Transport in Cape Verde

Buses

Buses and local taxis (Aluguers) provide local transport once on the islands, serving main towns and villages. Aluguers tend to be small Hiace pick-ups or open-back lorries with basic wooden seats. It is common practice to negotiate the price of a journey before setting off – you may have to wait until the vehicle has filled before departing.

Taxis

Taxis are available on all islands and are a reliable form of transport over short distances. The local form of transport is the ‘Aluguer’. Aluguers tend to be small Hiace pick-ups or open-back lorries with basic wooden seats. It is common practice to negotiate the price of a journey before setting off – you may have to wait until the vehicle has filled before departing.

Car Hire

Cars can be hired on the larger islands though do not expect high standards of vehicles as the car-hire industry is still developing. The majority of roads are cobbled or dirt tracks, with good asphalt surfaces on Santiago between Praia and Assomada, and on Sal between the airport and Santa Maria. Off-roading is a real adventure.

Driving

Driving is on the right-hand side of the road.

Trains

There is no railway system in Cape Verde.

Boats

A twice-daily ferry service connects Mindelo (Sao Vicente) with Porto Novo (Santo Antao. Four ferries operate regular routes between the islands, but are not particularly reliable and take a long long time (on some fairly turbulent seas).

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