Transport in Malawi


Public buses in Malawi are very inexpensive and provide services linking most major towns in the country.

Car Hire

Car hire companies are based in Lilongwe and Blantyre, with desks at the airports. Cars can be delivered to and collected from any other location. Standards of vehicles vary and hiring can be expensive.


Most of the main roads are tarred but narrow. Potholes may be expected in any road and speeds should be kept to a sensible level. Driving is on the left of the road. Expect to find people and animals on any road. Driving at night is to be avoided. Breakdowns are usually indicted by placing bush or tree branches at the side of the road behind the vehicle. Petrol is widely available but tanks should be filled when the opportunity occurs as soon as the indicator falls below half. An International Driving Licence is required although national driving licences may be accepted.


A must do voyage in Malawi is to take the Ilala scheduled ferry that operates up and down the lake.  The journey takes a few days from North to South and gives an opportunity to see lakeside life at its best as the ferry makes numerous stops close to small villages where the locals come out by pirogue to the ferry.

A wide variety of boats are available for hire on Lake Malawi.

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