Getting around Malawi


Ulendo Airlink ( operates domestic flights in Malawi, serving destinations including Lilongwe, Liwonde and Likoma Island.

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Road quality

All major roads are tarmac and most secondary roads are all-weather.

Car hire

Available from local and international firms, particularly in Lilongwe and Blantyre, with a number of companies offering a wide choice of vehicles. Standards do vary (even with the internationally franchised chains) so it's worth seeking a recommendation. Nonetheless, you should reserve cars well in advance as they are very much in demand. Chauffeur-driven cars are also available.


AXA Coach Service (tel: +265 1 876 000) operates coaches between Malawi's main towns and cities.


An International Driving Permit is required.

Getting around towns and cities

Bus: There are services in all major cities.

Taxi: You can find taxis in cities, but they're less easy to pick up in rural areas.


Central East African Railways (tel: +265 1 840 841) operates the lines in the country. The main route connects Mchinji, Lilongwe, Salima, Chipoka, Blantyre, Limbe and Nsanje. Trains tend to be slow and crowded and are little used by tourists.

By water

The Ilala ferry connects communities along Lake Malawi and has single and double cabins.

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