Flights & getting there
Blantyre’s Chileka International Airport is about 15km north of the city centre.
To & From Chileka International Airport
A taxi from the airport to the city costs around MK15,000, but agree on a price with the driver first. The price can be negotiated down a bit if you’re going from the city to the airport. If your budget doesn’t include taxis, frequent local buses between the City Bus Station and Chileka Township pass the airport gate (the fare's around MK2000).
Bus & Minibus
Blantyre’s main bus station for long-distance buses is Wenela Bus Station, east of the centre. Companies including National Bus Company have daily services to Lilongwe (MK3500, four hours), Mzuzu (MK7500, nine to 10 hours), Zomba (MK1500, 1½ to two hours), Mulanje (MK1500, 1½ hours) and Karonga (MK10,500, 14 hours).
AXA buses depart from the terminal next to the Chichiri Shopping Mall, then pick up at the central office en route to Lilongwe (MK11,300). These Super Executive coaches leave in both directions at 7am and 4.30pm. Cheaper Special and Executive buses to/from Mzuzu (Special MK11,550, Executive MK12,600) via Lilongwe (MK6350, MK8100) leave in both directions at 7am and 6pm. Buses taking the lakeshore route to Mzuzu don't work to a fixed schedule but leave when they're full, normally around 5pm. For all services, it's best to book ahead.
Most intercity minibuses leave from Limbe Bus Station, off Livingstone Ave; it's normally fastest to take a minibus there (MK200, 15 minutes), either from the Mibawa depot or the roadside, then pick up a long-distance service. A taxi there costs around MK4000. Routes from Limbe include Zomba (MK1500, one hour), Mulanje (MK1500, 1¼ hours) and Mangochi (for Monkey Bay; MK4000, five hours).
Minibuses to Chikwawa (for Majete Wildlife Reserve; MK1500, 1½ hours) depart from Blantyre's City Bus Station.
The car park next to Blantyre Lodge is the pickup and drop-off point for long-distance bus companies headed for Jo’burg. Intercape goes to Jo’burg at 8am daily (MK45,000, two days).