Getting there & away
To get to the bus station, take bus ‘Jardim’ or bus ‘Pedrinhas Novo Horizonte’ on Rua São José, in front of Igreja de São José (R$1.50, 20 minutes). The same buses return.
Macapá’s bus station is on the BR-156 in Barrio São Lázaro, about 3km north of the center. Rain and mud make long-distance bus travel in Amapá very rough, especially January to June, and temporary cancellations are common year-round.
Bus service to Oiapoque and the French Guiana border (R$65, 16 to 24 hours, four departures daily) take Hwy BR-156, which is paved for the first 140km only. If service is suspended, freelancers offer camioneta (truck) service for R$120 to R$150.
For Cachoeira Santo Antonio, take a bus to Laranjal do Jarí (US$35, seven to 12 hours, two departures daily); dirt road the entire way.
An enjoyable train ride links Santana, 25km south of Macapá where the docks are located, and Serra do Navio (R$7, five hours), near the Parque Nacional Montanhas do Tumucumaque. Departures are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Agencia Solnave (3223 9090; Rua Padre Júlio M Lombaerd 48; 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, to 9am-3pm Sat) sells tickets in Macapa, but the boats leave from a port in the town of Santana, 25km southwest of Macapá. A taxi there costs around R$30. Otherwise take a southbound ‘Santana’ bus from the stop on Rua Tiradentes behind Igreja de São José (R$1.50, 30 minutes).
Slow boats for Belém depart twice a week (hammock R$100, double cabin R$300, 24 hours). There are daily departures for Santarém (hammock R$125, double cabin R$350, 48 hours) and continuing to Manaus (hammock only R$260, 72 hours).
Gol (3222 4857, 0300 115 2121; www.voegol.com.br; airport only)
TAF (0300 313 2000; www.voetaf.com.br; airport only)
TAM (3223 8100, 3223 2688; www.tamairlines.com; Av Júlio Maria Lombaerd 520)