Transportation in Tulear
Madagascar is a large country, and as such, you may find getting around by plane is necessary in order to visit some destinations, especially if your time is short. Otherwise, there are a number of different options for both getting from region to region, or for getting around within the cities or regions themselves.
You won't have to look hard to find transport around town owing to the ubiquitous pouse-pouse drivers!
This Tulear Transportation Guide lists both the best ways of getting to and from the different cities and regions located within Tulear, as well as some local transport options, especially for Antananarivo. For options of getting to Madagascar, or information about travelling further afield within the country, take a look at our Madagascar Transportation Guide.
Getting to & from Tulear
Getting to and from Tulear, and Madagascar generally, is fairly simple if you're willing to wait in a few lines. Most visas can be issued at the airport but check with your local consulate before departing. Landing cards are printed in English and French.
Domestic flights arrive at Tulear Akoranga airport, about 2km from the city centre, form the Capital Antananarivo. The local Airline Company, Air Madagascar, is servicing the Tulear routes.
We would be happy to help arrange your flights. Just contact us and send through your preferred travel dates, times and departure/arrival points and we can make arrangements for you.
Taxis-brousse depart almost every hour from Tana to all sorts of destinations, including Antsirabe, Andasibe, Fianarantsoa and Toamasina. Although a bit chaotic, there are four main bus stations (gares routieres) with minibuses, cars and coaches galore. These are Eastern (in Ampasampito), Northern (in Amodivona), Southern (in Lalana Pastora Rahajason) and Western (just 400m west of the southern taxi-brousse station).
Getting around Tulear
Car & Motorcycle
It's not recommended that anyone rent a car to drive themselves. There is too much risk of an accident, and it's normally not a pleasant experience, so if you choose to rent a car, drivers are almost obligitory. You may require a 4-wheel drive for some day trips, so be sure to check with the local agent to help you plan. For your rental Car and Motorcycle needs, contact us!
It is never difficult to find a taxi. The drivers stand out in their old Citroens Deux Chevaux (2CVs) and Renault 4s (some have newer cars too). The older cars tend to be a little less expensive than the sedans. You should agree on the price before you begin your journey.
The Malagasy adaptation of the Asian rickshaw, this is the local transport option, like in Antsirabe, and are not difficult to find - you'll have several drivers after you if even for a short walk to the restaurant.