Transport in Saint Pierre and Miquelon

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Saint-Pierre harbour

While Saint Pierre and Miquelon has no railway, it has 114 km (71 mi) of highways plus 45 km (28 mi) of unpaved roads. Its only major harbour is at Saint-Pierre although there is a smaller harbour at Miquelon. The dependency has no merchant marine but has two airports; the runway at Saint-Pierre Airport is 1,800 metres (5,910 ft) long, and at Miquelon Airport, 1,000 metres (3,280 ft).


Water transport

A regular passenger ferry service is provided between Saint-Pierre and the Canadian town of Fortune, Newfoundland and Labrador. The ferry does not carry vehicles. [1]

In November 2017, a new ferry service opened up between Newfoundland and St. Pierre. The ferry can transport 15 cars and 3 tractor trailers. However, 3.5 million CAD in infrastructure improvements are needed on the Fortune, Newfoundland and Labrador end of the ferry route to allow for the loading and offloading of cars. [2]

From 2005 to 2009, Atlantic Jet provided a ferry service to the islands from Canada, operated privately by SPM Express SA. It was replaced by MV Arethusa, but the service was terminated in 2010 when the island opted to form a government-run ferry service.

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Newfoundland and Labrador–Saint Pierre et Miquelon

Fortune Fortune Bay Saint-Pierre Régie Transports MaritimesSeasonal: Mid-April to early November, using Le Cabestan. The 180 passengers only ferry arrived on the island in 2010. [3] Le Cabestan also operates year-round between Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, and serves Langlade seasonally. [4]

"Jeune France" is a smaller ferry serving seasonal local service between St. Pierre and Langlade. The ship arrived in 2012 replacing "Saint-George XII", but has been in dry dock since early 2015.

Several cruise ship lines visit Saint-Pierre. [5] They dock 2 km northeast of downtown, near the end of the coastal road. Boats also provide access to Ile aux Marins.

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Saint-Pierre Airport
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Miquelon Airport

Air transport

Air transport is provided by Air Saint-Pierre which connects Saint-Pierre with Miquelon and several Canadian cities.

Travel onto France involves transfer with other airlines via Montreal:

Travelers can also fly to France (Paris) with Air St. Pierre to Halifax International Airport and connect with Westjet (seasonal route). Air St. Pierre began a non-stop weekly route to Paris (seasonal) in 2018.

The Saint-Pierre - Miquelon route is one of the shortest scheduled airline routes in the world in terms of distance and flight duration.

Car transport

Saint Pierre and Miquelon uses standard French vehicle registration plates, rather than plates in the format of six inches (150 mm) high by twelve inches (300 mm) wide used by most other jurisdictions in North America. However, the islands do not follow the standard French numbering system. Until 1952, cars were simply numbered from 1 onwards, without any code to identify them as being from Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Beginning in 1952, they had serial numbers followed by the letters SPM, e.g. 9287 SPM. Since 2000, all numbers have begun with the letters SPM followed by a serial number and serial letter, e.g. SPM 1 A. [6] Vehicles are mainly French or European, although North American vehicles have become more common in recent years.

Road signs are in French and are European influenced.

See also

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