Getting To and Around The Mariana Islands

Travel Team
By Travel Team 1 Min Read

Taxis are plentiful on the Northern Mariana Islands, especially Saipan, but they are also expensive and only permitted to travel between hotels, Saipan International Airport, and DFS Galleria Saipan. Some Saipan taxi companies also offer guided tours of this small island. 

As public transportation options are few and far between, car rental is the easiest way to explore most of the islands. Saipan’s major hotels and airport offer the greatest varieties of vehicles for rent, some of which provide complimentary drop off and pick up services. Road conditions are generally good and driving laws are identical to those in the US.  

Privately owned shuttle buses travelling between T Galleria by DFS and several Saipan hotels are a good public transportation option on Saipan.  Public bus services are set to launch in October 2023. However, many Saipan hotels also operate their own private bus tours to a range of various island attractions. 

By sea, cruise ships, yachts, and military vessels are the only boats which sail regularly to the Northern Mariana Islands from other destinations. Elsewhere, there is also a regular ferry service between the islet of Managaha and Saipan.

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