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Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plain

Lilongwe's Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) fields regular flights to Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Lusaka, Dar es Salaam. and domestic services to Blantyre. Malawi airlines operates Regional flights to Johannesburg South Africa and three airports in Mozambique.

  • Fastjet a low cost airline has flights from Lilongwe to Dar Es salaam. with fares from $100 us dollars.

An international departure tax of US$30 (cash only) is charged for all passengers with foreign passports (pay it on the first floor before heading up to the departure hall!), while domestic departure tax is K200. Note, this fee is no longer charged at the airport. It is apparently included in the airline ticket now.

The airport is about a 30/40 minute drive north of town and the taxis charge around (US$20) for the journey from Old Town (presuming you're staying in one of the lodges). This can decrease if you get the taxi from Capital City.


Transportation - Get In

By Bus

There are regular bus services from Johannesburg, Harare and Lusaka. Intercape has the largest intercity bus route network in Southern Africa.

Transportation - Get In

By Car

Lilongwe is about 110 kilometers from Mchinji on the Zambian border. Taxis are expensive (around $50, depending on your bargaining skills), but you can use a minibus or open back truck (matola) for MK500/600.

Transportation - Get Around

The town is very spread out so getting around can be a bit of a chore. You can pick up taxis from the Lilongwe Hotel (in the Old Town) and the Capital Hotel (in the Capital City). If you're feeling adventurous, you can take a minibus. It's very cheap, but you will be getting very familiar with your fellow passengers. There are several routes you can take, including one that goes from the large blue bank in the new town and drops you off in the heart of the old town, next to Shoprite surpermarket.


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