Getting around São Tomé e Príncipe


STP Airways ( runs flights between the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. Note that this airline is banned from flying in the EU.

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Road quality

There are over 380km (236 miles) of roads, although in general these are deteriorating. Some of them are asphalted around São Tomé town, but 4-wheel drive vehicles are necessary to get further afield; animals on the road and potholes may cause problems. There is street lighting only in the capital.

Car hire

You can arrange car hire through tour operators such as Navetur Equatour (


Yellow share taxis and minibuses are in operation on São Tomé. There's also a limited minibus service on Príncipe.


An International Driving Permit is not legally required but is recommended.

By water

A limited ferry service operates between São Tomé and Príncipe.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.