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Air

You can get domestic and international flights to and from Ivato airport. The following airlines have offices in Tana:

Air Austral

Air France

Air Madagascar

Corsair

Madagasikara Airways

Practical Tip: Ivato Airport

  • The bureaux de change at Ivato airport offer similar rates to the banks in Tana; it also exchanges travellers cheques.
  • BNI Madagascar at the terminal has an ATM that accepts both Visa and MasterCard.
  • All three phone networks have booths in the arrivals area where you can buy a SIM card and credit.
  • Ariary are not accepted in the departure area, even at the cafe (euros or US dollars only).

Bus

Cotisse Nice 16- or 19-seater Mercedes minibuses that link Antananarivo with Tamatave (Ar20,000, seven hours, hourly departures on the hour between 7am and noon, then 7pm and 8.30pm) and Majunga (Ar34,000, 11 hours, departures at 7am, 8am, 4.30pm and 6.30pm). Cotisse has its own terminal, with a modern waiting room (power sockets, wi-fi, cafeteria and TV). Departures are punctual.

Transport Première Class Runs comfortable, air-con vehicles only between Tana and Majunga (Ar78,000, 10 hours, daily). It sits just two people to a row and includes a packed lunch. Departure is at 7am; drop-off is on the corniche in Majunga. Booking is essential. It sometimes runs services to Nosy Be, too.

Transpost More punctual than normal taxis-brousses, but similar in comfort and price, Transpost is run by Madagascar’s postal service. It has minibuses between Majunga and Tana only (Ar25,000, 12 hours, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday); pick-up and drop-off is at the central post office in both cities. Departure is at 6am sharp. Booking required.

Car

The best place to arrange a car and driver is from one of the reputable tour agencies operating in the country. Big international car-rental agencies are also present in Tana, but they often come with a driver too. Prices quoted are for short journeys.

Budget A compact car/4WD with driver costs per day Ar198,000/342,000, plus fuel, for a short journey.

Europcar From Ar129,000 a day for a short trip in a small city car (with driver); fuel is extra.

Taxi-Brousse

For morning departures, turn up early (6am); for afternoon departures, come around 2pm. It may take up to four hours for some vehicles to fill.

Gare Routière d’Ambodivona About 2km northeast of the city centre. A taxi to/from the centre costs Ar4000.

Gare Routière d'Ampasampito About 3.5km northeast of the centre. A taxi to/from the centre will cost Ar6000.

Gare Routière de Fasan’ny Karana About 4km southwest of Lac Anosy. A taxi to/from the centre costs Ar10,000.

Taxis-Brousses From Antananarivo

Antsirabe

Station

Fasan’ny Karana

Fare (Ar)

10,000

Time (hr)

3

Approx Departure Time

All day

Ambanja

Station

Ambodivona

Fare (Ar)

60,000

Time (hr)

18

Approx Departure Time

Afternoon

Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

Station

Ambodivona

Fare (Ar)

70,000

Time (hr)

24

Approx Departure Time

Afternoon

Fianarantsoa

Station

Fasan’ny Karana

Fare (Ar)

26,000

Time (hr)

8

Approx Departure Time

Morning & afternoon

Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

Station

Fasan’ny Karana

Fare (Ar)

100,000

Time (hr)

60

Approx Departure Time

Afternoon Tue & Thu, morning Sat

Majunga

Station

Ambodivona

Fare (Ar)

30,000

Time (hr)

12

Approx Departure Time

Morning & afternoon

Manakara

Station

Fasan’ny Karana

Fare (Ar)

41,000

Time (hr)

13

Approx Departure Time

Afternoon

Miandrivazo

Station

Fasan’ny Karana

Fare (Ar)

24,000

Time (hr)

9

Approx Departure Time

Afternoon

Moramanga

Station

Ampasampito

Fare (Ar)

5000

Time (hr)

2

Approx Departure Time

All day

Morondava

Station

Fasan’ny Karana

Fare (Ar)

44,000

Time (hr)

16

Approx Departure Time

Afternoon

Tamatave (Toamasina)

Station

Ambodivona/Ampasampito

Fare (Ar)

20,000

Time (hr)

7

Approx Departure Time

Morning & afternoon

Tuléar (Toliara)

Station

Fasan’ny Karana

Fare (Ar)

52,000

Time (hr)

18

Approx Departure Time

Afternoon