Small buses link most parts of the country and main cities like Díli, Baucau, Maliana, Los Palos and Suai. Indonesian-style bemos (vans) and mikrolets (minibuses) run from these cities to nearby villages.
In Dili, you can hail a ride on a mikrolet to get around. The mikrolets are numbered, and each number goes on a set route. To get off, simply tap your coin on the metal handrail and the driver will stop for you. You pay the driver when you get off.
Mikrolets, buses and angunna (truck with open-air back for passengers) are your main means for getting from one district to another one. Departures normally take place early in the morning and drivers usually wait for buses to fill up before leaving.
Taxis are one of the best means of transport in and around Díli. Fares vary between 2-5 USD depending on where you are going – always remember to negotiate the price first! Note that taxis stop running after dark so plan your outings accordingly; however if you are lucky enough to find one expect to pay a lot more for a fare.
You can hire a vehicle (car or 4WD) in Díli for around 85-120 USD a day. Outside the capital be prepared for a lack of road signs and difficult driving conditions due to the poor repair of roads in East Timor. However, this is a great and adventurous way to explore the country. Speed limits in Díli are 40 km/h. On open roads you may reach 50-60 km/h if the going is good. Always ensure that you are carrying a valid driving license or permit with you. Your license should specify the kind of vehicle you are allowed to drive. Please remember to drive carefully and be aware that there is no provision here for third-party motor insurance.
Dili, Ataúro Island (3-5 hours by public ferry) and the Oecussi Enclave (12 hours by ferry), are well connected. A boat ride to Jaco Island can also be arranged through travel companies in Dili.
Motorcycles are a useful way of getting around Dili and can be hired for around 25-35 USD per day.
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