Travel Basics 101: To Suriname and Back

After getting my visa to Suriname, I was ready to travel! In this post, I’ll share all about my trek in between two of the three Guianas.

 

I used the Skyline & Dugla Bus and Taxi Service Skyline & Dugla Business Cardto travel from Georgetown to Paramaribo. The bus company picked me (and a family member) up from Buxton around 6am. From Buxton, we drove about 3 hours to the Canawaima Ferry at Moleson Creek. This is where I/we got off the bus and got on the ferry.

 

After arriving at the ferry Moleson Creek Ferry Ticketat about 9am, we got a roundtrip ticket across for $4180 GYD, about $20USD per person. (You’ll get 2 copies of that ticket/receipt, make sure you hold on to them for your return trip.) Next, we went through customs and waited until 10am to board the ferry and depart. We got off the ferry around 11am and went through Suriname’s customs where my tourist card got stamped. After grabbing a quick snack, we got on the second bus from the same Skyline bus company and we drove to our hotel. We got there around 5pm. So in all the trip was about 11 hours. 

 

I paid $24,120GYD at Moleson Creek for 2 people’s roundtrip bus passage to Suriname. That’s about $120USD for two people, or $60USD roundtrip per person. Skyline BusThere was no receipt for my payment, I just received two coupons/tickets as proof of payment for our return passage to Guyana. There were 4 buses in total for the trip – one bus in Guyana that took us to Moleson Creek, one bus in Suriname that picked us up from the ferry, the bus from our hotel in Suriname back to the ferry, and the bus from Moleson Creek back to Buxton. The coupon/tickets were for the bus from our hotel back to the ferry. For the other buses, we only needed the name and address of where we were going. All the buses say Skyline & Dugla/Douglas on them and the drivers were all very friendly and helpful as we figured things out.

 

Video: Canawaima Ferry at Moleson Creek, Guyana to Suriname 

 

 

Warning: You’ll have the option to change money at the ferry, DON’T. Maybe change $10-20USD for small change in case you want to buy something to eat or drink. However, change the bulk of your money when you get to Paramaribo, the exchange rates are better. I changed $20USD and got $120SRD at the ferry, instead of getting $152SRD. For the best rates, change money at Cambio in both Guyana and Suriname.

FYI: There’s tons of alcohol available at the Guyanese and Surinamese borders, and the Surinamese side takes credit/debit cards. The selection includes all the big names like Moët, Johnnie Walker, Hennessy, etc. This is great if you’re trying to buy someone a gift or plan to celebrate something special, like a birthday. There’s also chocolates and perfumes, and you can get food to eat as well.

Most of the view along the way, in both Suriname and Guyana, is trees, trees, and more trees. Plus, there’s tons of water. Fun Fact: Guyana is the Land of Many Waters. Personally, I slept for a good chunk of the trip. When I wasn’t sleeping I rather enjoyed the greenery. If that’s not your cup of tea, many of my tips for surviving travel delays will also keep you entertained during the trek to and from Suriname.

To return to Guyana, simply call Skyline & Dugla a day or two before you’re scheduled to return. I/We got picked up around 4:30am for our return trip and did everything all over again. I have no personal or business relationship with Skyline & Dugla, they’re just the bus company I used for my trip. If you come across another bus company or want to drive to Suriname, feel free to choose other options for your travel.

What does one do in Guyana and Suriname you ask. In my next post I’ll share the things I did and the foods I ate while I was there. 

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