Public Transport in Mozambique


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.
TRAINS




Nampula - Cuamba Train


Nampula to Cuamba 
Departure: 05h00 (check-in at 04h00)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
2nd Class - 331mtn
3rd Class - 132 mtn (not recommended)
Recommended that you arrive in Nampula day before to purchase your ticket b/w 16h00-17h00

Cuamba to Nampula
Departure: 05h00 (check-in at 04h00) 
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
2nd Class - 331mtn
3rd Class - 132 mtn (not recommended)
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




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)
Departure: Constant - early morning better
Location: Junta 
Time: 8-9 hours
Changes: Inhambane City or Maxixe
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)
Departure: Constant - early morning better
Location: Junta/Intercape
Time: ~9 hours
Changes: Maxixe - ferry to Inhambane City - bus to Tofo
There are now a number of buses that do Maputo to Maxixe, Massinga, Vilanculos, Inhassoro, Beira

Maputo to Vilanculos (Chapa or Bus)
Departure: Constant - early morning better
Location: Junta
Time: 10 hours
Changes: None (many buses now go all the way to Vilanculos town, if not you need to get off at Pambara and catch another chapa for the remaining 15km)



PLANES & BOATS


Mozambique to Madagaskar by boat or sea



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.


How to get to Ibo Island from Pemba by Boat


Boat to Ibo Island





Flying


Flying Internally
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:
LAM
Airlink
South African Airways
TAP
Ethiopia Airlines

The following Airlines fly into Inhambane:
LAM

The following Airlines fly into Vilanculos:
LAM
Airlink

The following Airlines fly into Beira:
LAM
Airlink

The following Airlines fly into Nampula:
Airlink
Kenya Airways
Air Malawi

The following Airlines fly into Pemba:
Airlink
South African Airways
Kenya Airways

The following Airlines fly into Tete:
Airlink
LAM