Grand Case Beach, St Martin Grand Case Beach, St Martin – Image courtesy of Grand Case Beach Club Hotel

How to get to Saint Martin

Saint Martin is located in the Leeward Group of the Lesser Antilles in the northeast Caribbean. The island lies 8km (5mi) south of the British territory of Anguilla, 24km (15mi) northwest of St Barts (St Barthélemy), and approximately 300km (190mi) east of Puerto Rico.

Saint Martin is an overseas collectivity of France and encompasses the northern 60% of the divided island of St Martin; the southern 40% of the island constitutes Sint Maarten, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Collectively, the two territories are known as St Martin / St Maarten.

The most convenient route to Saint Martin is to fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Sint Maarten, located 10km (6mi) west of the capital, Philipsburg.

Taxis meet all arriving flights and both Dutch and French taxis service the entire island. Hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement.

St Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) – the second-busiest airport in the eastern Caribbean, after San Juan, Puerto Rico – receives daily nonstop flights from North America and neighbouring Caribbean islands.

Alternatively, you can fly into the much smaller L'Espérance Airport (SFG), also known as Grand Case Airport, located at Grand Case in the French Collectivity of Saint Martin.

This airport is used mainly for small aircraft serving St Barts and neighbouring Caribbean islands.


Flight time to St Maarten

From United States: United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Atlanta to St Maarten is 4 hrs 10 mmin, direct flight
Charlotte to St Maarten is 4 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Chicago to St Maarten is 5 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Fort Lauderdale to St Maarten is 2 hrs 58 min, direct flight
New York to St Maarten is 4 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Miami to St Maarten is 2 hrs 53 min, direct flight

Boston to St Maarten is 6 hrs 24 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to St Maarten is 6 hrs 56 min, connecting flightˆ
Houston to St Maarten is 6 hrs 44 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to St Maarten is 10 hrs 60 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to St Maarten is 9 hrs 42 min, connecting flightˆ
Seattle to St Maarten is 9 hrs 57 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: West Jet, Sunwing Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Toronto to St Maarten is 4 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Montreal to St Maarten is 4 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Vancouver to St Maarten is 10 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, American Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Australia, Delta Air Lines and Jet Blue offer the most convenient scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Adelaide to St Maarten is 30 hrs 47 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to St Maarten is 27 hrs 18 min, connecting flightsˆ
Sydney to St Maarten is 28 hrs 49 min, connecting flightsˆ
Melbourne to St Maarten is 27 hrs 53 min, connecting flightsˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and United Airlines offer the most convenient two stop scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Auckland to St Maarten is 28 hrs 34 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Air France offer regular flights to the St Maarten.

Singapore to St Maarten is 24 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: KLM, British Airways, Air France, American Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient daily scheduled two stop flights to St Maarten.

London to St Maarten is 11 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Ireland: Air France and KLM offer the most convenient scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Dublin to St Maarten is 11 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France and KLM offer the most convenient scheduled flights to St Maarten.

Paris to St Maarten is 9 hrs 05 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Air France, Eurowings and KLM offer the most convenient flights to St Maarten.

Berlin to St Maarten is 12 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to St Maarten is 12 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to St Maarten is 11 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to St Maarten is 12 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to St Maarten is 12 hrs, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Princess Juliana International Airport (also known as Saint Maarten International Airport) is located 10km (6mi) west of the capital, Philipsburg – a 15-minute drive.

The second, smaller airport, L'Espérance Airport (SFG), is located at Grand Case on St Martin.

Taxis meet all arriving flights and hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement. Hire cars are available.


Entry requirements

All visitors must hold passports which are valid at least six months after entry as well as return/onward tickets, plus proof of sufficient funds (generally calculated as USD500 per week). No visa is needed for a stay of up to 90 days.


Getting around

The best option is to hire a car; taxis are available. Bicycles are easily rented from most resorts and are a fun way to explore the island.


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Latest update: How to get to St Martin: 10 November, 2019


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