with the choice to take a ferry on occasion thrown into the mix. Which form of transport works best for you? Find out by reading the details below.

Air Travel

On the complete opposite side of the island from Rodney Bay is the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in Vieux Fort. It takes about an hour and 20 minutes to travel between these two locations by car, and despite that fact that there is another airport just 30 minutes away from Rodney Bay, most tourists still fly into Hewanorra International Airport. This is because most international air travel lands here while the George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU) welcomes flights mainly from within the Caribbean. Our guide to St. Lucia Air Travel will explain everything you need to know about flying here.

Sailing

On an island with so many recommendable ports, Rodney Bay seems to be at the top of many foreign sailor's lists. The number of charter companies available certainly gives you an idea of how popular sailing is here, plus the fact that a state-of-the-art marina is set in this town, and many tourists look to Rodney Bay as they plan some time out on the water. Click here to learn more about sailing from this destination.

Cruising

There are two cruise ports on St. Lucia, though both are located in Castries: Pointe Seraphine and Port Castries. Rodney Bay, located just 20 minutes away, is easily accessed by those who choose to spend their time ashore visiting the town. Your best bet, if you're planning to sail to St. Lucia, is to look for cruises headed towards the Southern Caribbean. Major lines like Carnival, Princess, and even Disney are known to frequent this destination.

Rental Cars

In order to rent a car in Rodney Bay you'll need to be over the age of 25, have a valid credit card with the appropriate balance available, and purchase a local driving permit. You can do so from the immigration office in the airport, from your rental agency, or from any police station on the island for just $20(USD) and the permit will last for three months. The cost of a rental will depend on a number of variables, all of which you can read about by clicking here.

Taxi

Fixed rates are the norm for taxis in Rodney Bay, which means you won't see any meters and you can avoid the hassle of having to negotiate a rate. Unfortunately, this means you are stuck with the price listed on the rate card, which is often high. For example, it is about $100(USD) to get from Rodney Bay to the Hewanorra International Airport. In town you'll usually spend around $10(USD) for four passengers. For a more complete listing of prices, as well as more details about hailing a cab, read our guide to Rodney Bay Taxis.

Buses

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Traveling on the major roads throughout St. Lucia, with stops throughout Rodney Bay, tourists have the benefit of utilizing the local bus system.  Although the service is privately operated, it remains inexpensive and a great option for visitors who want to save money but don't necessarily want to drive themselves.  

You can find out everything you need to know about riding the bus in Rodney Bay by clicking here

Ferries

Another travel option is to take the ferry from Martinique to Castries, then drive to Rodney Bay. This mode of transportation only makes sense for a small portion of visitors, but the French-flag flying ferry service L'Express des Iles makes three weekly trips between the two islands. It takes three hours and costs just 100 Euros round trip. Channel Shuttle is another boat that makes this journey, offering up to two trips a day for $77(USD) per person.

There is a lot to consider as you begin planning your trip to Rodney Bay, and transportation is an important variable. Learning what you can about each mode of transport will help you to later make smart decisions when it comes time to make final decisions.

 

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