Malawi Transportation

  • Axa Coach on the roadside
    Axa Coach on the roadside
    by MikeBird
  • Bicycles in Cape Maclear
    Bicycles in Cape Maclear
    by georeiser
  • Salima bus station in Malawi
    Salima bus station in Malawi
    by georeiser

Malawi Transportation

  • Luxury Coach service: North - South in...

    In November 2013 I chose to take the luxury coach service from Lilongwe to Mzuzu. It is operated by Axa. This service starts in Blantyre and arrives Lilongwe around mid-day. It is scheduled to arrive in Mzuzu about 4- 5 hours later. The coach can be picked up from City Mall north of the city centre on the M1. There are other luxury services that...

  • Beware the road speed traps

    I'd hired a car to get to Zomba and drove directly from Lilongwe airport south towards Zomba. The road is pretty empty and more or less free from pot-holes but beware the police are out ( at least from 08.00am onwards until dusk) with their radar speed cameras. They are usually to be found at the end of the 50km/hour zone as you drive out past a...

  • Getting from airport to Lilongwe city

    The Lilongwe Kamuzu International airport is at least 20kms to the north of the city centre. In November 2013 the only way for an independent traveller to get from the airport to the city centre would be to engage a taxi for the journey.There are several banks in the arrivals part of the airport terminal so it is possible to change currency into...

  • Ilala Ferry on Lake Malawi

    Backpacking in Malawi? Head North or South along the lakeshore by the Ilala Ferry and truly experience the beauty of the lake. I would recommend starting North at Chilimba and going all the way south to Monkey Bay. You get to stop off at small lake island, see the beauty of the Mozambique shoreline and experience the hustle and bustle of trading...

  • The roads in Malawi

    The roads in Malawi was recently poorly developed. But the main roads in the central and south region of Malawi have been better lately with foreign aid and earmarked transfers. Many of the roads are with bitumen. And apparently better than the roads in Zambia.

  • Bus to Malawi

    Bus to Malawi:From Tanzania: Minibuses run all the way between Dar es Salaam and Lilongwe with stops in the Songwe border crossing, Kyela, Mzuzu and Karonga.From Zambia: There are both direct buses and minibuses between Lusaka and Lilongwe with stops in Chipata and the Mchinji border.From Mozambique: From Quelimane and Nampula you can get minibuses...

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is the main means of transportation in Malawi. Cheap Chinese bicycles are everywhere in the country.

  • Bicycle taxi

    Bicycle taxis are available in many places in Malawi. I saw them in Lilongwe, and on the countryside on the road from Lilongwe to Cape Maclear in Lake Malawi. The bicycles has a passenger pillow on the baggage rack. It's a original and funny sight.

  • Car Hire Malawi

    If anyone is looking for Car hire you can contact this company in lilongwe they are at the airport as wellBlue Arrow Car Rentals x100,Crossroads LilongweMalawi Contact Person : Tonny Bunns,Contact Telephone No.: 00265 8826 224 00265 5658 195bluearrow2009@btinternet.comSituated in Teptec Building, Capital City, Lilongwe, Malawi

  • Buses are great...

    Flying is the easiest way, with good connections to most of the large cities in Africa and then on to the rest of the world.There are good bus services between the large cities, but locally the minibuses are great and they will more or less go anywhere. There is also a boat service which runs up and down the lake, stopping at most major places...


    Most of the transport, of charcoal is done by bike. Heavy loads are on the back of the bikes and transported over vast distances, for just a few kwatcha.


    The main roads are in a relatively good shape.While driving i was asked by a local guy if i had a PHD. Returning the question why he asked, he said: it seems so, by the way you drive. You must have been to Africa before !!! He got me confused now.Yes he says, in order to avoid the pot holes in the tarmac, you have to drive from one side of the...


    In the cities, the quickest way to get around is on foot. No problems with parking the car and it is for free. It allows you too to get in contact with the locals.


    The locals get around by bycicle. Not only to get from one place to the other, but it is mainly used to transport charcoal, as most of the local people dont have a car.


    Compared to other countries in Southern Africa, except for the RSA, busses are in quite a good shape. To my surprise, vehicules are checked every year, in order to be allowed in traffiic. We did not discover what this check up really was.Busses are very crowded, hot and sticky.A mixture of smells catches you when going on the bus. But you get used...

  • Drive in the correct lane!

    I believe that public transportation was mostly available in the major cities (not so much in the rural areas, but still available), but I am not sure about their reliability. And, if you venture on your own and decide to rent a vehicle (not sure of the costs) to travel in, make sure you drive on the correct side of the street! For Americans and...

  • MV Ilala

    MV Ilala Weekly Voyage ScheduleNorth Bound VoyagePort / Day / Arrival / DepartureMonkey Bay Friday 10.00Chipoka Friday 13.00 15.00Nkhota Kota Saturday 00.30 03.00Metangula Saturday 06.00 08.00Cobue Saturday 12.00 13.00Likoma Saturday 13.30 16.00Chiszumulu Saturday 19.30 22.00 Nkhata Bay Sunday 04.00 07.30Usisya Sunday 09.30 11.30Ruarwe Sunday 12.30...

  • Car is necessary

    The locals mainly make use of their bicycle to get to places and to carry wood, sweet potatoes and whatever they need. It is amazing how much they can carry on their bicycle and still keep their balance! For tourists it is best to hire a car though (or take your own car with).

  • MV Songea

    A third vessel is cuising the northern parts of the lake. Its the Tanzanian ´MV Songea´. For the schedule ask in Nkhata Bay. Usually the boat arrives there on Sunday afternoon, coming from Mbamba Bay in Tanzania.

  • MV Mtendere

    Since the beginning of 2004 the ´MV Mtendere´ is cruising the southern parts of Lake Malawi.´MV Mtendere´ Weekly Voyage SchedulePort Day Arrival DepartureMonkey Bay Wednesday 09.00 Makanjia Wednesday 12.00 13.00Meponda (Moz) Wednesday 14.30 15.30 Senga Bay Thursday 05.00 06.00Makanjia Thursday 07.30 08.30Monkey Bay Thursday 11.30Fares in Malawian...

  • Stagecoach Busses

    “There is a nation-wide bus service catering for the local population. They seemed to stop every hundred yards to on-load and off-load passengers: often burdened with the most improbably shaped packages and produce. These buses are crowded and lively. The seating allows the traveller to appreciate every rut and pothole on untarred roads! This...

  • Bicycle - taxis

    Despite the increase of vehicles on Malawian roads there is still a chronicle shortage of public transport in rural areas due to the poor road conditions. As a result, most bus operators prefer to ply between cities and towns. To fill that vacuum more and more villagers are getting into the bicycle taxi business and it became a common feature on...

  • Boat at Lake Malawi

    At the Lake Malawi it's nice to make a boatride by hiring a boat of the local people, who are around at the beach or at guesthouses. It is not expensive, the scenery is beautiful and a meal or barbecue at the beach or an island can be included.We really enjoyed our boatride from Cape Maclear to one of the islands.

  • Lilongwe airport

    By plane you will arrive at Kamuzu International Airport. KLM, Britsh Airways and some African airlines have flights between Malawi and Europe. We flight with KLM directly from Amsterdam.At the airport are banks, a postoffice and a pharmacy.All buses from/to Lilongwe to/from the north will stop at the airport, so it's easy to go by bus to the...

  • Fishing on the lake

    These boats are not really a way to travel to and from Malawi but it is more a way how fishermen near Lake Malawi do their work.

  • The Great East Road

    Our two trips to Grand Beach were done by car from Luanshya, Zambia - a 600-mile trip each way. Once past Lusaka, the Great East Road was the direct link to Malawi at the Chipata border crossing. This was a good road with an 80 mph comfortable cruising speed, hardly any traffic and only two places to stop for any hope of supplies or gas. On the...

  • Fly direct into Lilongwe or...

    Fly direct into Lilongwe or Blantyre. There are many overland trippers also who approach from both South Africa / Zimbabwe and from the North via Tanzania / Kenya.Hitch hiking is relatively safe along the main roads. Road surfaces are very bad with deep potholes ( or they were when I was there) and riding in the back of a bakkie is not recommended...

  • Ride in the back of a pickup...

    Ride in the back of a pickup truck! It’s amazing how much fun it is to cling precariously to thesides of the truck as you careen wildly over Malawi’s less than perfect roads, trying to getcomfortable amongst crying babies, bags of mangoes, dried fish, and a football team fromChikengawa. Pick up trucks charge a set fee. Flag them down from the side...

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