Getting there & away
Several bus companies operate services to major towns; they are generally less crowded and safer than local minibuses. Okapi Car runs to Butare, Gisenyi, Kibuye and Ruhengeri; Atraco Express to Butare, Ruhengeri and Gisenyi, including a through service to Goma; Trans Express 2000 to Butare; and Virunga Ponctuel to Ruhengeri. See the individual town entries for more details on journey times and road conditions. All buses depart from company bus offices in the city centre. Onatracom Express have larger 45-seat buses and these serve Ruhengeri and Gisenyi (three daily), plus Butare and Cyangugu (two daily). These services depart from the Nyabugogo bus station.
Local minibuses depart from the Nyabugogo bus station for towns all over Rwanda, including Butare (RFr1200, two hours), Katuna (RFr1500, 1½ hours), Kibuye (RFr1300, two hours), Ruhengeri (RFr1100, two hours) and Gisenyi (RFr1600, four hours). These minibuses leave when full throughout the day. See the respective town entries for further details.
Nyabugogo bus station is in the valley about 2km north of the city centre and minibuses (RFr200) cruise the central streets looking for passengers. There is no longer a local bus station in the centre.
Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport is located at Kanombe, 10km east of Kigali centre.