Travel to Madagascar

Flying to Madagascar

Madagascar's national airline is Air Madagascar (www.airmadagascar.com). Other major airlines serving the country include Air France (www.airfrance.com), Kenya Airways (www.kenya-airways.com) and Airlink (www.flyairlink.com), the last of which partners with South African Airways to connect Madagascar with countless countries via Johannesburg.

For flights to Madagascar within the Indian Ocean region, Air Austral (www.air-austral.com) and Air Mauritius (www.airmauritius.com) are the main operators.

Air notes:

International flights mainly go to Ivato airport (Antananarivo), with a few landing at Fascene airport (Nosy Be).

Flight times:

From London to Antananarivo takes at least 14 hours, via Paris, Nairobi or Johannesburg. From east-coast USA it is approximately 20 hours via the same connecting hubs, but longer from west-coast USA where the best option is often to travel via Bangkok.

Air passes:

Air Madagascar offers discounts of up to 50% off domestic flights for passengers who choose them as their international carrier.

Departure tax:

None.

Other airports in Madagascar

Toamasina Airport

Airport Code: TMM. Location: Website: N/A. Public transport description: N/A

Antananarivo Ivato International Airport

Airport Code: TNR. Location: The airport is 17km (11 miles) from the city. Website: N/A. Public transport description: Taxis are available at the airport. Air Madagascar provide a regular bus service to Antananarivo.

Getting to Madagascar by boat

By water:

The country’s main port is at Tamatave. There are also ports at Diego Suarez, Majunga, Morondava, Fort Dauphin and Tuléar. It is occasionally possible to book a passenger cabin on a cargo ship that is scheduled to call at a Malagasy port.

By water note:

The waters north of Madagascar have become known for piracy in recent years, but there have been very few incidents as far south as Madagascar.

Cruise ships:

International tour operators promote Madagascar as a stopping place on extended cruises of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. Expensive private cruises can be arranged from Europe and the USA.

Cruise ships typically call at the northern ports of Diego Suarez, Tamatave and Nosy Be. The southern ports are frequented far less often by cruise liners.

Ferry operators:

Every two weeks a passenger ferry runs between Toamasina and Mauritius via Réunion (www.croisiere-madagascar.com). There are no regular scheduled ferry crossings to other Indian Ocean islands or to mainland Africa.

Edited by Jane Duru



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