Getting Around Mozambique
LAM-Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (www.lam.co.mz) offers domestic flights linking Maputo with Beira, Chimoio, Inhambane, Lichinga, Nampula, Pemba, Quelimane and Tete. Flights are frequently delayed or cancelled and baggage is often lost or tampered with. Air-taxi services are also available, and are the safest means of transport outside the cities.
Included in the air fare.
Driving after dark can be hazardous owing to vehicles travelling without headlights. Car-jacking is a risk, so keep your doors locked. Although now cleared from main routes, mines may still be present in remote areas; check with the local authorities for up-to-date advice.
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Tarred roads connect Maputo with Beira and Beira with Tete. It's possible to travel by road in southern Mozambique though flood damage can cause serious delays.
You can hire cars from international and local agencies in Maputo and Beira.
Rarely available outside large towns.
You must carry a reflective triangle and reflective clothing in your car at all times.
A national driving licence is valid for up to 90 days. Third-party insurance is compulsory and is available at most land borders.
Maputo has a fairly extensive bus service, with modern buses gifted by China. Taxis are metered and drivers expect a tip.
CFM (www.cfm.co.mz) runs Mozambique's railways. Services include a train from Maputo to Ressano Garcia on the South African border and from Maputo to Chicualacuala on the Zimbabwean border. Most trains have three classes, but there are few sleepers and no dining or air-conditioned cars. For seats and sleepers, it is necessary to book in advance. All train services are subject to disruption. Services from Beira have been suspended due to reconstruction work. See CFM's website for a list of current routes.