GETTING TO AND AROUND GUADELOUPE
At about 6000 km from Europe, you can get to Guadeloupe,
Pointe a Pitre in 8 hours from Paris Orly. There are
about 5 flights a day depending on the time of year.
Air France, the national airline, offers a wide range of
prices and the possibility of buying a ticket online,
connecting flights can be purchased and arranged at the
Air Caraïbes, a French company specialized in
connections with and within the Antilles and Corsair,
part of the nouvelle frontiers group, also run daily
flights from Paris Orly. You will need to organise
flights to Paris, although you might be able to do that
at a lower cost, by yourself.
There are many low cost airlines offering cheap flights
to get to Paris. You will need to make sure that your
ticket guarantees passage for connecting flights in case
of unexpected delays by the airlines. If you buy your
ticket direct from Air France plus the connecting flight
to Paris, you will not have this issue as Air France
will let you board the next available flight. Note that
most flights coming in from Europe land at Charles
Charles de Gaulle, Paris and you will need to arrange to
transfer to Orly, Paris, where the international flights
leave from. Take into account travelling times between
the two airports of aprox. 2 hours.
If you love the sea and you have the time, there are two
other ways to get to Guadeloupe. You can sail out of
European seas between the periods of October to
December, when many ships make the journey over or you
can hitch a ride on a cargo ship with passenger
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The other neighbouring islands are easily reachable by sea from
Express des Iles departing from Point à Pitre in Guadeloupe connects
to Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia (Wed / Fri / Sun; crossing
times vary between 1h45, 3h45, 6h50.) you can take your car, but
most car rental companies wouldn't accept you taking their cars to
Another company that serves the islands of Martinique and Dominica
|Other Air connections
Guadeloupe is connected by Air Caraibes with regular
flights to Martinique, St Martin, St Barth, Haiti, Santo
Domingo, and Cuba, via Martinique, St Lucia, Canouan
(Grenadines), French Guiana, Belem (Brazil).
The company Liat serves St Lucia and several other
islands in the region via Antigua: St. Vincent, Grenada,
Trinidad and Tobago, Santo Domingo, Barbados, Tortola,
Anguilla, St. Kitts & Nevis, via St Martin: St Thomas,
Tortola, St.Croix, San Juan (Puerto Rico).
Air Antilles Express links with Guadeloupe Martinique,
St. Martin and St.Barth.
There are links with the United States (American Eagle
via Puerto Rico - Air France to Miami 3 times a week -
Delta Airlines to Atlanta on Saturday) and with Canada
(Air Canada and Air Transat).
|The airport of Pointe
TThe international airport, Pole Caraibes in Guadaloupe
was opened in 1996 and has representatives from AéroLyon,
Air Canada, Air France, Air Caraïbes, Delta Airlines,
Air Antille Express, American Airlines, Corsair, Cubana,
Liat, North American, Royal, Star, Air Europe, Air
At the airport you can find the check in desks, souvenir
shops, music and tobacco shops.You will also find a
pharmacy, a hair dressers, a post office, snack shops,
internet kiosk, a money exchange, ATM/cash machine,
restaurants & bars, taxi desks and duty free. The
airport is DDA friendly.
|Moving between the
islands of Guadeloupe
move between the islands of Guadeloupe, you have the choice, by air
Les Saintes is accessible from Guadeloupe with ferries departing
from Pointe à Pitre, Trois Rivière, Sainte Anne and St Francois (via
Marie Galante - only in season). Les Saintes is also has daily
connections from Marie Galante.
Marie Galante can be reached by Saint François, Pointe à Pitre and
La Desirade be reached only from mainland Guadeloupe, St.Francois at
The maritime options are more flexible a reasonable priced compared
to air travel options.
Before taking the boat, ensure on all cases that you are well
informed on the departure times and aim to be there in advance, as
some times the boats leave early!
If you prefer to travel by private plane, Tropic Airlines tel.
0590 202 018.
More specific details can be found on this site on the individual
pages of the islands concerned.
|Taking the bus in
There are two bus
stations in Pointe à Pitre, the new station Bergevin, is not in
the city centre, but runs routes to Basse-Terre. The other
terminal is near the train station in the Quartier de la Darse
(Dock lands,) center city and it runs the routes to
Grande-Terre. The station at Bergevin has a ticket office, where
you can find the timetables. The other station is more like a
bus park and you will need to buy your ticket on the bus,
directly from the driver. Ticket price guideline is as follows,
Pointe-à-Pitre - Deshaies: € 5; Pointe à Pitre-Basseterre: € 8
(April 08). Guadeloupe is trying to reorganise her public
transport system, to provide users with a regular and more
frequent service. They are aiming to provide transport on
Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays and keep the
services running until 21/22. They should also be improving the
intervilles, which run local rural routes that connect
the villages and small towns, the express routes, with link the
major towns with just a few stops in-between, the
periurbaines routes which connect the outskirts of Pointe-à-Pitre
with the city centre.
Getting around on the island
The best way to get around the island of Guadeloupe, both Grande
Terre & Basse Terre is by hiring a car. A car will let you be
independent and to be able to get to where you want with out
The roads are in a good condition. The national roads link the
island up well, passing through all the principle points of
Public transport, bus or coach is also well linked and is an
ideal way to encounter the local population and to get inside
the real life of Guadeloupe, but you can’t be in a rush.
Les Saintes it is easier to hire a scooter or bicycle. At Marie
Galante again we would advice that you hire a car, you could
hire a bike but we would only advice this for the very fit, the
hills can be very tiring.
There are several mini buses on the island too, early morning
mostly, which connect the main towns of the island.
At Desirade again it is best to hire a scooter; but if you
intend to climb into the heights it would be best to hire a 4x4
The local population moves around by hitchhike, some tourists do
the same thing. We would not advice it, it can obviously be
dangerous, especially for woman on there own or in the evening
Car rentals in Guadeloupe
To enjoy the island to its max, we would advice you hire a car.
In Guadeloupe this will give you the freedom to move freely and
enjoy the maxi men of things between the two islands of
Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. A hire car will also help you to
enjoy your evenings in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is very large,
with a car you will not be obliged to stay in the same place.
You could be at a fabulous beach, but often with little around
it. To get to the various local hot spots at night or to try out
different restaurants you will be obliged to move around. The
price of a hire car is around 40 Euro a day in high season and
as low as 19 Euro a day in low. Nearly all the hire car
companies do pickup/drop off at the airport.
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