Transport in São Tomé and Príncipe

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Transport in São Tomé and Príncipe relies primarily on road infrastructure for local needs and airports and sea travel for international needs. São Tomé and Príncipe does not have railways.


As for 2006, there were 320 kilometers (200 mi) highways in São Tomé and Príncipe, 218 km (135 mi) paved roads and 102 km (63 mi) unpaved roads.

There is a seaport in Santo António, São Tomé. In 1999 the country's merchant marine fleet included 9 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 43,587 GRT/34,802 tonnes deadweight (DWT)—four cargo ships, one container ship, one refrigerated cargo ship and three roll-on/roll-off ships.

São Tomé and Príncipe is served by the São Tomé International Airport. There are two paved runways in total: one in the 1,524 to 2,437 m range and the other in the 914 to 1,523 m range.


  • Vieira, Salomão (2005). Caminhos-de-Ferro em S. Tomé e Príncipe: o Caminho-de-Ferro do Estado e os caminhos-de-ferro das roças (in Portuguese). São Tomé e Príncipe: União Nacional dos Escritores e Artistas de S. Tomé e Príncipe. ISBN 9898023007.