Madagascar

Ariary (Ar)

Malagasy, French

Transportation

Bus in Antananarivo

Cotisse

Nice 16- or 19-seater Mercedes minibuses linking Antananarivo with Majunga (from Ar34,000, 11 hours, 7am, 8am, 8.30am and 6.30pm), Morondava (Ar45,000, 12 to 14 hours, 6.30am), Fianarantsoa (from Ar25,000, eight...

Bus in Antananarivo

Transport Première Class

Runs comfortable, air-con vehicles between Tana and Majunga (Ar78,000, 10 hours, 6.45am), Morondava (Ar118,000, 12 hours, 6am) or Ankify (Ar198,000, 14 hours, 6am). It sits just two people to a row and includes a...

Bus in Morondava

Transport Première Classe

For far more luxury than a taxi-brousse can muster, Transport Première Class runs comfortable, air-con vehicles between Tana and Majunga (Ar118,000, 12 hours, daily). They sit just two people to a row and include...

Bus in Majunga (Mahajanga)

Transport Première Class

To travel in luxury, Transport Première Class runs comfortable, air-con vehicles between Tana and Majunga (Ar96,000, 10 hours, daily). It sits just two people to a row and includes a packed lunch. Departure is at...

Ferry in Soanierana-Ivongo

Melissa Express

Boat service between Soanierana-Ivongo and Mananara (Ar135,000, five hours, three days a week March to August, daily September to February). Service all the way to Maroantsetra (Ar215,000, nine hours, twice a...

Bus in Antananarivo

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 (Ar35,000, 12 hours, Tuesday, Thursday...

Ferry in Majunga (Mahajanga)

Ferries to Katsepy

Ferries to Katsepy (passenger/car Ar4000/40,000, one hour) leave from the port at 7.30am daily, then returns from Katsepy around 9am. If there's sufficient demand, it sometimes does a second trip back from...

Bus in Majunga (Mahajanga)

Transpost

A good alternative to standard taxi-brousse is Transpost, run by Madagascar’s postal service. It has minibuses between Majunga and Tana (Ar35,000, 12 hours, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). Pickup and drop-off is...

Bus in Madagascar

Cotisse Transport

The largest premium bus service operator in Madagascar, it has services between Tana and Diego, Majunga, Fianarantsoa, Morondava and Tamatave. There are three classes of services (think of it as economy, premium...

Car Hire in Nosy Be

Nosy Easy Rent

Rents Dacia Logan/Mitsubishi/Pajero vehicles for €35/52/65 per day, with a 100km mileage, and motorbikes from €20 per day.It also has a speedboat for hire for up to 10 people (per day with skipper and fuel...

Boat in Maroantsetra

Melissa Express Office

The Melissa Express runs between Maroantsetra and Mananara (three hours, and then travels onward to Soanierana-Ivongo) twice a week between September and February. The service is subject to frequent...

Car Hire in Antananarivo

Joachin (Zo) Randriamahefa

This excellent private driver can arrange a 4WD vehicle at cheaper than normal rates, and is experienced in driving throughout Madagascar. You'll need to arrange your own hotels etc, but Zo is an excellent...

Car Hire in Sambava

Nord-Est Location

Car hire in this part of the world isn't great: the vehicles are well worn and dusty, but the upside is that the mechanics are talented. Drivers rarely speak French, let alone English. They also start chewing...

Ferry in Mahambo

El Condor

This new catamaran plies the route between Mahambo and Ambodifotatra on Île Sainte Marie (three hours). El Condor's shuttle bus leaves from Tanambao V in Tamatave at 6am to arrive in Mahambo at 9am. Departure and...

Car Hire in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Mbola Tsara Voyage

Taxi-brousse company Mbola Tsara Voyage rents private 4WDs for travel on the RN5. Published prices for car and driver from Tamatave include Mananara and Maroantsetra (Ar2 million) but with any luck, aggressive...

Bus in Mananara

Kofifen

Runs taxis-brousses between Mananara and Tamatave, stopping in Soanierana-Ivongo. The fare is Ar100,000 for a place in the cab (the vehicle on this route is a pickup truck). The trip takes at least two days.

Boat in Anakao

Anakao Express

This speedboat company leaves Tuléar around 9.30am and arrives in Anakao an hour later. It leaves Anakao at 7.30am, unless Tsaradia decides to push its Tana departure earlier, in which case the speedboats adjust.

Boat in Tuléar (Toliara)

Anakao Express

This speedboat company leaves Tuléar around 9.30am and arrives in Anakao an hour later. It leaves Anakao at 7.30am, unless Tsaradia decides to push its Tana departure earlier, in which case the speedboats adjust.

Bus in Madagascar

Malagasy Car

Premium transfer service between Tana and Morondava, Majunga, Ambanja and Ankify (for boat crossing to Nosy Be). Vehicles range from minibus to saloon cars depending on the number of passengers.

Ferry in The West Coast

Pirogues to Nosy Sakatia

If you're going to Nosy Sakatia, private pirogues from the hotel and restaurant come in here (Ar15,000, 10 minutes).A taxi from Hell-Ville to the village costs Ar60,000 (30 minutes).