Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Although Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are territories of France and use the Euro, they are not part of the European Union or Schengen Zone, so immigration procedures are different from those of France. Canadians will need passports for a stay of over three months, otherwise some forms of photo ID are acceptable. Americans and Europeans will need passports, and all other nationalities will need passports and/or visas. Check with your local French consulate or embassy. Most travelers are only given a cursory inspection when entering the island of Saint-Pierre.

By plane
By plane

There are no flights to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon from anywhere but Canada. Visitors of certain nationalities will need a Canadian transit visa. Air service to Saint-Pierre is available via Air Saint-Pierre ( through:

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Montreal, Quebec

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Moncton, New Brunswick

Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador

By ship
By ship

Marine Atlantic ferry service runs from North Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland, throughout the year, and to Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador about 90km from St. John's, during the summer. The duration of the ride depends on the weather and water conditions, so patience is of the essence. It is advisable to call Marine Atlantic ahead of time to make a reservation call 1-800-341-7981. If you are bringing a U-haul or something other than a passenger vehicle, you will likely be considered a commercial vehicle. Commercial vehicles can only make reservations by doubling the usual fare. It is cheaper to simply take your number, wait in line and hope for the best.

In general, Marine Atlantic Ferries cater to your every whim, carrying food, alcohol, gift shops, cinemas and sleeping accommodations. There will be lots for you to do.

Once in Newfoundland, drive or take a bus to Fortune see By car & By bus. From here, you'll leave your car and take the ferry to Saint-Pierre with SPM EXPRESS (

By car
By car

Traveling by car to Saint-Pierre requires driving through Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and taking the ferry.

From Argentia, take Route 100 northeast until the Trans Canada Highway Route 1. Take Route 1 West to Route 210. On 210, head Southwest until Route 220. Take 220 to Fortune.

From Port aux Basques, take the Trans Canada Highway Route 1. Take Route 1 East until Route 210. On 210, head Southwest until Route 220. Take 220 to Fortune.

As the island of Newfoundland is home to a moose population of over 100,000, do drive slowly and cautiously, especially when driving at night. Remember that hitting a moose is not like hitting a deer--a moose is a tall beast, and your car will hit its legs, knocking the brunt of its weight into the windshield and you. Depending on the size of your vehicle and speed, this could result in death or serious injury.

By bus
By bus

If you are going through Newfoundland via Port aux Basques, DRL Coachlines Ltd. offers daily scheduled passenger coach services between St. John's & Port Aux Basques on the island. DRL's head office is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, but they can be reached toll-free at 1-888-738-8091. If you wish to reach their office in St. John's, call 1-709-738-8088.

Another bus service from Port Aux Basques to St. John's is Newhook's Transportation. Call them at 1-709-726-4876.

In either case, you'll need to get off the bus a short time after Clarenville to head southwest towards Fortune and the ferry to Saint-Pierre.