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Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel Airport

Originally called Zanderij Airport, Suriname's main aviation gateway had a name change in the 1980s to honour a former prime minister – Johan Adolf Pengel. It is located in the town of Zanderij, around 45 km (28 miles) south of the capital, Paramaribo, which can be reached by road in around an hour. Johan Adolf Pengel is dedicated solely to international traffic; domestic flights are handled by Zorg en Hoop Airport, 3 km south-west of Paramaribo's city centre. 

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Minibuses, coaches and buses connect the airport to the city centre. Vehicles are air conditioned but sometimes a little cramped. Le Grand Baldew has the largest fleet of airport-service vehicles and serves hotel and tourist zones with a frequent schedule to and from JA Pengel International. Single transfers cost US$15 or SRD50 and journey time takes from one hour, depending on destination.


Taxis are easy to find outside the airport's Main Terminal. Expect your driver to pass on his phone number in case you need a chauffeur during your stay. Agree a price before jumping in as taxis are unmetered. Most drivers speak passable English and appreciate a tip. Prices vary between drivers for the 45-minute ride to and from Paramaribo city centre, with overcharging rife. Expect to pay around US$30 or SRD100.


A handful of car-hire firms have counters at the airport, including AVIS, Budget and Europcar. The route from the airport to the centre of Paramaribo  is known locally as the Kennedy Highway. It is generally in good condition but prone to flooding between December and April.

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