Transport system in Harare City of Zimbabwe

Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe with a population of over 1.792 million people and an area of over 960.6 km².   The common means of public transport within the city are as follows:


The National Railways of Zimbabwe operates a daily service from Harare to Mutare and Bulawayo and from Bulawayo on to Victoria Falls

The Central Business District (CBD) bound services operated include the following:

  • The eastern line in Harare, which carries passengers to and from the residential areas of Mabvuku/ Tafara and Ruwa
  • The northern line in Harare, which ferries passengers to and from the residential areas of Dzivaresekwa, Kambuzuma and the industrial area of Workington
  • The western line Harare, which carries passengers to and from the residential areas of Mufakose and Budiriro
  • The Western line in Bulawayo which carries passengers from the residential areas of Entubane, Emakhandeni and Luveve
  • The south-western line which carries commuters from the residential areas of Umganwini,
  • Westgate and Barbourfields


Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) offers services within the city and connects the city with most parts of Zimbabwe.

Commuter omnibuses (kombis)

These mini-buses (commuter omnibuses) licensed to carry 14 passengers   are white in colour. Each vehicle has a conductor who invites passenger into the vehicle and collects money from passengers upon reaching the desired destination.

Pirate taxis

These are mainly found on new routes lacking public transport system.


Special Hire Taxis

These are privately owned vehicles that transport people to different areas around Harare and the suburbs. The Special Hire Taxis have no defined routes but move accordingly to the customer’s instructions.  

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