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

Taxis are safish...but they are dirty and drive fast. I hear Uber was nearly here but then Covid. No trains to my knowledge and buses are not likely safe but I am no longer in Peace Corps so don't know :). - May 2020


Taxis are sort of safe; U.S. Mission personnel are limited in the types of taxis they are allowed to use (woro-woros are prohibited). There are ride-hailing services available, however during peak hours they are quite difficult to get, and the drivers do not know how to use GPS to find the riders. Otherwise, public transportation is NOT safe. - Feb 2020


Not advised for safety reasons. - Mar 2017


Shared public transport is probably quite uncomfortable, and you might have your pockets picked. The orange individual taxis are "safer," although their drivers tend to be maniacs and they lack seat belts in the back seats. But it's a way to get around, since they're everywhere. Always negotiate the price before getting in; their meters are usually rigged. - Aug 2015


Do not take them. Many are unsafe. Shared taxis open you up to robbery attempts. You can, if you have to, take a private taxi but then you can be pulled over by the police at a check point and be forced to pay a bribe. Stick to your dip-plate vehicle. - Jun 2009


The Embassy does not recommend taking public transport in general. Orange cabs can be used in a pinch and are not super expensive. - Jan 2009


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