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Getting Around Guinea-Bissau

Air

Road

Road quality is poor, as are driving standards. During the rainy season (June to October), some roads can become impassable. Avoid driving at night.

Side of the road

Right

Car Hire

Expensive and limited to Bissau.

Coach

There are local and long-distance taxis and buses (the latter offer limited services).

Documentation

An International Driving Permit is recommended, although it is not legally required. A temporary driving licence is available from local authorities on presentation of a valid UK driving licence.

Rail

Water

Most towns are accessible by ship. Riverboats can reach almost all areas; there are ferries from Bissau, Bolama, Bubaque Island, Catio and Enyudé (often irregular owing to tides) and Bissau to Bafatá, calling at smaller towns en route. Coast-hopping ferries go from the north coast to Bissau.