Greyhound Bus: Jo'burg-Maputo
The best way getting to Maputo is by Greyhound Bus (unless you're driving yerself.) -- with Intercape Mainliner as an alternative. The bus departs Jo'burg's Park Station at 8:15, via Nelspruit, Komatipoort/Ressano Garcia Border Posts (to have your visa done at the border, the bus hostess will help you through all the process, just kindly ask) and arrive Maputo arount 4:30 or so. The service is more than OK, it's clean, safe, comfy and very reliable.
Book the ticket directly from any Greyhound's outlets or at computicket counters all over South Africa. The price is 250 Rand one-way which is really affordable.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Taking the "Bagamoyo" Ferry to Catembe
Catembe is located on the other side of Maputo Bay.
One may take the Ferry, named "Bagamoyo", for a 10-minute ride to the other side of the bay. Ticket prices are 200 MT (6.5 euros) for a car+driver and 5 MT (16 euro cents) for each additional person inside the car.
The "Laranjinha" Taxi - The "Little Orange" Taxi
Apanhe uma Laranjinha !!! - in english: Take a tuk-tuk taxi...
"Laranjinha" translates into "Little Orange".
There are six Laranjinhas in the city of Maputo. Beside the driver, the vehicle may carry 3 more people (2 adults and a child).
They charge 25 MTn (about 80 euro cents = $1 US dollar ) per kilometre and are happy to drive you to the beach front, or any other sight in the city or to your favourite restaurant or club.
Works 7 days per week.
Telf: 824-100-001 or 823-831-380.
- Family Travel
Europcar - rental car
Europcar has a branch in Maputo. It's located on Julius Nyerere Avenue right next to Polana Hotel
This branch is able to provide any needed assistance directly to any Europcar vehicle rented to circulate within the Província de Maputo region.
- Road Trip
Rail Journey to Mozambique
The South African Rail Operator Spoornet operates a service to Komatipoort to the South African border which departs Johannesburg daily except Saturdays. However check with Spoornet about continuing to Mozambique. I have seen on some day’s South African trains in Maputo but the service seems to be irregular. Also the journey time to Mozambique is more then 14 hours compared to the 45 minute flight - but it is one of the most inexpensive and also quiet a scenic ways to get to Maputo.
- Budget Travel
Air Services to Maputo
Both the national carrier of South Africa - South African Airways and the local carrier LAM operate direct flights to Maputo. South African Airways being undoubtably the one with the more modern equipment and running flights from both Durban and Johannesburg directly to the Mozambican capital. Flight time from Johannesburg is 45 minutes and one lands at Mavelane Airport just outside the city centre.
However there are also direct flight from Europe - namely TAP Air Portugal and LAM running scheduled services to Lisbon.
Bus Service to Maputo
Since the opening of Mozambique a number of ways are possible to get to Maputo. One of them would be taking the scheduled bus service from Johannesburg to Maputo.
The best operator being Greyhound Bus services. Their busses have toilets onboard, are air conditioned and operate one of the most reliable services to and from Mozambique by road.
The Laranjinha Tuk-Tuk Taxi
The Tuk-Tuk taxi in Maputo looks like a vehicle in an amusement park. It's called "Laranjinha" which means "The Little Orange" in Portuguese, though the one I saw was blue.
- Adventure Travel
When you arrive at the Maputo airport you might think that you arrived at the wrong place as this does not quite seem like an international airport.
When you leave Maputo you have to pay airport taxes, so remember this and ensure that you do not spend all your money!
travel to Macaneta
Probaly the closest normal beach from Maputo is Macaneta (about 2 hours travel from the city).
in the picture me (on the right) and my swedish friend going with the boat.