Saturday, September 18, 2021

How To Travel Around Guinea-Bissau

AfricaGuinea-BissauHow To Travel Around Guinea-Bissau

Toca-toca minibuses are used for city transportation in Bissau. Regular cabs are also available. There are sept-places (seven-seat Peugeots) and candongas (large commercial vehicles seating ten to twenty people) for intercity transport. Prefer sept-place or, at the very least, front-row seats. Taxis may also be rented to go to other towns and cities.

The major bus terminal “paragem” of Bissau is located on the Airport Road, behind the BCEAO (Banco Central dos Estados de frica Ocidental). If you’re going to Biombo or Prabis, you’ll need to change buses at Estrada de Bor. There are no set departure times; vehicles leave when they are full. Cars fill up faster in the morning since most residents commute early (7 a.m.-ish). It may be difficult to get transportation in the late afternoon and evening.

To get to the islands, there are two options: inexpensive but risky canoas (pirogues) departing from Porto Pidjiguiti or Porto de Bandim, or costly contemporary boats owned by French fishing lodges on the Bijagos islands. In 2007, a ferry service between Bissau and Bubaque began, departing on Friday and returning on Sunday. Schedules are subject to tides, so double-check ahead of time.

Guinea Bissau is an excellent nation for cycling since it is extremely flat and there is hardly little traffic on the roads outside of Bissau. Bikes may be purchased in the nation, and they are most likely (like in the rest of the globe) Chinese-made. As always, excellent value for money.