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Africa, Madagascar, The Nomadic Life

Taxi-Brousse (Bus) Prices in Madagascar

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To all my followers, I’m sorry if this post is rather dull but I created it with the intention of publishing online the price of public transportation in Madagascar — something that has generally just been a matter of hearsay. The inspiration came after finding a Spanish magazine article that quoted the 3,000 Ariary ($1.50USD) taxi brousse fare from Ambalavao to one of Madagascar’s better known climbing spots as 10 euros. Outraged at their error born of a dishonest individual, I decided to compile a list of all long-distance fares in Madagascar with the help of other Peace Corps volunteers. Taxi-brousse drivers notoriously rip off foreign travelers, often telling them to pay extra for luggage on top or quoting prices in the archaic Franc, then not correcting voyagers when they overpay. Even the signs at bus stations are at times dishonest. So, here is a list of prices gathered by people who have fought to get the real cost of things in Madagascar (in Ariary):

[Updated January 24th, 2013] — Please comment if I have made any mistakes and/or left anything out!

From Antananarivo:

South

  • Ambositra (~6-7 hours) –12,000 – 15,000
  • Antsirabe (~4 hours) – 8,000Antananarivo
  • Farafangana – 33,000
  • Fianaratsoa (~10 hours) – 18,000 – 23,000 (cheapest company is Mamy)
  • Fort Dauphin (~2 days) – 90,000
  • Tulear – 45,000

East

  • Ambatondrazaka – 18,000
  • Andasibe – 7,000
  • Moramanga – 5,000
    • Moramanga – Ambatondrazaka – 11,000
  • Tamatave (~8 hours) – 15,000 – 18,000

North

  • Ambanja – 45,000Mosque at Sunset
  • Antsohihy – 35,000
    • Antsohihy – Befandriana – 10,000
    • Antsohihy – Mandritsara – 17,000
  • Diego – 50,000 – 55,000
  • Mahajunga – 25,000

West

  • Ampefy (~3 hours) – 6,100
  • Morondava (~17 hours/overnight only) – 30,000

From Fianaratsoa

South

  • Ambalavao – 2,000 – 2,500
    • Ambalavao – Vohitsoaka (entrance to Andringitra) – 3,000
  • Anja – 4,000 – 5,000
  • Fort Dauphin – 60,000
    • Ambovombe – Fort Dauphin – 7,000DSC_2242
  • Ihosy – 8,000
  • Ranohira – 12,000
  • Tulear – 35,000

East

  • Ranomafana – 5,000
  • Manakara – 18,000
  • Farafangana – 18,000 – 23,000

North

  • Ambositra – 7,000
  • Antsirabe – 15,000
  • Antananarivo – 18,000 – 23,000

The South-East (Sud-est):

  • Farafangana – Manakara – 7,000
  • Farafangana – Vondrozo – 10,000
  • Vangaindrano – Fort Dauphin – 40,000 – 80,000  (2 day trip; 230km; price depends on type of vehicle)

From Antsirabe:

  • Antananarivo (~4 hours) – 8,000
  • Ambositra (~2-3 hours) – 7,000
  • Fianaratsoa (~6 hours) – 15,000
  • Morondava (~13 hours/overnight only) – 25,000

From Toamasina (Tamatave):

  • Fenerive Est — 7,000
  • Foule pointe – 4,000
  • Moramanga – 12,000
  • Ile Sainte Marie – 40,000 (resident), 90,000 (non-resident) for brousse & boat. Cap Sainte Marie is the best company to go with and the only one that offers air conditioned buses and a seat to each passenger.
  • Soanierana-Ivongo (port to Ile Sainte Marie) – 10,000
    • Soanierana-Ivongo – Ile Sainte Marie (boat only) – 30,000

From Antsiranana (Diego-Suarez):

  • Ambanja – 14,000
  • Ambilobe – 9,000
  • Ankify (port to Nosy Be) – 16,000
    • Ankify – Nosy Be (boat) – 5,000 – 10,000 depending on type of boat

Photos: (1) Kilometer marker and rice fields on the RN7 from Tana to Antsirabe (2) Students in Tana (3) Mosque in Antsirabe (4) House along the RN7 south of Fianaratsoa

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Discussion

10 thoughts on “Taxi-Brousse (Bus) Prices in Madagascar

  1. Hi, am I right in thinking that it takes approximately one day to travel from Antananarivo to Ankify (port to Nosy Be) and could you please inform me if this is by bus and how frequent the buses are to Ankify. Is this also the only option (cheapest) to get to Nosy Be without taking a direct flight. Do you also know if it is one bus or do you have to change several times.

    Posted by Kathleen | August 12, 2013, 13:06
    • I can’t confirm any of this information, but yes, it’s about a day, I would assume it’s a direct bus (I’d be surprised if it isn’t), and judging by other routes, there’s probably at least one a day. A lot of the times, there will be several bus companies that go all at the same time of day. Just go to the station and make your reservation (do not pay for your ticket in whole in advance) and ask about departure times.

      Posted by beatnomad | August 17, 2013, 09:16
  2. Hello everybody thanks for this, has been very helpful! In your opinion is it possibile to go by bus from nosy be to morondava? I don’t want to take another plane but i want to go to see the south west!!and we have Just ten days!! Thank you!

    Posted by Ele | April 16, 2013, 08:38
    • Yes, but I would estimate you would be on a bus for about two days if you do this — about one day to go from Nosy Be to Antananarivo, and almost one day from Antananarivo to Morondava — but it is definitely possible. Flying (at least part way) might be more time efficient.

      Posted by beatnomad | April 16, 2013, 08:49
      • Thank you very much! Where can i find some information about distance and journey?is there a website? any suggestion about the travel? sorry to bother but I don’t find anything!

        Posted by ele | April 16, 2013, 12:58
      • There is unfortunately little information about travel in Madagascar online (which is why I created this post in the first place) but I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. If you hire a private car, you can do the journey overland in significantly less time, so it really depends on what your budget/how much time you have to spare on travel is. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail at beatnomad@gmail.com with your questions.

        Posted by beatnomad | April 16, 2013, 13:01
  3. Great photos and research! This is a valuable resource for travelers.

    Posted by kieranmaynard | January 25, 2013, 19:42
  4. I suggest you try to include the distances to the various places,as it would surely help better understand the costs per trip to potential voyagers,and,to be honest, you may add the time expected to be taken per voyage,together with the waiting times at embarking stations.Prices in Ariary may not mean much to non Madagascans,so the USD or EUR prices would be also most welcome!There is nothing dull with the post,not when its such beautiful green rice fields in the foreground.!

    Posted by Po8 | January 24, 2013, 22:05
    • Thank you, you’re right, non-Malagasy would probably appreciate prices in USD or EUR. I will take your suggestions into consideration and work on adding price conversions, distances, and times.

      Posted by beatnomad | January 25, 2013, 06:17

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