There is a domestic helicopter link (per passenger US$165, 10 minutes) between George FL Charles Airport, near Castries, and Hewanorra International Airport, near Vieux Fort, which is convenient if you're staying in the north and have a long-haul flight.
St Lucia is not the easiest place to cycle in. Many roads are narrow, poorly lit and lack sizable shoulders. Furthermore motorists are not used to seeing cyclists on the road and don't always leave enough space.
Water taxis can be hired to travel to virtually anywhere on the west side of the island, with the most popular routes running between Rodney Bay in the north and Marigot Bay or Soufrière in the south.
Bus service is via privately owned minivans. They’re a cheap way to get around. St Lucia’s main road forms a big loop around the island, and buses stop at all towns along the way. They’re frequent between main towns and generally run until around 7pm, except on the busy Castries–Gros Islet corridor where they run until after 10pm. With the exception of services in the north, very few run on Sunday.
In urban areas buses are only permitted to stop at designated bus stops. In rural areas, if there’s no bus stop nearby, you can wave buses down anywhere on the route as long as there’s space for the bus to pull over. When you want to get off, announce your intention by calling out 'stopping driver' well in advance of your stop.
Sample fares from Castries to Gros Islet or Marigot Bay are EC$2.50, and to Soufrière, EC$8. Route numbers and destinations are displayed on the buses.
Car & Motorcycle
Drivers are required to purchase a local driving permit (US$22), which is sold by the car-rental companies, although authorities are now accepting international driver's licenses.
- You can rent a car when you arrive in St Lucia, be it at the airport or in town.
- Most companies require the driver to be at least 25 years old and to have had a driver’s license for at least three years.
- Some major rental firms have franchises here but you'll often find better prices with local outfits.
- The cheapest cars rent for about US$60 a day.
- Nearly all car-rental agencies offer unlimited mileage.
- If you’re planning an extensive tour of the island, it’s advisable to hire a 4WD, as many of the roads are steep and smaller ones can become little more than potholed mudslides after a bout of rain.
Main roads are generally good, while conditions on secondary roads vary greatly with some sections being newly surfaced and others peppered with abyssal potholes. Make sure you have a workable jack and spare tire available. Many of the interior and southern roads are also very winding and narrow.
Gas stations are distributed around the island.
- Drive on the left-hand side.
- Speed limits are generally 15mph (24km/h) in towns and 30mph (48km/h) on bigger roads.
Taxis are available at the airports, the harbor, in front of major hotels and at taxi ranks in towns. They aren’t metered but more or less adhere to standard fares, especially on short trips. On longer journeys prices are somewhat negotiable. Confirm the fare before getting in.
Poly's Tours Offers transport and tours all over the island at affordable rates.
There are no trains in St Lucia.