Martinique Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving in Martinique
Martinique is a department of France so driving is on the right side of the road and traffic rules are generally the same as they are in France. You can drive on the photo licence of most countries, seemingly without time limit. Children under 12 are not legally allowed in the front seat. Seatbelt laws are strictly enforced.

Roads are generally in very good condition- in fact many people view the island’s roads as some of the best in the  Caribbean . Just about all roads are paved and well maintained and signposts are good. Fort de France has a network of multi-lane roads including the A1 autoroute which is the only autoroute on the French autoroute system built outside mainland France. The 7KM road connects Aimé Césaire International Airport to Fort-de-France. Driving around the main routes of Fort-de-France feels very much like driving in any major French city. Driving style is fast and could be seen as aggressive to those more used to the sedate pace on other Caribbean islands. Apart from speeding, road rules are generally adhered to and heading to the resorts away from the city will result in a more relaxed journey. Night driving can be dangerous, especially in the mountains and on winding rural roads.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Martinique Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Alamo, Europcar, National,Avis, Budget,  have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites and Web discount sites such as Expedia.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Martinique. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Martinique Self Drive Rules-
Minimum age to rent a car is 25 with most companies and you will need to have held a licence for more than 12 months. None seem to allow cars to be taken off the Island.


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