Guadeloupe — Transportation
Guadeloupe Taxis and Car Rental
Metered taxis are available at Guadeloupe's airport and they are easy to spot in major towns. Before departing, be sure to agree upon a fare with the driver, especially if you are traveling between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. since rates are notoriously more expensive at night. Car rental is available from many international companies at the airport. Avis has locations in Gosier Downtown (+590-842-227) and Le Raizet Airport (+590-211-354), while Europcar is based in Gosier (+590-843-383), Point-A-Pitre (+590-211-353), and Saint-Francois (+590-885-993).
It is possible to make arrangements with local car rental operators outside the airport and larger hotels offer car rental to guests, too. All signs and traffic laws are similar to those on mainland France. To rent a car in Guadeloupe, you must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license. Car rental makes sense if you are planning to explore the entire island on your own pace.
Guadeloupe Trains and Buses
There are no trains on the island, so buses are the main form of public transportation. Buses in Guadeloupe are cheap, but highly unreliable and infrequent, so if you want to get around faster, renting a car is recommended. Being able to speak French is helpful when exploring Guadeloupe by bus.