Douglas Charles Airport
Douglas-Charles International Airport (DOM) is the dominant airport on Dominica where most visitors arrive. Douglas-Charles, located one hour from the city, features a longer runway and updated terminal. Canefield Airport is 15 minutes from the capital city of Roseau and has a shorter runway for smaller planes.
International flights from the U.S. and Europe are connected to the island through hubs in Antigua, Barbados, Martinique, Sint Maarten, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and St. Lucia. Interline agreements with British Airways, Condor Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Cubana and Winair allow easy connections from various cities.
Leeward Island Air Transport (LIAT) offers direct connections from ANU and BGI, as well as other connecting flights across their 22-island network into Douglas-Charles Airport. LIAT has partnerships with JetBlue and British Airways, allowing travellers to book Dominica directly through these carriers.
Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) has scheduled ATR service between Guadeloupe (PTP) and Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM), and onwards to St. Maarten (SXM) continuing to Puerto Rico (SJU). WINAIR also has scheduled ATR service between St. Maarten and Douglas-Charles, and onwards to Guadeloupe. Both services operate daily. WINAIR has e-ticketing agreements with United, Air Caraibes, Air France, British Airways and KLM.
Air Sunshine operates ATR service between St. Thomas (STT) and Douglas Charles Airport (DOM). This service operates into Dominica on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Air Antilles operates ATR service between Guadeloupe (PTP) and Douglas Charles Airport (DOM) and onwards to St. Maarten (SXM) and Puerto Rico (SJU). Air Antilles operates twice weekly ATR service between Guadeloupe (PTP) and Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM). Air Antilles has codeshare agreements with Air France.
Seaborne Airlines provides four times weekly service into Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM) from Puerto Rico. The airline has code share agreements with American Airlines, Delta, and JetBlue. Flights for Seaborne Airlines are being booked via the Silver Airways Sabre reservation.
Taxis are available at the airports and in Roseau. The fare from Douglas Charles Airport to Canfield / Roseau/ Newtown Portsmouth / Picard is US$26. From Douglas Charles Airport to the Carib Territory / Concorde / Atkinson / Calibishie is US$15; to Castle Comfort / Loubiere/ Wallhouse is US$28 and to Salisbury / Batalie/ Coulibistrie/ Colihaut is US$40. From Canefield to Roseau EC$25. Recommended Taxi Services are
Alexis Taxi Services
Mally’s Taxi Service
Nature Island Taxi
The public-facing bus system consists primarily of private minibus operators. Bus stops can be found at designated points throughout the city depending on your destination. The bus fares are standardized and ranges from EC$1.50 to EC$10.25 according route length. Bus rotation is frequent throughout the day, but unsuitable for night travel.
Some services run on a direct route to their destinations however, most public transport services require a connection through Bridgetown. Natives predominantly use 200 buses to get around on the island. There are two types of buses, large blue buses and yellow buses. The usually larger blue buses, are government-operated and charge the same small fee as the other services (in Barbados Dollars). Adults pay, but public buses are free for children in school uniforms, students with an institution ID under 18 and senior citizens.
Public buses run on exact fare system and unable to give change. Don’t leave your hotel without extra cash in small denominations. There are also privately operated Minibuses that are yellow with a blue stripe. They operate mainly on the west and south coastline. The most popular routes are Bridgetown–Speightstown and Bridgetown–Sam Lord’s Castle. They charge about $2.50 and do provide change.
Before you get on the road, obtain a Dominica driver’s license which cost US$12. You must be between 25 and 65 years old, with two years’ driving experience to qualify for a driver’s permit. Drive on the left side of the road, most of which are well maintained. List of Recommended Car Rental Services:
Courtesy Car Rental
Island Car Rental
Road Runner Car Rental
QB Vehicle Rentals
Rainbow Car Rentals
Happy Car Rentals
Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive on the island from cruise ships berthed at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth, Woodbridge Bay, and Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth. Captains of yachts and sailboats can also anchor their private yacht at any of the island’s official ports, but they should check in with customs and immigration on arrival regarding clearing processes.
L’Express des Îles ferries 300-400 passengers between Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia. Val Ferry offers service from Guadeloupe via Marie Galante to the northern town of Portsmouth, docking at the historic Cabrits berth.
L’Express des Îles, http://www.express-des-iles.com