Swakopmund in detail

Flights & getting there


Air Namibia has several flights a week between Windhoek’s Eros Airport and Walvis Bay, from where you can easily catch a bus or taxi to Swakopmund.


There are twice-weekly buses between Windhoek and Swakopmund (from N$200, five hours) on the Intercape Mainliner from the company's bus stop. You can easily book your tickets in advance online.

Also consider Town Hopper, which runs private shuttle buses between Windhoek and Swakopmund (N$270), and also offers door-to-door pick-up and drop-off service.

Finally, combis (minibuses) run this route fairly regularly, and a ride between Windhoek and Swakopmund shouldn’t cost more than N$120. Swakopmund is also a minor public-transport hub, serving various regional destinations, including Walvis Bay by combi, with fares averaging between N$25 and N$50.


Swakopmund is about 400km west of Windhoek on the B2, the country’s main east–west highway. Paved roads connect Windhoek to Swakopmund and continue south to Walvis Bay, from where a predominantly gravel road continues to Sesriem, the base town for Sossusvlei. All of the above is accessible in a 2WD.

Petrol Station


Hitching isn’t difficult between Swakopmund and Windhoek or Walvis Bay, but conditions can be rough if heading for Namib-Naukluft Park or the Skeleton Coast; hitchers risk heatstroke, sandblasting and hypothermia – sometimes all in the same day.


Very few travellers use Trans-Namib trains, especially given the ease of bus travel and the fact that the trains take much longer.

The plush Desert Express ‘rail cruise’ runs to and from Windhoek.