Transportation Options for Vieux Fort

Learn all about Vieux Fort's transportation options before you go

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The second largest town on St. Lucia, Vieux Fort still offers tourists the small-town tropical island atmosphere that they crave when they plan a vacation here. As an official port of entry, flying and sailing are both transportation options for visitors, while those who plan to get here by ferry or cruise line will have to make a stop in Castries first. Meanwhile on the ground, you can hire a taxi, take the bus, or rent a car.

Getting There

Air Travel may seem like the obvious way to get to Vieux Fort; however, it is also possible to sail a private yacht, cruise to nearby Castries, or even take a ferry from Martinique.

Getting Around

Unless you plan to stay holed up in your resort for the duration of your stay, considering how you'll get around is something that you'll have to do in advance of your trip if you want to arrive prepared. Renting a car, hailing a cab, or braving the buses are your three options, so it shouldn't take long for you to figure out what works best for you.

Air Travel

Although there are two airports on St. Lucia, but those staying in Vieux Fort will be happy to discover that there main facility that welcomes most of the international air travel lands at the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) right in town. Many flights are available each day from the United States, Canada, and Europe, making it easy to plan a getaway here. Find out more about this destination, as well as the island's other airport, and the use of helicopters for domestic travel here.


Vieux Fort is an official port of entry, which is great for those who are planning to sail their own private yacht to their vacation here. It is a huge time saver to be able to sail in and meet with customs right away rather than make a stop and then sail to the town. Fortunately, sailors can gain clearance in the commercial ship dock, then ancho there or move on to the anchorage beside the Fisheries Complex. Anchorage is also available just a bit further west at Anse des Sables, which is a calm, sheltered beach.


It only takes an hour to get from Castries, where there are two cruise ports, to Vieux Fort. This means that tourists who are considering a tour of the Southern Caribbean with a stop on St. Lucia can certainly make a trip to this town a reality. Port Seraphine and Port Castries are the two spots that cruises pull into, and from there tourists can easily take a taxi or rent a car to get to Vieux Fort. Buses are also a possibility on occasion, but should not be relied upon.

Rental Cars

If you're planning to stay in Vieux Fort, your best option for a rental car will likely come straight from the airport. You'll find international agencies like Hertz and Avis are available right away, with prices ranging from around $80 to $100(USD) a day. You'll be able to find better deals if you book a package that includes air travel, your accommodations, and your car as well. In order to drive the car off the lot; however, you'll need to be over the age of 25 and purchase a local driver's permit for $25(USD). Learn more about the process by clicking here.


Even those who rent a car for a portion their stay in Vieux Fort may end up taking a taxi from the international airport to their hotel first. Taxis here are clean and comfortable with drivers who are known for their friendly nature and such knowledge of the area that they are often hired for tours of the island. Rates are set in advance based on your destination, so you won't find any meters, and rendering the need for negotiation obsolete. You'll find everything you need to know about hailing a cab in Vieux Fort is available here.


The buses in Vieux Fort are probably a little different than what you are used to back home, but they are often readily available, affordable, and allow travels to easily move to and from the major areas on the island, so learning how the system works is worth it for many visitors.  You'll find you are able to get a ride to many top spots along the main roads within Vieux Fort as well as to other towns on the island for around $1(USD).  Click here to learn about rates, routes, and more. 


L'Express des Iles offers three crossings a week between Martinique and St. Lucia. The trip takes place aboard a luxury high speed catamaran outfitted with televisions, air conditioning, and comfortable seating, making the three hour trip fly by. The trip costs 67 Euros one way and a discounted 100 Euros round trip.

Now that you know what is available to you, you're ready to move forward making final decisions and plans regarding the transportation portion of your travel to Vieux Fort.


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