Paramaribo airport: Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM)

Paramaribo Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

Surinam's international airport is officially called Johan Adolf Pengel Airport, but is better known locally as Zanderij. The origin of that name can be guessed easily, especially from the air. The airport is situated in a sandy, savanna-like area, in the middle of a green jungle. The airport is named after Johan Pengel, a popular Surinam politician.


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Airport codes

IATA airport code: PBM
ICAO airport code: SMJP


Local transport


There are no (more) trains in Surinam.

Car and bus

The international airport is situated at a considerable distance from the Surinam capital, at 45 kilometers south of Paramaribo. The airport is easily accessible by rental car, because it's located right off the Kennedy Highway which leads to Paramaribo.

There's also a bus connection between the airport and Paramaribo, but buses only run a few times a day. Bus company Le Grand Baldew (Tel. +597 474 713) in Paramaribo maintains a shuttle bus service with the airport.

Car rental Paramaribo Airport

You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Three rental companies are present at Paramaribo Airport: Avis, Budget and Europcar. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.


Upon flight arrivals taxis are available outside the terminal. A taxi ride from the airport to Paramaribo takes about an hour and costs approximately 125 Surinam guilders.

Airport Parking

There's a very small parking lot outside the terminal with space for only 12 cars. You don't have to pay to park here.




There are no hotels at Paramaribo Airport or even nearby. Good hotels can be found in the Surinam capital, including Courtyard by Marriott (Tel. +597 459 708), Best Western Elegance Hotel (Tel. +597 420 007) and Royal Torarica‎ (Tel. +597 473500). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

There are a limited number of shops at Paramaribo Airport: there's only one duty-free shop. There's also a small eating and drinking facility.


You cannot store your baggage at Paramaribo Airport. For lost-and-found objects you can turn to the general information desk or security.


There's an information desk in the central hall for inquiries about Paramaribo Airport and flight schedules. That's to say, if the desk is staffed.


There are no business facilities at Paramaribo Airport. For this you need to turn to the business hotels in the Surinam capital (see Hotels) which also offer meeting space and conference rooms.

Disabled facilities

Paramaribo Airport has reasonable accessibility for the disabled. The Departure and Arrivals Halls are located on the ground floor.

Other services

There's a bank in the central hall where you can change money.





Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +597 325 114
Fax: none
Email: none

Airport codes

IATA airport code: PBM
ICAO airport code: SMJP