Travellers visiting Antananarivo will find themselves getting around mostly on foot. There is, however, an affordable and efficient mini-bus service, known as taxi be, that runs regularly throughout the city. The fares are usually at least half the price of a regular taxi but since most tourists are not familiar with the routes and aren't comfortable being packed into a taxi be like a tin of sardines, regular taxis are the preferred method of transport for travellers. Be sure to negotiate the fare with the driver before entering the taxi. Car rental agencies can be found in Antananarivo for visitors wanting to explore the city in their own time and renting a car is useful if you want to go on excursions out of the city but the roads are not in a good condition and driving can be stressful and dangerous. The train journey between the capital and Toamasina, and between Fianarantsoa and Manakara, is recommended for its scenery. The island has only a few main roads (from Tana to Mahajanga, to Toamasina and to Tuléar), with dirt tracks covering the rest of the country, and many roads are impassable during the rainy season.
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