In Chad, Land Cruisers, pick-ups and minibuses are your main choices for cross-Chad travel. Buses, which depart at set times, are rare. Land Cruisers are the fastest choice because, unlike the others, they rarely stop to drop off or pick up passengers en route.
Travel times given in this chapter are not the absolute fastest you might make it, but they are in best-case-scenario territory. In the rainy season the combination of washed-out roads and rain barriers can triple travel times. Prices are for sitting in the cab of a Land Cruiser or pick-up, you’ll save about 20% riding in the back of these or taking buses and minibuses.
Outside N’Djaména you’ll find fleets of clandos (motorcycle taxis) charging a fixed fee (unless you are going very far) of about US$0.50 per trip. A 4WD rental (driver included, but not petrol) can be as high as US$160 per day.