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 and 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[edit]

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]

Ferry Terminal
Waterway Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Ferry Terminal
Ferry Company Notes

Newfoundland and Labrador–Saint Pierre et Miquelon[edit]

Fortune Fortune Bay Saint-Pierre Régie Transports Maritimes Seasonal: Mid-April to early November, using Le Cabestan. Passengers only.

Le Cabestan also operates year-round between Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, and serves Langlade seasonally.[2]

Several cruise ship lines visit Saint-Pierre.[3] They dock 2 km northeast of downtown, near the end of the coastal road.

Saint-Pierre Airport
Miquelon Airport

Air transport[edit]

Air transport is provided by Air Saint-Pierre which connects Saint-Pierre with Miquelon and several Canadian cities. Travel to France involves a plane change, normally in Montreal. The Saint-Pierre - Miquelon route is one of the shortest scheduled airline routes in the world in terms of distance or flight duration.

Car transport[edit]

Saint Pierre and Miquelon uses standard French vehicle registration plates, rather than issuing plates in the format of six inches high by twelve inches wide used by all 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.[4] Vehicles are mainly French or European. North American vehicles can also be found in recent years.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Saint-Pierre & Miquelon - How to get there". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Conseil Territorial de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon - Régie Transports Maritimes - Calendrier des rotations" (in French). Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Saint-Pierre & Miquelon - Cruises". Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "French overseas possessions registrations". The Francoplaque License Plate Collectors site. Retrieved 9 December 2007. 

External links[edit]

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