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

Absolutely not. - Dec 21, 2017
Not safe to use and very unreliable. - Dec 4, 2017
None of the above are safe to use, and for USG personnel we are not allowed. Must carpool, or drive everywhere you want to go. - Mar 2, 2017
None of the above are safe. You will need a car that can handle rough roads. - Jan 21, 2017
NO. - Sep 26, 2016
We are not allowed to take local taxis or buses. There is one train that runs once on Saturday a.m. from Kinshasa to Matadi (a port city) and returns from Matadi to Kinshasa on Sunday a.m. We have taken that train and it was wonderful as an experience, but you are unlikely to use it as a form of transportation. - Apr 26, 2016
Affordable but not at all safe. Embassy personnel are not permitted to take any form of public transport. - Jan 6, 2014
Not safe, but definitely affordable. - Nov 24, 2012
No. - May 21, 2012
All public transportation is not recommended by the embassy for safety reasons. - Feb 13, 2012
No. - Nov 13, 2011
Forget about it. Trains and busses stopped running long time ago. We are advised not to take taxis. Still some expats do take them without too many problems - Aug 4, 2011
In a word: DONíT. It is not advised or recommended in any way. Use either hired drivers or the motor pool. - Jan 19, 2011
No, no, and no. - Oct 16, 2010
Affordable, yes. But definitely not safe. I don't think I've seen one bus or taxi that doesn't look as if it has at least one major problem (listing to one side; bald tires; engine exposed, etc.). - Jan 21, 2009