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Getting there & away

The national carrier Yemenia(217126; Gamal Abdul Nasser St) has one-way flights to San’a (US$50); for a return flight, double the fare. The airport lies around 15km from town and a contract taxi should cost around YR1500.

The bus company Yemitco(233873; Ring Rd) runs services to Aden (YR700, two hours, two daily), Al-Hudayda (YR1200, four hours, two daily) via Zabid (YR500, three hours) and San’a (YR1200, five hours, two daily) via Ibb (YR300, 1½ hours).

Private buses run to most major centres in the highlands from the Al-Esace bus station. For Al-Khawkha and Al-Mukalla, take shared taxis.

Shared taxisrun to Aden (YR700, 2½ hours, 20 to 30 daily), Al-Hudayda (YR1000, four hours, 30 daily), Ibb (YR300, 1½ hours, 20 daily), San’a (YR1000, 4½ hours, five daily) and Zabid (YR700, three hours, 30 daily) via Al-Makha (YR500, two hours, two or three daily) and Al-Khawkha (YR700, 2½ hours, two or three daily). The main taxi station is about 4km northeast of the town centre.

Hops around town by contract taxi cost YR150 to YR200, while hops by minibus are YR30 (just flag one down). A minibus to the airport costs YR30. Shared taxis to Al-Hudayda leave from a spot along the Hodeida Rd, about 4km west of the town centre.