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How to Get to Mozambique

How to get to Mozambique by Air

Mozambique is served by several international and regional airlines that connect the international airports at Maputo, Beira and Nampula to destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe. Mozambique's national airline is LAM - Linhas Aereas de Mozambique (TM) ; it flies to many international capitals. Maputo International Airport receives flights from Paris, Lisbon, Johannesburg and Harare.

Maputo International (MPM) is 3 km north of the city. Taxis are available at the airport while buses from Maputo city centre run along Avenida Angola and Avenida Acordos de Lusaka to within 1 km of the airport. Airport facilities include bank, restaurant, bar, car rental firms and post office.

Beira International Airport is a good 13km from the city; taxis and buses are available for the 25-minute ride into the city. Beira receives one LAM flight per week from Johannesburg as well as flights from European, African and American destinations. Airport facilities include restaurant, shops and a post office. Travellers flying from Mozambique have to pay a Departure Tax of US$10 for destinations within Africa and US$20 for all other places.

How to get to Mozambique by Rail

Travellers can train into Mozambique from South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe. While there are a few direct connections available like the overnight train service between Durban – Maputo and Harare and Beira, most train journeys involve a changeover at the border town. While there are no direct passenger trains between Maputo and Johannesburg (South Africa) but travellers can change at the border town of Komatipoort from where connecting trains to Maputo (15 hours) can be boarded. Nampula in Mozambique and Johannesburg and Nayuchi in Malawi are also similarly linked via border towns. Another train service operates from Johannesburg to Maputo via Komatipoort, Nelspruit and Pretoria three times a week. Nacala in Mozambique is connected with Liwonde in Malawi, via Nampula and Cuamba.

How to get to Mozambique by Road

There are a number of road border crossings between Mozambique and its neighbouring countries (except Tanzania). The Maputo corridor (a new freeway with toll gates) between South Africa and Mozambique promises to reduce the distance between the two countries and facilitate travel and trade. At present, luxury buses, tours and regular bus and mini-bus services operate between Durban, Johannesburg and Maputo and Beira.

Driving oneself or travelling in a private car can be risky as the roads are not well maintained and little infrastructure exists to handle breakdowns or accidents. Highway robbery is also endemic in certain border areas. Much of the countryside has still not been cleared of all landmines planted during the endless years of civil war, thus adding to the danger. If you are travelling in alone, check the current safety status of the area you are planning to drive through, avoid driving after dark and inform somebody of your itinerary and route.

How to get to Mozambique by Sea

Dhows sailing between Tanzania and Mozambique often take passengers, but it is a fairly slow and hazardous journey. Hazardous because the crew of the dhow may or may not be trustworthy and slow because the dhows sail with the wind and at times can be held up for unlimited number of hours. Regular ferry services operate along the northern coast between Quelimane and Beira, and Quelimane, Nacala and Pemba.

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