Transportation on the island of Sao Tome

Although of reduced size, our archipelago seems bigger because of the distinct microclimates. When it comes to transportation, the state of the roads make the 80 km from Sao Tomé city in the North to Portalegre in the South a day journey.

There is a local bus line Linhas Verdes to 3 main destinations: Neves / Santa Catarina in the North, Angolares / Portalegre in the South and Monte Café/ Trindade in the Interior. They all depart from the square in front of the Municipal Market starting at 4.10 in the morning, and then later in the day when they are full.

The price is between 5.000 and 20.000 STD.(2010)

The taxis leave from the same square (at the other side of the Municipal Market) and they depart to the different regions once full (ca. 5 persons). If you hire a taxi on your own, be prepared to pay the same rate as for 5 persons plus the journey back to the square !

As there are few taxis in the airport, we advise tourists to organize transfers beforehand to and from the airport.

The best way to get around in São Tomé and Príncipe is by renting a four wheel drive. Be aware that few of the car rental companies can provide insurance for the car.

If you arrive at the main island, São Tomé, (capital : São Tomé) you have to cross 150 km of the Atlantic Ocean to get to the island of Príncipe.

Data from Sao tome and Principe

Geographic coordinates : 1 00 N, 7 00 E
Area : 1.003 sq km (approx. 5 times the size of Washington DC)
Composition: Archipelago composed of 3 principal islands: The island of São Tomé (ca. 860 sq km), the islet of Rolas (ca. 3 sq km) and the island of Príncipe (ca 140 sq km)
Terrain : Volcanic and mountainous
Elevation: Highest point : Pico de São Tomé 2024 m
Time : One hour behind Continental Europe winter time.

Communication :
Telephones - main lines in use :
Radios : 38.000
Televisions : 23.000 (1997)
Radio broadcast stations : 2 (1998)
Television broadcast stations : 2 (1997)
National broadcast station : TVS

Total roads : 320 km
Paved : 218 km Unpaved : 102 km (1996 est.)
Street lighting scarce, some roads impassable without a 4WD vehicle.
Ports and harbours : Santo António (Príncipe) and São Tomé
Airports : 1 (Island of Príncipe), 1 (Island of São Tomé)

Voltage : 220 V