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Getting there & around

The airline Caribintair (2250-2531) runs a popular daily flight from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel (US$80; 15 minutes). The airport (2288-2888; Route de Cyvadier) is about 6km east of town.

Buses to Port-au-Prince (US$2.70, three hours) leave from the Bassin Caïman station 2km out of town. Some taptaps (US$3, 2½ hours) also leave from Marché Geffrard, closer to the town center. From either place, transport runs from before dawn until about 5pm, departing when full. The ride along Rte National 4 (Rte de l’Amité) is one of the best roads in Haiti and particularly scenic. At Carrefour Dufort the road joins Rte National 2 to the capital. If you want to travel west, get off here by the Texaco gas station and flag down passing buses before noon, as there are no direct buses from Jacmel in this direction. Change at Grand Goâve or Petit Goâve if necessary.

A moto-taxi around town costs around US$0.40. Even trips as far as Cyvadier Plage should give change from US$1. Taptaps run all day along Ave Barranquilla. Chery’s Taxis (2288-3717) has metered taxis, and will do charters to Port-au-Prince for around US$80.