Buses, mainly of the tiny type seen on isolated Indonesian islands, connect most of the country’s major towns, including Dili, Baucau, Maliana, Los Palos, and Suai. From these towns to surrounding villages, Indonesian-style bemos (vans) and mikrolets (minibuses) – relics of its 24-year reign – operate.
Most departures occur extremely early in the morning, and drivers have a habit of keliling (Indonesian for “going round”), in which they spend a significant amount of time scouring the streets and scouting for passengers before actually leaving.
For trips of more over 100 kilometers, fares are about US$2 to US$3. Dili-Baucau (123 km) costs $2, whereas Dili-Mota’ain (115 km) costs $3.
Taxis are one of the most convenient modes of transportation in and around Dili. Fares are not too expensive ($1-3), and there are many of them.
In Dili, you may rent a four-wheel drive car for around $85 per day. However, be prepared for an adventure – in addition to the difficult roads, there are no traffic signs to deal with. It is conceivable that you may get so preoccupied with driving that you will lose out on the beautiful landscape around you. The majority of reliable vehicle rental businesses provide 24-hour roadside assistance across the nation. However, if you are in a distant area, your assistance from Dili will take some time to come.
While in Dili, you must adhere to a speed restriction of 40 kilometers per hour. On wide highways, you may rev up to 50-60 kph. Tourists from the west may find the traveling sluggish, but that is the fastest pace possible on Dili roads.
Make sure you have a valid driver’s license or permit with you. This may come from your home nation or be granted in East Timor. The kind of vehicle you are permitted to drive should be included on your driver’s license. Drive cautiously and keep in mind that there is no provision for third-party motor insurance here.
Ferries link the Oekusi (Oecussi) Enclave, Ataru (Ataro) Island, and Dili. A boat trip to Jaku (Jaco) Island will be an unforgettable experience. An additional bonus is that the fisherman will prepare fish for you if you want it.
Although airports are located at Baucau, Suai, and Oecussi, there is currently no regular domestic air service inside East Timor. Small MAF aircraft, which are usually used for medical evacuations, may be hired to travel to these locations.
In Dili, Tiger Fuel hires bikes for $25-35 per day. Motorcycles/scooters are a great method to explore the nation since you can go anywhere you want, whenever you want, and have a very little responsibility in terms of a bike to park overnight. Bungee cords, which can be bought at Star Moto in Baucau, may be used to secure your baggage to the bike.