French Overseas Possessions — Transportation
French Overseas Possessions Taxis and Car Rental
Most of the main towns in the French Overseas Possessions have taxi services between the airport and downtown. In Martinique, cabs are government controlled and a 40 percent surcharge is imposed at night. Taxis are the most convenient means of getting around island towns in Tahiti, such as Bora Bora, Moorea and Huahine. Cabs are cheaper when shared, but you may prefer privacy.
Renting a car is ideal if you wish to explore towns in the French Overseas Possessions at your own speed. Car companies (local and international) are mostly stationed at the airport. Some travel agencies offer vehicle rental with or without a driver. Traffic rules within the possessions are basically the same as those in France. An International Driving Permit is usually not required unless your license is written in a non-readable script.
French Overseas Possessions Water Taxis
River and coastal transportation services are available in different areas of French Guiana, as well as around Guadeloupe with some offering trips to Martinique. Scheduled ferries also serve the Tahitian and French Polynesian Islands, connecting major tourist hubs like Bora Bora, Papeete, Moorea, and Huahine.
French Overseas Possessions Trains and Buses
Bus and coach transport is not common in the French Overseas Possessions, making car rental and taxis the more practical means of getting around and between towns. Bus services are mostly for long distance travel though schedules are hard to come by.