I'm landing at Lamentin 15:50, 31. of January 2013, and need to know the best transpotation option for 3/4 people to Le Marin.
Can anyone assist?
A cab (Peoplemover like Renault Espace, minivan or the like) would be around 80-90 euro and take 45 mins. It's the kind of island where a rental car would help, but whether that is worth the cost depends on your further holiday plans; if those focus on beach and sea the cab seems the best option...
All the best,
<Erik> & [Sandya]
Taxis in Martinique are metered like in the rest of France. On a weekday the applicable fare band will be "C", which, if I am not mistaken, is 1.75 euro per km at the moment. Given that from the airport to Le Marin you have about 30 kilometres you are looking at something like 55 euros in total. Maybe a bit more depending on where exactly you are going in Le Marin and what route your taxi takes. On top of that there are a couple of euros before the meter starts and I think only two pieces of luggage are included for free. There is a detailed list of fares and additional charges at the taxi station at the airport: read it before you take a taxi.
Although the huge majority of taxi drivers in the Fort de France area are honest and generally friendly, there may be some especially at the airport who might attempt to make some extra money from naive visitors by proposing you some inventive "bargain fare". Be sure which additional fees you will have to pay, and if the meter is not switched on immediately, insist on it. Martinique is not the Far West, taxis are not allowed to operate if their meter is out of order (a story some drivers might try on you). Of course if a driver offers you a bargain of say 50 euros without meter, take it, but in general you'll be better off and avoid disputes if you do things by the meter.
If you do only one trip, taking a taxi will be cheaper than renting a car, because at the airport you have to pay the usual outrageous airport fees of the rental companies.
Believe it or not, but there really is no public transport at the airport, it's a taxi monopoly. Also there is no public intercity bus service in Martinique. Its "replacement" are the so-called "taxicos", private minibuses which operate under licence from the prefecture. Fares and routes are fixed, but there are few official stops and there is no timetable. Basically I don't think they are very user-friendly for non-locals. But if you want to give it a try: drag your luggage to the expressway interchange closest to the airport, try to flag down a taxico to Le Lamentin and there change for one to Le Marin (or hope for one direct to Le Marin)...
I highly appreciate the detailed information and are looking forward to visit - Thank you!
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