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Getting There & Away

Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport is situated towards Tasi Tolu, a US$10 taxi journey from the city centre, or a cheaper mikrolet journey (number 11; walk 600m from the airport to the main road).

The Nakroma Ferry Office is in the large building at the port. Ferries for Oecusse (12 hours, US$8) leave at 4pm Monday and Thursday, departing Oecusse at 2pm Tuesday and Friday. The Laju Laju also does the trip to Oecusse, departing Dili at 2.45pm Tuesday and Friday, and returning from Oecusse at 2.45pm Wednesday and Saturday (US$10).

Ferries headed for Ataúro are the Nakroma (8am Saturday; US$4; returning to Dili at 3pm), Laju Laju (8am Thursday, departing Ataúro for Dili at 3pm) and Dragon Star Shipping goes at 8am Monday and Friday to Sunday, departing Ataúro 2.30pm Monday and Friday, 3pm Saturday and Sunday; US$15. Compass Charters heads to the island daily at 7.30am (adult/child one-way US$45/25), from right of the front of Palácio Do Governo and returns at 9.30am to depart from Barry's Place.

Dili’s bus ‘terminals’ (more like shabby shelters) are served by taxis and mikrolet (small minibuses). Buses are more frequent in the morning. Tasi Tolu Terminal, west of the airport, is the hub for destinations to the west of the country (Ermera, Maliana and Liquiçá). Buses travelling to the east (Baucau, Lospalos, Viqueque) leave from Becora Bus Terminal. The Taibessi Bus Terminal, next to the huge Taibessi market, is the stop for transport to Maubisse, Same and Suai.

Timor Tour & Travel runs a daily minibus service to Kupang (US$23, 12 hours) in Indonesian West Timor. Be at the office by 8am to check in, and note that you'll switch buses at the border. Seats can book out in advance.