Flights & getting there
Chief Hosea Kutako International Airport, which is about 40km east of the city centre, serves most international flights into and out of Windhoek. Air Namibia operates flights daily between Windhoek and Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as daily flights to and from Frankfurt. Direct services to Amsterdam are also due to begin. Several airlines including Air Namibia also offer international services to and from Maun, Botswana, and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Eros Airport, immediately south of the city centre, serves most domestic flights into and out of Windhoek. Air Namibia offers around three weekly flights to and from Katima Mulilo, Ondangwa, Rundu and Swakopmund/Walvis Bay.
Coming from Windhoek, make sure the taxi driver knows which airport you are going to.
From the main long-distance bus terminal, the Intercape Mainliner runs to and from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls and Swakopmund, serving a variety of local destinations along the way. Tickets can be purchased either though your accommodation, from the Intercape Mainliner office at the bus terminal or online – given the popularity of these routes, advance reservations are recommended.
There are some useful shuttle services out to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay such as the Town Hoppers, departing daily at 2pm (N$270, 4½ hours) and returning in the morning to Windhoek.
Local combis (minibuses) leave when full from the Rhino Park petrol station in Katutura (get there very early in the morning), and can get you to most urban centres in central and southern Namibia. For northern destinations such as Tsumeb, Grootfontein and Rundu, you need to go to the local minibus station opposite the hospital on Independence Ave, Katutura.
Generally, combi routes do not serve the vast majority of Namibia’s tourist destinations, which are located well beyond major population centres. Still, they’re a fine way to travel if you want to visit some of the country’s smaller towns and cities, and it’s great fun to roll up your sleeves and jump into the bus with the locals.
Car & Motorcycle
Windhoek is literally the crossroads of Namibia – the point where the main north–south route (the B1) and east–west routes (B2 and B6) cross – and all approaches to the city are extremely scenic, passing through beautiful desert hills. Roads are clearly signposted; those travelling between northern and southern Namibia can avoid the city centre by taking the Western Bypass.
Due to its location and traffic, hitching to or from Windhoek is easier than anywhere else in Namibia. Ask around at the hotels or try the petrol stations on the outskirts of town in the direction you hope to travel.
Windhoek train station has a booking office, where you are able to reserve seats on any of the country’s public rail lines. Routes are varied, and include overnight trains to Keetmanshoop, Tsumeb and Swakopmund, though irregular schedules, lengthy travel times and far better bus connections make train travel of little interest for the majority of overseas travellers.