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

We are advised not to take the local mini buses. Some take taxis, but they usually have a relationship with one specific taxi driver and call them when they need rides. - Jul 21, 2017
There are buses for long distance travel; minibuses, tuktuk , taxis, and bike taxis for getting around in town. It is really helpful to have a car or a taxi driver you trust. - Oct 16, 2016
There are mini buses, bus service between bigger cities and, in Lilongwe, tuk-tuks. We drove everywhere though. - Aug 2, 2015
Public transport is not as common as other countries in the region. Everyone is walking! - Sep 17, 2013
RSO suggests not to take public transportation. Most of the minibuses are falling apart, and many get in accidents. Some people take the nice buses from one part of the country to the other, but not often. - Sep 26, 2012
I wouldn't recommend taking the buses, although some people do. There are only private taxis -- which are a bit expensive but good in a pinch. - Sep 17, 2009
Affordable, but not safe. There are many fatal road accidents. - Jul 27, 2009