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

There are lots of taxis here, but they are often in poor mechanical condition with broken seatbelts, no air conditioning, or broken windows. One cab I was in had a broken speedometer. You also have to negotiate the price beforehand. There aren't any trains. I've seen buses, but I would not recommend using them unless you are really adventurous. - Aug 4, 2017
Taxis are cheap, safe and bountiful, but hot and you really need to be able to direct the driver where you are going unless it is to a major landmark. Thankfully, armed with a data plan on your phone and Google maps this should not be a problem! - Apr 6, 2017
Taxis are safe and affordable, and Uber is now here. - Aug 11, 2016
Taxis are safe. Negotiate your price before getting in. Buses (called tro-tros) are not safe! - May 4, 2014
There are no trains. Buses come in two forms: STC long-haul coach buses that run between major cities and tro-tros that are short trip -- mini-vans that run everywhere (including right into your car). Tro-tros are cheap (USD $.25), but notoriously unsafe and overcrowded. Taxis are also everywhere, relatively safe (compared to tro-tros), and cheap (USD $1-5). - Apr 24, 2012
Taxis can generally be taken without incident. Just be sure to know your surroundings and agree on a price before getting in. - Aug 9, 2011
Taxis do not have seatbelts. Some folks take the tro-tros, buses and taxis, including many expats, but I think your own car is probably best. You pay for the taxi what you can negotiate; there are no meters. - Feb 24, 2010
Taxis are very cheap and safe - you need to identify a landmark near where you want to go - as taxi drivers don't know all the street names. - Feb 5, 2010
Except for backpackers, peace corp volunteers and students, most expats avoid local buses and trains. Taxis are cheap, but they don't look very safe. - May 24, 2009