While the transportation infrastructure in Maputo is fairly undeveloped, visitors should nevertheless have no trouble getting around the city.
Minibus taxis (chapas) operate along regular routes throughout Maputo, and are a fast and relatively cheap means of getting around the city. The route that a chapa is travelling is usually displayed by a colour bar on the front of the vehicle, or a conductor calls out the destination when the vehicle approaches a stop. Visitors are advised to use their discretion when travelling by chapa, as they are not always the safest of vehicles and the quality of driving can vary considerably. Personal safety is not usually a concern for foreigners in chapas, as most local passengers tend to look out for them.
Maputo's city centre is relatively easy and safe to walk around during the day, but walking should be avoided at night due to security concerns. Taxis are available in Maputo, but are not usually metered; it's best to negotiate a fare before getting in the vehicle.
Visitors in Maputo can also opt for hiring a car. Driving is perfectly viable option for getting around, especially for those wanting to explore beyond the city limits. Visitors planning to drive in Maputo should note that many of the roads are in disrepair and a four-wheel drive vehicle may be the best option.
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