How to get Tarrafal

You will have to catch a plane to the island of Sao Vicente. Once there, you will need to take a ferry to the island of Santo Antão. The ferry docks in the city of Porto Novo. The meeting point for passengers and transport to Tarrafal is the Residencial Antilhas, which is just on the harbour; a great place to have breakfast or simply a coffee whilst waiting for your transport. The journey takes approximately two and a half hours, part of which is a dirt track with pot holes, something you’ll soon forget as you arrive in Tarrafal, over its black sandy beach.

There are two ways of reaching Tarrafal:

Colective/aluguer: Shared by people and cargo. The length and route of this journey depends on the amount of passengers and the cargo. Stops will be made wherever necessary

Price: 700 Escudos ( 6.40 EUR)

Capacity: 15 people


Porto Novo – Tarrafal no fixed times, around 11am

Tarrafal – Porto Novo 6:00 am

Sunday: No colectivo service

Taxi: Car with driver. Passenger determines times, stops, journey etc

Price: 7,000 Escudos (64 Euros)

Capacity Toyota: 3-4 people with luggage, always on the outside.

Timetable: available any daytime

Contact Us

00 238 227 60 78

Marina d´Tarrafal Guesthouse, Santo Antão Island, Cabo Verde