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Angola

Transportation

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Luanda-4-de-Fevereiro is situated 4 km outside Luanda. There are public phones and bank facilities at the airport.

The most reliable taxi system from the airport is Afritaxi. Their white vehicles are clearly marked, and they charge per km or per minute, depending on how bad traffic congestion is. They only operate during daylight hours. Eco Tur also runs reliable airport transfers, but you'll need to book in advance.

TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola has flights between Luanda and some states in Africa, for example to South Africa (Johannesburg), Namibia (Windhoek), Zimbabwe (Harare), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa) and the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). TAAG has two or three weekly flights to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

  • Emirates [www] flies directly from Dubai to Luanda and from there to more than 100 destinations worldwide.
  • Ethiopian Airways [www] flies from Addis Ababa to Luanda.
  • South African Airways [www] operates from Johannesburg to Luanda.
  • Air France [www] between Paris and Luanda
  • British Airways [www] offers direct connections between London and Luanda
  • Brussels Airlines [www] flies from Brussels to Luanda.
  • Lufthansa [www] flies from Frankfurt to Luanda.
  • Sonair's Houston non-stop Express. The company is the first to provide direct transportation of passengers and cargo between Angola and the United States. The airline provides three times weekly service from Houston to Luanda.
  • TAP Air Portugal flies daily from Lisbon to Luanda.
  • Iberia flies from Madrid.
  • Kenya Airways from Nairobi
  • Air Namibia  offers affordable flights between Windhoek and Luanda

By train

There are no railroad links between Angola and other nations.

By car

You can go in from Namibia at the border post near Oshikango(Namibia)/Ondjiva(Angola).

Entering from the North was, as of 2002, via Luvo, a small town on the Kinshasa-Matadi 'road'. If you want to drive through Angola, it's a real experience. Off the beaten track, road conditions might not be quite what you are used to so be prepared, particularly during the rainy season where potholes are likely to be a frequent occurrence. Also, keep a look out for livestock and the overloaded vehicles of the Angolan residents.

By bus

There are no bus links between Angola and other nations.

By boat

As of 2003, it was at least possible to enter Angola via a small passenger ferry near Rundu in Namibia. There was both an Angolan and Namibia border official present. The crossing was mostly used by Angolans for the purposes of acquiring food and other supplies in Namibia. There are (as of 2007) ferries running from the enclave of Cabinda to Luanda, which can be useful to avoid the unstable DR Congo. They carry cars as well. Seek local advice for when they depart. Sources claim that they run twice a week, cost $180 per person (bike included), and take 14 hours to do the trip (2005).

If there are no ferries, there might be cargo planes that you (and your car) can ride on between Cabinda and Luanda . Be warned - these planes are unsafe. Use them at your own peril.

Transportation - Get Around

By bus

There are some bus private companies which offer services as MACOM and SGO being the biggest ones. Those companies offer a wide range of services dealing with locations one wants to travel,especially inter-provincial courses. There are lines that connect most of the major cities of the country, from the coast to the interior.

By train

Angolas train system is finally being restored with the help of Chinese firms after more than 30 years of disuse. There are three main lines which are not connected to each other.

The northern line Caminho de Ferro de Luanda (CFL) between the capital Luanda to Malenje is back to full service. There are three classes, Primeira, with reclining leather seats with individual television sets; Exspresso, with comfortable chairs arranged in fours around tables and communal televisions; and Tramway, the cheapest option fitted out with benches to maximize passenger numbers. Ticket prices hover around 2,500 kwanzas ($26; £17). Carriges are clean and modern carriages with functioning toilets and a restaurant car.

The middle line, Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB) have just started services between Lobito, Cubal and Huambo with the intention of reaching Luau at the border to Zambia before the end of 2012.

The southern route, Caminho de Ferro de Mocamedes (CFM) between Namibe, Lubango and Menongue was to start services by fall 2012.

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