Trains, planes and auto-mobiles. Mozambique is a long stretched out country and getting from Maputo to Pemba can be a challenge. But that's much easier than getting from Ilha de Moçambique to the Malawi border. Check out our tips below.
Nampula - Cuamba Train
Nampula to Cuamba
Recommended that you arrive in Nampula day before to purchase your ticket b/w 16h00-17h00
Cuamba to Nampula
Recommended that you arrive in Cuamba day before to purchase your ticket b/w 16h00-17h00
No trains on Mondays
For more information call the Nampula CFM office on +258 2621 2032. Attendant usually knows a small amount of English.
Buses and Chapas
WARNING: Chapas (small minivans) are extremely uncomfortable and very dangerous so should be avoided. If you are patient there is essentially always a bus that will do the same trip. Chapas will always charge extra for luggage.
How can I get from Maputo to Tofo?
Maputo to Tofo (Chapa)
Many people choose to take the "Fatima's" Shuttle which is just the normal Inhambane City chapa but it picks you up at your accommodation rather than you having to get a tuk-tuk (tchopela) or taxi to Junta and will take you all the way to Tofo.
Maputo to Tofo (Bus)
There are now a number of buses that do Maputo to Maxixe, Massinga, Vilanculos, Inhassoro, Beira
Maputo to Vilanculos (Chapa or Bus)
PLANES & BOATS
Boat to Madagascar
Our most frequently asked question is "Can I get to Madagascar from Mozambique by boat?" Quick answer NO, you cannot get to or from Madagascar to Mozambique by boat, unless perhaps you buy one and go yourself. And no, there is essentially no trade between Madagascar and Mozambique so there's no hope of jumping a cargo ship. There do exist cruise ships that do this route but the high cost rare crossings make this option mostly unfeasible.
LAM is Mozambique's only major airline. As with all monopolies expect your wallet to get hit pretty hard. A Maputo - Pemba Return flight costs about the same as a Johannesburg Return flight to anywhere in Europe.
Having said that, if you are challenged for time doing the Maputo - Inhambane - Vilanculos - Maputo round trip is not bad value. Also, getting from Beira to Nampula is arduous by buses.
Sometimes the LAM online booking service works: www.lam.co.mz/en
There are other smaller airlines in Mozambique mostly used for connecting major towns with islands (CFA)
Getting to Mozambique
The following Airlines fly into Maputo:
The following Airlines fly into Inhambane:
The following Airlines fly into Vilanculos:
The following Airlines fly into Beira:
The following Airlines fly into Nampula:
The following Airlines fly into Pemba:
The following Airlines fly into Tete: