Transport in Lilongwe

Transport in Lilongwe

Lilongwe was named the Capital of Malawi more than three decades ago. It is projected to have a population about 978,000 people. Transport in Lilongwe includes the following means;


Public buses are the most convenient way to get around Lilongwe and other key urban centres like Blantyre, Zomba, Kasungu and Mzuzu. The bus stop is at the northern end of Independence Drive. International Bus lines connect Lilongwe with Lusaka, Dar es Salaam, Harare and Johannesburg.

Special hire taxis

Whilst taxis are usually a popular way to get around most African cities, it’s a different story in Malawi. Taxis are few and not always easy to find. The best places to find taxis are around the main hotels especially Lilongwe Hotel.


Minibuses can also be found in Lilongwe. They mostly operate between the Blantyre and Lilongwe.


To access the city and other urban areas, many people living the urban suburbs use bicycles to move the urban centers and market places.

Air transport

Kamuzu International Airport (LLW), located 26 kilometres north of the city centre has regular flights to Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and Nairobi. There are also domestic services to Blantyre on Air Malawi and Swiftair. There are flights both to capital Lusaka, Zambia and safari destination Mfuwe through the two main Air Charter companies; Nyassa Air Taxi and Executive Air Charters.