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Travelling Around The Cape Verde Archipelago

This is a logistically challenging island nation. Most of the transportation between islands is done by plane but is costly. There are regular flights to and from the major islands (Santiago, Sal and São Vicente), with less frequent flights to most of the other islands.

Of all the islands, only Santo Antão and Brava lack functioning airports, although Fogo’s terminal can suddenly close if its volcano throws a strop. Cape Verde’s domestic carrier TACV operates all internal connections, and the most regular routes – between Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago and São Vicente – run several times a day.

All can sell out, though, so it’s best to book in advance. Tickets are obtainable from TACV’s UK agent, Cape Verde Travel.

There aren’t any railways on any of the islands in Cape Verde.

Taxis are easy to find in the main resorts and are generally cheap. Always agree on a price with the driver beforehand. Most drivers speak English.

Ferries and catamarans connect some (but not all) of the islands. Some of the crossings can be rocky, especially in the winter months, and services can often be delayed.

Hire cars can be booked in advance or when you arrive.

The local ‘alguers’ buses are the cheapest way to get around. They’re more like vans or trucks than buses and pick up people at unmarked stops and drop them off on request.

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