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Martinique: arrival and transport

Martinique: arrival and transport

What's the best way to get to Martinique?

There is hardly a visitor from Europe who does not arrive by plane.

By plane

Air France flies direct from Paris to Martinique. From Germany you land at Charles de Gaulle airfield; the transfer to Paris-Orly airport, where the plane leaves for Martinique, takes three hours. Air France gives you a voucher for the bus transfer, otherwise a fee of around 15 euros has to be paid.

The international Aéroport le Lamentin is 10 km from Fort-de-France. There are currency exchange and hotel reservation facilities, rental car companies, tourist information, etc. in the airport. There is no public transport to Fort-de-France. A taxi to Fort-de-France costs around 30 euros.

Phone: 00596- 596- 421- 600

By ship

In addition to the cruise ships, Martinique is regularly served by the L'Express des Iles ferry line. There are ferry connections from Guadeloupe, Dominica and St. Lucia.

Travel in the country

Air connections Numerous airlines operate on Martinique:


Tel. 00596- 596- 421 602

Air Martinique

Tel: 00596- 596- 411660

Air Liberté

Tel: 00596- 596- 425 051

Nouevelles Frontiéres-Corsair

Tel: 00596- 596- 705 970

AOM French Lines

Tel: 00596- 596- 700 916


Since there are no public buses outside of Fort-de-France, it is advisable to take the so-called Taxi-Collectif. From 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. they run in a star shape between each town and Fort-de-France. The stop is in Fort-de-France at the ferry terminal.


There is no rail traffic in Martinique.


The main roads on the island are in very good condition; French

traffic regulations apply.

Rental car

Due to the lack of public buses, it is advisable to take a rental car. There are numerous rental car companies all over the island. Since the infrastructure and the condition of the roads are very good, orientation is very easy.

Notes on renting cars

The ADAC provides the following general notes on renting cars, which are also recommended in Martinique:

  • All agreements should - in addition to the national language - if not in German - at least be in English
  • The total rental price including all ancillary costs should be clearly recognizable
  • When taking out insurance, it is important to ensure that the sum insured is at least EUR 1 million
  • It is best to take out fully comprehensive insurance with no excess
  • Defects in the rented vehicle should be recorded in writing
  • Furthermore, the place of delivery is to be determined and how it is regulated with the tank filling at the time of delivery

Ferry connections

Between Fort-de-France and the opposite Trois Ilets peninsula, ferries run regularly. There are beautiful beaches in Anse Mitan. There are many small restaurants and shops in Point du Bout.

The ferry line L'Express des Iles regularly goes to Martinique and the neighboring islands, there are connections to and from Guadeloupe, Dominica and St. Lucia.

L 'Express des Iles

Terminal Inter Iles

Quai Ouest

97200 Fort- de- France

Tel: 00596- 596- 831 245

Traffic rules

Martinique is known to drive right-hand traffic. In order to avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, one should strictly adhere to the traffic rules applicable in the country. The maximum speeds shown can of course be reduced or increased by traffic signs. Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain detailed information from the ADAC or AvD prior to departure.

Maximum speeds

In addition to the general speed limits shown, the

speed limits indicated by signs must be strictly observed.

  • in built-up areas there is a speed limit of 50 km/h
  • There is a speed limit of 90 km/h on country roads
  • Some special expressways have a speed limit of 90 km/h
  • There is a speed limit of 120 km/h on motorways

Special regulations

A fire extinguisher must be carried in the car. A jacket or something similar with luminous colors is to be carried

Alcohol limits

In there is a limit for the blood alcohol of 0.3 per mil for the drivers of motor vehicles.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Martinique's international license plate is that of France: F

Martinique: Embassies and consulates

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Martinique embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Martinique embassies and consulates

Representations of Martinique in Germany

Martinique does not have its own foreign representation, these are handled by France. The embassy in Berlin is responsible.

The embassy of the French Republic in Berlin is located on Pariser Platz - in the immediate vicinity of the Brandenburg Gate. The embassy stands on the same ground that the previous representative office was on until it was destroyed in 1945. It should be mentioned that the property has been owned by the French state since 1860. After reunification, it was returned to France. The building was built in 1997 based on plans by the Parisian architect Christian de Portzamparc.

Embassy of the French Republic in Berlin

Pariser Platz 5

10117 Berlin

Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 590 03 90 00

Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 - 590 03 91 10

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.

German representations in Martinique


The Federal Republic of Germany does not have its own embassy in Martinique. The embassy in Paris is responsible (see here >>>).

German Honorary Consulate in Lamentin

c/o ETS Blandin, Center Acajou, ZI Les Mangles

97232 Lamentin

Tel: 00596 - 596 - 42 79 21

Fax: 00596 - 596 - 50 98 94

Email: [email protected]

Austrian representations in Martinique


The Federal Republic of Austria does not have its own embassy in Martinique.

The embassy in Paris is responsible (see here >>>).

Representations of Martinique in Austria


Martinique does not have its own diplomatic mission abroad; France is responsible for this.

The embassy in Vienna is responsible (see here >>>).

Swiss representations in Martinique


Switzerland does not have its own embassy in Martinique.

The embassy in Paris is responsible (see here >>>).

Swiss Consulate in Lamentin

Center d'Affaires de Californie II

Entrée Amandine

97232 Le Lamentin


Tel: 00596 - 596 - 50 12 43

Fax: 00596 - 596 - 50 22 27

Email: [email protected]

Representations of Martinique in Switzerland


Martinique does not have its own diplomatic mission abroad; France is responsible for this.

The embassy in Bern is responsible (see here >>>).

Martinique: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

Since Martinique is part of France and therefore part of the EU, no passport is required; you can take your normal ID card with you to enter the country.

Import and export of foreign currency

The official currency in Martinique is the euro, which can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts.

Departure fee

In many countries, a fee must be paid when leaving the country. The departure fee is already included in the flight ticket.

Import and export of goods

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.

Vaccination regulations

All persons who are older than 1 year and who come from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO are required to be vaccinated against an illness with yellow fever. There are no other vaccination regulations when entering or staying in the country

Martinique: Motion sickness and vaccinations

Infectious diseases

The following infectious diseases can be expected in Martinique:

  • Malaria, there is no risk of malaria in the country.
  • AIDS, there is a risk of HIV infection for people who come into contact with blood or non-sterilized syringes, or who have unprotected sex
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Cholera, an infection risk only exists for travelers who can come into contact with contaminated water or contaminated food
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella and worm infestation, as well as all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Hepatitis A and B, an infection with hepatitis B, is only to be expected in people who can come into contact with blood or in those who seek sexual contact.

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to Martinique, the following vaccinations recommended:

  • Cholera, but only among travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food
  • Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist in your home country
  • Hepatitis A and B, vaccination against hepatitis B, is only required for people who may come into contact with blood or for those who seek sexual contact.
  • Polio, polio, vaccination against polio should basically always consist in the home country
  • Tetanus, a vaccination against tetanus should always exist in the home country

Compulsory vaccination

for visitors of Martinique There are no vaccination

Martinique: Currency and Shopping

The local currency of Martinique is the euro

1 euro = 100 cents.

The following banknotes are - as everywhere in the euro area - valid in the country and in circulation:

  • 5
  • 10
  • 20th
  • 50
  • 100
  • 200
  • 500 euro

Bank opening hours

  • Monday-Friday: 7:30 am/8:00 am-:00 pm; 2: 00-4: 00 p.m.
  • Saturday: sometimes on Saturday mornings


Shop opening times

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 2.30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Some large supermarkets are open continuously until 9 p.m. and also on Saturday afternoons.

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

Nice souvenirs are woven and wicker goods, ceramics and calypso and zouk instruments and the corresponding CD's. There are also creole dolls, the famous Caribbean rum, flowers, spices and local art. In Fort de France there are small boutiques with goods from all French designers, the Galeria La Fayette department store, as well as a large fruit and vegetable market and a fish market.






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