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Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

No to trams, trains, buses. There are taxis but most are old and breaking down. - Dec 13, 2017
Embassy personnel are prohibited from taking the ubiquitous green taxis, all of which are old Mercedes at the end of their functional life, often with sagging axles. Burkinabe refer to these as "France, Au Revoir." - May 21, 2016
Public transport is the most limited of anywhere we've ever lived and not recommended. You really need a car to get around here. - Aug 8, 2015
Affordable and safe (except between cities at night, never travel at night), but not super reliable. - Jun 9, 2015
Local taxis are not recommended due to poor safety. No real trains. Local buses are present but I have not known anyone to take them. - Jul 30, 2013
No. - Jul 8, 2013
Trains are slow and dirty. Buses are crowded and sometimes are targeted by highway carjacking crews. - Apr 19, 2013
They are not safe. I have seen more bus and taxi accidents in six months here than any other country I've lived in except Afghanistan. - Nov 18, 2012
You can't use local taxis/buses if you are with the embassy. Most are unsafe and they overcharge westerners. - Aug 6, 2010
The taxis are safe but maybe a little fast. They were affordable. You can take a bus from Ouaga to like Togo or somewhere like that. Not all of public transportation is safe. - Aug 3, 2008
Affordable yes - safe questionable. - Jul 25, 2008
Not sure about the trains. Everything seems to be affordable, but dangerous. Buses seem to be relatively safe, just crowded (and probably hot). The taxis don't look safe at all. - Jun 18, 2008