St Martin

St Martin/ St Maarten Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving in St Martin

St Martin/ St Maarten is a French/Dutch island and therefore drives on the right. You can rent a car using the licence of most countries.

The main road, Route Nationale 7, is a ring road which circles the island and distances are small. The longest distance between main settlements is 8 miles between Philipsburg and Grand Cas .Roads are generally in satisfactory condition but will be small and winding in parts and you should expect occasional pot holes .You are also likely to encounter livestock on the roads. Cows have right of way by law, so you’ll just need to wait for them to move if you encounter a herd in the road. Local driving standards may be different to those in Europe so you should drive with caution, but drivers are usually courteous and abide by road rules.Main roads are generally well signed in French , Dutch and English and driving abroad here shouldn’t be a stressful experience.

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.

St Martin Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Alamo, National,Avis, Dollar,and  have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites  and Web discount sites such as Expedia. Note that different companies use different variations of St Martin, Saint Martin, St Maarten, Saint Maarten -you may need to try all the above to bring the location up on their websites!

We currently have no local car rental partners in St Martin. 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

St Martin Self Drive Rules
Cars can’t be taken off the Island but none of the companies make reference to any restrictions on taking cars between the French and Dutch parts of the Island.


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