Ouagadougou - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Local buses and taxies available, but not safe. The taxis are old and barely functioning. Would not use. - Jun 2020

No public transportation in Burkina Faso is considered safe or secure. - Oct 2019

No. It is not recommended to utilize any form of public transportation in Burkina Faso. - Jul 2019

There are security warnings against using any forms of public transportation within Burkina Faso. - Jul 2019

No to trams, trains, buses. There are taxis but most are old and breaking down. - Dec 2017

Embassy personnel are prohibited from taking the ubiquitous green taxis, all of which are old Mercedes at the end of their functional life, often with sagging axles. Burkinabe refer to these as "France, Au Revoir." - May 2016

Public transport is the most limited of anywhere we've ever lived and not recommended. You really need a car to get around here. - Aug 2015

Affordable and safe (except between cities at night, never travel at night), but not super reliable. - Jun 2015

Local taxis are not recommended due to poor safety. No real trains. Local buses are present but I have not known anyone to take them. - Jul 2013

No. - Jul 2013

Trains are slow and dirty. Buses are crowded and sometimes are targeted by highway carjacking crews. - Apr 2013

They are not safe. I have seen more bus and taxi accidents in six months here than any other country I've lived in except Afghanistan. - Nov 2012

You can't use local taxis/buses if you are with the embassy. Most are unsafe and they overcharge westerners. - Aug 2010

The taxis are safe but maybe a little fast. They were affordable. You can take a bus from Ouaga to like Togo or somewhere like that. Not all of public transportation is safe. - Aug 2008

Affordable yes - safe questionable. - Jul 2008

Not sure about the trains. Everything seems to be affordable, but dangerous. Buses seem to be relatively safe, just crowded (and probably hot). The taxis don't look safe at all. - Jun 2008

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