Transportation - Get In

By plane

  • Kenya Airways now flies direct from Nairobi, thrice a week, connecting with London, Dubai, Mumbai and Paris flights
  • Air Austral flies from Paris and Marseilles with change of planes in Saint Denis, Reunion
  • Inter Iles Air flies from Mayotte to Anjouan and Moroni several times a week.
  • Yemenia Airways fly on 4 days each week to Sana'a, Yemen with onward connection to all major cities.
  • African Express connects to Mombasa, Dubai.
  • Precision Air flies from Tanzania three times a week
  • Air Madagascar flies almost daily from Madagascar

By boat

There are freighters that leave from Zanzibar and Madagascar. These are cheaper than flying, usually, but take longer and departure dates are less reliable. To catch these you must find the boat captain at the harbour and discuss prices. If you bargain very hard, you may get passage for €100.

Transportation - Get Around

By plane

Inter Iles Air flies between Moroni, Anjouan, and Moheli daily. In Moroni their office is near the Volo Volo Market.

By car

It's possible to rent cars on Grand Comore for approximately €30 (or KMF15,000) a day. It's also possible to take taxis (standard fare from the airport to Moroni approx: €15) or attempt to hitch-hike. If hitch-hiking, especially as a Caucasian tourist, some fee may be requested. As the locals have no access to public transport and children have to walk to and from school, tourists with a car may wish to consider aiding hitch-hikers. Petrol costs less than €10 per bottle.

By bus

The island of Grand Comore has no public buses. Shared taxis are the most common mode of public transport.

By boat

There is a boat that operates from Chindini on the southern coast of Grand Comore, to Hoani on the northern coast of Moheli. These boats are small fibreglass fishing boats with boat and engines in variable condition. They should be taken only on days when the sea is calm, as passengers have been forced to off-load baggage into the sea and there are rumours boats being lost. However, these boats are generally safe to take on calm days. The price is KMF8,500 as of March 2008, although opening quotes will be KMF15,000 for foreigners. There is an additional KMF500 council departure tax.

More convenient are large ferries (two or three per week) from Moroni to Foumboni on Moheli. Prices are posted at KMF8,000, slightly negotiable.

There are also two large catamaran ferries operating between Moroni on the west coast of Grand Comore and Mutsamudu on Anjouan several times a week.


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