Manakara in detail

Flights & getting there

Taxi-Brousse There are usually two taxis-brousses per day between Manakara and Ranomafana (Ar13,000, five hours), continuing to Fianarantsoa (Ar6000, seven hours). These leave from the taxi-brousse station, which is a few minutes' walk north of the centre, at 9am and 3pm or 4pm. There is one service a day to Tana (Ar30,000, 15 hours). The taxi-brousse station is 2km north of town.

Train Most travellers prefer to travel at least one way by train between Fianarantsoa and Manakara. The train leaves Manakara on Wednesday and Sunday at 7am and takes anywhere between 12 and 24 hours to reach Fianarantsoa. Tickets cost Ar70,000 in 1st class. Tourists are not allowed to travel in 2nd class. The train station is right in the town centre.