Getting there & away
The Scandinavian office (250 3315; Rwagasore St) is just south of the market, and Akamba buses depart from the Akamba office (250 0272), off Mtakuja St near Majukano Hotel. All other departures are from the main bus stand near the market.
To Arusha and Moshi (TSh32, 000 plus US$20 for a Kenyan transit visa) and Dar es Salaam (TSh44, 000 to TSh58, 000 plus Kenyan transit visa costs, about 30 hours), the best route is via Nairobi (TSh23, 000 to TSh28, 000 plus Kenyan visa costs), and the best line is Scandinavian. Akamba also does the route. There are several buses weekly to Kigoma (TSh15, 000), departing at about 5am and arriving the next day if you’re lucky.
Mwanza is the terminus of a branch of the Central Line from Dar es Salaam.
There are daily flights to/from Dar es Salaam (US$135) on Air Tanzania (250 0046; Kenyatta Rd) and Precision Air (250 0819; firstname.lastname@example.org; Kenyatta Rd).