Want another way to travel besides your rental car?
Want to hear the local GOSSIP?
Wish to travel into more rural neighborhoods?
Have you got an urge to embrace the culture in a more profound way?
A bus ride is an imperative for any visitor...
The magic of driving in a local van is resting assured that you'll disembark with a bit more feel of the way of life.
It's proves itself as a great alternative to other transportation.
This is my favorite since it's cheap and very practical.
Philipsburg, Marigot, Grand case and French Quarter are the major points of departure.
My wife and i have done the marigot routes on trips that we didn't have our daughter. The routes cover 95% of all main roads on the island with the exception of the French cul-de-sac.
In most cases you're expected to pay when you enter but the drivers are so laid back that most of the time they won't be bothered to enforce the rules.
You can catch a daytime St Maarten Bus for each segment at $2.00 US maximum.
If you're traveling into the popular town of Grand Case from Philipsburg (The Dutch Capital) you'll need to make a transfer when you stop in the town of Marigot (The French Capital). That will cost you another $2.00
Know Your Bus Tariff Before you Get Here...
Between the following towns the fare is $2.00
Philipsburg - Marigot
Marigot - Grand Case
Marigot - Mullet Bay
All shorter destinations are $1.50
Don't forget to use your appropriate good morning-afternoon-night when you enter the vehicle.....It's your passport to all your help, and the islanders will cherish your good manners.
Oh by the way, you need to stick your hand out for the bus to stop. "I know, I know" - some cities you don't need to do that. Hey - This is the Caribbean.
The following destinations are posted near the wind screen of the vehicle.
If you're unsure of the route the driver will be more than happy to assist you in determining a drop off point nearest to your destination. And remember.......