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Typical Surinam houses, Paramaribo

Practical Info about Paramaribo

Getting around the city

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 pre-determined 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.


Local time is GMT -3 hours.


Electrical current is 127 volts, 60Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.


The official currency is the Surinamese Dollar (SRD). Money can be exchanged at banks; the best currencies to change are US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. Major international credit cards are accepted at larger hotels and restaurants. ATMs are available in towns and cities throughout the country.


The international dialling code for Suriname is +597. Mobile coverage is adequate in towns and cities, but is limited in more remote areas of the interier. Internet cafes are available in major towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 115

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Public holidays


Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport


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.

Car rental

Avis, Budget, and Ross Rental Cars, among others, operate booths at the airport.

Airport taxi's

Taxis can be found outside the terminal; the experience of hiring one can be a bit chaotic as the drivers compete for fares.


Courtesy and greeting services, conference rooms, banking and currency exchange services, tourist information, and duty-free shopping is available in the terminal.


Limited undercover parking is available for hourly, daily and monthly rates.


There is no wifi available at the airport.