Public transport in Paramaribo is not extensive. Buses and taxis are available, and car hire companies are present in the city. Most of the main attractions in Paramaribo can easily be explored on foot, while hiring a bicycle is a pleasant way of exploring the city.
Buses are privately operated and travel along set routes but don't have predetermined schedules; buses will often only leave the station once they are full. Taxis are reasonably priced but unmetered, so it's best to negotiate a fare before getting in. Water taxis also ply their trade across the Suriname River to the Commewijne District.
Driving in Suriname follows the British system, so cars drive on the left side of the road. There are a number of car hire companies at the airport and in the city. Rental cars are expensive and not always in the best condition. There are few good roads outside of Paramaribo so travelling outside of the city will most likely require a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Paramaribo Airport is located in the town of Zanderij, 28 miles (45km) south of Paramaribo.
Paramaribo Airport (PBM)
LocationParamaribo Airport is located in the town of Zanderij, 28 miles (45km) south of Paramaribo.
Getting to the city
Buses run from the airport into Paramaribo and take about an hour. Minibuses are also available but can be hot and crowded with luggage.
TimeLocal time is GMT -3 hours.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Ross Rental Cars, among others, operate booths at the airport.
Taxis can be found outside the terminal. The experience of hiring one can be a bit chaotic as the drivers compete for fares.
Facilities are limited at this airport but travellers will find a few shops and eateries, a bank, and tourist information services.
Limited undercover parking is available for hourly, daily, and monthly rates.