Getting around São Tomé e Príncipe


There is no national airline but the islands can be reached with TAP Portugal (website: Panoramic and charter flights are also available.

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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

Car hire: Can be arranged through the Miramar Hotel in the capital.


Bus/taxi: There is a bus network and yellow share taxis are also in operation. The only public transport on Príncipe is a minibus.


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

By water

A limited ferry service operates between São Tomé and Príncipe.