Most international flights land on Sal or Santiago, though there are also international flights arriving in Boa Vista and São Vicente.
Airports & Airlines
International flights arrive at the following airports:
- Aeroporto Internacional Amílcar Cabral, Sal: www.asa.cv/aeroportos/aeroporto-internacional-amilcar-cabral
- Aeroporto Internacional da Praia Nelson Mandela, Santiago: www.asa.cv/aeroportos/aeroporto-da-praia
- Aeroporto Internacional da Boa Vista Aristides Pereira, Boa Vista: www.asa.cv/aeroportos/aeroporto-da-boavista
- Aeroporto Internacional Césaria Évora, São Vicente: www.asa.cv/aeroportos/aeroporto-internacional-cesaria-evora
TACV (https://flytacv.com) is the national carrier of Cabo Verde. TACV has three weekly flights to Lisbon from Praia and one weekly from Sal and São Vicente. In Africa, there are four weekly nonstop flights to Dakar (Senegal), and three a week to Bissau (Guinea-Bissau). Elsewhere, TACV flies once a week to Providence (USA), Amsterdam, Fortaleza (Brazil) and Paris. TACV's hub is Praia. It also offers inter-island flights, and meets all international safety standards.
TAP has daily flights from Lisbon to Praia in peak season (five weekly otherwise, six weekly to Sal and two weekly to São Vicente. TAP's hub is Lisbon.
Various charter flights fly to Sal and Boa Vista from the UK, Germany and Italy. These are generally the cheapest way of getting to the islands. See www.thomson.co.uk and www.tuifly.com for more.
Departure tax is included in the price of the ticket leaving Cabo Verde.
Unless you have miraculous water-walking abilities, it is not possible to reach Cabo Verde by land.
There are no scheduled ferries to Cabo Verde from mainland Africa. Large cruise ships operated by P&O, Cunard and Celebrity make stops in Cabo Verde. Noble Caledonia (www.noble-caledonia.co.uk) offers infrequent island-hopping voyages around Cabo Verde.