Domestic Travel within the Island
Minibuses and Taxis
Minibuses serve as the main ground transportation for the island. These buses
run on varied times depending on the route. Fares range from EC$2.50 to EC$8.00. All minibuses have a green number plate with an M prefix. Taxis are easily available at taxi stands or by telephone. All authorized taxis have a light blue number plate with a TX prefix. Fares vary by destination and nature
of trip. Before you hire a taxi, confirm the fare. From Hewanorra International Airport to Castries takes around an hour.
Cars, 4-wheel drive vehicles and scooters can be booked in advance through your travel agent or locally at the airports, hotels or car rental offices. A temporary driving licence is required for visitors and may be obtained upon presentation of a valid driving license on arrival at the airport, the police station in Castries or the car rental offices. Remember to drive on the left side.
Those who prefer to do much of their traveling on the water will find that Saint Lucia is well serviced by ferries, making it easy to include Saint Lucia in any island hopping tour. Several ferry lines connect Saint Lucia with Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe. Visit www.express-des-iles.com which operates a ferry service between Saint Lucia and Martinique. Other ferry services are available on www.stlucia.org
Spectacular aerial tours of Saint Lucia are possible, and helicopter transfers between Hewanorra and George FL Charles airports reduce the travel time between the south and north of the island. For more information, visit www.stluciahelicopters.com.