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

No trams or trains. Buses aren't well regarded and drive like maniacs. Taxis are shoddy and not cheap. Motos are cheap but dangerous and not allowed by the embassy security office. You really do need your own vehicle. - Dec 13, 2017
You can take taxis, but not the moto-taxis. The cost isn't really cheap, and I mostly prefer to drive. You have to have a car here, although it takes 4-6 months to get it. People have relied on the embassy, bought a car here and sold it upon leaving. - Jan 25, 2017
No trains, buses and motos are not safe and off limits for Embassy personnel and taxis are hit or miss. The latter are not at all affordable for daily use. - Apr 5, 2016
Embassy staff may not use public transport. - Oct 16, 2014
Buses/Motos are not safe. There are a few trusted taxis companies that you can take here. - Jul 23, 2014
I think all local transportation is safe. Embassy staff are not allowed to take motos because the drivers are careless and always crashing. - Sep 13, 2013
Moto taxis and buses are cheap ($3 to cross the city), but they drive like mad. Regular taxis are more expensive ($15 to cross the city) and generally safer. Be prepared to negotiate unless you find one of the few metered cabs. - May 6, 2012
There are strict restrictions on riding many of the public transportation options, particularly the mopeds. They are a real hazard on the road with no regard to their own safety, their passengers or anyone else. - Apr 2, 2012
No. The drivers for the motorcycle taxis and small buses are horrible drivers and traffic accidents are increasing. The buses that drive between the cities can be dangerous as the drivers pass on curves and speed down the curvy mountain roads. However, if it is your option for transportation, it is affordable. - Jul 28, 2011
All buses and moto-taxis are off-limits, but there are some other sedan type taxis that cost a decent amount but are safe. - Oct 20, 2010
There are no local trains. Taxis are safe, and both metered and bargained priced taxis are available. There are motorcycle taxis, which are reasonable safe, but the U.S. embassy does not advise people to use them. There is a local bus (van, more like it) system, the buses are very old though, and the drivers questionable. The U.S. Embassy has also spoken out against them due to safety. International bus travel is also available. - Jan 23, 2010
No trains. Bus service is cheap. Mutatus (mini bus even cheaper. Non metered taxis negotiate on the price before getting in. Motor bikes were always available and cheap. - Sep 16, 2008
True expats who have lived in Rwanda utilize the local buses, motorcycles, and taxi's for transportation. The mini buses (vans) will accomodate a minimum of 10 passenger's and are packed like sardines in a can. Motorcycles are available throughout the city and passengers sit in the back as the driver weaves through traffic. Two types of taxis are available: 1) Metered, and 2) Pre-bargaining. The Rwandan government with the help of the private investor have now started large bus transport. It's to early to comment on this system. - Aug 9, 2008