Maputo in detail

Getting Around

Bus & Chapa

Buses have name boards with their destination. City rides cost about Mtc5.

Chapas go everywhere, with the average price for town trips Mtc5 to Mtc7. Most are marked with route start and end points, but you should also listen for the destination called out by the conductor. To get to Junta, look for a chapa going to Zimpeto, Zona Verde or Jardim; coming from Junta into town, look for a chapa heading to ‘Museu’.


Park in guarded lots when possible, or tip the young boys on the street to watch your vehicle. There are several options for renting vehicles.

Avis At the airport, with offices also in Beira, Nampula and Tete; good deals often available.

Europcar Next to Hotel Polana and at the airport. Offices also in Beira, Nampula and Tete.

Expresso Rent-A-Car At Hotel Cardoso; 2WD vehicles only.

Sixt Offices also in Beira, Tete, Nampula and Pemba.

Taxi & Tuk-tuks

  • Taxi ranks include the Hotel Polana taxi rank and those in front of most other top-end hotels. Taxis also park at the Municipal Market and in front of Mundo’s restaurant. Town trips start at Mtc150. From central Maputo to Costa do Sol costs Mtc300 to Mtc400. From Junta to anywhere in the city centre costs Mtc350 to Mtc400.
  • Tuk-tuks are less expensive than taxis (town trips from Mtc100), although they can be hard to find. Look for them opposite Hotel Cardoso, and on Avenida Julius Nyerere, just up from the South African High Commission.