For travelers visiting more than one city, a car rental is almost a necessity. The main tourist spots on the southern coast of Grande-Terre are navigable without a car, but for the most part a vehicle comes in handy. Many hotels can arrange airport pickup and car rental.
A one-way trip takes about 50 minutes.
A one-way trip takes about 40 minutes.
Brudey Frères (90-04-48; www.brudey-freres.fr) leaves Pointe-à-Pitre for Marie-Galante every day of the week two to three times per day starting at 7:45am (one way/round-trip €24/39).
L’Express des Îles (91-69-58; www.express-des-iles.com) goes to Marie-Galante every day, three times per day, starting at 8:15am (one way/round-trip €24/40). On Sundays there’s a 6:15pm departure from Grand Bourg – a nice way to spend a long day at the beach.
From St-François, Iguana (22-26-31) ferries to Terre-de-Haut leave on Monday and Thursday at 7:30am and depart Terre-de-Haut at 3:30pm (one way/round-trip €20/30). In good weather, a one-way trip takes an hour and 10 minutes.
The voyage takes 35 minutes each way.
Colibri (35-79-47; Port de Pêche) leaves St-François for Marie-Galante every day of the week two to three times per day starting at 7:45am (one way/round-trip €24/39).
From St-François, Iguana (22-26-31) has a ferry to St-Louis every day (in high season) starting at 7:30am and returning at 3:30pm (one way/round-trip €22/30).
A one-way voyage takes 25 minutes.
Colibri (35-79-47; Port de Pêche) boats leave from St-François every day, twice per day, starting at 8am with the return trip at 3:30pm (one way/round-trip €16/22).
Iguana (22-26-31) has a ferry to La Désirade every day at 4:45pm with an additional 8am service on weekends (one way/round-trip €16/22).
Iguana (22-26-31) leaves from Ste-Anne for Les Saintes every day at 7:30am, returning at 3:30pm (one way/round-trip €24/35). The trip takes about an hour.
In high season Iguana (22-26-31) usually has one or two midweek round-trips from Ste-Anne (one way/round-trip €23/38). Check the handwritten sign in front of the ticket kiosk at the western end of the Village Artisanal in Ste-Anne for the week’s schedule. The one-way crossing takes 30 minutes.
In high season, Iguana (22-26-31) usually has weekend service from Ste-Anne (one way/round-trip €23/38). Check the handwritten sign in front of the ticket kiosk at the western end of the Village Artisanal in Ste-Anne for the week’s schedule. The trip takes about 35 minutes one way.
A Brudey Frères boat makes the 10-minute trip between Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas (€6 round-trip) four to six times daily, depending on the season, between 8am and 4pm.
A one-way journey only takes 20 minutes.
Several car-rental companies have offices at the airport and in major resort areas. Some agents will let you rent a car near your hotel and drop it off free of charge at the airport, which can save a hefty taxi fare.
Companies generally drop their rates the longer you keep the car, with the weekly rate working out to be about 15% cheaper, overall, than the daily rate. Nearly all companies use an unlimited-kilometers rate.
Rates for small cars are advertised from around €35 per day, although the rates offered on a walk-in basis and availability of cars can vary greatly with the season. It’s a good idea to reserve ahead from December to May.
Avis (21-13-49; www.avis.com)
Budget (21-13-49; www.budget.com)
Europcar (21-13-52; www.europcar.com)
Hertz (84-20-23; www.hertz.com)
Guadeloupe has a good public bus system that operates from about 5:30am to 6:30pm, with fairly frequent service on main routes. On Saturday afternoon service is much lighter, and there are almost no buses on Sunday.
Many bus routes start and end in Pointe-à-Pitre.
Destinations are written on the buses. Bus stops have blue signs picturing a bus; in less developed areas you can wave buses down along their routes.
Taxis are plentiful but expensive. There are taxi stands at the airport in Pointe-à-Pitre.
Fares are 40% higher from 9pm to 7am nightly, as well as all day on Sunday and holidays. You can call for a taxi by dialing 82-00-00 or 83-99-99 in the Pointe-à-Pitre area.
Bicycles are an adventurous, somewhat strenuous way to see Terre-de-Haut and Marie-Galante. Rentals start at €10 per day.