Getting there & away
Port-au-Prince has no central bus station; instead there is a series of mildly anarchic departure points according to the destination. Timetables are generally absent, with buses and taptaps leaving when full – exceptions are for Cap-Haïtien and Jérémie, which you can buy seats for in advance.
For destinations in the south and southwest, go to Estation Port au Léogâne, Les Cayes and Jacmel (its name depends on your destination), at the junction of Rue Oswald Durand and Blvd Jean-Jacques Dessalines (Grand Rue). Here you’ll find buses and taptaps to Jacmel (US$2.70, three hours), Les Cayes (US$8, four hours), Petit-Goâve (US$4, two hours) and all points in between. For Jérémie (US$14, 11 hours) there are several bus offices on Grand Rue near the Ciné Lido. Buses usually depart between 5am and 7am.
For Cap-Haïtien (US$12, seven hours) go to Estation O’Cap, at the corner of Grand Rue and Blvd La Saline. Transport to Gonaives (US$6, three hours) and the Côte des Arcadins also leaves from here.
To make your way to Croix des Bouquets (US$1, 30 minutes), there are taptaps that depart from Carrefour Trois Mains near the airport. If you’re heading to Kenscoff (US$0.30, 30 minutes) and the mountains above Port-au-Prince, taptaps leave from Place Saint-Pierre in Pétionville.
Three companies offer direct services to Santo Domingo in the DR: Caribe Tours (2257-9379; cnr Rues Clerveaux & Gabart, Pétionville), Terra Bus (2257-2153; Ave Pan Américaine, Pétionville) and Capital Coach Line (3512-5989; www.capitalcoachline.com; Rte de Tabarre), departing from the northern Tabarre district. All have daily departures at around 8am, arriving in Santo Domingo nine hours later, with tickets costing around US$40.
Many of the car-rental companies are based along Blvd Toussaint Louverture near the airport. Among the more reliable:
Budget (2250-0554; www.budgethaiti.com; Blvd Toussaint Louverture)
Hertz (2250-0700; firstname.lastname@example.org; Blvd Toussaint Louverture)
Secom (2257-1913; www.secomhaiti.com; Delmas 68, Rte de Delmas)
International flights depart from Aéroport International Toussaint Louverture (2250-1120) and domestic flights from Aérogare Guy Malary (2250-1127), next to each other on the northern outskirts of Port-au-Prince.
The following airlines have offices in Port-au-Prince:
Air Canada (2250-0441, 2250-0442; www.aircanada.ca; Aéroport International Toussaint Louverture)
Air France (222-1078, 222-4262; www.airfrance.com; 11 Rue Capois, Champs de Mars)
American Airlines (2246-0100, 3510-7010; www.aa.com; Choucoune Plaza, Pétionville)
Caribintair (2250-2031, 2250-2032; email@example.com; Aérogare Guy Malary)
Tortug Air (2250-2555, 2250-2556; firstname.lastname@example.org; Aérogare Guy Malary)
Tropical Airways (2256-3626, 2256-3627; Ave Pan Américaine, Pétionville)