Gaborone - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Public transportation is not safe or advisable. It is largely in the form of overcrowded minibuses (kombis) or dilapidated taxis. Gaborone desperately needs a reliable car service like Uber. The few reliable drivers are independent contractors who re oversubscribed and their cars are sometimes in questionable condition. - Dec 2023

Use a personal driver. It is cheap and a lot easier. The CLO has a list of people. - Jul 2019

Affordable, yes. Safe, no. Long-distance buses are frequently involved in major accidents. Minibuses around town are overcrowded, and not well maintained. The drivers are distracted with collecting money and scanning the roadsides for additional passengers. - Apr 2017

Local busses are crowded and probably not too safe. Calling cabs is safe, hailing not terrible but not great. Everything is affordable here, including car hire. - Jul 2016

No. RSO prohibits use of local transport. - Mar 2015

There are no trains. There are "combies" (really small vans) and taxis here, but people usually have their own car. - Oct 2014

My Batswana friends use the buses regularly, going from Gaborone to Francistown; Gaborone to Kasane; Gaborone to Francistown. They also use taxis regularly. I would not recommend regular use of combis. Most people I know that didnt have private cars, had a regular taxi driver whom they called for transport. - Nov 2013

No. There are no passenger trains or city buses, only combis (public vans) and taxis. We are restricted from riding in combis because of rampant tuberculosis. The way people drive here, it would also be very unwise to ride in one. - Jul 2013

We used taxis a lot. I found them affordable and safe. - Apr 2013

There is no train service, but buses, combis and taxis are absolutely accessible. - Jun 2010

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