Visitors to Kigali have a few options for getting around the city and the rest of the country with public transportation. 

            The Matatu is the main form of public transportation available in the city of Kigali .  These minibuses are similar to taxis, and are a form of shared transportation, which means that drivers will pick up passengers at the roadside as long as there is room in the van.  They run set routes that connect major areas around the city, and generally don’t begin a trip until the bus is full.  Matatus are a good way of getting around the immediate city, but if planning on traveling much further, consider another option as the Matatus can get uncomfortable during long journeys.  Fares should be agreed upon with the driver before beginning a journey.  Generally matatus can be waved down at the sides of major roads, and found outside of major public areas where there are set stops.  Because many drivers do not speak English, it is a wise idea to bring along a map with the desired destination circled.

            A number of coach companies offer transportation from Kigali to certain locations throughout Rwanda , and major cities in East Africa .  Most buses will leave Kigali from the Nyabugogo Bus Station located in the city center.  For more information visit this International Buses page, or this National Buses page.  

            For more information, visit this Local Transportation in Kigali link.