Transport in Namibia


There is a local bus service in Windhoek. A luxury bus service exists between Windhoek and all major centres in Namibia and South Africa with direct overnight services from Windhoek to Cape Town four times a week, and to Johannesburg via Upington. Other bus services go to Botswana and Zambia.


Taxis are available in all main cities.

Car Hire

Self-drive cars are available at the airport and Windhoek city centre, as well as some other major centres. An International Driving Permit is required.


Traffic drives on the left side of the road. Roads are generally well maintained. There are 64,799 km (40,266 miles) of road, of which 7841 km (4872 miles) are tarred.


The main rail routes in Namibia are WindhoekKeetmanshoop-Upington, South Africa, Walvis BaySwakopmund-Tsumeb, Windhoek-Tsumeb and Lüderitz-Keetmanshoop. First and second class carriages are available on these routes. Light refreshments are offered on some services. On overnight voyages, seats in first class compartments convert to four couchettes and those in second class to six couchettes. Local passenger and goods trains run daily. Children under two years of age travel free and children aged two to 11 pay half fare.

The Desert Express, a luxury train aimed at tourists, runs between Swakopmund and Windhoek. The 19 hour 30 minute journey includes several stops which give travellers the opportunity to watch lions feeding, see theNamib Desert, walk in the sand dunes and admire the stars.

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