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Guinea

Getting around

Taxis brousses (usually Peugeot station wagons) are the main way of getting around Guinea, which means most travellers will have to contend with two major hassles: terrible roads and severe overcrowding (10 or 11 passengers in a car made for seven, plus luggage, bananas, live goats and poultry, and a few more people on the roof). Although minibuses are cheaper than taxis, they are just as overcrowded and take far longer to fill up. They also usually travel more slowly. Private buses connect Conakry to a few other cities; though cheaper and more comfortable than taxis brousses, they’re slow and constantly breaking down. In Guinea the term gare voiture is used, rather than gare routière, for the bus and taxi-brousse park.