Transport in Sint Maarten

So many ways to get to Sint Maarten and to explore this beautiful island. Most people know it’s a popular cruise port and destination. But, if you’re not the one to enjoy a Caribbean Cruise, then you fly and choose your favorite way of transport on the island. So, about transport in Sint Maarten:

Direct flights...

Photo of the landing Air France airplane above the Maho Beach in Sint Maarten on All Things Sint MaartenPrincess Juliana International Airport is located on the Dutch side of the island. It’s known for its unique and thrilling runway, which is situated very close to Maho Beach, making it a popular spot for plane enthusiasts and tourists. As Princess Juliana International Airport is a popular one, there is a range of direct flights to this paradise:

  • United States: Atlanta, Boston (seasonal), Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Newark (seasonal), Philadelphia and Washington.
  • Europe: Amsterdam and Paris.
  • Eastern Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barths, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Thomas, Tortola and Trinidad.
  • Western Caribbean: Jamaica, Port au Prince and San Juan.
  • Canada: Montréal and Toronto.
  • Latin America: Panama.
Rent a car...

Renting a car is the best way to see and to experience both sides of the island. I only have experience with one of the ‘bigger’ and more international car rentals. Honestly, I would advise you to stay away from those. Unless you don’t mind being fooled by some, if you give them a slight chance.

The two companies I hear many, many good things about are Hardy’s and Exclusive. They pick you up at the airport and set you up with the car, so you don’t have to worry about transportation to the rental company. Like I wrote, the tourists are crazy about these two, so if can advise you any, it’s those.

Get a taxi...

Taxies are not cheap on the island, if you ask me. But… it’s your holiday and you should enjoy it as much as possible, and I mean that financially as well. If you can afford a taxi to drive you from place to place, you really should, because it’s the next best thing if you’re not renting a car.

There are many taxi companies, but I only have a great experience with the easy to book SXM Taxis.  So, Mr. Jean Samuel is the only one I can truly recommend. To give you an estimate: for $40 (plus tip) you can go from the airport to Philipsburg. This is for 2 people and 1 suitcase per person.

Try a bus...

There are busses on the island, the cheapest transport in Sint Maarten. I know the most travel websites and agents will tell you that the public transportation is terrible, but it’s not. It’s a cheap way to reach and explore different parts of the island. There are (little, mostly black or white) busses driving between Maho, Philipsburg, French Quarter and Marigot. For a few Dollar you can go from one to another place in a airconditioned vehicle. The Government of Sint Maarten published bus rates.

There are bus stops (signs with ‘Bushalte’ on them) along the way, but when a bus drives by and you wave the driver to stop, they will. That’s the Caribbean way, simply don’t worry about it and go…