Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving in Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome drives on the right and you need an International driving permit to rent a car. Roads in São Tomé town are paved, but are in poor condition. Outside town main roads are paved but are in even worse condition. Secondary roads are often unpaved. The state of the roads can make the 80 km from Sao Tomé city in the North to Portalegre in the South a full day journey . Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and animals on the roads can be a major hazard especially at night when most roads are unlit. In rural areas outside town, drivers are expected to honk the car’s horn periodically as a warning signal of their approach. Some roads may be impassable without a four-wheel-drive vehicle, especially after rain. Only a few miles of roads exist on the island of Príncipe; the conditions are generally worse than those on Sao Tome.

Sao Tome and Principe Car Rental
This company can arrange car rental on Sao Tome. There are no rental options on Principe
Rental cars can also be arranged on Sao Tome by Hotel Miramar on the email address below.

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