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Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is a breathtaking natural wonder located in northeastern Brazil. If you’re planning to visit this unique destination, the first step is figuring out how to get there. Here is a guide on how to get to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

By Plane

The nearest major airport to Lençóis Maranhenses is São Luís International Airport. From there, you can take a bus or hire a car to reach the park. The journey from São Luís to Barreirinhas takes around 4 hours by car, and from Barreirinhas, you can take a boat or a 4×4 vehicle to reach the park.

By Bus

You can also reach Lençóis Maranhenses by bus. There are several bus companies that operate between São Luís and Barreirinhas, the town outside the park. The journey takes around 4 hours and is a comfortable option for budget-conscious travelers.

By Car

If you prefer to have more flexibility in your travels, you can rent a car and drive to Lençóis Maranhenses. The journey from São Luís to Barreirinhas takes around 4 hours and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

By Shared Van

To get to Lençóis Maranhenses by van, you should find a van service, book in advance, decide on your route, confirm your pickup time and location, and prepare for the journey. It’s a comfortable and flexible option for private transportation.

We recommend the following van services from Barreirinhas:

  • Frank Tour: +55 98 8417-3434 (WhatsApp)
    Daily Departure Barreirinhas > São Luis at 03:30am, 08:00am, and 3:00pm / São Luis ?  Barreirinhas > 06:00am, 02:00pm, and 4:00pm

There is also a van leaving from Santo Amaro, where most of the Lençois Maranhenses trekking routes end. The route to São Luis is 3h30min. Here’s a recommended van service from Santo Amaro:

  • Paperinho da Van: +55 98 8468-4146 (WhatsApp)
    Daily Departure Santo Amaro > São Luis at 04:00 am and 1:00 pm

By Shared Taxi

There is also a taxi cooperative where you can share a taxi with other people. Here are the contact details:

  • COOPCART Barreirinhas: +55 98 98448-1349 or +55 9898476-1773 (WhatsApp)
  • COOPCART São Luis: +55 98 3012-6122 or +55 98 3258-9239 (WhatsApp)

By Private Transfer

Booking a private transfer is also an option and costs between:

  • Private Transfer São Luís > Barreirinhas:
    Small 4-seater taxi – BRL 810,00 each way (night hours have an additional BRL 100)
    Van 15 seats – BRL 1.500
  • Private Transfer Santo Amaro > São Luís:
    Small 4-seater taxi – BRL 875 one way (night hours have an additional BRL 70)
    Van 15 seats – BRL 1600


How to Get to Atins

Atins is a small village located in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil. It is known for its pristine beaches and laid-back vibe. If you are planning to visit Atins, here is a guide on how to get there.

By Boat
One of the most popular and scenic ways to get to Atins is by taking a boat from Barreirinhas, which is a larger town outside the park. The boat journey takes around 2 hours and offers stunning views of the river and surrounding landscapes. You can take the daily boat service from K-BEÇA TURISMO at +55 98 8827-7715, which departs at 12:30.

By 4×4 Vehicle
Another option is to take a 4×4 vehicle from Barreirinhas, which is a popular choice for those who want to explore the park and its sand dunes before reaching Atins. Although the journey can be bumpy, it takes around 1 hour and is an exciting way to reach the village.