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Getting Around in St Lucia

By Air

Helicopter transfers operate between George F.L. Charles Airport and Hewanorra International Airport. All of these flights take approximately 10 minutes and cost $105. For an additional $10, traveller's flying between the two major airports can opt for a more scenic route that goes a few minutes out of the way to pass by St Lucia's famous Pitons.

By Water

Boat charters are easily available at Castries, Marigot Bay and Rodney Bay. The two sides of Marigot Bay are connected by continual ferry service. Rodney Bay has hourly ferry service from its marina and shopping area between 9 am and 4 pm. Ferry service from Rodney Bay also connects the main island to Pigeon Island National Park.

Air passengers who fly into George F.L. Charles Airport and need to travel south to Soufrière or Hewanorra International Airport can opt to take a ferry to Soufrière instead.

By Road

In St Lucia, traffic drives on the left. All major centres are served by a reasonably good road network. The main cross-island route runs from Vieux Fort in the south of the island to Castries in the north. Roads are narrow and mountainous roads are steep, often with hairpin bends which are not marked. Seat belts must be worn at all times.


Travellers can catch one of the privately owned, 14-seater minivans at marked bus stops or by flagging one down along the three major bus routes on the coastal road: The Vieux Fort-Soufrière route; the Soufrière-Castries route; and the Castries-Vieux Fort route. Catching a bus away from a designated stop should be easy as long as the driver has enough room to pull over to the side of the road.

There is a good service from Castries to Gros Islet in the north of the island with buses departing every 30 minutes during the day. Many services also operate on weekends and holidays.

Buses are an extremely affordable option for travellers. Fares are rarely more than $5. Fares from Castries to the north start at EC$1.50 (ess than $0.60). From Castries to the south, fares are EC$7 (under $2).


Hiring a taxi is easy and cheap. Many taxi drivers in St Lucia are also fully trained and licensed guides. Standard trips usually have fixed rates e.g. the fare for up to four people from Castries to Hewanorra Airport is EC$120 (about $45). Up to four people can travel from Castries to Rodney Bay for EC$40 (about $15). Travellers can often find a listing of fares to common destinations published by the tourism board to help them with their on-island travels. Visitors should negotiate the fare with the driver before embarking on a trip, and agree on whether the fare will be paid in US dollars or Eastern Caribbean dollars.

Tipping is unnecessary. When hiring a taxi at night always choose a reputable company.

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