Getting Around

While the transportation infrastructure in Maputo is fairly undeveloped, visitors should nevertheless have no trouble getting around the city. Minibus taxis (chapas) operate along regular routes throughout Maputo, and are a fast and relatively cheap means of getting around the city.

Minibus taxis have their routes posted in the front of the vehicle. A conductor calls out the destination when the vehicle approaches a stop. Visitors should use their discretion when travelling by chapa, as they aren't always the safest and the quality of driving varies considerably.

Taxi cabs are also available in Maputo. Usually they aren't metered so it's best to negotiate a fare before getting into the vehicle. Visitors in Maputo can opt for hiring a car. Driving is a perfectly viable option for getting around, especially for those wanting to explore beyond city limits.

Visitors planning to drive in Maputo should note that many of the roads are in disrepair and a 4x4 may be the best option. The city centre is relatively easy and safe to walk around during the day but walking at night isn't encouraged due to security concerns.


Maputo International Airport

The airport is situated four miles (6km) northwest of the city centre of Maputo.

Maputo International Airport (MPM)


The airport is situated four miles (6km) northwest of the city centre of Maputo.

Getting to the city

Buses service the airport during the day, but the schedule is a bit erratic. Some hotels will organise airport transfer and taxis are available.


Local time is GMT +2.

Car rental

Several car rental companies are represented at the airport, including Avis and Hertz.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are usually available at the airport, metered and unmetered, and some hotels will arrange airport shuttles for guests if contacted in advance.


Facilities are not extensive, but food and drinks are available and there is a VIP Lounge.


Car parking is available at the airport.