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

There is a train that runs across the country but I only know of 1 person who has taken it. Local bus service ended years ago. Taxis are an option but you must speak French and negotiate before entering. Taxis are usually in very poor condition but are an option. - Jul 23, 2014
We used taxis frequently and they are safe in terms of crime, but is poor condition and poor driving skills. However, they insist you wear your seatbelt in the front seat. Taxis stop to pick up people along the way unless you arrange for a direct trip. As an expat you will pay more. Learn the local prices for taxis and pay only that amount. The taxis are not required to pick you up so you may go through several taxis before one will take you. - Oct 24, 2013
No local taxis are safe. They are plentiful, but not safe or reliable. You need your own car. This is not a pedestrian-friendly city. The train is used, but is not reliable. No buses. - Apr 12, 2012
I never took a train or bus. Taxis are relatively safe but aggressive, and you must barter for a fair price (in French) and insist on a private ride, or the driver will fill the car with passengers along the way. ALWAYS agree on a price BEFORE departure. - Aug 3, 2011
They are safe and affordable - but not very comfortable. - Jul 16, 2010