Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?
I don't know of any trains. I don't know of any Americans who use the buses, and I would recommend against doing so. Taxis are not always safe, although they are affordable (about US$2 for a one-way-trip). Most people needing a ride call a service like dial-a-cab or Brandberg Service. These services are safe and reliable. - Jan 2016
Not so much. The buses only go to and from the outer settlements of Windhoek, and the cab drivers are, like everywhere, out of their minds. Embassy folks are discouraged from riding in local taxis. There's no internal public transportation for the city. - May 2013
We don't use local transportation. I think some taxis are okay. The train is slow (lots of stops) and I wouldn't recommend buses. - Jan 2013
Embassy folks are highly discouraged from using local taxis as they are unsafe and driven by reckless drivers. There is no bus service, save for the ones that bring day laborers from the Katutura Township to Windhoek and back again. You can use dial-a-cab or prearranged drivers. - Jul 2012