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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘bonjour ’
( bon-zhoor )
French
‘manao ahoana ’
( maa-now aa-hon )
Malagasy
Plug combo ce
Electricity
220V/50hz
Apr-Oct
Best time to go
Dry
Wednesday
HRS
10
10
MINS
52
52
Current Time
GMT +3

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
€60
  • Basic double (shared facilities) €7-€12
  • Food from hotelys (roadside stalls) for breakfast and lunch; dinner at a restaurant
  • Travel between cities by taxi-brousse; chartered taxi for day trips
Midrange
€60-€150
  • Double room (mostly en suite) €12-25
  • A good meal costs around €10
  • At the upper end, hire a car and driver
Top end (more than)
€150
  • Accommodation varies wildly: €25 in a guesthouse to €500 in a full-board resort
  • Travel by private 4WD with driver; internal flights to save time

Visas

Required for all visitors: €31/39/54 for 30/60/90 days. A vignette (tourist tax) of €10 is also charged upon arrival at the airport.

Get the latest visa advice for Madagascar from our community.

When to go and weather

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Getting to Madagascar

Getting around Madagascar

Madagascar is a huge place, the roads are bad and travel times long (it takes 24 hours to drive from Tana to Diego Suarez, 18 hours to Tuléar etc), so be realistic about how much ground you want to cover or you’ll spend every other day in the confines of a vehicle.

Private vehicle If you can afford it, this is the best way to explore Madagascar. You'll be able to go anywhere, whenever suits you. The off-road driving can be great fun too.

Taxi-brousse (bush taxi) They are slow, uncomfortable and not always safe, but they are cheap, go (almost) everywhere and you can't get more local than that.

Plane Can be huge time savers, but they can be expensive and subject to frequent delays and cancellations.

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