Traveling in Martinique

By | October 31, 2021

Airplane: Airplanes can be chartered from Air Martinique. Tourist flights are offered by Heli Blue, ACF Aviation and Alizes Air Services, among others.

Ship: There are several regular vedettes (ferries) between the main resorts and Fort-de-France.
Places visited on the routes include Anses d’Arlet, Anse Mitan and Anse à l’Ane.

Matinik Cruise Line has a ferry between Fort-de-France and Trois-Ilets.
Somatours Vedettes operates an hourly ferry between Fort-de-France and Pointe du Bout. The journey time is around 20 minutes.
Vedettes Madinina also has an hourly ferry between Pointe du Bout and Fort-de-France.
There are also numerous providers of sailing tours around the island.

Car: The road network in Martinique is good, most of the roads are paved.
There are many car rental companies at the airport (including Avis, Carib Rentacar, Budget, Hertz, Europcar) and in Fort-de-France. Local companies are usually cheaper than the international agencies.
You must be 21 or older to rent a car, and some companies charge an additional fee for drivers under 25. A national driver’s license is also required. Usually a deposit is required.

Bus: Although there are some larger public buses, the most common means of transport are minibuses (identified by the “TC” sign). Overall, only a few connections are offered, the tariffs are cheap. The travel destinations are indicated on the vehicle, sometimes on the side doors, sometimes on a small sign in front of the windshield. Bus trips are best for shorter distances and for visitors with a lot of time.
Bus stops are marked as arrêt de bus or a bus sign. Fort de France’s main bus terminal is Pointe Simon, on the west side of the port. Buses from Fort-de-France to St-Pierre run frequently Monday to Saturday and less frequently on Sunday.

Taxi:if you share a taxi with other travelers, taxis in Martinique are not too expensive. A surcharge is required at night

Money in Martinique

National currency: the euro has been the official currency in Guadeloupe since 1999. 1 euro equals 100 cents.

Currency abbreviation: €, EURO

Banknotes are issued to the value of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins to the value of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros.

Currency Exchange: Exchange offices and banks change money. It is also possible to exchange money in hotels, but at lower rates. In shops and restaurants you can sometimes pay in US dollars, but the rates are miserable.

Credit Cards: in hotels, better restaurants and car rental companies can be paid for with Visa (Carte Bleue) and MasterCard (Eurocard).

Travelers checks should be made out in euros.

Foreign exchange regulations: There are no restrictions on the import and export of currencies when traveling within the European Union.
When entering and leaving the EU, cash and checks with an equivalent value of 10,000 euros must be declared.

Bank opening times: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Martinique – Health and Diseases

According to MEDICINELEARNERS.COM, vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A is recommended when traveling to Martinique. For a longer stay and backpacking trips, vaccination against hepatitis B and typhus recommended.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is issued by Traveler (older than one year) are required who have been in a yellow fever infection area in the last 6 days when entering the country. This certificate is not required if you have only stayed in the transit area in the yellow fever area, and transit passengers who fly on from Martinique on the same aircraft do not need a yellow fever vaccination.

Diarrheal diseases

Most Diarrheal diseases can be prevented by proper drinking water and food hygiene.
The drinking water in Martinique is chlorinated and can cause slight stomach upset in the first few days of your stay. In the beginning you should buy drinking water in bottles, but make sure that the original cap is not broken. Outside the big cities, tap water should be boiled or otherwise sterilized before drinking. The milk offered in Martinique is pasteurized and can be used just like fruit, Vegetables, meat, dairy products, poultry and seafood are consumed.


Schistosomiasis pathogens occur in rivers and ponds in Martinique, so avoid wading and swimming in these waters. However, in well-maintained pools that use chlorinated water, there is no risk of schistosomiasis.


Mosquito-borne dengue virus infections occur in Martinique, especially between July and November. It is recommended to use mosquito nets and / or mosquito repellants to protect against insects.

Health care in Martinique is comparable to European standards, there are a total of 14 hospitals.
We strongly recommend taking out health insurance for travel abroad. This health insurance should also cover repatriation in the event of an emergency.
When you travel to Martinique, take a first-class travel kit with you and protect it from high temperatures when you are out and about.

When traveling to Martinique, take a first-class travel kit with you and protect it from high temperatures when you are out and about.

In addition to my general disclaimer, please note the following important note:

A guarantee for the correctness and completeness of the medical information and liability for any damage that may occur cannot be assumed. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Traveling in Martinique