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With an address at 1°N, 7°E, São Tomé and Príncipe is located at the centre of the world. The second-smallest country in Africa, the islands were created by volcanic activity millions of years ago and rise out of the Gulf of Guinea just off the western equatorial coast of central Africa, and around 250 kilometres off the coast of Gabon.

All international flights land on São Tomé Island, at São Tomé International Airport (TMS). From there, you will fly to Príncipe Island, the smaller of the two, and land at Príncipe Airport (PCP).

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Fly to São Tomé island

São Tomé benefits from good international connections:

  • From Lisbon, Portugal: TAP Portugal or STP Airways.
  • From Accra, Ghana: TAP Portugal. This connects with several flights from the USA, Dubai and other European & African hubs.
  • From Libreville, Gabon: Afrijet. This connects with the Air France flight from Paris.

Other connections may also be available through Angola, Luanda on TAAG Airlines (with connections to South Africa and Windhoek, Namibia).

Fly to Príncipe island
  • A domestic flight from São Tomé International Airport to Príncipe Island currently runs six times per week, twice a day (not on Tuesdays; only one flight on Saturdays).
  • The maximum baggage allowance on the domestic flight is 15kg (33 lbs) per person.
  • These flights must be booked directly on the STP Airways website.
The flight timetable
International arrivals into São Tomé
Best international flight access hubs to São Tomé Connections
From Airline Flight no Day To Airline Day Notes
Lisbon Portugal STP Airways 8F 507
Dep: 00h05
Arr: 05h15+1
OR
Dep: 00h25
Arr: 0h35+1 (THURS only in July & August)
 SAT
Direct
Multiple options to Europe Multi All days
TAP Air Portugal TP 1529
Dep: 10h00
Arr: 17h20
MON | WED | SUN
Includes a stopover in Accra
TAP Air Portugal TP 1531
Dep: 11h25
Arr: 1700
THURS | SAT
Direct
Accra Ghana TAP Air Portugal TP 1529
Dep: 15h35
Arr: 17h20
MON | WED | SUN Washington – United States United Airways EVERY DAY Long connection = 7h00
Dubai – UAE Emirates EVERY DAY Good connection = 4h00
Paris – France Air France EVERY DAY Overnight required
An overnight in Accra is required for all other airlines: Delta, Qatar, Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways, RwandAir, British Airways, Brussels Airways, KLM
International departures from São Tomé
Best international flight access hubs Connections
To Airline Flight no Day To Airline Day Notes
Lisbon Portugal STP Airways 8F 508
Dep: 07h10
Arr: 14h30
 SAT
Direct
*Also THURS in July & August
Multiple options to Europe Multi All days
TAP Air Portugal TP 1528
Dep: 20h40
Arr: 05h45 +1
MON | WED | SUN
Includes a stopover in Accra
TAP Air Portugal TP 1532 THURS
Dep: 22h25
Arr: 06h05 +1
TP 1532 SAT
Dep: 22h00
Arr: 05h40 +1
THURS | SAT
Accra Ghana TAP Air Portugal TP 1518
Dep: 20h40
Arr: 22h15
MON | WED | SUN
NB there is a flight on SAT, but this is via Lisbon!
Washington – United States United Airways EVERY DAY Tight connection = 1h30
Dubai – UAE Emirates EVERY DAY Overnight required
Paris – France Air France EVERY DAY Tight connection = 1h00
An overnight in Accra is required for all other airlines: Delta, Qatar, Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways, RwandAir, British Airways, Brussels Airways, KLM
Domestic connections between São Tomé and Príncipe islands
To Airline Flight no Depart Arrive Departing day Notes
Príncipe STP Airways 8F 211 09h00
&
15h00
09h35
&
15h40
*not available on Sat
MON | WED | THU | FRI | SAT | SUN
*only the early flight is available on Saturday
These flights must be booked directly by the guest or travel agent on the STP Airways website.
São Tomé STP Airways 8F 212 10h20
&
16h20
11h00
&
17h00
*not available on Sat