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Getting There & Away

Taxi-Brousse There are usually two taxis-brousses per day between Manakara and Ranomafana (Ar13,000, five hours), continuing to Fianarantsoa (Ar13,000, seven hours). These leave 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 from Fianarantsoa. The train leaves on Wednesday and Sunday at 7am and takes anywhere between 12 and 24 hours to reach Fianarantsoa. Tickets cost Ar40,000/16,000 in 1st/2nd class.